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Booklist Mystery Month 2018, Our Agatha Award Winner & #ThrillerThursday Picks

First, a HUGE congratulations to Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, which won the 2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!

It’s Mystery Month over at Booklist, and Bill Ott named 3 of our books The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018 (for books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018):

Top 10 Crime Novels

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
The latest in Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak series may be the best yet. The former Orphan X has cut his ties with the deep-cover Orphan Program and has reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, helping those with nowhere else to turn. Now, though, he’s out to avenge the death of his former mentor, but can he do so without putting at risk a young woman he rescued from the program? The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. As the character of Smoak becomes steadily more complex, the humanity at the core of the man emerges forcefully.

Best Debuts

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her dead father, Frank, who was also a cop: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she turns to Frank’s notebooks when she attempts to solve several murders in her small Ohio town. Roxane is a wonderfully rich character, deeply flawed but absolutely dogged in her pursuit of the truth. Sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/29/18 Edition)

Thrills and chills abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks!

THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry
Also available in audio
In Cotton Malone’s first assignment ever he investigates the feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King Jr.! “In his latest Cotton Malone thriller, Berry takes on contemporary history as he weaves another tale of conspiracy and intrigue. As fast-paced and exciting as all his previous books, this is another winner in the author’s best-selling series.” — Library Journal, starred review

CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox
Also available in audio
How does a man rebuild his life after being wrongfully imprisoned for a teenage girl’s abduction? By teaming up with a convicted murder-turned-PI to investigate the disappearance of a local celebrity author. “This compelling first solo by one of James Patterson’s many coauthors boasts full-bodied characters, suspense with a quirky edge, and a strong sense of place.” — Booklist, starred review

GLIMPSE by Jonathan Maberry
Maberry’s breakout psychological/supernatural thriller stars a recovering drug addict named Rain Thomas, who starts losing time. As reality and nightmare collide, Rain learns just how far she’ll go to save someone she loves. “Maberry’s narrative skills remain first-rate here, and his writing displays more subtlety and greater structural elegance than in past works. A success on all fronts.” — Booklist, starred review

NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser
Also available in audio
A group of friends meets Saturday night, by Monday, one of them is gone. Was it something they said…or is something far more sinister lurking beneath their smiles? “Full of slow-burning intrigue, Strawser’s second novel will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES and Jennifer Kitses’ SMALL HOURS.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/8/18 Edition)

It’s a slushy gray Thursday, perfect mystery-reading weather:

THE THIRD VICTIM by Phillip Margolin
Also available in audio
Regina Barrister, a legendary criminal defense attorney, has agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason—a prominent local attorney accused of kidnapping, torture, and murder. Yet Regina’s young co-counsel is worried her boss’s behavior and the details in the case against their client don’t quite add up. “Margolin continues his return to the exceptional form of his early novels with this gripping, tightly plotted, and smoothly written legal thriller.” — Booklist

MEMENTO MORI by Ruth Downie
The eighth gripping novel in the bestselling Medicus series, in which Ruso and Tilla investigate the death of the wife of Ruso’s friend in the sacred hot spring of Aquae Sulis. “Highly recommended for series fans and readers of Lindsey Davis’s Roman mysteries, but it also serves as a worthy stand-alone.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

CRIMSON LAKE Signed Giveaway

How does a man rebuild his life after being wrongfully imprisoned for a teenage girl’s abduction? By teaming up with a convicted murder-turned-PI to investigate the disappearance of a local celebrity author. That’s the premise for award-winning author Candice Fox‘s new mystery, CRIMSON LAKE.

“This compelling first solo by one of James Patterson’s many coauthors boasts full-bodied characters, suspense with a quirky edge, and a strong sense of place.” — Booklist, starred review

Candice happened to be in the Flatiron Building this week and signed advanced readers’ copies to give away to 4 lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Crimson Lake) by Sunday, February 4, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print—good luck!

CRIMSON LAKE will be available March 6, 2018 from Forge Books and Macmillan Audio.

UPDATE 2/6/18: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Tracy McPeck, Prince William Public Library System, Woodbridge VA
Nancy Lee-Jones, Endicott College, Beverly MA
Jay Dela Cruz, Queens Library, Ridgewood NY
Shaunterria Owens, Belleville Public Library and Information Center, Belleville, NJ
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Thriller Thursday (6/15/17 Edition)

Summer’s heating up with these new mysteries:

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL by Rio Youers
Two starred reviews! “Canadian author Youers makes his U.S. debut with a paranormal thriller distinguished by subtle characterizations and emotionally evocative prose. Harvey’s compelling, moving search for Sally and the truth offers everything that fans of intelligent suspense could wish for.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
Two starred reviews! Kinsey Millhone meets Serial in this debut about an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit. “This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let’s hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way.” — Booklist, starred review

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
In this new edge-of-your-seat thriller from Edgar finalist and LibraryReads author Paul Doiron, Mike Bowditch delves into a long buried investigation to uncover a dangerous secret. “This solid eighth entry in the Mike Bowditch series, following WIDOWMAKER, is full of strong characters, great dialogue, and Doiron’s signature command of the rugged and natural Maine setting.” — Booklist

THE MENTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Cape Fear meets Wonder Boys in this story of a book editor and his mentor as past secrets and a depraved manuscript dangerously entangle their lives. “Goldberg’s novel is…gripping. Like the Bret Easton Ellis novel it resembles, it succeeds as sharp and bitter satire—in this case, of the publishing industry and the sensationalism and barbarity that consumers crave.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

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. “Penny has a permanent spot on that enviable short list of writers who combine unwavering quality with mega-sales.” — Booklist, starred review

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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
Two starred reviews for bestselling and LibraryReads author Walker’s new 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
In the 21st entry in this series, Meg Langslow is helping her grandmother at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center for the summer when a body turns up. “Fans will find all the beloved hallmarks of this award-winning series: fresh characters, an engaging puzzle, and delightful humor.” — Library Journal

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GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
The debut PI murder mystery from Goldman features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags. “Emmy Award-winning writer Goldman (for Seinfeld and Ellen), who began his career as a stand-up comedian, not surprisingly blends his storytelling with irreverent humor. His tough yet vulnerable PI, evocative Minneapolis setting, and clever plot, which features a distinctive crime scene and multiple red herrings, will engage and intrigue.” — Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month
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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