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Thriller Thursday (5/18/17 Edition)

Terrific true crime, a debut about frenemies, and the next entry in a Southern cozy series are today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
A June 2017 Indie Next pick and one of Buzzfeed’s “31 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with three starred reviews! “In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
A suspenseful debut novel about the troubled friendship among three women and the aftermath when one of them is found dead. “Demonstrating diabolical plotting chops and an ability to convincingly conjure settings, Campbell crafts a twisty page-turner…” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

In the Hot Seat: Matt Goldman on GONE TO DUST

Today we turn the spotlight on Matt Goldman, whose debut novel, GONE TO DUST, features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is found covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags, rendering DNA evidence useless.

Library Journal‘s Books for Dudes column called it, “hard-boiled awesomeness” and Booklist said, “Offer this one to aficionados of chilly Scandinavian noir and the new generation of Philip Marlowe fans.”

Macmillan Library: Hi Matt, and thanks for joining us for a Q&A on the blog today! Before we talk about your debut mystery, GONE TO DUST, let’s start with your credentials. You began your career as a stand-up comedian and are now a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. You must do so much writing for your day job, why write a novel?

Matt Goldman: I love writing and I’m a first-degree introvert. So much of television writing is done in a roomful of writers. Not the actual script writing (usually), but conceiving characters and stories. Much of the rewriting is also done in a group. Especially in comedy. TV writing and writers have taught me so much about character, story, pace, dialogue, and series construction, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. But for my personality, it’s exhausting trying to track all those words in the air. I love the process of book writing—I find it energizing. And it’s a chance to write my voice without concern for other writers, actors, studios, and networks.

ML: Was it harder or easier for you to write GONE TO DUST vs writing for TV? What are some of the major differences?

MG: Some of the differences I explained above. I guess I don’t look at it as hard vs. easy. They have their tradeoffs by that measurement. It’s a more whole and rewarding experience for me to write books. I’m a serial daydreamer. That serves me better as a novelist than it does in a room where I’m supposed to be paying attention.

ML: Did you have specific inspirations as you wrote GONE TO DUST? It’s lighthearted, but has a very noir feel.

MG: I started reading the mystery/crime genre relatively recently. When I read Raymond Chandler, I saw how my voice could work in telling those kinds of stories. Chandler’s voice and style are different from mine, and his skill far outweighs mine, but he did inspire me to sit down and give it a shot. readmoreremove

May Mystery Stars

It’s a #ThrillerThursday bonus! Check out these forthcoming mysteries with multiple starred reviews:

HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly
“This first-rate psychological thriller and deft exploration of the delicate dance of marriage and the secrets people keep works on multiple levels, and the passages about the early days of Laura and Kit’s relationship—filled with the gossamer promise of new love—make what’s in store for them even more harrowing. A stunning conclusion will take more than a few days to fade from memory. Spellbinding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is a sure bet for readers who like their psychological suspense heavy on character and full of twists.” — Booklist, starred review

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
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Thriller Thursday (5/11/17 Edition)

Creepers and cops, oh my!

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan, translated by George Miller
Winner of Le Prix Renaudot 2015 and Le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2015, the international sensation of true-crime literature about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic and the very nature of reality. “As the very title suggests, this latest work from Prix Goncourt finalist de Vigan is metafiction, or memoir as fiction, but it’s also a smart, elegant thriller that generates its chills from the very ordinariness of events as they start unfolding.” — Library Journal

SILENT RAIN by Karin Salvalaggio
Bestselling novelist Peter Granger wants to use Grace Adams’s traumatic story in his next book, regardless of her pleas not to. When Granger’s house is found burned to the ground with his and his wife’s bodies inside, Montana state detective Macy Greeley must uncover the truth behind the arson and murder. “This is the fourth in a solid series, with a female crime fighter trying to balance her professional and personal lives.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Booklist Mystery Month 2017!

May is Mystery Month at Booklist! Check out our recent mystery award winners (plus Talia’s “Spring the Trap: Mysteries That Won’t Let Go” webinar titles) and see which Macmillan titles made Booklist‘s “Best of” reading lists for 2017.
The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2017 (full list) — Top 10 Crime Novels & Best Crime Fiction Debuts

LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
New Orleans rookie cop and loose cannon Maureen Coughlin is tasked with helping the FBI track a white supremacist group. Will Maureen go rogue again, or will she channel what she calls her “killing feeling” into doing good police work? Not only has Loehfelm created the most compelling, complex patrol cop in the genre; he has also reenergized New Orleans as a setting for the best in crime fiction, edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life.

