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For Your Consideration: August 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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

GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. But, legally, all he can do is watch and wait. “Last year’s A GREAT RECKONING [was] a LibraryReads pick that was No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction, ebook fiction, and combined-format best sellers lists.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
Bestselling and LibraryReads author Wendy Walker returns with a thriller about two missing sisters and what happens when only one returns. “Walker’s second thriller delves into dark territory, pitting a fully dimensional cast of clever, damaged characters against each other in high-stakes mind games. Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

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GONE GULL by Donna Andrews
“An Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Award winner (and LibraryReads author), Andrews takes us to the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, where series heroine Meg Langslow is helping out her grandmother for the summer. Vandalism and a dead body distract from her duties, even as she joins her grandfather in his search for a rare gull. Sweet!” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
The debut PI murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning TV writer Matt Goldman featuring an unusual crime—a murdered woman is covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags. “Goldman’s experience as a stand-up comic, playwright, and TV writer show to advantage in this first novel’s wit, the story’s pace, and his hero’s charm. Offer this one (the start of a proposed series) to aficionados of chilly Scandinavian noir and the new generation of Philip Marlowe fans.” — Booklist
BONUS: Read our Q&A with Matt Goldman!

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Romance Roundup (1/11/17)

Baby, it’s cold outside! Snuggle up with one of these romances to get your heart racing:

THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas #1)
“Grant delivers an adrenaline-fueled combination of heat and heart in her stellar first Sons of Texas contemporary military romance. Grant grabs the reader by the throat early on with a plausible and suspenseful plot, characters readers will root for, and snappy prose, and she doesn’t let up until the cliff-hanger ending. This first-class thrill ride will leave readers wanting more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge #1)
“In this super-sexy Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century, the first in the Ruin and Revenge romantic suspense series, Castille combines raw passion and barely leashed violence. She skillfully draws her hero and heroine and several in their close circles in intriguing and realistic shades of gray. This is a deftly plotted page-turner that will leave readers panting for the next installment.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/27/15 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two series favorites, a debut, and a new novel from a writer serving a life sentence in prison (no joke!):

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
The outstanding 11th book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series is an August 2015 LibraryReads pick, a September 2015 Indie Next pick, and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny’s fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.”

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
Two stars for the next Bell Elkins novel in which the West Virginia prosecutor must work with a man who, until recently, lived off the grid, but now finds himself charged with murder he didn’t commit. “A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (10/9/14 Edition)

It’s finally Fall! Temperatures are dropping and our blood is running cold after reading these great mysteries & thrillers:

MALICE by Keigo Higashino
The #9 October 2014 LibraryReads pick is a literal locked room mystery: an acclaimed novelist is found brutally murdered in his home office—a locked room within a locked house—by his wife and best friend who both have solid alibis. It’s received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, which said, “With each book, Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form.”

TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Ryan’s latest Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan mystery also received two starred reviews! Reporter Ryland learns the truth behind a big-bucks home eviction scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. “The third entry in the series packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance.” — Library Journal, starred review
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Thriller Thursday & 2014 Shamus Award Nominees

Not only do we have a new batch of fabulous mysteries & thrillers, we’ve got the scoop on Shamus Award nominees!

The Private Eye Writers of America announced the finalists for its 2014 Shamus Awards and we’ve got 4 mysteries in the running:

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel:
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks
NEMESIS by Bill Pronzini

Best First P.I. Novel:
A GOOD DEATH by Christopher R. Cox
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen

Winners will be named during a banquet at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California, on Friday, November 14. See the full list of nominees here.

MEAN BUSINESS ON NORTH GANSON STREET by S. Craig Zahler
Cop Jules Bettinger is forced out of sunny Arizona and into a frigid rust-belt town in Missouri where a cop killer is on the loose. It’s been optioned by Warner Bros with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx attached to star! “Zahler’s mean streets are bizarrely mean. But MEAN BUSINESS is often mordantly funny, too—and not to be missed.” — Booklist, starred review

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Queens Library Mystery Book Buzz 2014

Today Anne presented all the latest and greatest Mystery titles at the Queens Library “Mystery in the Stacks” Book Buzz. We don’t want anyone to feel left out, so here are the books she talked about:

LibraryReads
MALICE by Keigo Higashino
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth

Bestselling Authors
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry

Debuts
NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
THE MURDER MAN by Tony Parsons
FIVE by Ursula Archer
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Cozies
THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN by M.C. Beaton
A DEMON SUMMER by G.M. Malliet
KILL ‘EM WITH CAYENNE by Gail Oust

Historical Mysteries
THE COUNTERFEIT HEIRESS by Tasha Alexander
THE LAWS OF MURDER by Charles Finch

Detective/PI/Amateur Sleuth
BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Nonfiction
DEEP DOWN DARK by Héctor Tobar
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern

Winter 2015 Treats
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

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Thriller Thursday (7/31/14 Edition)

We’re wishing an early #ThrillerThursday to these mysteries coming out next week since Anne will be on vacation (reading a thriller, naturally):

CITY OF GHOSTS by Kelli Stanley
In award-winning author Stanley’s latest mystery, P.I. Miranda Corbie is searching for her long-lost mother, but along the way she must expose a Nazi spy and clear her name after being framed for murder. “It’s neonoir in a classical five-act structure, starring one of crime’s most arresting heroines.” — Library Journal, starred review on CITY OF SECRETS

