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Doing the Devil’s Work
by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Witch Hunter’s Tale by Sam Thomas

“Outstanding… The best to date.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Thomas’s follow-up to The Harlot’s Tale does not disappoint. With authentic historical details and fascinating characters, this book will draw readers deep into the elaborate world of 17th-century England, midwives, and witch hunts.”–Library Journal (starred review)

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen

“Incorporating exquisite period detail into her well-mannered mystery, Arlen offers readers an engaging peek into the lives of upper and lower classes of early 1900s England.”–Library Journal

“Lively… Mystery fans eager for yet another look at the quasi-feudal system that prevailed in England before WWI will be most rewarded.”–Publishers Weekly

Three Stars for Bill Loehfelm’s DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

“As he’s shown in the earlier installments in this series, Loehfelm has a real feel for capturing the nearly impenetrable culture of the NOPD; Coughlin needs all the help she can get to avoid becoming the fall guy in a case no one wants to touch, but whom can she trust? As impressive as his ability to evoke a sense of place is Loehfelm’s creation of a lead character of such remarkable depth and complexity. Equal parts toughness, vulnerability, naïveté, and street smarts, Coughlin has clearly established herself as one of the most compelling crime-fiction protagonists to appear in the last five years. She has something of the brashness of Carol O’Connell’s Kathy Mallory but is not nearly as loose a cannon; at the same time, her combination of determination and insecurity suggests Lucie Soto, another rookie cop, who shared the lead with Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room. Above all, though, she is one of a kind. There is no more fascinating beat cop in crime fiction, and when Coughlin earns her detective shield, the genre’s A-list stars better start watching their backs.”–Booklist (starred review)

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

To find out more about the critically acclaimed  Maureen Coughlin series, click here.

It’s a Two Star Parade!

Welcome back to Monday, dear librarians!  We’re thrilled to share with you 6 Winter 2015  Macmilan titles that have already recieved 2 starred reviews!
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AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Outstanding… Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will find a lot to like.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton

“A remarkable novel.”–Booklist (starred review)

“As skilled in execution as it is fascinating in premise, Walton’s new work doesn’t require a degree in classics, although readers might well be inspired to read Plato after seeing the rocky destruction of his dream. Although rich with philosophical discussions, what keeps this novel from becoming too chilly or analytical are its sympathetic female characters.”–Library Journal (starred review)

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THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

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THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

“Beatty … outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [THE SELLOUT] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Beatty’s satirical latest is a droll, biting look at racism in modern America . . . Wildly funny but deadly serious, Beatty’s caper is populated by outrageous caricatures, and its damning social critique carries the day.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“Exceptional…unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND…even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“compulsively readable …  Sumell’s debut is humbly macho, provoking outrage, pity, and finally tenderness. Perhaps this is a book readers will hate to love, but only because it feels, like Alby, all too real.”–Booklist (starred review)

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Sneak Peek: January 2015 Indie Next list

The January 2015 Indie Next List was recently announced and it includes several Macmillan titles!

THE UNQUIET DEAD

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

“Loehfelm has created a wonderfully flawed heroine in Coughlin, who began as a Staten Island cocktail waitress with a nose for trouble… This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy (e.g., ‘her empty eyes pointed up at the stars and the wide expanse of indigo sky, her mouth slightly open in surprise.'”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

(formerly published as WHERE THE MOON ISN’T)

* Winner of the 2013 Costa First Novel Award
* Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

“In this very assured debut, performance poet and mental-health nurse Filer shows that he knows what he’s writing about. It should prove catnip to book group participants (especially those who loved Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and will appeal to anyone looking for a serious (but not ponderous) story that’s impossible to put down.”–Library Journal, starred review

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(updated December 31, 2014)

FEBRUARY 2015

Coming-of-Age Debuts:

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

Debut Novels with a Hint of Fantasy:

FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson

Mysteries:

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (aka Talia’s favorite book jacket award winner)

DREAMLESS by Jørgen Brekke

From the dude who wrote THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS: A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne

From the dude who wrote CLOCKERS and LUSH LIFE: THE WHITES by Harry Brandt AKA RICHARD PRICE aka the most incredible writer of realistic NYC-based cop novels

MARCH 2015

From the sassy gal who wrote WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?  A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe

Trying to find yourself… in the wilderness?  READ: HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS by Katherine Center

Debut Novels with a WWII Backdrop:

THE SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran

THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday

Debut Novel:

GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami

Fantasy:

VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK: A MEMOIR BY LADY TRENT by Marie Brennan

Romance:

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID by Suzanne Enoch (OMG HIGHLANDERS!!!)

Mysteries:

ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir

THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski

FRACTURED by Kate Watterson

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For Your Consideration: December and January LibraryReads Titles

Nominations for the January 2015 LibraryReads list (which also includes December 2014 titles this time) are due on November 20. Here’s what we recommend:

December 2014 titles

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Grace and Ted Chapman are a literary power couple whose marriage is anything but perfect. So it’s good news when the new assistant Beth arrives and gets everything under control—except maybe her motives aren’t entirely altruistic.

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SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a NASA-sponsored National Underwater Robotics Competition.

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FIVE
by Ursula Archer
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. “The suspense builds until the shocking climax.” — Publishers Weekly

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January 2015 titles

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, GARDEN SPELLS, Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.” — Booklist, starred review

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A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
In the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about William Heming, a real estate agent who is most at home among a stranger’s private things. “[A] gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Masterman’s follow-up to her Edgar Award-nominated debut thriller RAGE AGAINST THE DYING. Brigid takes in her nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate after Gemma’s mom dies, but then dangerous things start happening. First someone tries to poison her dogs, then Brigid—is Gemma Kate to blame?

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THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
In the hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE BONE SEASON, Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

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DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
The sinuous and provocative story of good cop Maureen Coughlin struggling painfully into her own on the streets of New Orleans.

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For more December/January LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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