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All Things Ann Cleeves! (And a Free Murder Mystery Game)

Friends, we can’t get enough of Ann Cleeves. The prolific mystery author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, which is the highest honor in British Crime Writing!

Did you also know that in 2016, Ann was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of libraries and the vitally important public services they provide both to individuals and their communities? She also set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project. Don’t forget the Vera TV series starring actress Brenda Blethyn is available through Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Acorn TV, too!

AnnCleeves_MysteryPack.inddTo celebrate the forthcoming publication of COLD EARTH (book #7 in the Shetland Island series, on sale 4/18), Ann has developed a murder mystery game for libraries and booksellers, based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide three Ann Cleeves Shetland series books to use as a prize when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes.

Ann also answered some questions for us about COLD EARTH:

Please share some of your creative process. What research do you typically do for your Shetland books, and what research went into COLD EARTH? How was the creative process different with COLD EARTH than with the previous books?

My research certainly isn’t hard work! I visit the islands, sit in my friends’ kitchens, drink tea and gossip. I listen to their preoccupations. COLD EARTH started with the title, which is unusual for me. Often that’s the very last thing to arrive. This quartet is based around the elements: DEAD WATER, THIN AIR and now COLD EARTH. Earth made me think about the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, dust to dust.’ So, the story starts with a funeral. In 2003 there was a serious landslide that cut the island in two. More earth. It just missed a small croft house. I used that as a dramatic opening to the novel. It set the theme of secrets buried and uncovered. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday Bonus: Crime in the City!

#THRILLERTHURSDAY BONUS! Three of our favorite female Macmillan authors were recently featured on NPR’s Crime in the City and we simply couldn’t let you get away without hearing about them:

Julia Keller spoke with NPR’s Noah Adams about her mystery series set in West Virginia (based on her hometown of Guyandotte) and starring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins.

“One of the things I wanted to do with having a female protagonist is to allow her to have her anger. If we let women have a little more of their anger and to speak their minds, we’d have a very different kind of world,” Keller said.

Listen to the full Julia Keller interview here.

Available in the Bell Elkins series:
A KILLING IN THE HILLS (Book 1)
BITTER RIVER (Book 2)
SUMMER OF THE DEAD (Book 3) – available August 26

 

Meanwhile, NPR’s Ari Shapiro traveled with Ann Cleeves to the Shetland Islands, where Cleeves sets her highly acclaimed series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez.

“I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath,” Cleeves said. The author has been making regular trips to the Scottish islands for 40 years and her books are so popular that a tourism agency has put out a map showing where key scenes in the novels take place. Even the BBC has turned the books into a hit TV series titled “Shetland,” with a U.S. adaptation to come in the future.

Listen to the full Ann Cleeves interview here.

Available in the Shetland Island series:
RAVEN BLACK (Book 1)
WHITE NIGHTS (Book 2)
RED BONES (Book 3)
BLUE LIGHTNING (Book 4)
DEAD WATER (Book 5)

 

Back in the States, Karen Grigsby Bates joined Rachel Howzell Hall in South Los Angeles where they talked about her debut novel, LAND OF SHADOWS, featuring homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton and the unique circumstances that led her to become a writer.

“When I was 33 years old,” Hall says, “I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying. Having faced that, that’s the biggest fear anyone could have. It’s like, ‘OK, you’re writing a book? That’s not scary. I can do that.’ And that’s when I started LAND OF SHADOWS.”

Listen to the full Rachel Howzell Hall interview here.

Available in the Elouise “Lou” Norton series:
LAND OF SHADOWS (Book 1)

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