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Minotaur Books Dominates with 7 Edgar Nominations!

The Edgar Award nominations were announced today and  Minotaur Books had 6 titles nominated in 2 categories! GO BEAST GO!

Best First Novel

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Mary Higgins Clark

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 29.


There’s just so much happening for Joanna Scott’s recently published DE POTTER’S GRAND TOUR, we can’t help but #humblebrag:

It was an Editors’ Choice in the Sunday New York Times Book Review (9/19) and was featured in the “Newly Released Books” section of the New York Times (9/24), which called Scott “versatile and talented” and her book “elegant.”

It was also featured in a USA Today mystery roundup by our very own Charles Finch, who called the book “moving” and compared it to the work of Penelope Fitzgerald and W.G. Sebald (he also recommended Julia Keller’s SUMMER OF THE DEAD).

Last but not least, it was Huffington Post’s “The Book We’re Talking About” feature, which called the book “charming” and “poignant.”


Thriller Thursday (Stars Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are superSTARS!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Penny’s highly anticipated tenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is here! Booklist and Library Journal loved it with the latter warning, “The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” Keep an eye out for upcoming major media for THE LONG WAY HOME, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Washington Post, and much more!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Keller’s third Bell Elkins novel, a spate of violent crimes cast suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family while Bell must deal with her sister’s release from prison. Booklist and Library Journal gave it starred reviews with the latter saying, “The gritty Appalachian setting and plot will keep readers’ attention locked on the pages. This title will especially appeal to fans of such rural noir authors as Tom Bouman and Daniel Woodrell.”

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
On Sale: September 9, 2014
“Texas architect Koenig’s complex and intriguing suspense debut introduces ‘Julia Kalas’—the name the WITSEC program assigned her after neo-Nazis made her a widow. Fans of distinctive female characters like Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn will be thrilled to add Koenig to their ranks.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G. Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s ‘Hackberry Holland’ books.” — Library Journal, starred review

Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got several novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Pulitzer winner Keller’s third Bell Elkins mystery, a spate of violent crime in Acker’s Gap, WV casts suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family. At the same time, Bell must deal with her sister Shirley – newly released from prison and still carrying the indelible scars of a savage past.

“Bell, who finds solace from her vengeful rage by immersing herself in the law, is one of the best-developed characters in all of modern crime fiction, and she is surrounded by a similarly well-rounded cast. Keller is such an accomplished prose stylist and storyteller that she leaves readers with only one dilemma: whether to read nonstop to reach the outcome or to take time to savor the well-wrought complexities of this exceptional novel.” — Booklist, starred review

“The third in a series, this is the kind of creepy, slow-paced, inexorable confluence of people that subtly grabs readers, draws them in, and sets the hook hard. You’re 75 pages in and committed before you know it.” Library Journal, Books for Dudes column (and starred LJ review to come!)

And don’t miss Julia Keller’s interview with NPR’s Crime in the City!

by Kat Spears
We loved that this YA debut was written by a librarian—then we read it and loved it even more because it’s really, really good! High school senior Jesse Alderman, a young man who runs a lucrative business getting people what they want and avoids emotional connection at all costs, is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams in this Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist.

“Spears develops Jesse’s character so thoroughly readers will believe they know him. A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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:
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:
RED BONES (Book 3)


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:


For Your Consideration: August LibraryReads titles

August LibraryReads collage

Summer means vacations and long, lazy weekends—occasions when you always need a good book. We recommend these great August titles, and you can nominate your favorites for the August 2014 LibraryReads List (due July 1)!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. (While you’re waiting for Penny’s latest blockbuster, join the great Gamache re-read now and relive those favorite Three Pines moments!)

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THE KILLS by Richard House
This epic four-books-in-one thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body, moving across continents, characters, and genres. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel, with a huge cast of characters, many Middle Eastern settings, and a puzzle of a time-shifting plot, THE KILLS is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They’ll be rewarded, even if the center of this dazzlingly large picture is elusive.” — Booklist, starred review

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A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE TRINITY SIX. “Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today's old-school espionage novelists…. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”
Booklist, starred review

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SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.  “What could have become a sappy tale in less capable hands is a warm, caring, and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well. NPR pro Woodroof is no novice writer, and her first novel will have readers eager for more.” — Library Journal, starred review

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LOCK IN by John Scalzi
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society. 

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THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées. “French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective.  Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

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