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Postcards from Three Pines

“In the lead-up to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND coming out November 27th, I’ve looked back on the previous books with some amazement. For thirteen years we’ve been visiting the little Quebec village together. I went back over my notes, and it got me thinking that you might like to know how it all happened. So, we’re starting a new feature. Postcards from Three Pines. Every week one will be sent out digitally, describing my thinking and feelings as I wrote each book.” — Louise Penny

In a countdown to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, Minotaur Books will reveal a postcard from Louise Penny each week on GamacheSeries.com, offering a glimpse into the creation of each book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series!

Now Open: Postcard from STILL LIFE
September 4: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
September 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
September 18: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
September 25: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
October 2: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
October 9: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
October 16: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
October 23: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
October 30: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
November 6: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
November 13: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING
November 20: To be revealed from GLASS HOUSES readmoreremove

Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

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THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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The Nature of the Feast

NatureoftheFeast“They ate by candlelight, the candles of all shapes and sizes flickering around the kitchen. Their plates were piled high with turkey and chestnut stuffing, candied yams and potatoes, peas and gravy.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series have come to relish the descriptions of food as much as her engrossing characters and satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a celebration of recipes from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 30th release of the new book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Beginning today and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will share a new recipe inspired from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the recipes.

THE NATURE OF THE FEAST recipe/discussion schedule:

Now Cooking: Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing from STILL LIFE
April 5: Steak Frites with Mayonnaise from A FATAL GRACE
April 19: Sugar Pie from THE CRUELEST MONTH
May 3: Homemade Lemonade from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 17: Pain Doré from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 31: French Onion Soup from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 14: Grilled Garlic Shrimp from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 28: Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 12: Trifle from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 26: Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 9: Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

Bon Appetit!

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads!

We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2015
#7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

August 2015
#2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
#5 EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
#9 LORD OF THE WINGS by Donna Andrews

July 2015
#6 THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens

June 2015
#3 THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
#8 THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron

May 2015
#10 LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

February 2015
#7 A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab
#8 A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

January 2015
#9 FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2014: “Favorite of Favorites”
#4 FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#9 LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

October 2014
#6: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
#9: MALICE by Keigo Higashino
#10: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 2) by Sunday, Sept. 13. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/14: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners, Gregg Winsor of Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS and Sheri Stevens of Lockport Public Library, Lockport NY!

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The Real Places of Three Pines

 

GamacheSeries-stackedIf you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series like we are, then you know that the village of Three Pines is fictional and can’t be found on a map. BUT it’s inspired by real places and Louise finally reveals where they are in a countdown leading up to the publication of her newest Gamache book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (on sale August 25).

Every two weeks GamacheSeries.com will reveal a real place that is the inspiration behind a fictional place in each of Louise’s books. Each post will include photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.

Discover the Real Places of Three Pines: readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday & CWA Dagger Nomininations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got two terrific mysteries AND great news about CWA Dagger Award nominations!

FALL OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry
“Maberry does some of his best writing in this sequel to 2011’s DEAD OF NIGHT. Maberry, no slouch when it comes to action and suspense, seems to have found new energy here, as though he’s been jump-started by the story he’s telling. He still has a lot of books ahead of him, so calling this his masterpiece would be premature, but a case could be made that this is the best—and most terrifying—book he’s written so far.” — Booklist, starred review

DE POTTER’S GRAND TOUR by Joanna Scott
In 1905, a tourist agent and amateur antiques collector named Armand de Potter mysteriously disappeared off the coast of Greece. When his wife is left to piece together his life, she realizes that everything was not as it seemed. “Ardently researched and sporting historic de Potter photographs, this smart, brisk, witty, and provocative novel is alight with vivid descriptions of the de Potters’ travels, and electric with Agatha Christie–like suspense.” — Booklist

Two Macmillan mysteries were shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger awards!

CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the Year:
APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty

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Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

libraryreads-logo-square-150x150Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks:


September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

To celebrate, we’re giving away three bundles of all these books for your library! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads) by Monday, Sept. 1. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/4/14: The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners:
Debra Chavana Powell of Briscoe Library, San Antonio TX
Cathy Diem of Canyon Hills Library, Anaheim CA
Kathy Jacob of Samuels Public Library, Front Royal VA

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Thriller Tuesday (whaa?!) & Mystery Award nominations

We know it’s not Thursday, but we didn’t want you to miss out on all this great mystery news while we’re away in Las Vegas setting up for ALA Annual.

But first, awards news! The 2014 Shamus Award finalists and Macavity Award nominations have been announced and we have several outstanding Minotaur books in the running!

2014 Shamus Award finalists

Best Hardcover PI Novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks

Best First PI Novel
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen
A GOOD DEATH by Christopher Cox

2014 Macavity Award Nominations

Best Mystery Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Mystery
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Nonfiction
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson
A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins

Winners for all awards will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach (CA) on November 13-14.

Now on to the books!
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The great Gamache re-read!

Long Way Home jacketLouise Penny's new book, THE LONG WAY HOME, won't be out until August 26, but our friends at Minotaur Books have something to help with your Three Pines-withdrawal: the great Gamache re-read!

Starting today, a community of readers is engaging in a group re-read of the nine books in Penny’s beloved, bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series! From now through May 4, the group is reading STILL LIFE (Book 1) and going on GamacheSeries.com to discuss the book. Then every two weeks the discussion moves to the next book with a guest post from a bookseller, librarian, blogger, fellow author, or major fan of Louise. (The first guest moderator is Lesa Holstine!)

Gamache Series

April 21 - May 4: STILL LIFE 
May 5-18: A FATAL GRACE 
May 19 - June 1: THE CRUELEST MONTH
June 2-15: A RULE AGAINST MURDER 
June 16-29: THE BRUTAL TELLING 
June 30 - July 13: BURY YOUR DEAD 
July 14-27: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT 
July 28 - August 10: THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY 
August 11-25: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN 
August 26: THE LONG WAY HOME

The re-read is a fantastic way for fans to revisit the magic of the series while also welcoming new readers into the community. Why not have your patrons (and patrons) join the fun? 

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