Articles tagged "BLUE HEAVEN"

Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

Talia

THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Crime 2015

 

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles!
Plus, Booklist Reader has a special feature on one of our favorite mystery authors…

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
With her beloved series hero, former Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now retired, Penny moves from finding reasons to get Gamache back to his beloved village of Three Pines to taking him on a road trip, first to Europe and then to the wilds of Canada’s upper St. Lawrence River. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. Another gem from an endlessly inventive writer.

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
Richard Price returns as Harry Brandt with the story of Billy Graves, an aging NYPD cop who suspects that one of his cronies in the Wild Geese, a legendary anti-crime unit from the nineties, may now be killing the crooks who got away back in the day. With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, The Whites isn’t about cops and killers as much it’s about the damage we all carry, the sins we’ve all committed, and the heartbreaking unlikeliness of forgiveness. An unrelenting, moving story of crime and social justice.

Best Crime Fiction Debuts

AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS
by Martine Bailey

Set in the 1770s, Bailey’s debut stars Biddy Leigh, undercook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, England, who accompanies the master’s wife on a trip to Italy, where she falls in love with a chef and is thrown into a murder case. A delectable dish for foodies and the Downton Abbey crowd.

NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Joe Gannon
Gannon places a classic hard-boiled detective in the middle of 1980s Nicaragua, with its poisonous politics, and tells the story of the times in emotion-drenched, wonderfully lyrical prose.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Boutsikaris steps into Marlowe’s shoes as he narrates the search for a dead man who might not be dead at all. Set in the 1950s and true to Chandler’s creation, this is a memorable visit to the mean streets. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday – Stars Edition

We’ve got an all-STAR line-up for this #ThrillerThursday, but first Edgar Awards news: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey won the Mary Higgins Clark award! Click here to see the full list of 2015 Edgar Award winners. Now, on to the books!

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee (THREE stars!)
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.” Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

“A credible hero and a plot filled with nonstop cinematic action will leave thriller fans eager for the next installment.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

BADLANDS by C.J. Box (THREE stars!)
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.” Booklist, starred review

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” Library Journal, starred review

“[A] superior thriller…” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
“Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: July 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the July 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

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BADLANDS by C.J. Box
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.”Booklist, starred review
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

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AFTER THE STORM
by Linda Castillo

A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.

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THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
The bond between sisters runs deep, especially when murder is involved… “Stevens’s fourth thriller weaves such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
Using the early days of the U.S. space exploration program as a backdrop, Johncock’s “impressive”* debut laces fact with fiction to tell the tale of Jim Harrison, an Air Force test pilot turned astronaut, his wife, Grace, and their gravely ill two-year-old daughter, Florence. “A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries

Happy Monday everyone! As Talia mentioned on Friday, the ELEANOR & PARK eBook is now available for lending! HUZZAH!

Here are some other newly available eBooks your patrons might be interested in:

BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
ILLICIT by Opal Carew
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
EVE OF CHAOS by Sylvia Day
THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins
CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
THE FUN PARTS by Sam Lipsyte
THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE by Thea Goodman
DEATH, DOOM, AND DETENTION by Darynda Jones
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher
A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
DRY (10th Anniversary edition) by Augusten Burroughs
DON'T GO by Lisa Scottoline
WEIGHT WATCHERS 50th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK by Weight Watchers

Want to know what patrons have been checking out? Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MINE TILL MIDNIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
RAINSHADOW ROAD by Lisa Kleypas
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King |
CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas
TELL ME LIES by Jennifer Crusie
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa Kleypas
MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas
"A" IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo
TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Lisa Kleypas
SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE by Lisa Kleypas
WHERE WE BELONG by Emily Giffin
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
BLUE HEAVEN by C.J. Box
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

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