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Thriller Thursday (9/8/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-9-8-16Happy #ThrillerThursday to series regulars and new mysteries:

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
THREE starred reviews! “Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
THREE starred reviews! “Dodd continues her flawless pivoting from romance to suspense with the third book in her riveting series set in the small Washington town of Virtue Falls. Scary, sexy, and smartly written, BECAUSE I’M WATCHING is Dodd at the top of her game.” — Booklist, starred review

KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balson’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
Featured in a recent Library Journal mystery spotlight, STRIPPED BARE stars Kate Fox, a female Walt Longmire in Nebraska’s cattle country, who must find the person who shot her cheating husband, the county sheriff. “Baker’s writing evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, and her colorful cast of secondary characters adds a depth of charm. Devotees of Craig Johnson’s ‘Walt Longmire’ series and fans of Judy Clemens are sure to appreciate this title.” — Library Journal, starred review & September 2016 Pick of the Month  readmoreremove

Oh My (Mystery) Stars!

The *stars* are piling up for these six outstanding mysteries:

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd — THREE STARS!
“Dodd continues her flawless pivoting from romance to suspense with the third book in her riveting series set in the small Washington town of Virtue Falls. Scary, sexy, and smartly written, BECAUSE I’M WATCHING is Dodd at the top of her game.”
Booklist, starred review

“Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this exquisitely crafted, modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end. A chilling and gripping tale, beautifully done. ” — Library Journal, starred review

“Romantic suspense favorite Dodd heads back to Virtue Falls for another smart, dramatic mystery that will keep readers flipping pages until the very end, with unexpected twists, psychological tension, and emotional depth. Another Virtue Falls winner.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart — THREE STARS!
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du. The isolated and eerie manor setting is reminiscent of a classic golden age puzzle mystery, and Hart populates it with well-rounded characters.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fans of the first book who wished to know more about the enigmatic Li Du will be well rewarded here. Readers who appreciate historical mysteries, especially the classic ‘Judge Dee’ series by Robert van Gulik, will be enthralled by this fascinating mystery.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Hart is a gifted storyteller… Her writing is intensely detailed, and vivid images range from the bells and bright red plumes of the caravan donkeys to the demon-inspired ornamentation of a mountaintop monastery. Highly recommended for fans of Robert Van Gulik’s venerated Judge Dee stories, and readers lamenting the conclusion of Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series.” — Booklist, starred review

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick! “Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” — Booklist, starred review

“Making her smash debut, Paris switches chapters between the present and the recent past, taking us along on Grace’s journey and keeping the suspense level high. In the same vein as GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this is a can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A Library Journal “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” pick!A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

“From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
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Westport Mystery Round Table

Today Anne presented her favorite Spring & Fall 2016 mysteries & thrillers at a Mystery Round Table for the Connecticut Library Consortium. They’re so good that EVERYONE needs to know about them:

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* | Wendy Walker | 9781250097910 | Available Now (A July 2016 LibraryReads pick!)
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS* | B.A. Paris | 9781250121004 | On Sale 8/9/16
LET THE DEVIL OUT | Bill Loehfelm | 9780374298579 | Available Now
AMONG THE WICKED* | Linda Castillo | 9781250061577 | Available Now (A July 2016 LibraryReads pick!)
STRIPPED BARE | Shannon Baker | 9780765385444 | On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A GREAT RECKONING* | Louise Penny | 9781250022134 | On Sale 8/30/16
THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB | Nick Foster | 9781627793728 | Available Now
BY GASLIGHT | Steven Price | 9780374160531 | On Sale 10/04/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE ONE MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250079503 | On Sale 8/23/16
THE WHITE MIRROR | Elsa Hart | 9781250074966 |  On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
DAISY IN CHAINS | Sharon Bolton | 9781250103420 | On Sale 9/20/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* | Sarah Pinborough| 9781250111173 | On Sale 1/31/17 (LR deadline: 11/20)
THE NEXT | Stephanie Gangi | 9781250110565 | On Sale 10/18/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE | Kate Saunders | 9781632864499 | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE | Ashley Weaver | 9781250060457 | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS | Charlaine Harris | 9781250090034 | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS | Keith Donohue | 9781250057181 | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE DRY | Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | On Sale 1/10/17 (LR deadline: 11/20)

Download the PDF handout of presented titles and don’t forget, you can also download e-galleys of available titles on Edelweiss & nominate them for LibraryReads! (Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted.)

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ALA Annual 2016 Book Buzz Titles

Here’s a sneak peek at all the great Macmillan books that Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth will be sharing at the “Two for the Show” book buzz this afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm at the Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor at the end of the 1200 aisle near booths 1275 & 1375):

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS* | B.A. Paris | 9781250121004 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/9/16
DAISY IN CHAINS | Sharon Bolton | 9781250103420 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/20/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
THE NEXT* | Stephanie Gangi | 9781250110565 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/18/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD | Alexander Weinstein | 9781250098993 | Paperback | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
The Tale of Shikanoko series | Lian Hearn
     EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS (Book 1) | 9780374536312 | Paperback | Available Now
     AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD (Book 2) | 9780374536329 | Paperback | Available Now
     LORD OF THE DARKWOOD (Book 3) | 9780374536336 | Paperback | On Sale 8/9/16
     THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO (Book 4) | 9780374536343 | Paperback | On Sale 9/27/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS | Charlaine Harris | 9781250090034 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE | Kate Saunders | 9781632864499 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE | Ashley Weaver | 9781250060457 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE WHITE MIRROR | Elsa Hart | 9781250074966 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
THE ONE MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250079503 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/23/16
I WILL SEND RAIN | Rae Meadows | 9781627794268 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/9/16
THE BLIND ASTRONOMER’S DAUGHTER | John Pipkin | 9781632861870 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP* | Beatrice Colin | 9781250071446 | Hardcover | On Sale 11/29/16 (LR deadline: 9/20)

Fun fact: all of these titles are available as ARC giveaways tomorrow in the Macmillan booth #2115!

