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Thriller Thursday (3/16/17 Edition)

ThrillerThurs31617Our #ThrillerThursday reads include some psychological and historical thrillers, an international mystery, and a global conspiracy!

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “[A] superlative psychological thriller… Stevens’s taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read from the first page to the last.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE LOVING HUSBAND by Christobel Kent
A taut and absorbing psychological thriller about a murdered husband who may not have been so loving after all. “…a truly chilling, absorbing read.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
“Edgar-winner Pattison remains without peer at integrating a fair-play whodunit into a searing portrayal of life under an oppressive and capricious regime, as shown by his ninth Insp. Shan Tao Yun mystery. Even readers unfamiliar with the physical and cultural devastation China has wrought in Tibet will find themselves engrossed—and moved—by Pattison’s nuanced portrayal.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME by Tessa Arlen
Lady Montfort and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson investigate a murder among a group of amateur rose-breeders while the English summer days count down to the start of WWI. “Lovers of traditional English country house mysteries will enjoy this story very much.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Mystery Awards News & a Cozy Sampler!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians. We have SO MUCH great mystery awards news for you, with our nominees for the 2017 Edgar Awards, the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards, plus a special CWA Diamond Dagger honoree!

2017 Edgar Award nominees (full list) — honoring the best in mystery

Best Fact Crime
MORGUE: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

MWA Grand Masters
Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books)
Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 27.

2016 Agatha Award nominees (full list) — honoring the “traditional mystery” and the cozy subgenre

Best Contemporary Novel:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 29.

2017 Lefty Awards nominees (full list) — fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on March 18.

In more amazing mystery news, Ann Cleeves (THE CROW TRAP) is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger Award, which is the highest honor in British crime writing!

The award recognizes authors whose careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and have made a significant contribution to the genre. She will be honored during the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 26.

Cleeves said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by my peers, the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn’t still be writing today.”

Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Our friends at Minotaur Books have put together a complimentary COZY CASE FILES Winter 2017 sampler, available for download right now on Edelweiss and as a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

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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
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2015 Agatha Award Nominees

Malice Domestic logo#ThrillerThursday BONUS: Macmillan has five nominees for the 2015 Agatha Awards!

Best Contemporary Novel:
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books)

Best Nonfiction:
A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury USA)

The winners will be announced at the 2015 Agatha Awards banquet during the Malice Domestic conference on April 30, 2016.

Congratulations to all nominees!

#thrillerthursday (01/08/15 edition)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:


Doing the Devil’s Work
by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Witch Hunter’s Tale by Sam Thomas

“Outstanding… The best to date.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Thomas’s follow-up to The Harlot’s Tale does not disappoint. With authentic historical details and fascinating characters, this book will draw readers deep into the elaborate world of 17th-century England, midwives, and witch hunts.”–Library Journal (starred review)

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen

“Incorporating exquisite period detail into her well-mannered mystery, Arlen offers readers an engaging peek into the lives of upper and lower classes of early 1900s England.”–Library Journal

“Lively… Mystery fans eager for yet another look at the quasi-feudal system that prevailed in England before WWI will be most rewarded.”–Publishers Weekly

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