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#thrillerthursday (7/13/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

The Devil’s Muse by Bill Loehfelm

“A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don’t apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events. Loehfelm doesn’t need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Coughlin remains the star here—she’s still one of the most compelling figures in crime fiction—but this time, the focus is on cops working together; it’s a procedural in the best sense of the word, and it evokes Ed McBain at the top of his game. ” — Booklist, starred review

Dark Water by Parker Bilal

“Bilal’s sixth (City of Jackals, 2016, etc.) again plants a seed of suspense as an entree into a nuanced look at an unfamiliar culture.”–Kirkus Reviews

“The relentless pacing and meticulously descriptive prose make this a page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

A July 2017 Library Reads pick!

“Castillo once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

“Thrilling… Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room, and yes, even smell the manure.” — Publishers Weekly

The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis

“Davis has never been better at using actual political turmoil in the service of a page-turning plot than in her fifth novel set in first-century Rome featuring freelance investigator Flavia Alba (after 2016’s The Graveyard of the Hesperides)… Davis successfully maintains a high level of tension throughout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth

“Appealing… Booth’s affectionate treatment of the decent and shrewd people of Branson and Worth makes this a series worth following.”–Publishers Weekly

Moskva by Jack Grimwood

“This is the first thriller by the speculative-fiction writer also known as Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and it demonstrates that great storytelling is not bound by genre. The jacket cover proclaims Moskva to be Fatherland meets Gorky Park. That’s not a bad comparison, though the body count suggests a little bit more of Child 44. Recent events make this tale of Russian intrigue especially timely. As one character ominously says, “We might have lost the Cold War. . . . we intend to win the thaw.””–
Booklist, starred review

Thriller Thursday (7/14/16 Edition)

The heat is on in these new mysteries hitting shelves this week:

AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
A July 2016 LibraryReads pick & a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! In the eighth book in Castillo’s bestselling series, Kate Burkholder goes undercover in an isolated and secretive Amish community in rural, upstate New York to investigate the death of a young girl. “This is a first-rate and very unusual thriller; Castillo builds suspense brilliantly, using both the snowbound setting and the difficulty of working as an undercover Amish woman to great advantage (it’s no easy trick drawing your gun when it’s stashed beneath layers of full-length dresses and aprons).” — Booklist

THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise by Nick Foster
The true story of a series of bold killings which took place in a shadowy American ex-pat community in Panama—a tale of greed, political history, and murder. “A completely riveting true-crime tale.” — Booklist, starred review

ARSENIC WITH AUSTEN by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The first book in a delightful new mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “Murders are solved handily, and first love is reignited in this contemporary cozy with a literary bent. An engaging start to a series by debut novelist Hyde.”
Booklist
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Thriller Thursday (7/16/15 Edition)

We’ve got a couple of cops on the case and two terrific mysteries for you this #ThrillerThursday:

AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo
A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. “Another strong showing from a very fine crime writer.” — Booklist

FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER by Susan Spann
Spann’s third historical set in 16th-century Japan offers an accessible entry into the country’s fascinating history and culture. Now that Laura Joh Rowland has finished the ‘Sano Ichiro’ series, Spann’s mysteries, as well as the excellent historicals of Dale Furutani and I.J. Parker, will fill the gap. An added draw are Hiro and Father Mateo, who make a remarkable crime-solving team.” Library Journal

OPEN GRAVE by Kjell Eriksson
The sixth book in this award-winning Swedish crime series finds police inspector Ann Lindell investigating the death of a Nobel Prize-winning professor. “More a psychological study than a police procedural, this entry is for connoisseurs of subtle, character-driven crime fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Thriller Thursday – Detectives Edition!

The detectives in today's #ThrillerThursday round-up are smart, brave, and fearless. Good thing they're the good guys (and gals)! 

ENEMIES AT HOME by Lindsey Davis
In first-century Rome, a burglary that led to murder might now result in many more deaths—unless Flavia Albia can untangle the crime in time. “Diamond Dagger Award winner Davis vividly portrays the setting, 'a poisoned city, where a paranoid emperor had caused often-lethal mistrust,'...” — Publishers Weekly 

THE BAKLAVA CLUB by Jason Goodwin
In Goodwin’s final book in the Edgar Award–winning Inspector Yashim series, the eunuch detective must find a Polish prince kidnapped by three naïve Italian liberals, exiled in Istanbul. “Yashim's fifth, and reportedly final, case unfolds more like a picaresque caper than a whodunit, elegantly written and immersing the reader in exotic 19th-century Turkey.” — Kirkus Reviews 

LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall
L.A. homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton tries to connect a teen’s death with her own sister's murder 30 years ago. “A racially explosive Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this exceptional crime novel from Hall. Dead-on dialogue and atmospheric details help propel a tale full of tormenting moral issues. If the bad grow so close to the good, how do the cops weed them out? And how do we right all these wrongs? Lou, a brave lady in a brave book, does the best she can.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

NEVER LOOK BACK by Clare Donoghue
Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer searches for a London serial killer while struggling to maintain a relationship with his daughter, who matches the victim profile. “Donoghue keeps a tight rein on the plot, revealing what the reader needs to know a little at a time—and there’s a lot to know. This is a gutsy, gruesome, and compelling thriller that will appeal to fans of dark British police procedurals.”
Booklist 

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