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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!
To 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
Happy #ThrillerThursday! First some news: Hank Phillippi Ryan’ s TRUTH BE TOLD won the 2014 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!
This is the second year in a row Ryan has won Best Contemporary Novel, and she also won another Agatha for a non-fiction anthology she edited for Sisters in Crime. Better yet, she’ll be the Toastmaster of next year’s Malice Domestic conference.
Now for this week’s new mysteries:
THIN AIR by Ann Cleeves
In the sixth book in the Shetland series, Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves investigate the death of a woman obsessed with the ghost of a child. “Many elements conspire to make the latest entry in Cleeves’ Shetland series absolutely engrossing, including a combination ghost story and mystery, a multilayered main character, and a perfect atmosphere for misdirection and murder.” — Booklist, starred review
THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
Haldane’s “evocative and elegantly written” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) debut historical mystery set on Vancouver Island won the Arthur Ellis Award and received THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “Haldane never shies away from period-specific language and attitudes, which make readers feel as though they are walking the dirty streets of Victoria by his side. Historical whodunit fans will relish this exciting trip to 19th-century frontier Canada.” readmoreremove
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*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.
THIN AIR by Ann Cleeves
In the sixth book in the Shetland series, Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves investigate the death of a woman obsessed with the ghost of a child.
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Thin Air.”
To request a copy, please email email@example.com with the subject “Little Black Lies.”
THE ANCHORESS by Robin Cadwallader
A startling and strange debut novel set in 11th century England about a young girl’s desperate choice to isolate herself from the world.
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
A beautifully written and evocative story of an impossible, unstoppable love affair set in London during World War II and the present day, perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lauren Willig, and Sarah Jio.
LIFTED BY THE GREAT NOTHING by Karim Dimechkie
The debut novel from Michener fellow Karim Dimechkie about a Lebanese-American coming of age under a loving roof and a devastating lie already has fans in Philipp Meyer, Kevin Powers, and Jim Crace.
Download a copy from Edelweiss readmoreremove