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LJ’s Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks

Library Journal recently revealed their Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks, including these three Macmillan books:

“Like many, I have always had an appreciation for all things Jane Austen, whether it be her original novels, their many retellings, or watching Colin Firth as Darcy famously emerge from a lake in a billowy white shirt. Now I’m awaiting Lucy Worsley’s JANE AUSTEN AT HOME (St. Martin’s, Jul.), which sees the author on an enviable research trip through Austen’s many residences, including childhood and holiday houses, schools, and the abodes of relatives. Worsley connects these spaces back to the fictional dwellings of Austen’s characters, emphasizing the thematic importance of home.” — Kate DiGirolomo, SELF-e Community Coordinator
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Thriller Thursday (2/16/17 Edition)

Spies and detectives and murderers, oh my!

A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
Two starred reviews! A former MI6 officer, Thomas Kell devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy and finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. “Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
In Khan’s third powerful mystery, Detective Esa Khattak is on leave in Iran when he’s asked to investigate the murder of Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani at Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Khattak quickly finds himself embroiled in Iran’s tumultuous politics and under surveillance by the regime, but when the trail leads to Zahra’s family in Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. “Deeply political without becoming pedantic, Khan’s crime novel offers a fictionalized yet very real look at a region that is steeped in both beauty and misery.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (12/22/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to THE CAT SITTER AND THE CANARY by John & Blaize Clement! Intrepid heroine and beloved pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway can’t help but investigate when she finds a body at her newest client’s place in the 11th installment of this beloved cozy series. “The Siesta Key setting, with its beachy attractions, adds a lot of appeal to this intelligently written, always entertaining series. The plot twists rapidly this time, and the authors leave readers with a tantalizing cliff-hanger. A must for fans of pet mysteries.” — Booklist

And while it’s not out until Valentine’s Day, Charles Cumming’s A DIVIDED SPY has two starred reviews!

“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review

Don’t forget you have the chance to be published in the paperback and e-Book edition of A DIVIDED SPY through the St. Martin’s Press-sponsored Who Can You Trust? writing contest!

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Who Can You Trust (to Publish YOU)?

It’s St. Martin’s Press! They’re sponsoring the Who Can You Trust? writing contest to celebrate the upcoming publication of A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming.

The contest details are simple—write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook on life in some way. Five winners will receive $250 and their submissions will be published in the paperback and ebook versions of A DIVIDED SPY!

Full contest details can be found at ADividedSpy.com.

Praise for A DIVIDED SPY:

“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review

“The prolific Cumming…writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming. ” — Kirkus Reviews

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For Your Consideration: February 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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

A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Fans are already lining up in droves.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP was a January 2016 LibraryReads pick and in her new novel, a single mother reaches out to her oncology nurse and social worker to help find a stable situation for her daughter, who suffers from a crippling social anxiety. “Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears.” — Booklist, starred review

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THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
Two starred reviews for this gothic-inflected psychological suspense novel that unmasks the secret desires of a young woman with a mystical gift. “[An] arresting, unsettling, and beautiful tale. Brown enchants and haunts by making the reader question every voice, every truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
Life in a small Iowa town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. “Darnielle’s masterfully disturbing follow-up to the National Book Award–nominated WOLF IN WHITE VAN reads like several Twilight Zone scripts cut together by a poet.Booklist, starred review

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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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Thriller Thursday (11/12/15 Edition)

We have an embarrassment of mystery & thriller riches for you this #ThrillerThursday:

CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
Two stars for the first in a new series from the LibraryReads author of THE RAVEN’S EYE (a Brock and Kolla mystery) starring Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree. “Well written with an elaborate plot, this fast-paced novel explores some aspects of the racial divide in Australia. Recommend for Claire McNab readers or anyone who likes police procedurals.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE HIDDEN MAN by Charles Cumming
In this “enjoyable” (Publishers Weekly) tale from bestseller Cumming, two brothers seek justice for their murdered father and learn of his past life as a spy. “Another solid effort from an established espionage star.” — Booklist

HOME BY NIGHTFALL by Charles Finch
In Finch’s “capable”* ninth Victorian mystery, a death in the family brings gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox back to the country house where he grew up—just in time to confront an odd, unsettling crime in a nearby village. “Well-defined characters enhance the intriguing plot lines.” — *Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/5/14 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:

DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN by Beth Harbison
In New York Times bestseller Harbison’s latest novel, two women set out on an antiquing road trip and get more than they bargained for when they pick up a third, stranded woman. “…it’s an enjoyable ride. Readers will want to pack this road-trip book in their beach bags.” — Booklist

A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
New York Times bestselling author Cumming’s masterful follow-up to A FOREIGN COUNTRY is an espionage tale that has two starred reviews and is an August Indie Next pick! “This fast-paced thriller is full of twists, turns, and surprises. With well-developed, complex characters and plenty of details about spycraft, it’s a perfect summer read for fans of Stella Rimington and John le Carré.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE KILLS by Richard House
We raved about this super-sized summer thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize, which is actually four-books-in-one, and now your patrons will, too. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel…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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Friday Reads: Indie Next Edition

Congratulations! You made it to another weekend!
We know what we’re doing—settling in with a bowl of ice cream and two great books that also happen to be August Indie Next picks:


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 a 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

A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
New York Times bestselling author Cumming’s masterful follow-up to A FOREIGN COUNTRY is an espionage tale that two starred reviews rank on par with John le Carré and Olen Steinhauer.
“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

“This fast-paced thriller is full of twists, turns, and surprises. With well-developed, complex characters and plenty of details about spycraft, it’s a perfect summer read for fans of Stella Rimington and John le Carré.” — Library Journal, starred review

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For Your Consideration: August LibraryReads titles

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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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