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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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All Things Ann Cleeves! (And a Free Murder Mystery Game)

Friends, we can’t get enough of Ann Cleeves. The prolific mystery author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, which is the highest honor in British Crime Writing!

Did you also know that in 2016, Ann was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of libraries and the vitally important public services they provide both to individuals and their communities? She also set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project. Don’t forget the Vera TV series starring actress Brenda Blethyn is available through Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Acorn TV, too!

AnnCleeves_MysteryPack.inddTo celebrate the forthcoming publication of COLD EARTH (book #7 in the Shetland Island series, on sale 4/18), Ann has developed a murder mystery game for libraries and booksellers, based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide three Ann Cleeves Shetland series books to use as a prize when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes.

Ann also answered some questions for us about COLD EARTH:

Please share some of your creative process. What research do you typically do for your Shetland books, and what research went into COLD EARTH? How was the creative process different with COLD EARTH than with the previous books?

My research certainly isn’t hard work! I visit the islands, sit in my friends’ kitchens, drink tea and gossip. I listen to their preoccupations. COLD EARTH started with the title, which is unusual for me. Often that’s the very last thing to arrive. This quartet is based around the elements: DEAD WATER, THIN AIR and now COLD EARTH. Earth made me think about the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, dust to dust.’ So, the story starts with a funeral. In 2003 there was a serious landslide that cut the island in two. More earth. It just missed a small croft house. I used that as a dramatic opening to the novel. It set the theme of secrets buried and uncovered. readmoreremove

Mystery Awards News & a Cozy Sampler!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians. We have SO MUCH great mystery awards news for you, with our nominees for the 2017 Edgar Awards, the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards, plus a special CWA Diamond Dagger honoree!

2017 Edgar Award nominees (full list) — honoring the best in mystery

Best Fact Crime
MORGUE: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

MWA Grand Masters
Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books)
Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 27.

2016 Agatha Award nominees (full list) — honoring the “traditional mystery” and the cozy subgenre

Best Contemporary Novel:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 29.

2017 Lefty Awards nominees (full list) — fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on March 18.

In more amazing mystery news, Ann Cleeves (THE CROW TRAP) is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger Award, which is the highest honor in British crime writing!

The award recognizes authors whose careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and have made a significant contribution to the genre. She will be honored during the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 26.

Cleeves said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by my peers, the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn’t still be writing today.”

Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Our friends at Minotaur Books have put together a complimentary COZY CASE FILES Winter 2017 sampler, available for download right now on Edelweiss and as a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

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Stars for UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN

THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X hooked us on Japanese author Keigo Higashino, and librarians adored MALICE, making it an October 2014 LibraryReads pick.

His newest book, UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN, is his most ambitious yet: a sweeping epic about a brutal crime and the two teenagers—Ryo, the son of the murdered man, and Yukiho, the daughter of the main suspect—whose lives remain inextricably linked over the twenty-year search for the truth behind the crime.

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN has two starred reviews:

“Edgar-nominated Higashino revisits the dangerous codependence of bonds forged in murder with this complex, elegant psychological thriller. A starkly rendered portrayal of modern Japanese culture that will draw fans of fellow Japanese thriller master Natsuo Kirino’s novels and the haunting Scandinavian tales of Karin Fossum.” — Booklist, starred review

“Higashino successfully sustains momentum, despite the book’s considerable length, as he traces Ryo and Yukiho’s different paths to adulthood and plausibly portrays their psychological development. Subtle clues fairly set up the dramatic and surprising resolution.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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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.

Library Penance

Caution: serving a community sentence in a library for a minor crime may lead to a career as a mystery writer! It happened to Lance Hawvermale. He shares his experience below and explains how libraries continue to inspire him today:

I once served mandatory community service in a library.

As a crime writer, I need a good run-in with the law as part of my backstory, even if the crime in question was victimless and endangered no one but myself. The judge explained that the infraction would not appear on my permanent record if I agreed to perform 20 hours of service to my fellow Americans… in the local library.

Yes, Your Honor. I was born in that briar patch.

Flashback: A boy with neo-hippie hair is too slow for the track team and too easily bored for wood shop, and so he seeks refuge in the school library. Immediately to his left sits Ray Bradbury (Something Wicked This Way Comes), and on his right is William Goldman (Marathon Man). In between them, the boy feels safe. Safe from bullies. Safe from chemistry class. Safe from the possibility of having to say hello to a real live girl. As that very boy, I can tell you that courage can be shoveled from library shelves. I stormed the Bastille from that poorly padded chair; I followed Poe to a woman in a premature tomb; I stood on the docks beside Jay Gatsby and admired a light on a distant shore. But while I read one chapter after the next, Bradbury kept pushing my hand from the books toward my own pen and paper. He told me to strip-mine metaphors from these pages and then to write about the ore I discovered. The school librarian, at least, thought I was cool.

Flash-forward: This year my novel FACE BLIND is released by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. readmoreremove

Penny, Paris & Andrews hit the August 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the August 2016 LibraryReads list!

Topping the August list is A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on August 30.


Debuting at #8 is BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 Indie Next pick! To their neighbors and friends newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel seem to have the perfect marriage. They are wealthy, charming, elegant—and never apart. Is it the perfect marriage or the perfect lie? “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

“Wow! This book will be huge! I can see the comparisons to GONE GIRL, but it is leaps and bounds better.” — Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA) readmoreremove

Castillo, Moriarty & Walker hit the July 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the July 2016 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #4 is AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
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. “Ripped-from-the-headlines writing from the New York Times best-selling author…” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

The #6 pick is TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
The highly anticipated new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Moriarty examines marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship via three seemingly happy families. After all, it’s just a normal weekend BBQ. What could possibly go wrong?

Available from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio on July 26.

Landing at #7 is ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
The must-read summer thriller of 2016 with movie rights snapped up by Reese Witherspoon is also a July 2016 Indie Next pick! In a small affluent town, a teenage girl is attacked at a local party and in the hours immediately after is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. Except she can’t really forget and the person narrating the story wants her to remember what happened. But why? “Exceptional… While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester’s secrets may be the most stunning of all.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

See the complete July list at LibraryReads.org.

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!

2015 Agatha Award Nominees

Malice Domestic logo#ThrillerThursday BONUS: Macmillan has five nominees for the 2015 Agatha Awards!

Best Contemporary Novel:
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books)

Best Nonfiction:
A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury USA)

The winners will be announced at the 2015 Agatha Awards banquet during the Malice Domestic conference on April 30, 2016.

Congratulations to all nominees!

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