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Happy 4th of July!

IMG_7129Happy 4th of July weekend!

The Macmillan offices are closed on July 4th & 5th, so Talia and Anne have an extra long holiday weekend starting tomorrow (July 1st). We’ll be back on the blog on Wednesday, July 6th.

Remember that September LibraryReads nominations are due on July 20, so you’ve got plenty of time to read our recommended titles (Jonathan Safran Foer!).

We hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

2014 CALA Best Book Award Winners

The 2014/2015 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Best Book Awards were recently announced and we have two winners in the Fiction category:

DECODED by Mai Jia
Both a riveting mystery and a metaphysical examination of the mind of an inspired genius, DECODED is the first novel to be published in English by one of China’s greatest and most popular contemporary writers. “It stands out among Chinese novels for its pace, liveliness and the sheer novelty of the tale it tells. It grips from the first page… [Jia] offers a beguiling and magical mystery tour of China. It is an absolute joy to read.” — The Economist (more praise here)

THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author. “Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review (more praise here) readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (5/21/15 Edition)

We’ve got four fabulous thrillers for you, plus BookCon news!

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton
A May 2015 LibraryReads pick! When a child goes missing, three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—confess to the crime. “[A] nail-biter… This brilliantly plotted thriller, filled with lies and betrayals, builds to an unexpected, mesmerizing ending.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK by Darynda Jones
The eighth entry in Jones’s “tongue-in-cheek supernatural soap opera” (Publishers Weekly) with ever escalating stakes finds Charlie Davidson and her super-sexy, literally-from-hell husband, Reyes, hiding from hellhounds in a convent while awaiting the birth of their daughter, Beep.

And since we’ll be busy at BEA next week, happy early #ThrillerThursday to:

THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
THREE starred reviews for the smart, enthralling fourth Émile Cinq-Mars thriller! “Farrow (the pen name of Canadian writer Trevor Ferguson) has written an excellent thriller in which characters, plot, and setting score a triple for suspense.” — Library Journal, starred review

INDEPENDENCE DAY by Ben Coes
TWO starred reviews for the latest Dewey Andreas thriller! “Coes is in the same league as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, and this high-octane race against time will have plot-driven thriller readers unable to turn the pages fast enough. Libraries should grab this one in quantity and make sure Coes’ backlist is available as well.” — Booklist, starred review

Going to BookCon next weekend? Stop by for the Crime Time Quiz Show, hosted by The Criminal Element and emceed by yours truly, Anne Spieth!

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LJ Genre Spotlight: Mystery

Happy Monday, friends! Our pal and Library Journal Mover & Shaker Kristi Chadwick recently wrote a genre spotlight column on mysteries for LJ and we’re thrilled (pun intended) that it includes so many Macmillan titles:
Breaking the Color Barrier

SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall (Detective Elouise Norton series)
On sale May 19, 2015
The second novel starring Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton (after LAND OF SHADOWS) finds Lou and her partner search for an arsonist.

Diverse Voices For a Diverse World

DEAD SOON ENOUGH by Steph Cha (Juniper Song mysteries)
On sale August 11, 2015
Los Angeles-based P.I. Juniper Song is back in a thrillingly written, masterfully plotted story of how far a mother will go for her child.

More diverse Minotaur authors mentioned: Solomon Jones, Qiu Xialong, Ed Lin, Ian Vasquez, Laura Joh Rowland and Vikas Swarup.

Into the Genre Blender

MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
On sale November 3, 2015
A BEA 2015 galley giveaway title! Raymond Chandler’s detective fiction meets Lawrence Block’s Keller novels…with robots!

TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schoenfeld
On sale December 1, 2015
A debut mystery with a surprising twist, featuring a young state prosecutor investigating a series of murders dating back to the 1970s, and a mysterious ex cop who knows way too much about her. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday – Stars Edition

We’ve got an all-STAR line-up for this #ThrillerThursday, but first Edgar Awards news: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey won the Mary Higgins Clark award! Click here to see the full list of 2015 Edgar Award winners. Now, on to the books!

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee (THREE stars!)
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.” Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

“A credible hero and a plot filled with nonstop cinematic action will leave thriller fans eager for the next installment.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

BADLANDS by C.J. Box (THREE stars!)
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.” Booklist, starred review

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” Library Journal, starred review

“[A] superior thriller…” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
“Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM

Attention sci-fi readers: if you’re looking for a book with the scope of DUNE and the commercial action of Independence Day, look no further than THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

Reviewers love this multiple-award-winning near-future trilogy:

Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers… Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics—such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science’s ability to know nature—without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In concept and development, it resembles top-notch Arthur C. Clarke or Larry Niven but with a perspective—plots, mysteries, conspiracies, murders, revelations and all—embedded in a culture and politic dramatically unfamiliar to most readers in the West, conveniently illuminated with footnotes courtesy of translator Liu. Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The narrative will grab readers’ attention with its passionate and fascinating critique of early Communist China, augmented by translator Liu’s lean but informative footnotes for the likely uninformed English readers. But the high-minded premise is really just a vessel for a collection of surreal and hauntingly beautiful scenes that will hook you deep and drag you relentlessly across every page. This is a must-read in any language.” — Booklist

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