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

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For Your Consideration: September 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
THREE starred reviews! Foer’s “intensely imagined and richly rewarding”* new novel focuses on the unraveling of a Jewish-American family in Washington DC over a 4-week span, during which time an earthquake sets off a Pan-Israel invasion. “Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

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DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES!
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 has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.” — Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ on LITTLE BLACK LIES

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Daisy in Chains” and include your library’s mailing address.*

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
This debut collection of speculative short fiction for our tech-savvy era is an ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection. “[Weinstein’s] stories look like SF but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” Booklist, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Secrets of Wishtide.”*

KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balsam’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

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THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hart, in a twist on the classic British county manor mystery, adds her characteristic elegantly crafted atmosphere and keen eye for character and writes with an ease and an assurance that makes it feel like this is her twenty-second book, not just her second.” — Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park KS

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “White Mirror” and include your library’s mailing address.*

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with THREE starred reviews! “Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Mad Enchantment.”*
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RT Book Reviews 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Award Winners

Romantic Times Book Reviews honored two Macmillan authors with career achievement awards and three titles won 2015 RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Career Achievement – Historical Mystery
Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series)

Career Achievement – Young Adult
R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)

Best Historical Mystery
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart

Best First Mystery
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Best Science Fiction
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente

See the full list of winners here.

Chicago Public Library’s 2015 Best of the Best Books

We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s 2015 Best of the Best list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (a top 10 fiction pick)
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

Nonfiction
DO NO HARM: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad
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RT Book Reviews 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Did you know that 22 Macmillan titles were nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Awards? It’s true!

Best Contemporary Romance
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas

Best Historical Romance
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF DEFIANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Paranormal Romance
PRIMAL HEAT by A.C. Arthur

Best Romantic Suspense
OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd

Best Mainstream Fiction
PRETENDING TO DANCE by Diane Chamberlain

Best Historical Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

Best Contemporary Mystery
LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton readmoreremove

Elsa Hart’s Chinese Library Adventure

Two weeks ago, Elsa Hart‘s fabulous debut, JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN, about an 18th-century exiled librarian who must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death, arrived on shelves and is raking in rave reviews!

“In addition to being a satisfying mystery, JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN also powerfully evokes the aesthetics of the time and place it describes. Its visual vistas often resemble centuries-old watercolors…” — The Wall Street Journal

“…perfectly melds history with the mystery genre for a lush look at China on the cusp of change…. one of the year’s most engrossing debuts and establishes Hart as an author to watch.” — Associated Press

“Hart’s sure command of historical complexities, conflicts between cultures, and plot twists leads to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The mix of history, thriller, and layers of storytelling make for a complex and rewarding novel that deserves a wide readership.” — Library Journal

“Part mystery, part exploration of a culture fading into history’s shadows, Hart’s novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut…. Think Agatha Christie writing Shogun—Hart’s captivating debut has solid cross-genre appeal.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Decorated with a careful attention to detail, this old-fashioned mystery suits its setting in atmosphere and pacing, drawing the reader into an exotic territory. …the first in a series sure to please fans of Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro mysteries, set in Japan, and those who enjoyed the magical Malaysian setting of Tan Twan Eng’s Garden of Evening Mists.” — Booklist

How did Elsa Hart get such fabulous detail in her book? Why, research on location, natch! Here’s a piece she wrote about an encounter in the out-of-date foreign language collection of a provincial Chinese library…

I am sitting in my quiet little corner of the library. My chair is in a recess so all anyone can see of me is a dirty blue converse sneaker. I can hear Sherlock Holmes: “But the shoes reveal everything, Watson. Observe the heels, emblazoned ALI STRS, an approximation of the authentic ALL STAR logo. They were obviously purchased in China. They are dirty, which means she has had them for a while, but not long enough to know that the accepted practice is to take shoes to the laundry in order to maintain their clean appearance. The style of the shoes, familiar and therefore comforting, suggests she anticipates homesickness. She is using a library card as a bookmark, which means she has established proof of residence in the city. Clearly she has not been in China long, but intends to stay for some time.” readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: September 2015 Indie Next List

sept indie nextThe September 2015 Indie Next list includes 5 Macmillan titles!

SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
From the internationally bestselling author of Restless and Any Human Heart comes a novel of one photographer’s extraordinary career—a tale of love and war in the twentieth century. “In addition to the psychologically rich characterization, a wealth of atmospheric details—what the characters wear, the brands of cigarettes they smoke, and the whisky they knock back—add depth, immediacy, and authenticity to an engrossing, moving story of Amory’s turns of fortune.”
Publishers Weekly

EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
An August 2015 LibraryReads pick! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review

JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! A stunning, lyrical debut mystery in which an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives. “Hart’s sure command of historical complexities, conflicts between cultures, and plot twists leads to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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