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Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

Talia

THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Nancy Pearl LOVES Becky Masterman!

America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl was on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today, and she suggested some “under-the-radar” reads, including Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, FEAR THE DARKNESS, A TWIST OF THE KNIFE)!

“Becky Masterman is an author I recently discovered. What I love about these books is that they’re page-turners, they’re really thrilling novels. The main character is a woman named Brigid Quinn, who is a former FBI agent now retired. Brigid is 60. I love that. When have we last seen the hero of a thriller age 60?
“But when Brigid was in the FBI, she was mostly assigned cases where she had to go undercover. So all of her working life, she has had to be somebody other than herself. And now she’s retired and married for the first time and trying to figure out what it’s like to be her[self] and not somebody else.
“Then, a case very similar to some of the cases that she worked on when she was in the FBI kind of falls into her lap. So the present and the past are coming together in this page-turning thriller.”

Check out all of Nancy’s suggestions here. A TWIST OF THE KNIFE will be available from Minotaur Books on March 21, 2017.

Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

indiebookclubThe Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes seven Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter

Extraordinary Lives
HOME IS BURNING: A Memoir by Dan Marshall
ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

Exciting New Voices
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein

New Works From Old Favorites
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

For Your Consideration: December and January LibraryReads Titles

Nominations for the January 2015 LibraryReads list (which also includes December 2014 titles this time) are due on November 20. Here’s what we recommend:

December 2014 titles

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Grace and Ted Chapman are a literary power couple whose marriage is anything but perfect. So it’s good news when the new assistant Beth arrives and gets everything under control—except maybe her motives aren’t entirely altruistic.

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SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a NASA-sponsored National Underwater Robotics Competition.

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FIVE
by Ursula Archer
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. “The suspense builds until the shocking climax.” — Publishers Weekly

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January 2015 titles

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, GARDEN SPELLS, Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.” — Booklist, starred review

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A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
In the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about William Heming, a real estate agent who is most at home among a stranger’s private things. “[A] gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Masterman’s follow-up to her Edgar Award-nominated debut thriller RAGE AGAINST THE DYING. Brigid takes in her nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate after Gemma’s mom dies, but then dangerous things start happening. First someone tries to poison her dogs, then Brigid—is Gemma Kate to blame?

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THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
In the hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE BONE SEASON, Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

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DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
The sinuous and provocative story of good cop Maureen Coughlin struggling painfully into her own on the streets of New Orleans.

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For more December/January LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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While Anne’s Away…

Anne is taking a well-deserved vacation to her hometown of Tucson, AZ for the next week! When she’s not enjoying pool time or preparing for her baby shower, here’s what she’ll be reading:

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
This haunting debut follows detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the death of a man who may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre. Anne is halfway done and can’t wait to finish it on the plane tomorrow!

FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Masterman’s outstanding debut novel, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, starring ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn was set in Tucson, so it was a natural pick for Anne. (It’s also really, really good—it’s been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards!) Now as Brigid tries to rebuild her life and marriage, she helps a local couple investigate the death of their son, all while taking in her nineteen-year-old niece after her sister-in-law’s death.

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, this Arizona-set debut mystery stars a Native American rodeo cowboy–turned–private investigator. Not only is the author a fellow University of Arizona alum like Anne, but he also modeled for Giorgio Armani!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
In her hardcover debut, from the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and THIS IS NOT A TEST comes a powerful new young adult novel about an ostracized girl who must decide whether she wants to speak out against the boy who sexually assaulted her for a second time after someone else is assaulted or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t say something. (Talia read this gem and can’t stop talking about it! She says it’s Courtney’s best book YET!)
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Thriller Tuesday (whaa?!) & Mystery Award nominations

We know it’s not Thursday, but we didn’t want you to miss out on all this great mystery news while we’re away in Las Vegas setting up for ALA Annual.

But first, awards news! The 2014 Shamus Award finalists and Macavity Award nominations have been announced and we have several outstanding Minotaur books in the running!

2014 Shamus Award finalists

Best Hardcover PI Novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks

Best First PI Novel
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen
A GOOD DEATH by Christopher Cox

2014 Macavity Award Nominations

Best Mystery Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Mystery
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Nonfiction
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson
A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins

Winners for all awards will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach (CA) on November 13-14.

Now on to the books!
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2014 Anthony Award nominees

Nominees for the 2014 Anthony Awards have been posted and we've got several spine-tingling mysteries on the list! 

Best Novel
THE WRONG GIRL by Hank Phillippi Ryan
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming (also a LibraryReads pick!)

Best First Novel
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Critical or Nonfiction Work
THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Winners will be announced at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Congrats to all nominees! 

Thriller Thursday & 2014 ThrillerFest Award Nominations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We've got three great mysteries AND fantastic news about ThrillerFest Award nominations!

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
An April 2014 LibraryReads pick! In Cotterill's third Jimm Juree mystery, the reporter's latest assignment is a profile of a writer who might also be a potential serial killer. “In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.” — Booklist, starred review

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
In the next installment in this Welsh police procedural series, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds several bodies at a remote site in the hills. His superior officers believe it's just a dumping ground, but Capaldi isn't convinced and sets out to learn who these dead people were and how they ended up there. “Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast.” — Booklist  

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS by Hilary Davidson
“In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.” — Library Journal. Want to know more? Check out our feature.

Last week the ITW ThrillerFest Award finalists were announced and five were from Minotaur Books!

Best Hardcover Novel:
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo

Best First Novel:
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

Best Paperback Original:
COLD SNAP by Allison Brennan
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus

The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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Monday Fun Day with Audio (and Free Stuff!)

Nine Inches jacketStill Foolin Em jacketInfernoAre you in Olympic withdrawal like we are after watching the closing ceremony last night? Don't worry. Our friends at Macmillan Audio have the perfect cure with their second annual LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK OUT campaign, plus a chance to win a Fitbit Flex!

You can join the challenge at macmillanaudio.com/workout and report how many minutes you listened while being active. Enter your time daily, weekly, or whenever you want, but the more often you report, the better chance you'll have to show up in the Top Listeners leaderboard, updated every Monday. Then enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a Fitbit Flex or a prize pack of five audiobooks on CD.

Newsday did a feature on Listen While You Work Out and more media coverage is still to come from Self Magazine (March issue), Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, and the Chicago Tribune!

Want to listen to some samples before joining in? Why not start with these Audie-Award nominated titles from Macmillan Audio (more titles available on SoundCloud):

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer (Fantasy category)

THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary
Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (Fiction category)

JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher
Narrated by George Guidall (Fiction category)

THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (History category)

STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM by Billy Crystal (Grammy-nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!)
Narrated by Billy Crystal (Humor and Narration by the Author categories)

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
Narrated by Judy Kaye (Mystery category)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
Narrated by Arthur Bishop (Nonfiction category)

REVIVER by Seth Patrick
Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Paranormal category)

INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by Holter Graham (Paranormal category)

EXTINCTION MACHINE by Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by Ray Porter (Science Fiction category)

NINE INCHES by Tom Perrotta
Narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas (Short Stories/Collections category)

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The 2014 Edgar Nominees

Edgar logoWe are thrilled to have six outstanding books, both fiction and nonfiction, nominated for the Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2013:

Best Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Novel
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Fact Crime
MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical
IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett

Mary Higgins Clark 
THE SIXTH STATION by Linda Stasi 

See all of the 2014 Edgar Award Nominees and read the full press release from the Mystery Writers of America.

The awards will be presented to the winners on May 1, 2014 at the 68th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Congratulations to all nominees! readmoreremove
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