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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
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.

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.

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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
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. “Don’t make any assumptions in this psychological thriller as the twists keep coming.” — Marika Zemke, Adult Services Manager, Commerce Township Community Library, MI

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LJ Genre Spotlight: Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills

LJ mystery genre spotlightAccording to Library Journal‘s recent genre spotlight, mysteries still rule! Make sure you’ve got all the Macmillan titles mentioned for your growing collection:
Escaping the Ordinary

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
On sale: Sept. 20, 2016
A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “Bolton plays with reader’s perceptions,” comments [Minotaur editorial director Kelley] Ragland, “constantly shifting the ground under your feet as the story progresses.” And while she isn’t delivering an unreliable narrator, “she’s always got the reader where she wants her.”

Criminal Investigations

Female leads also dominate this spring’s crop of crime and police procedural novels. “Women protagonists are stronger than ever and comprise the majority of our list,” says Minotaur publicity manager Sarah Melnyk, who points out that many of these characters have careers in law enforcement or investigative work.

CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
On sale: May 5, 2016
An interesting switch for urban fantasy writer Armstrong. Her sharp protagonist is Casey Duncan, a detective with a dark past who seeks a fresh start in a remote Canadian town.

STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
On sale: Sept. 6, 2016
A female Walt Longmire in Nebraska’s cattle country, Kate Fox must find out who shot her cheating husband, the county sheriff. “It might be a man’s world overall,” comments Tor/Forge senior editor Kristin Sevick, “but there’s virtually no avenue of sleuthing off-limits to women simply because of their gender. The West doesn’t belong only to the boys.”

REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
On sale: May 3, 2016
Back in small-town North Carolina, meet Elizabeth Black, a dedicated, driven, and deeply troubled detective and Hart’s first female protagonist. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Crime 2015

 

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles!
Plus, Booklist Reader has a special feature on one of our favorite mystery authors…

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
With her beloved series hero, former Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now retired, Penny moves from finding reasons to get Gamache back to his beloved village of Three Pines to taking him on a road trip, first to Europe and then to the wilds of Canada’s upper St. Lawrence River. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. Another gem from an endlessly inventive writer.

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
Richard Price returns as Harry Brandt with the story of Billy Graves, an aging NYPD cop who suspects that one of his cronies in the Wild Geese, a legendary anti-crime unit from the nineties, may now be killing the crooks who got away back in the day. With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, The Whites isn’t about cops and killers as much it’s about the damage we all carry, the sins we’ve all committed, and the heartbreaking unlikeliness of forgiveness. An unrelenting, moving story of crime and social justice.

Best Crime Fiction Debuts

AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS
by Martine Bailey

Set in the 1770s, Bailey’s debut stars Biddy Leigh, undercook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, England, who accompanies the master’s wife on a trip to Italy, where she falls in love with a chef and is thrown into a murder case. A delectable dish for foodies and the Downton Abbey crowd.

NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Joe Gannon
Gannon places a classic hard-boiled detective in the middle of 1980s Nicaragua, with its poisonous politics, and tells the story of the times in emotion-drenched, wonderfully lyrical prose.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Boutsikaris steps into Marlowe’s shoes as he narrates the search for a dead man who might not be dead at all. Set in the 1950s and true to Chandler’s creation, this is a memorable visit to the mean streets. readmoreremove

Homer’s Classics + Dreamy Downton Actor = Audio Heaven!

Happy Monday, friends! To ease you into the work week, here’s something that’s easy on the ears (and eyes): audiobook editions of Homer’s classics: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY narrated by Downton Abbey hunk Dan Stevens! Me-ow!

And they’ve both received lots of attention!

Parade Magazine featured THE ODYSSEY in their list of fantastic celebrity-narrated audiobooks

Entertainment Weekly sat in on the recording session with Stevens and did a feature about it

THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY were included in a September AARP Magazine article about classic books with celebrity narrators

USA Today included an audio clip from THE ODYSSEY in a feature they ran on Dan Stevens

THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY are AudioFile Magazine Editor’s Picks this month

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For Your Consideration: October LibraryReads titles

Download, read, and nominate our favorite titles now for the October 2014* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due September 1

LILA by Marilynne Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author “Robinson has created a tour de force” (Booklist, starred review) with the final volume in her Gilead trilogy, LILA. It’s already received two starred reviews and has a major media line-up.

