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2017 Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are here! Books make great gifts and while we know you’re all professional recommenders, the book suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide may be helpful to you.

In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away big bundles of these holiday books to THREE lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: 2017 Holiday Giveaway) by Sunday, December 10, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print.

UPDATE 12/15/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI
Catherine Healey, College of Staten Island Library/CUNY, Staten Island NY
Angela Romano, Oak Lawn Public Library, Oak Lawn IL

New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz reinvents a classic tale in this gender-swapped version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a holiday twist. “De la Cruz’s Christmas romance is quick, witty, and a must for fans of Austen retellings.” — Publishers Weekly

A November 2017 Indie Next pick! Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this debut novel set as Charles Dickens writes his beloved classic. “With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.” — Booklist

A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge’s in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life. “Hughes has romance readers’ mouths watering and hearts melting with this food- and holiday-themed novel.” — Booklist

Reeling from divorce, Sydney moves back to her hometown with her daughter, but doesn’t expect to fall for Santa (single dad and local high school history teacher Kevin). “Naigle’s wonderfully heart-warming holiday story will appeal to romance and women’s fiction readers.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (11/16/17 Edition)

These lady detectives always close the case!

When semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, the last thing they expect is to get involved in a decade-old missing persons case. “For series and historical mystery fans, it’s a treat to return to historic New York during the holidays as the indomitable Molly investigates an unusual disappearance.” — Library Journal

A SEASON TO LIE by Emily Littlejohn
Librarian Littlejohn’s “lively sequel”* to her acclaimed debut, INHERIT THE BONES, has Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe investigating the murder of a world-famous author whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. “Readers will look forward to seeing more of this insightful and likable character. — *Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

2016 Agatha & Lefty Award Winners

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! First, congrats to our MWA Grand Masters Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books) and Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books), who were officially announced as part of the 2017 Edgar Award winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 Agatha Award winners

Best Contemporary Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Best Historical Novel: THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Congratulations to our 2017 Lefty Awards winners

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial): THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Now on to our new mysteries & thrillers hitting shelves this week:

PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
Two starred reviews! Edgar Award-winner Peter Blauner introduces New York police detective Lourdes Robles tracking the case of a murdered criminal defense attorney and his Iraq war veteran son in this “top-notch crime novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—his first in more than a decade. “Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOUR KILLIN’ HEART by Peggy O’Neal Peden
Winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, a delightful Nashville cozy featuring a plucky sleuth and the beyond-the-grave machinations of a country star. “Peden’s debut vividly captures the Nashville music scene and the city’s Southern atmosphere. Campbell is an charming amateur sleuth, loyal to a fault. Fans of Tonya Kappes’s books and readers who enjoy humorous whodunits with a strong sense of place will find this one delightful.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FALLEN by Eric Van Lustbader
The sequel to the internationally bestselling THE TESTAMENT! “A decade later, Lustbader reopens his study of good and evil, secret cults, and God and Lucifer’s elemental struggle for world dominion. Intelligent, well-researched, and unsettling,….” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GRAVES by Pamela Wechsler
In Pamela Wechsler’s latest novel featuring upper crust Boston DA Abby Endicott, Abby becomes personally embroiled in a serial killer case whose victims are all young women. “Catnip for readers attached to Boston, believably strong women, legal intrigue, or any combination of the above.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/31/16 Edition)

History & mystery abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry
In bestseller Berry’s 11th Cotton Malone thriller, the former Justice Department agent faces down a former KGB agent who plans to exploit uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming U.S. inauguration wrought by a Constitutional loophole. “Once again, Berry mixes history and suspense in a high-energy, action-packed thriller. Fans will not be disappointed as he delivers another complex story highlighted by Malone’s superhuman ability to survive anything and chase the bad guys to the ends of the earth.” — Library Journal

THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth
Fans of Erik Larson’s DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY will relish this gripping and atmospheric account of a horrific series of murders in late 19th-century Texas that are largely obscure today, despite their fantastical elements and similarities to the Jack the Ripper butcheries.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

SENT TO THE DEVIL by Laura Lebow
While rushing to polish the libretto for the Vienna debut of Don Giovanni, Mozart’s collaborator—Lorenzo DaPonte—finds himself dealing with murder, both literary and not, in this sequel to THE FIGARO MURDERS. “The puzzle, characters, and period detail are all top-notch.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton
In this cozy, American Delaney Nichols moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at a rare book and manuscript shop called The Cracked Spine. But before she can settle in, she has to recover a precious artifact and figure out how it’s connected to the tragic death of the book shop owner’s sister. “This spotlessly clean, fun-filled read takes plenty of twists and turns on the way to the satisfying ending.”
Publishers Weekly

RT Book Reviews 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Award Winners

Romantic Times Book Reviews honored two Macmillan authors with career achievement awards and three titles won 2015 RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Career Achievement – Historical Mystery
Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series)

Career Achievement – Young Adult
R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)

Best Historical Mystery

Best First Mystery
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Best Science Fiction
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente

See the full list of winners here.

Thriller Thursday (3/3/16 Edition)

An incredible true crime story, a psychological thriller and two new entries in bestselling series are on the docket this #ThrillerThursday:

MURDER OVER A GIRL: Justice, Gender, Junior High by Ken Corbett
A psychologist’s gripping, troubling, and moving exploration of the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth grade classmate. “Profound and disturbing, this heartbreaking testimony of our culture’s worst fissures suggests that understanding is the only way to heal.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders
In the sequel to the February 2015 LibraryReads pick A MURDER OF MAGPIES, book editor/amateur sleuth Samantha Clair must help her old friend find out who murdered his business partner in his art gallery. “New adult readers will enjoy the Bridget Jones–style wry humor as well as Sam’s chaotic romantic life; mainstream-mystery fans will appreciate the smart plotting and clever writing. Fans of Lorna Barrett and Jen McKinlay should also be shown this series.”

