Articles tagged "MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES"

New York Times Summer Reading Recommendations

The gray lady recently revealed several Summer 2017 reading lists in mystery, horror, graphic novels, and more, including these 10 Macmillan titles:
True Crime (full list)

In his lively literary biography ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, Michael Sims traces the real-life inspiration for the first “scientific detective” to the renowned Dr. Joseph Bell, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh celebrated for his uncanny diagnostic observational skills. His methods were “quite easy, gentlemen,” Dr. Bell would assure his students. “If you will only observe and put two and two together,” you, too, could deduce a man’s profession, family history and social status from the way he buttons his waistcoat.

Grace Humiston was an advocate for an earlier generation of lost and forgotten women, and her inspiring story demands a hearing. In MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation, Brad Ricca makes a heroic case for Humiston, a lawyer and United States district attorney who forged a career of defending powerless women and immigrants. For her dogged work on the 1917 case of a missing girl that the police had given up on, the newspapers called her “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.”

Authors of true crime books have made a cottage industry out of analyzing what makes killers tick. Michael Cannell gives credit where credit is due in INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by profiling one of the pioneers, Dr. James A. Brussel, a New York psychiatrist who specialized in the criminal mind. After 28 attacks, Dr. Brussel, a Freudian psychiatrist who ministered to patients at Creedmoor state mental hospital, used “reverse psychology,” a precursor of criminal profiling, to identify features of the bomber — his “sexuality, race, appearance, work history and personality type.” Aside from an unseemly fight over the $26,000 reward money, the case was a genuine groundbreaker in criminal forensics.

Horror (full list)

Some horror novels, though, feel timeless whenever you happen to read them, and Kit Reed’s wondrous new ghost story MORMAMA seems to me one of those. It’s a haunted-house tale, set in Jacksonville, Fla., in which three elderly sisters, a young single mother, her 12-year-old son and an amnesiac drifter who might be related to them all, attempt to fend off the uneasy spirits also resident in the crumbling mansion they live in. Reed, who has been writing fiction of all kinds for nearly 60 years, certainly knows how to construct a traditional spooky tale, and she does that expertly in MORMAMA, alternating different voices (some living, some not), laying out complex family relationships over several generations, managing a complicated plot and then drawing everything together in a spectacular, and unexpectedly moving, conclusion.

Graphic Novels (full list)

Most of Guy Delisle’s longer graphic novels to date, like PYONGYANG and BURMA CHRONICLES, have been memoirs of his travels. HOSTAGE is neither about the Canadian cartoonist’s own experiences nor grounded in his canny observations of place: It’s the story of Christophe André, who spent almost four months in 1997 as a hostage. Kidnapped from a Doctors Without Borders office in Nazran, Ingushetia, a Russian republic near Chechnya, where he was an administrator, he was taken to Grozny and handcuffed to a radiator next to a mattress in a darkened room. That was all André knew. He didn’t speak his captors’ language, got almost no information of any kind from them, and had no way of knowing when or how he might be freed.

It’s usually a slight to argue that an artist “hasn’t found their voice yet”; in the case of the restlessly versatile Jillian Tamaki, it’s an endorsement. BOUNDLESS collects short stories that are so far apart from one another in tone and technique that they could almost pass for the work of entirely different artists. If Tamaki (the illustrator of the Book Review’s By the Book feature) has a favorite storytelling strategy, it seems to be dreaming up some kind of odd artifact of mass culture and then examining the way people react to it. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Sherlock!

Oh, Sherlock! For fans already mourning the end of the newest TV season, we’ve got two books to satisfy your withdrawal pains:

ARTHUR & SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims
From the acclaimed author of THE STORY OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB, the rich, true tale tracing the young Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes and the modern detective story. “Sims makes this carefully researched book approachable as well as scholarly. Recommended for readers interested in Doyle and the genesis of the detective novel, as well as those seeking informative, entertaining reading.” — Library Journal

sherlockMRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
“The author of SUPER BOYS: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Thriller Thursday (1/5/16 Edition)

New year, new mysteries!

A happy #ThrillerThursday to MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca!

Kirkus‘s starred review said, “The author of SUPER BOYS: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.”

Now allow us to whet your appetite for a compelling true crime book coming in April: INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell. Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling.

Our friends at Minotaur have put together a very cool interactive map to follow the “Mad Bomber” throughout NYC! Once on the site, you can click the Right Arrow to turn through “pages” that describe the various bombings while also showing you on the map the location in the city.

Look for an extended excerpt of INCENDIARY in the April issue of Smithsonian Magazine (on stands March 29). readmoreremove

2016 Adult Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

During today’s Tri-State Book Buzz, Anne presented #allthebooks and was serenaded by Rakesh Satyal, author of the forthcoming  NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME.

Don’t be a #bookbuzzleftbehind! Download Anne’s presentation and use it at your library’s next book buzz event.

OUR REVOLUTION* by Bernie Sanders | 9781250132925 | Out 11/15/16
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE* by Thomas Friedman | 9780374273538 | Out 11/22/16
VICTORIA* by Daisy Goodwin | 9781250045461 | Out 11/22/16
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS* by Laurie Frankel | 9781250088550 | Out 1/22/17 (LR: 11/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out 2/21/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out 3/21/17 (LR: 1/20)
ALMOST MISSED YOU* by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out 3/28/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250067852 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* by Sarah Pinborough | 9781250111173 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out 3/14/17 (LR: 1/20)
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK* by Kathleen Rooney | 9781250113320 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
I LIKED MY LIFE* by Abby Fabiaschi | 9781250084873 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES by Brad Ricca | 9781250072245 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM** by Omar Saif Ghobash | 9781250119841 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER* by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out 4/18/17 (LR: 2/20)
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out 6/7/17 (LR: 4/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out 5/2/17 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out 6/13/17 (LR: 4/20)
CATS IN HATS by Kat Scratching | 9781250111890 | Out 2/28/17 (LR: 12/20)

Want a more informative, adorable version to share with your colleagues? Click here to download the handout which includes 2017 LibraryReads deadlines. Or check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection.

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