THE DRY by Jane Harper
Harper’s small-town, big-secrets page-turner tells the story of Aaron Falk, who returns to his Australian hometown to attend the funeral of a friend believed to have shot his wife and son and then killed himself. Falk begins to question the details of the crime and, together with the town’s police sergeant, undertakes an investigation that unearths secrets new and old, some involving Falk’s father. A stunning debut reminiscent of Peter Corliss’ Cliff Hardy series.

Find out what inspired Jane Harper to write THE DRY in Booklist Reader’s “Clues to My Crime” column!

THREE YEARS WITH THE RAT by Jay Hosking
Neuroscientist Hosking turns in a startlingly fine performance with his first novel, about a man so determined to find his missing sister that he risks his own reality to solve the mystery of her disappearance. It’s quickly apparent that this is one of those mind-bending thrillers in which time and space are fluid concepts, but Hosking draws us in completely to his labyrinthine narrative.

For titles reviewed from May 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks: 2017 (full list)

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough, read by Bea Holland and others
A fine cast of narrators voices this complex, riveting story of a love triangle based on obsession and deceit.

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
Using realistic voices and impeccable nuances, Bathurst portrays a cast of quirky characters in this atmospheric, multilayered mystery.

For titles reviewed from April 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017.

Plus, Benjamin Black’s EVEN THE DEAD, read by John Keating, is listed as a great listen-alike for Celtic Noir!

Trend Alert: Suburban Suspense (full list)

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris
The marriage of Grace Harrington and Jack Angel seemed perfect, except for what went on behind closed doors. On their honeymoon, Grace’s new husband, Jack, reveals his psychopathic nature, using Grace’s deep love for her special-needs sister, Millie, as leverage in concocting a depraved scheme that will ruin both women.

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
Alice Bodine turns up at her family’s Montana ranch and luxury resort battered, bruised, and with no memory of her old life, 25 years after running away. Her niece puts Alice’s return together with the recent murders of two women and suspects that someone very twisted may be living nearby.

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
Moriarty handles neighborhood secrets, indiscretions, and twists like no one else. A spontaneous barbecue upends the lives of three couples in suburban Sydney. From the start, readers know that something terrible has happened—Erika can’t quite remember the details, Clementine doesn’t want to remember them, and their husbands are struggling with the aftermath. But it’s not until midway through the story that Moriarty shows her hand.

A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to the Pacific Rim (full list)
AUSTRALIA

THE BROKEN SHORE by Peter Temple
This first in a series stars Melbourne homicide detective Joe Cashin, who has been temporarily reassigned to his hometown in rural Australia while he recovers from injuries only slowly explained. But despite its remote landscape, the little town of Port Munro generates some big-city crime. Evoking a view of the continent that is more Ian Rankin than Crocodile Dundee, Temple tells a troubling tale of race and class conflict—with an even darker crime at the heart of it. This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably.

CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree is as hard-boiled as they come, a kind of Australian Dirty Harry with a little of Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder, who once said to a killer he was about to dispatch, “I just don’t want you to be alive anymore.” This installment in Maitland’s unsparingly dark series provides backstory, explaining how Harry got to be Harry and how he developed his investigative style: shake the tree, see who falls out, and kill them. So old school you can smell the cordite. readmoreremove

2016 Agatha & Lefty Award Winners

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! First, congrats to our MWA Grand Masters Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books) and Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books), who were officially announced as part of the 2017 Edgar Award winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 Agatha Award winners

Best Contemporary Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Best Historical Novel: THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Congratulations to our 2017 Lefty Awards winners

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial): THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Now on to our new mysteries & thrillers hitting shelves this week:

PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
Two starred reviews! Edgar Award-winner Peter Blauner introduces New York police detective Lourdes Robles tracking the case of a murdered criminal defense attorney and his Iraq war veteran son in this “top-notch crime novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—his first in more than a decade. “Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOUR KILLIN’ HEART by Peggy O’Neal Peden
Winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, a delightful Nashville cozy featuring a plucky sleuth and the beyond-the-grave machinations of a country star. “Peden’s debut vividly captures the Nashville music scene and the city’s Southern atmosphere. Campbell is an charming amateur sleuth, loyal to a fault. Fans of Tonya Kappes’s books and readers who enjoy humorous whodunits with a strong sense of place will find this one delightful.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FALLEN by Eric Van Lustbader
The sequel to the internationally bestselling THE TESTAMENT! “A decade later, Lustbader reopens his study of good and evil, secret cults, and God and Lucifer’s elemental struggle for world dominion. Intelligent, well-researched, and unsettling,….” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GRAVES by Pamela Wechsler
In Pamela Wechsler’s latest novel featuring upper crust Boston DA Abby Endicott, Abby becomes personally embroiled in a serial killer case whose victims are all young women. “Catnip for readers attached to Boston, believably strong women, legal intrigue, or any combination of the above.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/27/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to new, mysteries, thrillers & true crime!

