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#ThrillerThursday (3/21/19)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday celebration features a cozy series-starter, the aftermath of a family tragedy, an eagerly-awaited sequel, a Bostonian bike courier, and a military thriller!

MURDER ONCE REMOVED: Ancestry Detective (Volume 1) by S. C. Perkins
“This debut features an intelligent genealogist detective, a strong supporting cast, some romantic tension, and information about Texas history that should appeal to readers of Rett MacPherson’s genealogy mysteries as well as cozy lovers who prefer a dash of history in their mysteries.”–Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month)

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Jesse Blackadder
“Issues of trust, the burden of responsibility, and forgiveness are dealt with on an expert level. This is a masterpiece of women’s fiction, as the complexities and intricacies of both the characters and the situations are devastatingly and utterly realistic. The story is raw in its intimacy, grabbing hold of the readers’ heart, and not letting go.”–Booklist, starred review

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It’s a COZY Thursday (2/28/19)

Cozy fans, rejoice! While our Thursdays are usually reserved for chilling and pulse-pounding thrillers, today’s celebration features the coastal cozy mystery you’ve been craving.

DRAWN AND BUTTERED: A Lobster Shack Mystery by (librarian!) Shari Randall is the third book in a wonderfully satisfying cozy mystery series set at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in coastal New England.

Ballerina Allie Larkin’s ankle is almost healed, but for now, she’s keeping the temporary job at Aunt Gully’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack, famed for its mouth-watering lobster rolls and clam chowder. One day, Aunt Gully decides to put her friend’s pet lobster on display, and the whopping twenty-seven pound Lobzilla becomes a media sensation—even more so when he is kidnapped.

“Fans of coastal New England cozies, such as those by Sally Goldenbaum and Jenn McKinlay, will relish this one.”–Booklist

#ThrillerThursday (1/31/19)

Your favorite orphan assassin + a cozy series opener = this week’s Thriller Thursday!

OUT OF THE DARK: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews!
“Chases, hand-to-hand combat, and gunfights make the short chapters speed by like automatic gunfire. Hurwitz is at the top of this game in this gritty thriller.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

DEAD AS A DOOR KNOCKER: A House-Flipper Mystery by Diane Kelly
The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville–where the real estate market is to die for. “Whitney and her allies are engaging characters, forging bonds that should grow as this new series continues.”–Booklist

#ThrillerThursday (12/6/18)

Stolen identities, the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize winner, and the start of a cozy series…it’s #ThrillerThursday!

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem 
The third book in the internationally bestselling Fabian Risk series, a terrifying story of stolen identity and serial murder.

“Readers will sympathize with Risk, a decent man caught between the demands of his family and his job, and such well-drawn supporting characters as Tuvesson, who’s sinking into alcoholism. Ahnhem unflinchingly unveils the monstrous crimes lurking beneath Scandinavia’s seemingly placid surface.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

It’s Tuesday. It’s #PubDay. (10/9/18)

A star lawyer, a talent agent for animals, Nazi Hunters, and a coming-of-age novel… Check out our eclectic #PubDay selections:

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster
by Stephen L. Carter

ALA Annual Read ‘n Rave pick!

2 starred reviews!

“In the same vein as best sellers such as Liza Mundy’s CODE GIRLS and Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES, this new work from Carter presents the untold story of his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter, the black female lawyer who prosecuted notorious mobster Lucky Luciano. With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice’s story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed.” Library Journal, starred review

“Bestseller Carter (BACK CHANNEL) narrates the life story of his exceptional grandmother, Eunice Carter, an African-American attorney who masterminded the sting operation that resulted in the imprisonment of mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano…Carter’s enthusiasm for his grandmother’s incredible fortitude despite numerous setbacks is contagious; Eunice Carter’s story is another hidden gem of African-American history.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

DOMINION: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
by Peter Ackroyd

DOMINION, the fifth volume of Peter Ackroyd’s masterful History of England, begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to a post-war depression and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

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Beer, Bell Ringers +A Booklist Starred Review (10/4/18)

Beer, [Dead] Bell ringers, and a Booklist starred review! It’s time for #thrillerthursday, y’all!

