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Thriller Thursday (12/8/16 Edition)

We’ve got four great new mysteries for you this #ThrillerThursday, but first some excellent news: Ellen Hart (The Jane Lawless mysteries; FEVER IN THE DARK) has been named a 2017 MWA Grand Master!

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.

Now on to the books!

Two starred reviews for the third thrilling Commandant Martin Servaz mystery, in which a serial killer he’s devoted his career to has targeted a radio show host as his next victim. “This is not your ordinary stalker thriller. It is a brilliant aria da capo, set appropriately to an operatic soundtrack, with a surprising and thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Perfect for fans of Martin Walker’s Bruno Courrèges series.” — Booklist, starred review

“A complex mystery involving seven deaths in one night kicks off Church’s excellent sixth novel featuring enigmatic North Korean intelligence operative Inspector O. The pseudonymous Church, himself a former spy, makes all the plot developments chillingly plausible.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Fiction Stars!

Six forthcoming works of fiction have received several starred reviews. Make sure to clear some space on your library’s shelves!

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney — 3 stars!
“Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Poet and novelist Rooney found sublime inspiration, thanks to a librarian friend, in real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback. Rooney’s delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.” — Booklist, starred review

“Rooney takes us on a delightful stroll with a colorful character, inspired by the life of poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback, sprinkling just the right details and arch bons mots appropriate to Lillian’s reputation as a woman of words.”Library Journal, starred review

MARLENA by Julie Buntin — 3 stars!
“In Buntin’s vivid debut, Cath, now a New York City public librarian in her thirties, tells the story of the friendship that changed her forever. Though Cath tells her story in flashbacks, Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.”
Booklist, starred review

“In her impressive debut novel, Buntin displays a remarkable control of tone and narrative arc. Buntin is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst, and Cat’s growing happiness in Marlena’s friendship runs like an electric wire through the narrative. The novel is poignant and unforgettable, a sustained eulogy for Marlena’s ‘glow… that lives in lost things, that sets apart the gone forever.’”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, debut novelist Buntin’s tale of the friendship between two girls in the woods of Northern Michigan makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


PW Best Books of 2016

We’re barely into November, yet Publishers Weekly has already released their Best Books of 2016 list. Here are the Macmillan gems that made the cut:

Top 10 (full list)
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Fiction (full list)
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy

Mystery/Thriller (full list)

Poetry (full list)
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

Comics (full list)

Nonfiction (full list)
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson
ENOUGH SAID: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics by Mark Thompson
GHETTO: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America by David Hajdu
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Lifestyle (full list)

Young Adult (full list)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

Check out our Edelweiss collection of Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 for collection development made easy. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in.

Thriller Thursday (10/29/15 Edition)

Get in the Halloween spirit with these new mysteries:

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
A November 2015 Indie Next pick! Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.” — Booklist, starred review

WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Reporter Jane Ryland and detective Jake Brogan explore where their loyalties lie as Jane looks into a child abduction and Jake investigates a stabbing case that leads him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives. “Ryan’s latest thriller is built like an intricate house of cards, threatening to crumble at any second. Mystery readers get ready: you will find yourself racing to the finish.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/14/14 Edition)

Murder, murder everywhere! Well, maybe just in this week’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
This suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées has two starred reviews and is one of Talia’s favorite Fall mysteries.

P.I. apprentice Juniper Song finds herself nose deep in a Hollywood murder scandal as she tracks a murderous screenwriter, uncovering blackmail and secrets along the way. “In her second outing, Korean Song defies the stereotype of the Asian American woman, working to overcome her background and what she suffered in Cha’s debut, FOLLOW HER HOME, and facing a formidable moral dilemma in the process. This is prime L.A. noir with a feminist slant.” — Booklist

For Your Consideration: August LibraryReads titles

August LibraryReads collage

Summer means vacations and long, lazy weekends—occasions when you always need a good book. We recommend these great August titles, and you can nominate your favorites for the August 2014 LibraryReads List (due July 1)!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. (While you’re waiting for Penny’s latest blockbuster, join the great Gamache re-read now and relive those favorite Three Pines moments!)

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THE KILLS by Richard House
This epic four-books-in-one thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body, moving across continents, characters, and genres. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel, with a huge cast of characters, many Middle Eastern settings, and a puzzle of a time-shifting plot, THE KILLS is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They’ll be rewarded, even if the center of this dazzlingly large picture is elusive.” — Booklist, starred review

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A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE TRINITY SIX. “Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today's old-school espionage novelists…. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”
Booklist, starred review

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SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.  “What could have become a sappy tale in less capable hands is a warm, caring, and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well. NPR pro Woodroof is no novice writer, and her first novel will have readers eager for more.” — Library Journal, starred review

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LOCK IN by John Scalzi
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society. 

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THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées. “French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective.  Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

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Friday Reads: Minotaur Stars Edition

At last! FRIDAY! Woohoo! We're especially happy to dig our grubby little paws into these two Minotaur mysteries, both of which have multiple starred reviews! 

Talia still has goosebumps from THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and chilling murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées.

“The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for very compelling reading, with the suspense bordering on horror. It should appeal to those who enjoyed Pierre Lemaitre’s ALEX as well as the edgier Scandinavian thrillers.” Booklist, starred & boxed review  

“French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective.  Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.” Publishers Weekly, starred review  

“Complex, fast-paced, and completely absorbing, Minier's wickedly plotted mystery has already been published in numerous languages and found a place on international best sellers lists. Thriller and crime fiction fans will have a hard time putting this mix of police procedural and psychological thriller down.”
— Library Journal

Anne is all about COLDSLEEP LULLABY by Andrew Brown
Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner Brown brings his intelligent and compelling police procedural set in Stellenbosch, South Africa and starring flawed Detective Eberard Februarie to America for the first time!   

“With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown's debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa's racially charged history. Try pairing with Paul Thomas's New Zealand-set series (Death on Demand).” Library Journal, starred review & Debut of the Month

“A London Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner, this outstanding series debut from South African Brown introduces tormented Det. Insp. Eberard Februarie. Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

“Brown skillfully creates a handful of compelling and well-drawn characters and offers a plausible sense of a country still consumed by racial tensions and suspicion of immigrants from other African nations. American devotees of international crime fiction will embrace the emotionally scarred Eberard and the fractious society that is at once exotic and all too familiar.” — Booklist