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Alexsi is complex and fully drawn; this is a spy who gains the reader’s trust while never showing his hand. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

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. You can also follow the “Mad Bomber” throughout NYC in this interactive map! “A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves
Read a Q&A with Ann Cleeves about COLD EARTH! “The ground shifts in more ways than one for Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez in CWA Diamond Dagger–winner Cleeves’s moody seventh Shetland mystery. The stark Shetland landscape provides an atmospheric backdrop for Cleeves’s complex, relatable characters, especially Perez, a kind man dealing with his own tragic past.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Booklist “Spring the Trap: Mysteries That Won’t Let Go” Webinar Titles

Here are all the spine-tingling Macmillan mysteries that Talia “the terror” Sherer presented at Booklist‘s “Spring the Trap: Mysteries That Won’t Let Go” collection development webinar today (see the action on Twitter via hashtag #Mysteries17):

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly
IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
LOVEMURDER by Saul Black
YOU BELONG TO ME by Colin Harrison
KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
SHIVER HITCH by Linda Greenlaw
THE OTHER GIRL by Erica Spindler
THE CHICK AND THE DEAD by Carla Valentine
INDIGO by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris
SAFE by Ryan Gattis
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
AMERICAN DRIFTER by Heather Graham & Chad Michael Murray

Click here to view the archived webinar. Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs).

Many of these titles have an e-galley available on Edelweiss, so download, read, and nominate for LibraryReads!
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TxLA 2017 Book Buzz Titles

It’s the last day of TxLA! Come grab the last of our books in the Macmillan Adult booth #2606, then make sure to hear Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth share her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at the Book Buzz from 9:15-10:15am in room 217 A.

Have a conflict or not at TxLA? We’ve got you covered! Here are all of the titles Anne presented:

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250123077 | Out 5/30/17
THE BREAKDOWN* by B.A. Paris | Thriller/Psychological | ISBN: 9781250122469 | Out 7/18/17 (LR: 5/20)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT* by Wendy Walker | Thriller/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250141439 | Out 8/8/17 (LR: 6/20)
PARADISE VALLEY* by C.J. Box | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9781250051042 | Out 7/25/17 (LR: 5/20)
KNIFE CREEK* by Paul Doiron | Thrillers/Crime | ISBN: 9781250102355 | Out 6/13/17
DOWN A DARK ROAD* by Linda Castillo | Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural | ISBN: 9781250121288 | Out 7/11/17 (LR: 5/20)
GLASS HOUSES* by Louise Penny | Traditional Mystery | ISBN: 9781250066190 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9781627797641 | Out Now
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9780765391285 | Out 8/15/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas | Literary Fiction| ISBN: 9781250081438 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250099778 | Out 6/6/17
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire | Fantasy | ISBN: 9780765392039 | Out 6/13/17
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING* by Grant Ginder | Family Life | ISBN: 9781250095206 | Out 6/6/17
MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul | Literary Criticism/Books & Reading | ISBN: 9781627796316 | Out 5/2/17
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul | Literary Collections/Essays | ISBN: 9781250121028 | Out 5/2/17
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich | True Crime/Murder | ISBN: 9781250080547 | Out 5/16/17
SOURDOUGH* by Robin Sloan | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9780374203108 | Out 9/5/17 (LR: 7/20)
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS* by Jim Fergus | Historical Fiction | ISBN: 9781250093424 | Out 9/12/17 (LR: 7/20)
FRESH COMPLAINT* by Jeffrey Eugenides | Short Stories | ISBN: 9780374203061 | Out 10/3/17 (LR: 8/20)
YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts | Epic Fantasy | ISBN: 9781250122957 | Out 12/5/17 (LR: 11/20)

*Also available in audio CD

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!
Follow the show’s final moments on Twitter at @TxLA and #txla17.

For Your Consideration: July 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the July 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! A woman who believes she was a witness to a crime obsesses over whether she could have prevented a death, while fearing for her sanity. “This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Breakdown.”*

DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
In the electrifying ninth thriller in the New York Times bestselling series (AMONG THE WICKED was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick), a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again. “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

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PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
When ND investigator Cassie Dewell’s latest plan to catch a serial killer called the Lizard King backfires, she finds herself jobless. When a troubled boy disappears, his grandmother urges Cassie to find him. With nothing else to do, she agrees, all while planning a new trap for the Lizard King. “Box’s many fans will devour this dark thriller, which is sure to be another hit for the author.” — Library Journal

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THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work (MR. SPLITFOOT, 2016, etc.) will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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