ZERO SUM GAME
by S.L. Huang

Library Journal Best Fall Debut

2 starred reviews!

“This hard-to-put-down, action-packed sf debut is intelligent and entertaining. With Cas, Huang has created an indelible, flawed character who makes mathematics seem almost magical.” Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month

“A fast-paced, darkly humorous read with a lot of heart for fans of action and urban fantasy, as well as lovers of Wolverine and other morally ambiguous, gritty superheroes with a mysterious past.” Booklist, starred review

THE DEAD RINGER
by M.C. Beaton

“An appropriately punny title, as the New York Times best-selling Beaton brings back Agatha Raisin to track the killer of Thirk Magna resident Millicent, who with identical twin Mavis belonged to St. Ethelred’s top-notch team of bell-ringers.”Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

THE PINT OF NO RETURN
by Ellie Alexander

“Alexander has created an appealing cast of characters and a lovely setting for them to live in. Best of all, she treats the reader to a fascinating look at the skill and artistry involved in brewing craft beer.”Publishers Weekly

“The lively Oktoberfest frame, the craft-beer community, and the many fascinating details about beer and brewing are seamlessly woven through the story. The sympathetic Sloan, who is trying to create a new life for herself and her teenage son, and the secondary characters are vividly drawn, and the importance of family shines through this agreeable cozy.”Booklist

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DEATH ON TAP

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Thriller Thursday (6/28/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to:

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick and July 2018 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE DARKEST TIME OF NIGHT by Jeremy Finley
When the seven-year-old grandson of U.S. Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again. “[An] outstanding debut… Finley’s complex portrayal of his heroic lead will carry readers through plot developments that would come across as unconvincing in the hands of a lesser writer. X-Files fans will be enthralled.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

LIKE TO DIE by David Housewright
A seemingly simple investigation takes Rushmore McKenzie down a dark and twisted path. “This is the fifteenth in the series, and it’s just as fresh as the first. Housewright makes telling a cracking-good mystery look effortless, and that means fans are in store for another thoroughly enjoyable read.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Booklist Mystery Month 2018, Our Agatha Award Winner & #ThrillerThursday Picks

First, a HUGE congratulations to Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, which won the 2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!

It’s Mystery Month over at Booklist, and Bill Ott named 3 of our books The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018 (for books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018):

Top 10 Crime Novels

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
The latest in Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak series may be the best yet. The former Orphan X has cut his ties with the deep-cover Orphan Program and has reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, helping those with nowhere else to turn. Now, though, he’s out to avenge the death of his former mentor, but can he do so without putting at risk a young woman he rescued from the program? The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. As the character of Smoak becomes steadily more complex, the humanity at the core of the man emerges forcefully.

Best Debuts

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her dead father, Frank, who was also a cop: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she turns to Frank’s notebooks when she attempts to solve several murders in her small Ohio town. Roxane is a wonderfully rich character, deeply flawed but absolutely dogged in her pursuit of the truth. Sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/26/18 Edition)

Sleuths abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday reads!

ANTIQUE BLUES by Jane K. Cleland
Josie Prescott must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in the twelfth mystery in this beloved cozy series set in New Hampshire. “The 12th title in Cleland’s character-driven series is as fascinating as its predecessors with plenty of details that capture the excitement of the hunt for the history and provenance of particular art objects. Also appealing are the engaging and sympathetic characters who bring warmth to this cozy mystery.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHATTERED MIRROR by Iris Johansen
When forensic sculptor Eve Duncan receives a package containing a skull, her reconstruction reveals a beautiful woman’s faces. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman’s mirror image, a game is on where her twin’s life hangs in the balance. “Fans of paranormal suspense will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly

THE GLASS ROOM by Ann Cleeves
Also available in trade paperback
From CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner Ann Cleeves comes the fifth book in the Vera Stanhope series, published for the first time in the US. “Cleeves crafts a subtle, complex mystery, and the curmudgeonly Vera and her distinctive view of the world make this series stand out in a crowded genre.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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