Molly Murphy Sullivan rushes to San Francisco after learning that her husband, deep undercover on a secret assignment, is in grave danger. “Molly shines once again in this sixteenth entry in an appealing series that foretells changes ahead for the Sullivan family.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (11/19/15 Edition)

It’s a dreary, stormy day here in NYC—just the perfect weather for curling up with a good mystery!

“Readers know from the first page of this amazing novel that they’re in for a hard-boiled feast. A stunning achievement and a likely breakout book from a talented New Zealand author whose Auckland series has not received the attention it deserves in the U.S. Prepare for a burst of interest in this outstanding novel when the Warner Brothers film starring Bradley Cooper hits the big screen.”
Booklist, starred review

“Great dialogue and a hero who won’t stay hidden make this a winner for crime fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

IVORY by Tony Park
Alex Tremain is a pirate with a heart of gold embroiled in two separate and equally risky pursuits—one takes him to South Africa’s Kruger National Park and will pay enough for him to reopen his parents’ hotel, and the other involves the love of a lifetime. Can Alex pull off one last heist and walk away with both prizes? “The action here is crisp and nearly nonstop. A compelling tale filled with tension, blood, and a disturbing moral question: will humans stop killing Africa’s large animals before they become extinct?” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Thriller Thursday & Bouchercon 2015 Winners

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got several starred mysteries out this week, but first a #humblebrag on behalf of our Minotaur Books pals. Last weekend during Bouchercon, INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl was the breakout hit, nabbing a Barry AND Macavity Award!

The Barry Award
Best First Novel: INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl

The Macavity Awards
Best First Mystery Novel: INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
Sue Feder Historical Memorial Award: A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE by Catriona McPherson

Now on to the books!

THE ADVENTURESS by Tasha Alexander
“This tenth delightful entertainment featuring the Hargreaves detective duo is very acceptable indeed. For fans of Amelia Peabody, of course, but also readers who can’t resist Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey novels, starring the British aristocrat and her delectable husband, the brooding detective Nicholas Brisbane.”
— Booklist

The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut mystery set in the Southwest stars Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Joe Evers who must resurrect his failing career to solve a mysterious cold case. “Fortunato spins an intricate tale, overlaying multiple story lines with a galaxy of characters, some of whom have much to hide. Readers who relish mysteries against the backdrop of the Southwest and who are fans of Tony and Anne Hillerman will savor this page-turner.” — Library Journal, starred review

DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver
Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo, first introduced in MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL (an October 2014 LibraryReads pick), take on a murder at a masked ball. “Librarian Weaver, whose series debut was tapped by the RUSA Reading List as the best mystery of 2015, has whipped up a delicious confection of a mystery set in 1930s England. It sparkles with personality and an appealing plot. Devotees of golden age authors such as Agatha Christie as well as contemporary writers such as Rhys Bowen and Barbara Cleverly will settle down in their cozy armchairs for a pleasurable read.” Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Crime 2015


May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles!
Plus, Booklist Reader has a special feature on one of our favorite mystery authors…

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
With her beloved series hero, former Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now retired, Penny moves from finding reasons to get Gamache back to his beloved village of Three Pines to taking him on a road trip, first to Europe and then to the wilds of Canada’s upper St. Lawrence River. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. Another gem from an endlessly inventive writer.

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
Richard Price returns as Harry Brandt with the story of Billy Graves, an aging NYPD cop who suspects that one of his cronies in the Wild Geese, a legendary anti-crime unit from the nineties, may now be killing the crooks who got away back in the day. With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, The Whites isn’t about cops and killers as much it’s about the damage we all carry, the sins we’ve all committed, and the heartbreaking unlikeliness of forgiveness. An unrelenting, moving story of crime and social justice.

Best Crime Fiction Debuts

by Martine Bailey

Set in the 1770s, Bailey’s debut stars Biddy Leigh, undercook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, England, who accompanies the master’s wife on a trip to Italy, where she falls in love with a chef and is thrown into a murder case. A delectable dish for foodies and the Downton Abbey crowd.

Gannon places a classic hard-boiled detective in the middle of 1980s Nicaragua, with its poisonous politics, and tells the story of the times in emotion-drenched, wonderfully lyrical prose.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Boutsikaris steps into Marlowe’s shoes as he narrates the search for a dead man who might not be dead at all. Set in the 1950s and true to Chandler’s creation, this is a memorable visit to the mean streets. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (3/5/15 Edition)

Stuck at home on a snow day (or wishing you were)? Macmillan’s got the mysteries to give you more chills than that foot of powder outside!

A near-fatal train accident leaves Molly Murphy sleuthing from the sidelines while her police captain husband has been receiving cryptic notes after each death in a string of murders. “The extremely tricky plot of Bowen’s 14th Molly Murphy mystery will keep even veteran whodunit readers guessing.” — Publishers Weekly

FIREBREAK by Tricia Fields
In the dry landscape of West Texas a massive wildfire provides the perfect opportunity for someone to get away with murder. “Tony Hillerman Prize-winner Fields’s fourth Josie Gray mystery is as crisp as brush ready to catch fire.”
Publishers Weekly

THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake (2 starred reviews!)
“Set in 1742, British author Blake’s superior third whodunit featuring Dr. Luke Fidelis and coroner Titus Cragg centers on an impossible crime. The sleuths are an entertaining duo, and Blake again couples skillful plotting with authentic period details.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review