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Thriller Thursday – Stars Edition

We’ve got an all-STAR line-up for this #ThrillerThursday, but first Edgar Awards news: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey won the Mary Higgins Clark award! Click here to see the full list of 2015 Edgar Award winners. Now, on to the books!

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee (THREE stars!)
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.” Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

“A credible hero and a plot filled with nonstop cinematic action will leave thriller fans eager for the next installment.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

BADLANDS by C.J. Box (THREE stars!)
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.” Booklist, starred review

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” Library Journal, starred review

“[A] superior thriller…” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
“Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“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, starred review readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Crime

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles! 
Best Crime Novels

Top 10 Crime Fiction

THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer follows his acclaimed Milo Weaver trilogy with a stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue. A career diplomat is shot dead in Budapest in front of his disbelieving wife, who is determined to find out why. This complex tale leaves us with the feeling that, despite all the information won, lost, hoarded, and put to use, the world of intelligence is no stronger than the fragile, fallible human beings who navigate it.

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has a new case involving the murder of the last surviving sister of quintuplets, a woman with ties to Three Pines, the idyllic, off-the-grid village outside Montreal where several of Gamache’s previous adventures have been set. The novel not only puts Gamache in harm’s way but also exposes Three Pines to defilement—a cozy setting under attack from a decidedly hard-boiled world. Another bravura performance from the magnificent Penny.

THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah
Teetering on the edge of sanity, Louise Beeston retreats to a country home in England, hoping to escape the haunting choir music she hears continually. This riveting stand-alone, in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting, is absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word.

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Thriller Thursday & 2014 ThrillerFest Award Nominations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We've got three great mysteries AND fantastic news about ThrillerFest Award nominations!

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
An April 2014 LibraryReads pick! In Cotterill's third Jimm Juree mystery, the reporter's latest assignment is a profile of a writer who might also be a potential serial killer. “In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.” — Booklist, starred review

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
In the next installment in this Welsh police procedural series, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds several bodies at a remote site in the hills. His superior officers believe it's just a dumping ground, but Capaldi isn't convinced and sets out to learn who these dead people were and how they ended up there. “Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast.” — Booklist  

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS by Hilary Davidson
“In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.” — Library Journal. Want to know more? Check out our feature.

Last week the ITW ThrillerFest Award finalists were announced and five were from Minotaur Books!

Best Hardcover Novel:
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo

Best First Novel:
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

Best Paperback Original:
COLD SNAP by Allison Brennan
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus

The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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Friday FREE (Sampler) Day!

 

Did you know our friends at St. Martin's Press love librarians? 

It's true. They care about you SO much that they created a sampler featuring excerpts from 20 of their favorite Fall 2013 titles. It's a calorie-free buffet for #librariansonly!

Click here to download your copy.

Thriller Thursday (9/12/13 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday friends! Today we'd like to tell you about three suspenseful, spine-tingling mysteries that just went on sale this week: 

THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton
The author of the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller PERFECT VICTIM (which the FBI have on their Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list), Norton makes her fiction debut with a perfectly crafted psychological thriller about a former kidnapping victim who must mentor and protect another young girl rescued from a similar situation. With three starred pre-publication reviews, THE EDGE OF NORMAL is a thriller with "the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best.” (Booklist, starred review)

THE RED QUEEN DIES by Frankie Y. Bailey

Flash forward to the future: Albany 2019 where a street drug nicknamed "Lullaby" is all the rage. Originally used to treat soldiers with PTSD, it erases traumatic memories—including those of the star witness in a trial who now can't remember the crime. Biracial police detective Hannah McCabe faces similar perplexing problems as she attempts to solve the murders of three women, one of whom is a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen." Now McCabe must sort through a tangled web of clues involving Alice in Wonderland to find the killer. 

THE WRONG GIRL
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan continues her thrilling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series with a chilling new novel that explores a terrifying scenario: What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston reporter Ryland is tipped off that a respected adoption agency may be reuniting birth parents with the wrong children; meanwhile, detective Brogan's latest case is a domestic violence homicide resulting in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Brogan discovers an empty cradle at the murder scene. With a missing infant and a killer at large, Ryland and Brogan follow clues that threaten to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal and lead them deeper into the heart of a foster care system in crisis. 
Can't wait to find out what happens next? Neither can we! Share what you're reading this #ThrillerThursday with us @MacmillanLib. Stay suspenseful, friends! readmoreremove

Starred Reviews for The Edge of Normal

"This is a book you won’t soon forget."
—Chevy Stevens

Carla Norton, author of the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller PERFECT VICTIM (which, by the way, the FBI have on their Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list!), has written her debut novel and it's a scalp-tingling psychological thriller called THE EDGE OF NORMAL!

In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty-two year old girl. She’s finally landed her own apartment, she waitresses to pay the bills, and she wishes she wasn’t so nervous around new people, but Reeve is anything but normal. Ten years ago she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she’s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life—a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim—she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there.

"Norton skillfully keeps the suspense taut with myriad surprises while giving a tender look at victims whose ordeals are rehashed by lawyers, the media, and pop psychologists. Reeve’s realistic maturation into a woman who refuses to remain a victim adds to the intriguing story. 100,000-copy first printing." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Norton has created a page-turner with well-developed characters, a truly horrible villain, and the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best." —Booklist (starred review)

"Winner of a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, this nail-bitingly delicious tale will be a treat for psychological thriller fans." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Norton skillfully develops her tricky subject, gradually shifting from an emphasis on its tabloid aspects to a close identification with the victim/heroine in a story of justice served by the one who deserves it most." —Kirkus Reviews

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