Articles tagged "detective"

Thriller Thursday (12/12/19)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday takes a Halloween night festival and throws in some murder, anonymous threats, an explosion, and a chilling investigation with SHATTER THE NIGHT by Emily Littlejohn.

A new addition to the series, Gemma Monroe, a small-town Colorado police detective, is back with even more murder to solve.

“Digging into the death of a friend threatens a police officer’s idyllic vision of her heroes…Littlejohn continues methodically building her heroine’s world, shifting from an almost supernatural-inflected focus to small-town secrets.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Cedar Valley, Colorado, is changing—mining operations have reopened in a nearby town, and the long-shuttered theater has been renovated and is building up to a performance of Macbeth. On Halloween night, the good times are brought to a halt when, shortly after Detective Gemma Monroe and her family call at his house, a judge is killed when his car explodes…Fans of Littlejohn’s mysteries (including LOST LAKE, 2018) will settle into this familiar blend of smart sleuthing and realistic portrayals of Monroe’s home life.”–Booklist

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Thriller Thursday (12/05/19)

A Victorian detective on the hunt for a missing Oxford academic + a factory mystery with murder and a bad-tempered donkey + Teddy Roosevelt’s near death assassination or accident? + a private investigator hired by the number one suspect + a thriller author on the run in Alaska + a gripping murder case in an isolated New England town = this week’s #ThrillerThursday!

LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR by Kate Saunders

2 starred reviews!

“[Saunders] is marvelous at working in what life was like in 1851 England through telling details…Throughout it all, Laetitia, practical and canny, makes a marvelous companion.”–Booklist, starred review

“Saunders’s exquisite prose and patient storytelling build a convincing Victorian voice, while Mrs. Rodd’s shrewd, energetic narration adds further appeal to the rich depiction of 19th-century landscapes and attitudes.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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New E-Galleys for November 2019

Hello e-galley readers! Check out some of the exciting e-galleys that were added to Edelweiss this month for your downloading pleasure:

HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir

Lesbian necromancers return to space in the hotly-anticipated sequel to GIDEON THE NINTH.

DEAD WEST by Matt Goldman

Minneapolis private detective Nils Shapiro is back for another thrilling, standalone adventure.

A SWEET MESS by Jayci Lee

Diversity! Rom-com! CAKE!

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Thriller Thursday (9/26/19)

Joe Gunther returns + international terrorism + 19th century New York in shambles = today’s #ThrillerThursday.

BOMBER’S MOON: A Joe Gunther Novel by Archer Mayor

“[F]ans will appreciate the introduction of FARO into a mix of technological tools, which, together with Gunther’s crime-solving prowess, make for an absorbing read.”–Booklist, starred review

BLOOD IN THE WATER by Jack Flynn

“Dirty fighting, clever strategizing, and complicated romances drive this story at breakneck pace.”–Library Journal

HUDSON’S KILL: A Justice Flanagan Thriller by Paddy Hirsch

“Hirsch makes the most of his setting and has a rich vein of potential future plots to mine. Historical mystery fans will be enthralled.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Thriller Thursday (9/5/19)

1930s New York, an FBI agent versus a deadly virus, two new series openers, and the 49th Eve Dallas! Read on for this week’s Thriller Thursday spotlight.

A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT: An Amory Ames Mystery by Ashley Weaver

“Weaver pairs a lively plot with colorful glimpses of Manhattan just before Prohibition’s repeal. Both longtime fans and new readers will be pleased.”–Publishers Weekly

THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleeves

A September Indie Next & LibraryReads pick + an audiobook excerpt!

“The plotting is complex and intriguing, the location comes alive, and the resolution satisfies.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE EXTINCTION AGENDA by Michael Laurence

“FBI Special Agent James Mason’s search for answers to the deaths of his wife and his partner throws him deep into a decades-old conspiracy… first-novelist Laurence shows great promise.”–Booklist

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THE LONG CALL is a September 2019 LibraryReads Pick!

You voted, they counted, and THE LONG CALL is officially a LibraryReads pick for September 2019!

THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleeves

A September Indie Next pick!

“The plotting is complex and intriguing, the location comes alive, and the resolution satisfies. VERDICT Fans of Cleeves lamenting the end of the ‘Shetland’ series will find much to love in her new characters and setting.”–Library Journal, starred review

Now, don’t forget to read and vote for your favorite October titles by September 1st! Need recommendations? We got ’em here.

#ThrillerThursday (7/18/19)

Kate Burkholder returns and an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer in today’s #ThrillerThursday!

SHAMED: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo

A July 2019 LibraryReads Hall of Fame Inductee!

“If they haven’t already, readers looking for a fierce-female-fronted procedural should check out Catillo’s best-selling series, from the get-go.”–Booklist

BURIED by Ellison Cooper

“The combination of science and personal warmth makes Cooper’s protagonist a natural for devotees of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”–Booklist

Get Your E-Galleys!

Hello giant e-galley drop! We’ve got the goods, so make sure you’re whitelisted and dive into some super exciting F19 and W20 titles.

A BETTER MAN: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Gamache. ‘Nuff said.

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler

The author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan Byrne returns with a new series–romance, dukes, blackmail, secrets, and a proposal of convenience.

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Thriller Thursday (4/25/19)

From psychological thrillers to historical mysteries, we’ve got a packed house for this week’s Thriller Thursday celebration!

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE by Alice Feeney

“For most folks, being suspected in the disappearance of their spouse would be about as bad as it gets, but not for London actress Aimee Sinclair, the narrator of bestseller Feeney’s shock-filled second thriller… The action speeds toward a finale that’s about as subtle as an ax. Fans of over-the-top psychological thrillers will be satisfied.”–Publishers Weekly

STONE MOTHERS by Erin Kelly

“Written in several parts that show the passage of time through the development of the mental institution—which is a character itself—the book’s secrets are revealed slowly. Full of blackmail and lies, this novel grows in intensity as each character’s story is told. Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers and have them wanting more from Kelly.”–Booklist, starred review

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Maximum Shelf: THE WHISPER MAN

Last week’s Maximum Shelf pick was Alex North’s THE WHISPER MAN, the next creepy thriller from Celadon you won’t want to miss!

Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake are having a tough time after the sudden death of their wife and mother. A fresh start will help heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their window at night.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they settle into their new home. Except that now a young boy has gone missing with a similar M.O. as The Whisper Man all those years ago, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison. The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

“In the end, THE WHISPER MAN has all the hallmarks of a great murder-mystery thriller: suspense, the battle between good and evil, surprise twists and turns, fresh takes on classic detective characters and sympathetic civilians. But more than that, North offers nuance and questions about human agency. For all the darkness in this novel about serial killers and trauma, there is a sweet strain of filial love and creativity, and even a note of redemption.”–Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Alex North on Shelf-Awareness.com. AND enter to win an ARC!

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