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Library Journal‘s recent genre spotlight included five Macmillan mysteries:
From the pen of Emmy Award–winning Matt Goldman, whose credits include Seinfeld, comes GONE TO DUST (Forge, Aug.), a twisty and entertaining Minneapolis-set mystery that features a Jewish private investigator.
Other crime-solving protagonists of color returning this season include African American female homicide detective Lou Norton in Rachel Howzell Hall’s CITY OF SAVIORS (Forge, Aug.).
East Berlin in the 1970s provides the backdrop for David Young’s debut thriller, STASI CHILD (Minotaur, Aug.), in which an East German police officer investigates the death of a teenage girl whose body is found at the foot of the Berlin Wall—strangely, it appears the victim was trying to escape from West Berlin.
A serial killer stalks perestroika Moscow, circa 1985, in Jack Grimwood’s MOSKVA (Thomas Dunne, Jul.).
November marks best-selling Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason’s new series launch, THE SHADOW DISTRICT (Minotaur).
Crime & cat cozies, oh my! Read on for our #ThrillerThursday picks:
CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
Three starred reviews! In Dahl’s third powerful novel, Rebekah Roberts investigates a murder that occurred in Brooklyn after the Crown Heights riots of 1991, for which the wrong man may have been convicted. “CONVICTION is a cleverly named compelling chronicle…[about] the very meaning of power and poverty, justice, family, and, best of all, hope. Timely and perfect for twenty- and thirtysomething fans of Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz.” — Booklist, starred review
ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
A Library Journal “Great First Acts—Debut Novels” pick! A powerful debut that knits parental abduction with devastating secrets unraveling among friends and spouses. “Fans of smart women’s fiction mixed with a fast-paced plot should not miss this startling first novel from the editorial director of Writer’s Digest Magazine.” — Library Journal
THE OUTSIDER by Anthony Franze
A young law clerk finds himself caught in the cross-hairs of a serial killer in this fast-paced thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court. “Descriptions of the law and how the Supreme Court operates are engaging, and Franze knows how to showcase the ins and outs of that world without diving into too much legalese…. It’s like a mix of John Grisham and Scott Turow alongside the inner workings of the court system. Toss it all together and the end result is this winning novel.” — Associated Press
FOLLOW ME DOWN by Sherri Smith
In Smith’s debut thriller, Mia Haas is drawn back to the North Dakota town where she grew up when she learns that her twin brother is missing—and that he’s suspected of murdering the high school student he was allegedly having an affair with. “…this fast-moving domestic thriller will satisfy readers of contemporary suspense.” — Booklist
THE NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by Mandy Morton
Prepare to be besotted with this first book in a new series that turns the traditional British cozy on its head and features feline crime-solvers. “For lovers of cat cozies, the world that Morton has created will be irresistible.” — Publishers Weekly
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Gotham is buried under a blizzard today! If you’re stuck at home with a snow day, we recommend these mysteries to warm you up:
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Bestseller Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is not only prolific but consistently inventive, entertaining, and clever in her crime series set in a near-future New York City, as shown by the stunning 44th entry. Just when Eve appears to have everything sewn up, Robb delivers a final, devastating twist.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Armstrong, typically known for her urban-fantasy work, has crafted a solid thriller in this latest series, and fans of Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs will enjoy the headstrong and tough Casey Duncan.” — Booklist
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama
Shortlisted for the CWA’s International Dagger Award! For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. Fourteen years later, a press officer uncovers an anomaly in the case breaking it wide open. “Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff.” — Kirkus Reviews
UNDER THE KNIFE by Kelly Parsons
From the author of DOING HARM comes a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.“Kelly Parsons’ new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices. The suspense level is high, but Parsons’ fully realized characters, whose personalities have shades of gray, are his real achievement in UNDER THE KNIFE. …Parsons grounds his plot in real science and shows he’s well underway to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.” — Associated Press readmoreremove
We’ve got four great new mysteries for you this #ThrillerThursday, but first some excellent news: Ellen Hart (The Jane Lawless mysteries; FEVER IN THE DARK) has been named a 2017 MWA Grand Master!
MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.
Now on to the books!
DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier
Two starred reviews for the third thrilling Commandant Martin Servaz mystery, in which a serial killer he’s devoted his career to has targeted a radio show host as his next victim. “This is not your ordinary stalker thriller. It is a brilliant aria da capo, set appropriately to an operatic soundtrack, with a surprising and thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Perfect for fans of Martin Walker’s Bruno Courrèges series.” — Booklist, starred review
THE GENTLEMAN FROM JAPAN by James Church
“A complex mystery involving seven deaths in one night kicks off Church’s excellent sixth novel featuring enigmatic North Korean intelligence operative Inspector O. The pseudonymous Church, himself a former spy, makes all the plot developments chillingly plausible.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove
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A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Fans are already lining up in droves.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
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THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP was a January 2016 LibraryReads pick and in her new novel, a single mother reaches out to her oncology nurse and social worker to help find a stable situation for her daughter, who suffers from a crippling social anxiety. “Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears.” — Booklist, starred review
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THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
Two starred reviews for this gothic-inflected psychological suspense novel that unmasks the secret desires of a young woman with a mystical gift. “[An] arresting, unsettling, and beautiful tale. Brown enchants and haunts by making the reader question every voice, every truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
Life in a small Iowa town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. “Darnielle’s masterfully disturbing follow-up to the National Book Award–nominated WOLF IN WHITE VAN reads like several Twilight Zone scripts cut together by a poet.” — Booklist, starred review
#ThrillerThursday bonus: FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews for THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black!
“Exceptional police thriller… Readers will hope [SFPD homicide detective Valerie Hart] returns soon in another nail-biter.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
“Black (aka Glen Duncan, I Lucifer) has written a taut, smart thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Raw and utterly readable… readers will… whip through the pages.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“All of the serial-killer staples are accounted for: self-destructing detective, slippery killer, and sympathetic future victims. But Black, a pseudonym for acclaimed dark-fantasy author Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf), twists the formula with a killer who defies the coldly calculating criminal mastermind archetype, an unblinking willingness to off characters he’s convinced readers to like, and a hokum-free thread of reawakening lost souls. A serial-murder tale in league with the best of Lauren Beukes and Chelsea Cain: that means must-read for those who like their psychological thrillers raw.” — Booklist, starred review
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Where else would you find detectives, reporters, and a serial killer, but in our latest #ThrillerThursday roundup?!
THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick! In the riveting new novel from Edgar finalist Doiron, Mike Bowditch joins a desperate search for two missing hikers as Maine wildlife officials deal with a frightening rash of coyote attacks. “This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.” – Booklist (two starred reviews)
DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns
“Fourth in the Will Rees series, this post–Revolutionary period mystery showcases Kuhns’ talent for unusual historical detail, plot complexity, and diverse characters. [A] psychologically astute puzzle suited for fans of David Liss and James McGee.”
DEATH IN BRITTANY by Jean-Luc Bannalec
Two starred reviews for this international bestseller, which introduces Commisaire Dupin—a witty, quintessential traditional police inspector in an idyllic French seaside village. “Bannelec excels at plotting and pacing, as well as vivid descriptions of the Finistère countryside. Readers will look forward to seeing more Dupin books from this talented author.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove