Articles tagged "historical mystery"

Thriller Thursday (9/6/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to some series favorites!

SUNRISE HIGHWAY by Peter Blauner
Two starred reviews! Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, discovers a deep and sinister web of connections between the victims of a serial killer and some of the most powerful political figures in Long Island. “Exploring such subjects as police corruption, misogyny, and racism, this is a page-turner of the highest order.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WILD FIRE by Ann Cleeves
Two starred reviews! When a young nanny’s body is found hanging in a barn, rumors of her affair with the husband spark suspicion and resentment in the Shetland community, leading Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez to investigate. “Intricately plotted and elegantly written, this installment is billed as Perez’s final case. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of him.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

LEVERAGE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. “With the forty-seventh installment in her always popular Eve Dallas series, Robb again remixes and remasters all the addictively readable ingredients her readers have come to crave, including a tough-as-nails protagonist who takes guff from no one, a plethora of engaging secondary characters who each play their roles to perfection, a generous dash of hot-as-sin sex, and a fine-tuned, tautly paced plot that relentlessly ticks along to the book’s satisfying conclusion.” — Booklist

AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver
In the 5th book in Edgar Award-nominee and librarian Ashley Weaver’s historical mystery series, Amory Ames is hired by her friend, play director Gerard Holloway, who wants Amory to find out who’s sending threatening letters to his mistress/lead actress. “An excellent addition to the series, this could also be read independently. Fans of light period mysteries with fashion and flair will be caught up in Amory’s latest adventure.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/23/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to a LibraryReads debut, two series favorites, and a naval adventure!

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
An August 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. “Pammie is every young woman’s worst nightmare: a mean mother-in-law (on steroids) in this addictive debut thriller. Readers’ pulses will race as they anticipate how she might strike next and be completely knocked off balance by the shocking ending. ” — Library Journal, starred review

BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller
THREE starred reviews! In the next powerful mystery from Julia Keller, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins continues to unravel her town’s ties to crime and drug abuse. “Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it’s her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride’s back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband’s cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: November 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite titles for the November 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Votes are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018! From #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Liane Moriarty comes a new novel which asks the question: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out. “…a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Nine Perfect Strangers.”*

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
Also available in audio
In the new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Louise Penny, mystery abounds when Gamache is named one of three executors to the will of a Three Pines resident he never knew—a cleaning woman who called herself, “The Baroness.” “This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to–pain au chocolat ratio.” — Kirkus Reviews

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NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray
A Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying. “Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Booklist’s Top SF/Fantasy/Horror of 2018

Booklist’s Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror reading lists of 2018* include these outstanding Macmillan titles:
Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2018 (full list)

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen
While devoting himself to studying the atmospheric occurrence called ball lightning—which struck and killed his parents—Chen meets the beautiful but ruthless Lin Yun, an army major whose devotion to creating strange new weapons matches his own obsessive quest.

BINTI: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
After the destruction of her home and presumed death of her family, Binti, with her friend Mwinyi, must find a path to peace between the Khosh and the Meduse in the satisfying ending to Okorafor’s Binti trilogy.

STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey
In a starless world, a young man and a princess—born at the exact same time—journey through killer vegetation, across an ocean, and into a volcano with a diverse corps of individuals, including intelligent giant sea wyrms.

WITCHMARK by C. L. Polk
The magnetically handsome Tristan brings a dying man to Dr. Miles Singer’s doorstep, aware of Miles’ secret identity as a witch, in a debut with nest-doll-like layers, a will-he-or-won’t-he romance, mages, wizards, political intrigue, and the atmosphere of a historical mystery.

Top 10 Horror: 2018 (full list)

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July 2018 All-Stars

Whether it’s literary fiction, mystery, poetry, or graphic novels, these books all have the same thing in common: multiple starred reviews!

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
“Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a pioneer community in decline as anger and obsession fray bonds between neighbors, family, and fellow citizens.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“There’s so much to love about this novel… Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary literary fiction and can handle a few swear words.” Library Journal, starred review

BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller — 3 starred reviews!
“Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it’s her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride’s back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband’s cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved.” Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written… This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader’s memory.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This haunting, thought-provoking story proves Keller is one of a kind. Readers of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mysteries of communities torn apart by crime may also want to try.”Library Journal, starred review

CITY OF INK by Elsa Hart
“Rich in period detail, a sharply rendered exotic setting, and a web of well-crafted plots, Li Du’s third novel will appeal to fans of historical mysteries by Lisa See, Laura Joh Rowland, and Abir Mukherjee.” Booklist, starred review

“Superb… As always, Hart excels at making even walk-on characters fully realized and at combining a gripping whodunit plot with a vivid evocation of the period. This entry solidifies her status as a top-notch historical mystery author. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: September 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver
In the 5th book in Edgar Award-nominee and librarian Ashley Weaver’s historical mystery series, Amory Ames is hired by her friend, play director Gerard Holloway, who wants Amory to find out who’s sending threatening letters to his mistress/lead actress. “An excellent addition to the series, this could also be read independently. Fans of light period mysteries with fashion and flair will be caught up in Amory’s latest adventure.” — Library Journal

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DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird
Also available in audio
This historical novel tells the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, disguised as a man. “Bird’s fast-paced, action-packed story is a bittersweet one—grand love and legacy ultimately eluded Williams—but this fearless, often heartbreaking account sheds a welcome light on an extraordinary American warrior.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday
“After his academic job search, his journalistic career, and his marriage proposal go down in flames, an angry young man moves into his mother’s basement and starts a radical movement that pits millennials against baby boomers. Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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SADIE by Courtney Summers
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial—like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. “Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter. A riveting tour de force.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (3/29/18 Edition)

Thrills and chills abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks!

THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry
Also available in audio
In Cotton Malone’s first assignment ever he investigates the feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King Jr.! “In his latest Cotton Malone thriller, Berry takes on contemporary history as he weaves another tale of conspiracy and intrigue. As fast-paced and exciting as all his previous books, this is another winner in the author’s best-selling series.” — Library Journal, starred review

CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox
Also available in audio
How does a man rebuild his life after being wrongfully imprisoned for a teenage girl’s abduction? By teaming up with a convicted murder-turned-PI to investigate the disappearance of a local celebrity author. “This compelling first solo by one of James Patterson’s many coauthors boasts full-bodied characters, suspense with a quirky edge, and a strong sense of place.” — Booklist, starred review

GLIMPSE by Jonathan Maberry
Maberry’s breakout psychological/supernatural thriller stars a recovering drug addict named Rain Thomas, who starts losing time. As reality and nightmare collide, Rain learns just how far she’ll go to save someone she loves. “Maberry’s narrative skills remain first-rate here, and his writing displays more subtlety and greater structural elegance than in past works. A success on all fronts.” — Booklist, starred review

NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser
Also available in audio
A group of friends meets Saturday night, by Monday, one of them is gone. Was it something they said…or is something far more sinister lurking beneath their smiles? “Full of slow-burning intrigue, Strawser’s second novel will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES and Jennifer Kitses’ SMALL HOURS.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/15/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to chilling debuts and returning sleuths:

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
Also available in audio
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Bustle’s “2018 Debuts You Need in Your TBR Pile!” My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. So opens this brilliant psychological thriller by former BBC news producer, Alice Feeney. “…a serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder. Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly

THIS IS HOW IT ENDS by Eva Dolan
There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London, from the writer of the Zigic and Ferreira crime series. “In this stand-alone, her ability to write a complex and nuanced psychological thriller is clearly manifest. Recommend to fans of social realism in crime fiction, from Georges Simenon straight on through to Dennis Lehane.” — Booklist, starred review

FADE TO BLACK by David Rosenfelt
Also available in audio
In the thrilling sequel to BLACKOUT from David Rosenfelt, policeman Doug Brock helps a fellow victim of amnesia untangle a murder case and discovers he may not be as distant as he thinks. “…[T]he tingly, sinister mood gives readers plenty to enjoy.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/22/18 Edition)

The stars are aligning for two historical mysteries this #ThrillerThursday, plus a FREE cozy mystery sampler!

THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
Two starred reviews & Finch won the NBCC’s 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Award! In Charles Lenox’s very first case in 1850, a trunk containing the body of a young woman is found floating in the Thames River. “With its splendidly drawn characters and brisk, supple prose, this can be either an inviting introduction to readers new to Finch’s accomplished series or a winning addition to the canon for established fans.” — Booklist, starred review

THE THRONE OF CAESAR by Steven Saylor
It’s Rome, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, and the Ides of March is approaching…. “Can a murder whose killers’ identities and motives are known in advance provide the basis for a gripping whodunit? Saylor answers that question with a definitive yes in his thrilling and moving 16th novel featuring Gordianus the Finder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Why choose one mystery to cozy up with when you can have 10? (Well, samples.) Download the new free COZY CASE FILES mystery sampler! Volume 4 includes excerpts from these forthcoming Winter 2018 titles:

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE CRUST: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander

A WHISPER OF BONES: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

CURSES, BOILED AGAIN! A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall

DEATH IN THE STARS: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody

THE PURLOINED PUZZLE: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall

DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO: A Lady Montfort Mystery by Tessa Arlen

DEATH BY DUMPLING: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien

DATE WITH MALICE: A Samson & Delilah Mystery by Julia Chapman

LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

ANTIQUE BLUES: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.

RT Book Reviews 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 28 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction Protagonist
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi

Best Contemporary Mystery
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon

Best Suspense
SHATTERED by Allison Brennan

Best Thriller
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
LOOK BEHIND YOU by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Best Amateur Sleuth
STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines

Best Historical Mystery
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg
THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis

Best Romantic Suspense
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd

Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense
STORMCHASER by Cherry Adair

Best Historical Romance
THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Historical Love & Laughter
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

Best First Historical Romance/ Historical Fiction
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS by Meghan Masterson

Best Erotic Romance
THE BILLIONAIRES: The Bosses by Calista Fox

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF VENGEANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Urban Fantasy
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner

Best Fantasy
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan readmoreremove

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