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Thriller Thursday (12/14/17 Edition)

Cozy up with some cozies (and a psychological thriller) this December:

BLOODSTAINS WITH BRONTE by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The second book in a delightful new cozy mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “The writers’-retreat theme opens the story to plenty of literary references, and there are also details about home remodeling and decorating woven throughout this cozy, set in small-town coastal Oregon and featuring a middle-aged main character trying to decide whether she should totally change her life.” — Booklist

GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust
When the body of Realtor of the Year Shirley Randolph is found floating in Brandywine Creek’s local fishing hole, townsfolk think Police Chief Wyatt McBride may be responsible, given his romantic interest in Shirley. “Oust deliciously upends a cozy trope—amateur sleuth vs. professional cop—in her fifth Spice Shop mystery (after 2016’s CURRIED AWAY). Ginger lore and simple recipes provide lagniappe.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

2017 Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are here! Books make great gifts and while we know you’re all professional recommenders, the book suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide may be helpful to you.

In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away big bundles of these holiday books to THREE lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: 2017 Holiday Giveaway) by Sunday, December 10, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print.

UPDATE 12/15/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI
Catherine Healey, College of Staten Island Library/CUNY, Staten Island NY
Angela Romano, Oak Lawn Public Library, Oak Lawn IL

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE by Melissa de la Cruz
New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz reinvents a classic tale in this gender-swapped version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a holiday twist. “De la Cruz’s Christmas romance is quick, witty, and a must for fans of Austen retellings.” — Publishers Weekly

MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL by Samantha Silva
A November 2017 Indie Next pick! Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this debut novel set as Charles Dickens writes his beloved classic. “With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.” — Booklist

CHRISTMAS IN LONDON by Anita Hughes
A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge’s in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life. “Hughes has romance readers’ mouths watering and hearts melting with this food- and holiday-themed novel.” — Booklist

HOPE AT CHRISTMAS by Nancy Naigle
Reeling from divorce, Sydney moves back to her hometown with her daughter, but doesn’t expect to fall for Santa (single dad and local high school history teacher Kevin). “Naigle’s wonderfully heart-warming holiday story will appeal to romance and women’s fiction readers.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/26/17 Edition)

Here are entertaining new mysteries in three excellent continuing series:

DYING TO LIVE by Michael Stanley
In the sixth and “best” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) entry in the Detective Kubu mystery series, a Bushman is discovered dead near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the police suspect foul play, especially when the body goes missing from the morgue. “Stanley, the pseudonym of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, once again mixes strongly developed characters, puzzling plot twists, and a textured African setting in an international police procedural with heart and soul that will appeal to fans of Kwei Quartey and Alexander McCall Smith.” — Library Journal, starred review

HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Donna Andrews
Meg Langslow’s husband is turning his one-man show of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol into a big, splashy production, with a famed if fading actor brought in to play Scrooge. Alas, the man has enemies. “The always-busy, efficient Meg solves the murders while keeping order among family and friends; all the usual, wonderfully drawn, quirky characters are present in this satisfying, humorous entry in the long-running series.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/12/17 Edition)

Cozy up with a good mystery this #ThrillerThursday:

CAT AMONG THE PUMPKINS by Mandy Morton
As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Hettie Bagshot of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency has more than just a ghost and warlock tart on her plate. Along with her faithful sidekick, Tilly, the tabby duo set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders. “…this series has a peculiar English charm.” — Publishers Weekly

DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
When the body of a prima ballerina is discovered in the snow, Lady Emily races through Saint Petersburg to solve the murder, while a ghostly dancer appears to take the lost ingenue’s place. “In addition to a satisfying puzzle and the always appealing protagonist, Alexander delivers a memorable portrait of a fairy-tale city dancing on the brink of revolution.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/5/17 Edition)

Cosmic horror! Agatha Raisin! Murder in a brewery! Here’s what we’re reading this #ThrillerThursday:

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
“Wong’s wildly mind-bending third installment (after THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS) of the adventures of protagonist David Wong is filled with the humorous horror readers have come to expect. While the story gleefully wallows in absurdity, thoughtful themes of addiction, perception, and the drive to do the right thing quickly emerge beneath the vivid and convoluted imagery. The plot’s rapid pace holds the reader’s attention to the truly bitter end.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

OLD SCORES by Will Thomas
When a Japanese diplomat is murdered and Cyrus Barker is the prime suspect, Barker and sidekick Llewelyn must work against the clock to find the real killer. “Series fans will rejoice to learn more about Barker, whose past life has thus far been murky. As always, the author draws out personalities to enlighten and entertain: even the dog, Harm, comes to life, along with inimitable servant Mac, the short-lived victim, and the series leads, who change with experience.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WITCHES’ TREE by M.C. Beaton
New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case for the series’s 25th anniversary. “The usual cast of characters is present in this humorous cozy, which is sure to please Agatha’s fans and those who love village mysteries.” — Booklist

DEATH ON TAP by Ellie Alexander
A new hardcover cozy series set in a microbrewery in Leavenworth, WA, featuring a likeable sleuth and plenty of delicious food and drink (and murder, of course). “The author of the ‘Bakeshop’ mysteries (A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT) introduces a new series with likeable characters, an atmospheric small-town setting, and a quirky adversary for the amateur sleuth. The engaging premise and pairings of beer and food should appeal to fans of Avery Aames’s ‘Cheese Shop’ titles.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: January 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2017 AND January 2018 titles for the January 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts
A December 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. “Roberts’ new direction is electric and ground-breaking. A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Year One.”*

DARK IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
During a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds in Times Square. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. “Robb expertly ratchets up the suspense as the endgame approaches in this deadly chess match between Eve and her cunning opponent.” — Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Dark in Death.”*

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
The third contemporary fantasy in the Wayward Children series, following LibraryReads picks EVERY HEART A DOORWAY and DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES! When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived.