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FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker
Parker, a three-time Edgar Award winner, delivers an exceptional, insightful, and contemporary stand-alone literary novel. Fans of the author’s crime novels and Tim O’Brien’s war novels will enjoy this story, which highlights the impact of war on a community. In addition, Steinbeck fans will appreciate the description of the setting and intricate plot.” Library Journal, starred review

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MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
We love this Golden Age–style debut from librarian Weaver featuring a spunky heiress, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday at an exquisite seaside resort, and a MURDER. Bryant Library’s Janet Schneider loved it too: “Great beach reading. Sort of a Dorothy L Sayers/Downton Abbey combo.”

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THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
If you were at Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog you heard Picador’s publisher Stephen Morrison talk about this creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own. Dominique Jenkins of Penguin Library Marketing is OBSESSED: “Have you guys read THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS? Holy WOW!”

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THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
A longtime best-selling author who got even wider attention with last year’s NECESSARY LIES, Chamberlain returns with the story of a sister’s shocking discovery. Riley McPherson had always been told that her sister committed suicide, but when she cleans out her deceased father’s house, she discovers that Lisa is alive and hiding under an assumed identity. What dark events led to Riley’s having ‘a silent sister’?” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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Happy #BookBday to THE FORTUNE HUNTER

We adored New York Times bestselling author Daisy Goodwin’s Downton-y delicious debut, THE AMERICAN HEIRESS, and now we get to wish her second historical novel, THE FORTUNE HUNTER, a very happy #BookBday!

In THE FORTUNE HUNTER, a beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle. It was a Maximum Shelf Awareness feature and has received rave reviews:

“Although readers who enjoyed THE AMERICAN HEIRESS will be first in line to savor Goodwin’s new novel, they will be followed quickly by others who appreciate engaging and thoughtful historical fiction.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Goodwin’s second novel is a luxurious indulgence for romantically inclined readers. Mingling historical fact with imaginative fiction, Goodwin writes with effortless grace, and her dialogue’s subtle wit is delightful. Each of her three protagonists commands attention and sympathy, which heightens the story’s poignancy.”
— Booklist

“An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly

“With its witty dialogue, intriguing research and cameo appearances by Queen Victoria and other royals, Goodwin’s latest is a pleasurable excursion into Downton-land complete with high-society weddings, lavish balls and an exciting, all-or-nothing horse-racing finale.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Audio All-Stars

Downton Abbey. Homeland. Sex and the City. What do these popular television shows have in common with our friends at Macmillan Audio? Our favorite actors from each will soon be narrating our audio books too!

Ron LivingstonRon Livingston, best known for his roles in Office Space, Band of Brothers and Sex and the City, will be narrating Lisa Scottoline's KEEP QUIET.

Click here to listen to a clip of Livingston’s narration.

Claire Danes  
Claire Danes, currently starring as Carrie Matheson on Homeland, is also known for her roles in My So-Called Life, Romeo & Juliet, and HBO’s Temple Grandin. She'll be narrating Michael Cunningham's THE SNOW QUEEN. Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog did a feature with an exclusive clip of Danes’s narration. (Fun fact: Danes’s husband, Hugh Dancy, narrated Cunningham's last audiobook, BY NIGHTFALL!)
 
 
Dan StevensDan Stevens, best known for his role on Downton Abbey, is doing double-duty by narrating a couple of Homer's classics: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY. Once again, EW's Shelf Life was on the case with a feature story.

Click here to listen to a clip from THE ODYSSEY.

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Downton Abbey Fever!

Huzzah! The new season of "Downton Abbey" is here! Can't wait six more days for a new episode? Don't fret, love, we've got you covered with these delightful books:

THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY by Jessica Fellowes, foreword by series creator Julian Fellowes
This gorgeous book is a lavish look at the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama–of “Downton Abbey,” thanks to illustrations and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from Seasons 1 and 2.

THE CHRONICLES OF DOWNTON ABBEY by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis, foreword by Julian Fellowes
An evocative combination of inside story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama, THE CHRONICLES OF DOWNTON ABBEY examines the motivations, actions and inspirations behind every important member of the Crawley family in Season 3.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT DOWNTON ABBEY by Emma Rowley, foreword by executive producer Gareth Neame
Straight from the director’s chair, this expertly crafted Season 4 tie-in book features never-before-seen photos from props to wardrobe to on-set locations, as well as in-depth interviews from the actors and the creative team behind the award-winning drama.

BELOW STAIRS by Margaret Powell
Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs,” Margaret Powell's classic memoir of her time in service is, “An irresistible inside account of life ‘in service’ and a fascinating document of a vanished time and place.” — Kirkus Reviews

DOWNTRODDEN ABBEY: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family by Gillian Fetlocks
This wickedly funny parody of the beloved show features everyone's favorite characters, including the Crawfish sisters, Brace the valet, and scheming lady's maid “Potatoes” O'Grotten in their battle for the deed to Downtrodden Abbey.

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