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Thriller Thursday (3/16/17 Edition)

ThrillerThurs31617Our #ThrillerThursday reads include some psychological and historical thrillers, an international mystery, and a global conspiracy!

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “[A] superlative psychological thriller… Stevens’s taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read from the first page to the last.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE LOVING HUSBAND by Christobel Kent
A taut and absorbing psychological thriller about a murdered husband who may not have been so loving after all. “…a truly chilling, absorbing read.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
“Edgar-winner Pattison remains without peer at integrating a fair-play whodunit into a searing portrayal of life under an oppressive and capricious regime, as shown by his ninth Insp. Shan Tao Yun mystery. Even readers unfamiliar with the physical and cultural devastation China has wrought in Tibet will find themselves engrossed—and moved—by Pattison’s nuanced portrayal.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME by Tessa Arlen
Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder among a group of amateur rose-breeders while the English summer days count down to the start of WWI. “Lovers of traditional English country house mysteries will enjoy this story very much.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/23/17 Edition)

Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (12/15/16 Edition)

Three new adventures in continuing mystery series are our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson
Perfect for fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers, and Agatha Christie, this next book in the Dandy Gilver series is set in a seaside fishing town. “This is a grand mystery, full of fishy motives, events that don’t pass the smell test, and, of course, plenty of metaphorical red herrings, all leading to a well-thought-out and clever ending.” — Booklist

BURIED IN THE COUNTRY by Carola Dunn
Intrigue and murder invade a quiet Cornish village when it becomes the unexpected site of a secret Commonwealth conference. “The rewards of this entertaining cozy include characters with depth, an interesting bit of history, and an exciting chase through the moors.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (11/17/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two new entries in acclaimed series mysteries:

DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
Two stars for the third book in the Hillerman Prize-winning Art Oveson Mystery series, starring a Mormon deputy sheriff in 1930s Salt Lake City. “[A] knockout of a novel… so powerful it can be taken as a stand-alone. The real magic here, though, is the author’s ability to make this ordinary man so fascinating. Credit Hunt’s writing. Like his hero, it’s only plain on the surface.”
Booklist, starred review

STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
The newest book in the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed detective Ann Lindell mystery series, shortlisted for the Prize for Best Swedish Crime Novel. “When a speeding car kills a young mother and daughter, complications indicate much more than a simple hit-and-run. Eriksson’s seventh is full of twists, three-dimensional characters, quiet authority, and heart.” — Kirkus Reviews

Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.

Thriller Thursday (11/3/16 Edition)

Fall weather is here! Curl up on the couch with a hot drink and one of these excellent mysteries & thrillers:

INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
A Library Journal Fall/Winter Debut Novel Pick! In librarian Emily Littlejohn’s accomplished and poignant debut, police officer Gemma Monroe identifies a murdered clown in a visiting circus as the mayor’s son, presumed dead for the last three years. Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma must track a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried. “Debut novelist Littlejohn writes with assurance and skill. The story’s plotting is sure-footed, and the characters are well developed and believable. Highly recommended for fans of Susan Dunlap and Tricia Fields.” — Library Journal, starred review & October pick of the month

THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
“In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament–turned–private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend. Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch.” — Kirkus Reviews

ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
In the second book in a new series from LibraryReads author Maitland, Australian Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree attempts to leave his past behind. His quiet new life is shattered when unfinished business finds him. “This is a worthy contribution to the growing body of Australian hard-boiled fiction.” — Booklist

SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
In Ryan’s latest Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan thriller, the couple (now semi-secretly engaged and beginning to reveal their relationship to the world) are both on a quest for answers as they try to balance the consequences of the truth. Jane’s just convinced a date rape victim to go public about her assault on camera, but a disturbing anonymous message—SAY NO MORE—has Jane really and truly scared. Meanwhile, Jake is on the hunt for the person who murdered a hot-shot Hollywood screenwriter. “The tension mounts as the action builds to a conclusion that thrills and gratifies.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/27/16 Edition)

Three detectives across the centuries must solve the case in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

HELL BAY by Will Thomas
When two people are murdered during a secret government conference on a secluded island estate, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker must find the killer among the guests before it’s too late. “Thomas supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best.” — Kirkus Reviews

SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
In the fourth book in the Cragg & Fidelis historical mystery series, the detective and doctor must figure out who killed a newborn infant. “Once again, it’s a pleasure to watch Cragg and Fidelis feeling their way through an investigation with rudimentary science but well-honed knowledge of human nature.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/13/16 Edition)

Terror and thrills lurk behind the pages of these #ThrillerThursday picks:

A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
In librarian Weaver’s third entry in the LibraryReads/Edgar-nominated charming mystery series set in 1930s England, Amory and Milo Ames are drawn into the investigation of a years-old murder by a salacious novelist in the English countryside. “Fascinating and stylish characters fill out a finely tuned traditional mystery.”
Publishers Weekly

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
A terrifying tale of a young family who moves into an apartment building next to a graveyard, and the horrors that are unleashed upon them. “The haunting itself is well done and scary. The atmosphere and anticipation build perfectly to create an apartment building one would be quite hesitant to live in. Fans of classic ghost stories, such as THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, will appreciate the subtle chills.” — Booklist readmoreremove

DAISY IN CHAINS & THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE are September 2016 LibraryReads Picks

libraryreads logo squareFANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the September 2016 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #5 is 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. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available from Minotaur Books on September 20.

Rounding out the list at #10 is 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

“Readers who relish the puzzle of a well-done Victorian-set mystery with a resourceful female detective will take pleasure in this series launch by a prolific British author and journalist.” Library Journal, starred review

Available from Bloomsbury on September 13; also available in trade paperback.

See the complete September 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.

Thriller Thursday (8/4/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-8.4Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians! Before we get to our six new mysteries, we’re pleased to say that Hideo Yokoyama’s SIX FOUR has been shortlisted for the CWA’s International Dagger Award.

The winner will be announced on October 11. Now on to the books!

DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews 
An August 2016 LibraryReads pick! Agatha-winner Andrews’s “charming”* 20th mystery in the funny cozy series finds heroine Meg Langslow tangling with Biff Brown, the petty, vindictive league head of her twin sons’ youth baseball team, the Caerphilly Eagles. When Biff’s lookalike brother is found dead in the porta-potty at the ball field on opening day, Meg suspects he may actually have been the intended victim. “With its well-spun plots and distinctive characters, Andrews’s amusing avian-named series shows no signs of growing stale.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

PARADIME by Alan Glynn
The new standalone doppelganger thriller from the award-winning author of LIMITLESS brings to mind Orphan Black with Hitchcockian undertones. “Deliciously creepy… The plot keeps moving with plenty of effective surprises, and the final chapters successfully navigate to an even darker tone.” — Kirkus Reviews

MISS DIMPLE AND THE SLIGHTLY BEWILDERED ANGEL by Mignon Ballard
Ballard’s beloved series heroines, first grade teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick and guardian angel Augusta Goodnight, must work together to find a murderer. “Ballard expertly weaves the lives of her endearing small-town characters with details of the wartime home front.” — Publishers Weekly 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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