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Evan Smoak’s handler, Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the Orphan Program. “The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Evan Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. Do not miss this one.” — Booklist, starred review

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Hellbent.”*

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Two starred reviews and big movie news for this novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. “Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (5/18/17 Edition)

Terrific true crime, a debut about frenemies, and the next entry in a Southern cozy series are today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
A June 2017 Indie Next pick and one of Buzzfeed’s “31 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with three starred reviews! “In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
A suspenseful debut novel about the troubled friendship among three women and the aftermath when one of them is found dead. “Demonstrating diabolical plotting chops and an ability to convincingly conjure settings, Campbell crafts a twisty page-turner…” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

2016 Agatha & Lefty Award Winners

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! First, congrats to our MWA Grand Masters Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books) and Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books), who were officially announced as part of the 2017 Edgar Award winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 Agatha Award winners

Best Contemporary Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Best Historical Novel: THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Congratulations to our 2017 Lefty Awards winners

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial): THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Now on to our new mysteries & thrillers hitting shelves this week:

PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
Two starred reviews! Edgar Award-winner Peter Blauner introduces New York police detective Lourdes Robles tracking the case of a murdered criminal defense attorney and his Iraq war veteran son in this “top-notch crime novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—his first in more than a decade. “Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOUR KILLIN’ HEART by Peggy O’Neal Peden
Winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, a delightful Nashville cozy featuring a plucky sleuth and the beyond-the-grave machinations of a country star. “Peden’s debut vividly captures the Nashville music scene and the city’s Southern atmosphere. Campbell is an charming amateur sleuth, loyal to a fault. Fans of Tonya Kappes’s books and readers who enjoy humorous whodunits with a strong sense of place will find this one delightful.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FALLEN by Eric Van Lustbader
The sequel to the internationally bestselling THE TESTAMENT! “A decade later, Lustbader reopens his study of good and evil, secret cults, and God and Lucifer’s elemental struggle for world dominion. Intelligent, well-researched, and unsettling,….” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GRAVES by Pamela Wechsler
In Pamela Wechsler’s latest novel featuring upper crust Boston DA Abby Endicott, Abby becomes personally embroiled in a serial killer case whose victims are all young women. “Catnip for readers attached to Boston, believably strong women, legal intrigue, or any combination of the above.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/6/17 Edition)

It’s a rainy & foggy #ThrillerThursday here in Gotham—perfect for curling up with one of these mysteries:

THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history, hiding billions in stolen gold and silver across the United States. Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is deeper than he ever imagined. “Berry’s fans will love his latest endeavor as he brings more detail into Malone’s past and how he came to be known as Cotton. …Berry has written another gripping novel.” — Associated Press

DATE WITH DEATH by Julia Chapman
The debut of a delightful new English village mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales starring Delilah Metcalfe, the owner of The Dales Dating Agency, and Samson O’Brien, private investigator. “The cozy-sounding title notwithstanding, this series launch by Chapman (a pen name for British author Julia Stagg) is an atmospheric traditional mystery with a vivid sense of place and spirited characters who drive the engaging plot. Recommended for Julia Spencer-Fleming fans or those who appreciate complex mysteries set in English villages.” — Library Journal, starred review

DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper
Spirited wedding planner Kelsey McKenna juggles a sabotaged wedding and a cold-blooded killer in beautiful California wine country in this hilarious follow-up to TERROR IN TAFFETA. “The second in this cozy series offers both a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the perfect wedding and a surprisingly tricky mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/30/17 Edition)

Crime & cat cozies, oh my! Read on for our #ThrillerThursday picks:

CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
Three starred reviews! In Dahl’s third powerful novel, Rebekah Roberts investigates a murder that occurred in Brooklyn after the Crown Heights riots of 1991, for which the wrong man may have been convicted. “CONVICTION is a cleverly named compelling chronicle…[about] the very meaning of power and poverty, justice, family, and, best of all, hope. Timely and perfect for twenty- and thirtysomething fans of Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz.” — Booklist, starred review

ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
A Library Journal “Great First Acts—Debut Novels” pick! 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

THE OUTSIDER by Anthony Franze
A young law clerk finds himself caught in the cross-hairs of a serial killer in this fast-paced thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court. “Descriptions of the law and how the Supreme Court operates are engaging, and Franze knows how to showcase the ins and outs of that world without diving into too much legalese…. It’s like a mix of John Grisham and Scott Turow alongside the inner workings of the court system. Toss it all together and the end result is this winning novel.” — Associated Press

FOLLOW ME DOWN by Sherri Smith
In Smith’s debut thriller, Mia Haas is drawn back to the North Dakota town where she grew up when she learns that her twin brother is missing—and that he’s suspected of murdering the high school student he was allegedly having an affair with. “…this fast-moving domestic thriller will satisfy readers of contemporary suspense.” — Booklist

THE NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by Mandy Morton
Prepare to be besotted with this first book in a new series that turns the traditional British cozy on its head and features feline crime-solvers. “For lovers of cat cozies, the world that Morton has created will be irresistible.” — Publishers Weekly

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.
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