DEAD LINE by Chris Ewan
In this fast-paced thriller from the acclaimed author of the Good Thief series, a highly trained hostage negotiation specialist will do anything to find out what happened to his missing fianceé. “This adrenaline-fueled, stand-alone thriller is more akin to Ewan’s SAFE HOUSE than to his Good Thief caper novels, with Daniel Trent a driven protagonist in the Jack Reacher mold. Readers will want to see more of Trent, and this page-turner, full of twists and turns, cries out for a sequel.”
Booklist, starred review

BOSTON MOB: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and Its Most Notorious Killer by Marc Songini
From information based on newly declassified documents and the use of underworld sources, BOSTON MOB tells the “sad, true, bloody story” (Kirkus Reviews) of psychopathic strongman Joseph “The Animal” Barboza—one of the most feared mob enforcers of all time, who killed as many as thirty people for business and pleasure.
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Thriller Thursday (7/24/14 Edition)

History, mystery, and dogs, oh my! Read on for today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

ATONEMENT OF BLOOD by Peter Tremayne
“Fidelma of Cashel, princess, former religieuse, and advocate of the law courts, returns in her twenty-fourth mystery steeped in the religion, law, and culture of seventh-century Ireland. Tremayne and his impeccable cast of characters continue to provide the best of the best in medieval mysteries.” — Booklist

LAST TO KNOW by Elizabeth Adler
In this “sinister tale of deadly deception” (Booklist), Adler continues the story of Detective Harry Jordan with the murder of a family near his lake home.

HOUNDED by David Rosenfelt
The 12th novel in Rosenfelt’s witty, heartfelt mystery series sees attorney Andy Carpenter suddenly fostering a child (and a basset hound!) and defending a close friend suspected of murder. “Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by wise-cracking, canine-loving Andy.” — Publishers Weekly

Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.

Thriller Thursday (6/5/14 Edition)

In today's #ThrillerThursday roundup, we've got a fallen detective, a couple of good private eyes, and a map-obsessed misfit clerk:

A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
In the latest Lacey Flint mystery, the detective—now part of the marine police—finds a shrouded body in the river. And that's just the first one... “Bolton...delights in a kind of gothic horror, weaving suspenseful tales featuring complex, often tormented characters. Just as readers think they know the killer's identity, there is another shocking twist in this...gripping tale by a master of the genre.” — Library Journal

THE DEVIL MAY CARE by David Housewright
In Housewright's “exceptional” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) latest Rushmore McKenzie novel, the search for a suddenly missing man entangles the unlicensed P.I. with one of the most powerful—and ruthless—local families. “Housewright not only delivers steadily growing suspense, but also provides a canny tour of the high and low life in and around the Twin Cities, including an unforgettable tour of the posh Lake Minnetonka. Housewright may be the best Minnesota Noir writer going.” — Booklist, starred review

BLACK CURRENT by Karen Keskinen
While investigating a local murder in an aquarium, P.I. Jaymie Zarlin stumbles onto new clues about her own brother's death three years ago. “Keskinen juggles multiple plotlines skillfully and develops secondary characters (notably Jaymie’s selfappointed personal assistant, Gabi Gutierrez) in this second entry in an appealing series.” — Booklist

THE CITY UNDER THE SKIN by Geoff Nicholson
The appearance of a group of mysterious women, their backs crudely and extensively tattooed with maps, draws together a cartography-obsessed misfit clerk from an antique map store, a petty criminal, and a ruthless but vulnerable killer and his disgruntled accomplice. “With its fast-paced, dryly witty dialogue; looming, darkened cityscapes; wonderfully offbeat characters, including an enforcer with childcare problems; and metaphoric riffs on disorientation, this is a hugely entertaining crime novel.” — Booklist, starred review

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Friday Reads: Minotaur Stars Edition

TGIF friends! We're in Minotaur #FridayReads heaven with these three mysteries that have multiple starred pre-publication reviews!

THE WOLVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE by Steve Ulfelder
As Conway Sax vows to avenge fellow AA member Eudora Spoon's murder, he gets increasingly caught up with family drama between her two sons.

“Action stoked, this complicated thriller-both for the character study and the murder plot-satisfies on many levels. The intense culture of AA and recovery is particularly well done. Pair with Robert Crais or Archer Mayor.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Stellar... Sax, a Spenser-like paladin more plausible than Robert B. Parker’s original Spenser, makes mistakes that are front and center and whose consequences resonate from book to book. Fans will be interested to see what effect this entry’s hard knocks on Sax’s soul have down the line.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE DEVIL MAY CARE by David Housewright
The search for a suddenly missing man entangles unlicensed P.I. Rushmore McKenzie with one of the most powerful—and ruthless—local families.

“Exceptional... Wry humor helps balance the tension in this tale of misguided love and obsession.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Housewright not only delivers steadily growing suspense, but also provides a canny tour of the high and low life in and around the Twin Cities, including an unforgettable tour of the posh Lake Minnetonka. Housewright may be the best Minnesota Noir writer going.” Booklist, starred review

THE LATE SCHOLAR by Jill Paton Walsh
Lord Peter Wimsey and his detective novelist wife, Harriet Vane, return to uncover a disappearance related to a valuable manuscript at Oxford in Walsh's brilliant new continuation of Dorothy L. Sayers's classic mysteries.

“Walsh’s pitch-perfect re-creation of the charismatic leads is a delight. Sayers fans can only hope for more.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Delicious.” Booklist, starred review

What are you reading this Friday? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib.

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