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Thriller Thursday (1/12/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’re ecstatic that the world can now read Jane Harper’s THE DRY, but did you also hear Nancy Pearl enthusiastically recommend Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (A TWIST OF THE KNIFE) on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today?! So many good mysteries.

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A January 2017 LibraryReads and Indie Next pick with THREE starred reviews! “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Nancy Pearl LOVES Becky Masterman!

America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl was on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today, and she suggested some “under-the-radar” reads, including Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, FEAR THE DARKNESS, A TWIST OF THE KNIFE)!

“Becky Masterman is an author I recently discovered. What I love about these books is that they’re page-turners, they’re really thrilling novels. The main character is a woman named Brigid Quinn, who is a former FBI agent now retired. Brigid is 60. I love that. When have we last seen the hero of a thriller age 60?
“But when Brigid was in the FBI, she was mostly assigned cases where she had to go undercover. So all of her working life, she has had to be somebody other than herself. And now she’s retired and married for the first time and trying to figure out what it’s like to be her[self] and not somebody else.
“Then, a case very similar to some of the cases that she worked on when she was in the FBI kind of falls into her lap. So the present and the past are coming together in this page-turning thriller.”

Check out all of Nancy’s suggestions here. A TWIST OF THE KNIFE will be available from Minotaur Books on March 21, 2017.

For Your Consideration: March 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the March 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due January 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist

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EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review

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A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
When ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is contacted by former colleague Laura Coleman to help exonerate Marcus Creighton, a death row inmate in Florida, Brigid agrees to help, especially since the case is the perfect distraction from her complicated family relationships. “Edgar-finalist Masterman presents a compassionate, clear-eyed depiction of the painful foibles of human nature in her chilling, twist-filled third thriller featuring retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn. A compelling, complex lead, Brigid has no problem skirting the straight and narrow in her quest for justice.”
Publishers Weekly

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ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
A powerful debut that knits parental abduction with devastating secrets unraveling among friends and spouses. “Fans of smart women’s fiction mixed with a fast-paced plot should not miss this startling first novel from the editorial director of Writer’s Digest Magazine.” — Library Journal

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Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

indiebookclubThe Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes seven Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter

Extraordinary Lives
HOME IS BURNING: A Memoir by Dan Marshall
ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

Exciting New Voices
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein

New Works From Old Favorites
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

Booklist “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” Webinar Titles

Here are all the spine-tingling Macmillan mysteries that Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth presented at Booklist‘s “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” collection development webinar today:

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
THE DRY by Jane Harper
A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by JoAnn Chaney
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
DEVIL’S BREATH by G.M. Malliet
AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
FOLLOW ME DOWN by Sherri Smith

Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs). You can also view the archived webinar here.

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What Are YOU Reading?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a list of our most popular titles — as downloaded by your librarian pals — from Edelweiss:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Just City by Jo Walton

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac  by Sharma Shields

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Rabbit Back Literature Society  by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

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For those of you already Whitelisted we have a few recommendations listed below. And for those of you on the fence maybe one of these upcoming titles will entice you into signing up!

If you read something you love, then make sure to nominate it for LibraryReads! LibraryReads is a new program which harnesses the value of “library staff picks” into a single nation-wide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must- reads.  Any public library staff member can nominate books. For more information about how to participate in LibraryReads, read our FAQ.

Get started with our recommendations!
(updated December 31, 2014)

FEBRUARY 2015

Coming-of-Age Debuts:

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

Debut Novels with a Hint of Fantasy:

FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson

Mysteries:

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (aka Talia’s favorite book jacket award winner)

DREAMLESS by Jørgen Brekke

From the dude who wrote THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS: A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne

From the dude who wrote CLOCKERS and LUSH LIFE: THE WHITES by Harry Brandt AKA RICHARD PRICE aka the most incredible writer of realistic NYC-based cop novels

MARCH 2015

From the sassy gal who wrote WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?  A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe

Trying to find yourself… in the wilderness?  READ: HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS by Katherine Center

Debut Novels with a WWII Backdrop:

THE SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran

THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday

Debut Novel:

GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami

Fantasy:

VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK: A MEMOIR BY LADY TRENT by Marie Brennan

Romance:

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID by Suzanne Enoch (OMG HIGHLANDERS!!!)

Mysteries:

ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir

THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski

FRACTURED by Kate Watterson

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Fall Into a Good Mystery Webinar titles

Just in time for Halloween, Talia “the terror” Sherer shared her favorite forthcoming mysteries at Booklist‘s “Fall Into a Good Mystery” collection development webinar:

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
FIVE by Ursula Archer
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

If you missed it, here’s a link to view the archived webinar, as well as the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss.

2014 Tri-State Book Buzz titles

AnneTriState2-editToday is the Tri-State Book Buzz where Anne presented all the glorious upcoming titles listed below! We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so here are the books she talked about:

Blockbuster Bestsellers
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (On Sale: Dec. 30)
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Women’s Fiction
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth (On Sale: Feb. 10)
BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (On Sale: Feb. 17)

Mystery Bestsellers
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt (On Sale: Feb. 17)
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer (On Sale: March 10)
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry (On Sale: March 31)

Mysteries
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan (On Sale: Jan. 13)
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman (On Sale: Jan. 20)
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (On Sale: Feb. 24)
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth (On Sale: Feb. 24)

Coming to a Theater Near You
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis (On Sale: Dec. 2)
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke (On Sale: Jan. 6)

Crazy, Weird & True!
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer (On Sale: Feb. 3)
LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER by Ander Monson (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Ahoy Matey!
WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Coming of Age
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (On Sale: Feb. 17)
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe (On Sale: March 3)
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis (On Sale: March 10)

The Teen Read of 2015
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers (On Sale: April 14)

Want a more informative, cuddly version to share with your colleagues? Click here to download the handout.

For Your Consideration: December and January LibraryReads Titles

Nominations for the January 2015 LibraryReads list (which also includes December 2014 titles this time) are due on November 20. Here’s what we recommend:

December 2014 titles

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Grace and Ted Chapman are a literary power couple whose marriage is anything but perfect. So it’s good news when the new assistant Beth arrives and gets everything under control—except maybe her motives aren’t entirely altruistic.

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SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a NASA-sponsored National Underwater Robotics Competition.

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FIVE
by Ursula Archer
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. “The suspense builds until the shocking climax.” — Publishers Weekly

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January 2015 titles

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, GARDEN SPELLS, Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.” — Booklist, starred review

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A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
In the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about William Heming, a real estate agent who is most at home among a stranger’s private things. “[A] gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Masterman’s follow-up to her Edgar Award-nominated debut thriller RAGE AGAINST THE DYING. Brigid takes in her nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate after Gemma’s mom dies, but then dangerous things start happening. First someone tries to poison her dogs, then Brigid—is Gemma Kate to blame?

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THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
In the hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE BONE SEASON, Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

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DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
The sinuous and provocative story of good cop Maureen Coughlin struggling painfully into her own on the streets of New Orleans.

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For more December/January LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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