Articles tagged "Parnell Hall"

Thriller Thursday (3/15/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to chilling debuts and returning sleuths:

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
Also available in audio
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Bustle’s “2018 Debuts You Need in Your TBR Pile!” My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. So opens this brilliant psychological thriller by former BBC news producer, Alice Feeney. “…a serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder. Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly

THIS IS HOW IT ENDS by Eva Dolan
There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London, from the writer of the Zigic and Ferreira crime series. “In this stand-alone, her ability to write a complex and nuanced psychological thriller is clearly manifest. Recommend to fans of social realism in crime fiction, from Georges Simenon straight on through to Dennis Lehane.” — Booklist, starred review

FADE TO BLACK by David Rosenfelt
Also available in audio
In the thrilling sequel to BLACKOUT from David Rosenfelt, policeman Doug Brock helps a fellow victim of amnesia untangle a murder case and discovers he may not be as distant as he thinks. “…[T]he tingly, sinister mood gives readers plenty to enjoy.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/22/18 Edition)

The stars are aligning for two historical mysteries this #ThrillerThursday, plus a FREE cozy mystery sampler!

THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
Two starred reviews & Finch won the NBCC’s 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Award! In Charles Lenox’s very first case in 1850, a trunk containing the body of a young woman is found floating in the Thames River. “With its splendidly drawn characters and brisk, supple prose, this can be either an inviting introduction to readers new to Finch’s accomplished series or a winning addition to the canon for established fans.” — Booklist, starred review

THE THRONE OF CAESAR by Steven Saylor
It’s Rome, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, and the Ides of March is approaching…. “Can a murder whose killers’ identities and motives are known in advance provide the basis for a gripping whodunit? Saylor answers that question with a definitive yes in his thrilling and moving 16th novel featuring Gordianus the Finder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Why choose one mystery to cozy up with when you can have 10? (Well, samples.) Download the new free COZY CASE FILES mystery sampler! Volume 4 includes excerpts from these forthcoming Winter 2018 titles:

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE CRUST: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander

A WHISPER OF BONES: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

CURSES, BOILED AGAIN! A Lobster Shack Mystery by Shari Randall

DEATH IN THE STARS: A Kate Shackleton Mystery by Frances Brody

THE PURLOINED PUZZLE: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall

DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO: A Lady Montfort Mystery by Tessa Arlen

DEATH BY DUMPLING: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien

DATE WITH MALICE: A Samson & Delilah Mystery by Julia Chapman

LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

ANTIQUE BLUES: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.

Thriller Thursday (1/12/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’re ecstatic that the world can now read Jane Harper’s THE DRY, but did you also hear Nancy Pearl enthusiastically recommend Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (A TWIST OF THE KNIFE) on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today?! So many good mysteries.

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A January 2017 LibraryReads and Indie Next pick with THREE starred reviews! “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (1/21/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday, mystery lovers! We’re basking in the Edgar nominations glow and loving these new books:

ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
A February 2016 Indie Next pick! Two starred reviews for the best thriller since THE BOURNE IDENTITY, starring Evan Smoak: a legendary figure with skills, resources, a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn…and a target on his back. “Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, ORPHAN X, that invokes the best of ‘Batman,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Equalizer’ films. Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series.” — Associated Press

PRESUMED PUZZLED by Parnell Hall
Fans of clever wordplay will enjoy Hall’s 17th Puzzle Lady mystery starring Cora Felton, a feisty, lusty, oft-married but for the moment single lady, who fronts for her niece’s syndicated puzzle column—a secret known to only a few.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

#thrillerthursday (01/22/15)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall 

“In this delightful comic mystery, the merging of the puzzle of the crime with the allusions to the movie ‘Double Indemnity’ and Cora’s convoluted conversations engages to the end.”—Booklist

Dead Red by Tim O’Mara

“O’Mara’s intricately plotted third outing for New York City-cop-turned-Brooklyn-teacher Ray Donne (after 2013’s Crooked Numbers) opens with a bang … O’Mara captures the world of New York politics and convincingly takes Ray into the mind-set of young veterans newly returned from war. Energetic storytelling and credible characters are a plus.”—Publishers Weekly

