Articles tagged "TELLING TALES"

#thrillerthursday (08/24/17)

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves

“Cleeves’ taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page…Chilling.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please.”–Booklist, starred review

Shattered by Allison Brennan

“This well-executed series crossover works as a stand-alone or a series entry, with Brennan displaying the strengths of Max and Lucy while adding insights about both and hints as to their futures. A must for fans of both series.”–Booklist

“Psychologically complex characters and well-established stakes pave the way for a heart-pounding conclusion, which satisfies while setting the scene for Max’s next mystery.”–Publishers Weekly

Fast Falls the Night by Julia Keller

“Keller’s series featuring Bell Elkins is remarkable for its humanity and its fully realized characters, Bell foremost among them… Keller’s finely honed prose and emotional depth mark this series as exceptional in the world of crime fiction.”–Booklist, starred review

“This outstanding taut, mystery presents an important social issue with compassion and great humanity.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

“Superlative…Multidimensional characters with a plethora of hidden agendas help drive the riveting plot to its explosive conclusion.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

“From its opening pages, Gross’s novel grips readers as they follow the tough-minded and persistent Nordstrum every step of the way. VERDICT Highly recommended for thriller fans as well as lovers of historical fiction based on true events.”–Library Journal, starred review

 

 

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

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