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Thriller Thursday (8/23/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to a LibraryReads debut, two series favorites, and a naval adventure!

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
An August 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. “Pammie is every young woman’s worst nightmare: a mean mother-in-law (on steroids) in this addictive debut thriller. Readers’ pulses will race as they anticipate how she might strike next and be completely knocked off balance by the shocking ending. ” — Library Journal, starred review

BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller
THREE starred reviews! In the next powerful mystery from Julia Keller, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins continues to unravel her town’s ties to crime and drug abuse. “Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it’s her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride’s back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband’s cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/25/16 Edition)

Recommend these four thrilling new mysteries to your patrons today:

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In this riveting historical thriller with a twist, a US intelligence officer must sneak into Auschwitz and escape with a physics professor who happens to be the one man with knowledge that could end the war. “Gross has written his most heartfelt and compelling book to date, and fans of World War II fiction should add this to their reading lists.” — Associated Press

SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
In the fifth series mystery, Bell Elkins investigates a West Virginia nursing home where Alzheimer patients are dying at alarming rates. “The setting and the tone will appeal to fans of both Sharyn McCrumb and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and the introspective protagonist and literary quality recommend it to followers of Tana French and Louise Penny. Another outstanding entry in a superb series.”
Booklist, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (8/27/15 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two series favorites, a debut, and a new novel from a writer serving a life sentence in prison (no joke!):

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
The outstanding 11th book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series is an August 2015 LibraryReads pick, a September 2015 Indie Next pick, and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny’s fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.”

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
Two stars for the next Bell Elkins novel in which the West Virginia prosecutor must work with a man who, until recently, lived off the grid, but now finds himself charged with murder he didn’t commit. “A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (Stars Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are superSTARS!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Penny’s highly anticipated tenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is here! Booklist and Library Journal loved it with the latter warning, “The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” Keep an eye out for upcoming major media for THE LONG WAY HOME, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Washington Post, and much more!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Keller’s third Bell Elkins novel, a spate of violent crimes cast suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family while Bell must deal with her sister’s release from prison. Booklist and Library Journal gave it starred reviews with the latter saying, “The gritty Appalachian setting and plot will keep readers’ attention locked on the pages. This title will especially appeal to fans of such rural noir authors as Tom Bouman and Daniel Woodrell.”

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
On Sale: September 9, 2014
“Texas architect Koenig’s complex and intriguing suspense debut introduces ‘Julia Kalas’—the name the WITSEC program assigned her after neo-Nazis made her a widow. Fans of distinctive female characters like Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn will be thrilled to add Koenig to their ranks.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G. Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s ‘Hackberry Holland’ books.” — Library Journal, starred review
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Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got several novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Pulitzer winner Keller’s third Bell Elkins mystery, a spate of violent crime in Acker’s Gap, WV casts suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family. At the same time, Bell must deal with her sister Shirley – newly released from prison and still carrying the indelible scars of a savage past.

“Bell, who finds solace from her vengeful rage by immersing herself in the law, is one of the best-developed characters in all of modern crime fiction, and she is surrounded by a similarly well-rounded cast. Keller is such an accomplished prose stylist and storyteller that she leaves readers with only one dilemma: whether to read nonstop to reach the outcome or to take time to savor the well-wrought complexities of this exceptional novel.” — Booklist, starred review

“The third in a series, this is the kind of creepy, slow-paced, inexorable confluence of people that subtly grabs readers, draws them in, and sets the hook hard. You’re 75 pages in and committed before you know it.” Library Journal, Books for Dudes column (and starred LJ review to come!)

And don’t miss Julia Keller’s interview with NPR’s Crime in the City!


SWAY
by Kat Spears
We loved that this YA debut was written by a librarian—then we read it and loved it even more because it’s really, really good! High school senior Jesse Alderman, a young man who runs a lucrative business getting people what they want and avoids emotional connection at all costs, is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams in this Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist.

“Spears develops Jesse’s character so thoroughly readers will believe they know him. A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Thriller Thursday Bonus: Crime in the City!

#THRILLERTHURSDAY BONUS! Three of our favorite female Macmillan authors were recently featured on NPR’s Crime in the City and we simply couldn’t let you get away without hearing about them:

Julia Keller spoke with NPR’s Noah Adams about her mystery series set in West Virginia (based on her hometown of Guyandotte) and starring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins.

“One of the things I wanted to do with having a female protagonist is to allow her to have her anger. If we let women have a little more of their anger and to speak their minds, we’d have a very different kind of world,” Keller said.

Listen to the full Julia Keller interview here.

Available in the Bell Elkins series:
A KILLING IN THE HILLS (Book 1)
BITTER RIVER (Book 2)
SUMMER OF THE DEAD (Book 3) – available August 26

 

Meanwhile, NPR’s Ari Shapiro traveled with Ann Cleeves to the Shetland Islands, where Cleeves sets her highly acclaimed series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez.

“I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath,” Cleeves said. The author has been making regular trips to the Scottish islands for 40 years and her books are so popular that a tourism agency has put out a map showing where key scenes in the novels take place. Even the BBC has turned the books into a hit TV series titled “Shetland,” with a U.S. adaptation to come in the future.

Listen to the full Ann Cleeves interview here.

Available in the Shetland Island series:
RAVEN BLACK (Book 1)
WHITE NIGHTS (Book 2)
RED BONES (Book 3)
BLUE LIGHTNING (Book 4)
DEAD WATER (Book 5)

 

Back in the States, Karen Grigsby Bates joined Rachel Howzell Hall in South Los Angeles where they talked about her debut novel, LAND OF SHADOWS, featuring homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton and the unique circumstances that led her to become a writer.

“When I was 33 years old,” Hall says, “I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying. Having faced that, that’s the biggest fear anyone could have. It’s like, ‘OK, you’re writing a book? That’s not scary. I can do that.’ And that’s when I started LAND OF SHADOWS.”

Listen to the full Rachel Howzell Hall interview here.

Available in the Elouise “Lou” Norton series:
LAND OF SHADOWS (Book 1)

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