Thriller Thursday (1/16/14 Edition)

We've got a super-sized Thriller Thursday for you today (and stay tuned for very exciting just-announced mystery-related news!):

THE HARLOT'S TALE by Samuel Thomas
In "Thomas’s superior second whodunit set in 17th-century York" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), midwife Bridget Hodgson investigates a series of murders she thinks are being committed by someone under the influence of a fanatical preacher. "Historical-mystery readers will enjoy this well-plotted story featuring an assortment of strong women." – Booklist

APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty
A woman in the wrong place, at the wrong time with the wrong man—evocative of the psychological suspense and dangerous eroticism found in the blockbuster thrillers “Unfaithful” and “Fatal Attraction.” "Shocking, seductive, and wickedly intense, the latest literary work from top British author and columnist Doughty is a knockout novel with thriller undertones." – Booklist

DEAD TO ME by Cath Staincliffe
British TV screenwriter and CWA Award winner Staincliffe's latest mystery pairs a team of unlikely detectives hunting a murderer. "Most reminiscent of television’s Cagney & Lacey series, the novel—a prequel to a popular British television programs, Scott & Baileyshould appeal to readers who enjoy female buddy books like Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series and Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates legal thrillers." – Booklist, starred review

BAD WOLF by Nele Neuhaus
In the next book in the internationally bestselling series that began with SNOW WHITE MUST DIE, Inspectors Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein work two seemingly unrelated cases that converge in a scandalous twist. "Fans of Jo Nesbö's gritty thrillers will enjoy the intricacies of the plot." – Library Journal  

NYPD PUZZLE by Parnell Hall
In Hall's 15th(!) Puzzle Lady mystery, Cora Felton storms New York City, only to find herself the key suspect in a murder. Including new puzzles by Will Shortz, solving for 4-DOWN is just as satisfying as finding out whodunnit. "Between Hall’s snappy dialogue and Will Shortz’s puzzles, comic mystery buffs have plenty to enjoy." – Publishers Weekly

SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden
Survivors of a blizzard twelve years ago are being haunted by the memories of those who died. Booklist called it, "Great fodder for a dark and snowy night" and horrormeister Stephen King decreed, "Throw away all those old ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ novels; this one is the real deal.”

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Happy March Minotaur Mystery Madness Day! GIVEAWAY

It's Tuesday and I'm feeling sassy, so I'm dubbing today March Minotaur Mystery Madness Day! 

I pulled together two delicious mystery snack packs* for you to get your hands on. Click either box to email library at macmillanusa dot com and add your preference for "Combo A" or "Combo B" in the Subject Line (yes, yes, you can enter to win both!). Get those entries in before Thursday.

UPDATE: Contest now closed. Thanks to those who entered. Winners have been notified!

THE LOCK ARTIST, by Steve Hamilton: This Alex Award winning thriller is, as The New York Times Book Review said, "too good for words."
BAD BIRD, by Chris Knopf: Knopf kicks off his second Hamptons mystery with an explosive beginning, then pulls us back to the past of roguish lawyer Jackie Swaitkowski, and throws in a few twists before the end. Hold on tight!
THE KENKEN KILLINGS, by Parnell Hall: There are actually KenKen and crosswords in the pages of this book so you can solve this fun and quick witted puzzle mystery!

36 YALTA BOULEVARD, by Olen Steinhauer: Steinhauer earned this subtle and intelligent political thriller starred reviews from both Booklist and Library Journal.
PAST TENSE, by Catherine Aird: This elegant and mischievious whodunit earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
THE CURSE-MAKER, by Kelli Stanley: Booklist calls this one "an engrossing mystery, in which the first murder leads to a typically Roman orgy of revenge," with "fascinating and never heavy-handed information on Roman life," (yep, a starred review for this one, as well).

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