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Thriller Thursday (10/12/17 Edition)

Cozy up with a good mystery this #ThrillerThursday:

CAT AMONG THE PUMPKINS by Mandy Morton
As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Hettie Bagshot of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency has more than just a ghost and warlock tart on her plate. Along with her faithful sidekick, Tilly, the tabby duo set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders. “…this series has a peculiar English charm.” — Publishers Weekly

DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
When the body of a prima ballerina is discovered in the snow, Lady Emily races through Saint Petersburg to solve the murder, while a ghostly dancer appears to take the lost ingenue’s place. “In addition to a satisfying puzzle and the always appealing protagonist, Alexander delivers a memorable portrait of a fairy-tale city dancing on the brink of revolution.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

GRIST MILL ROAD is Your New Thriller Obsession

Tana French just blurbed it. Ruth Ware is tweeting about it. Actress and debut author Krysten Ritter is Instagramming it. And it has two *starred* reviews.

“It” is GRIST MILL ROAD, a new thriller from Christopher J. Yates, whose previous book, BLACK CHALK, was an NPR Best Book of the Year optioned for film by Ron Howard.

GRIST MILL ROAD opens in small-town upstate New York in 1982 where Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah are bound together in a love triangle held all the tighter by one seemingly senseless but decidedly criminal act. A quarter of a century later, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again—with even more devastating results.

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“Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[A] haunting, disturbing, beautiful and demanding novel…. The intensity of the storytelling is exhilarating and unsettling.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/5/17 Edition)

Cosmic horror! Agatha Raisin! Murder in a brewery! Here’s what we’re reading this #ThrillerThursday:

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
“Wong’s wildly mind-bending third installment (after THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS) of the adventures of protagonist David Wong is filled with the humorous horror readers have come to expect. While the story gleefully wallows in absurdity, thoughtful themes of addiction, perception, and the drive to do the right thing quickly emerge beneath the vivid and convoluted imagery. The plot’s rapid pace holds the reader’s attention to the truly bitter end.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

OLD SCORES by Will Thomas
When a Japanese diplomat is murdered and Cyrus Barker is the prime suspect, Barker and sidekick Llewelyn must work against the clock to find the real killer. “Series fans will rejoice to learn more about Barker, whose past life has thus far been murky. As always, the author draws out personalities to enlighten and entertain: even the dog, Harm, comes to life, along with inimitable servant Mac, the short-lived victim, and the series leads, who change with experience.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WITCHES’ TREE by M.C. Beaton
New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case for the series’s 25th anniversary. “The usual cast of characters is present in this humorous cozy, which is sure to please Agatha’s fans and those who love village mysteries.” — Booklist

DEATH ON TAP by Ellie Alexander
A new hardcover cozy series set in a microbrewery in Leavenworth, WA, featuring a likeable sleuth and plenty of delicious food and drink (and murder, of course). “The author of the ‘Bakeshop’ mysteries (A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT) introduces a new series with likeable characters, an atmospheric small-town setting, and a quirky adversary for the amateur sleuth. The engaging premise and pairings of beer and food should appeal to fans of Avery Aames’s ‘Cheese Shop’ titles.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: SOMETIMES I LIE

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

This is how Alice Feeney’s debut novel, SOMETIMES I LIE, starts. And fans of psychological thrillers won’t be able to stop reading after that, according to Maximum Shelf Awareness (and librarian fans on #ewgc!).

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. Though she can hear everyone around her, no one knows because she’s in a coma. But she doesn’t remember what happened. And she has a sneaking suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, the narratives build and collide for an ending that leaves readers speechless.

SOMETIMES I LIE is meticulously plotted, deliciously twisty and gripping to the very end.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Alice Feeney on Shelf-Awareness.com. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/28/17 Edition)

This #ThrillerThursday we’re reading two new series mysteries and a chilling true crime account involving the Coors brewery.

SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
In the next installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling and LibraryReads author Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series, Roe has a newborn to care for, a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, and a new puzzle—who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to their home nurse, Virginia? “Engrossing… Harris smoothly weaves together several seemingly unrelated threads to create a richly layered tale of how the bad choices people make in life can come back to haunt them. ” — Publishers Weekly

TRACE by Archer Mayor
Two starred reviews for the newest book in the Joe Gunther series! “Outstanding… Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents—Spinney’s patience and doggedness, Kunkle’s unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens’s bravery and resourcefulness—in this welcome addition to the long-running series.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/21/17 Edition)

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? We’re reading:

MURDEROUS MISTRAL by Cay Rademacher
Two starred reviews! “Rademacher, short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (for The Murderer in Ruins), has written a carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence while introducing Blanc and a small group of colleagues. VERDICT The police action and political connections will attract fans of Jeffrey Siger’s police novels set in Greece.” – Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

#thrillerthursday (08/31)

Welcome to #thrillerthursday on this very last day of August!

Kill the Heroes by David Thurlo

“This fast-paced mystery makes an easygoing read, spiced with plenty of humor… A solid southwestern mystery.”–Booklist

Dark River Rising by John Rogers

“A local criminal is found tortured to death, a snake stitched into his belly, and Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman fears that she’s about to be one-upped when Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene. But with the disappearance of a scientist from a government lab, she’s trading her local insight for his deep connections to solve both cases. Lots of in-house excitement for this debut from former corporate lawyer and college professor Johns.”–LJ, Pre-Pub Alert

 

#thrillerthursday (08/10/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

City of Saviors by Rachel Howzell Hall

“Lou . . . is a formidable fighter―someone you want on your side.”―New York Times Book Review

“Hall has created a strong and likable African American detective who rivals Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in grit, intelligence, and tenacity.”―Library Journal, starred review on Trail of Echoes

“A fresh voice in crime fiction.”―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Ordeal by Jorn Lier Horst

“Once a senior investigating officer on the Norwegian police force, Horst published his first crime fiction in 2004 and hasn’t looked back; his William Wisting series has more than 500,000 copies out there, and his numerous honors include the prestigious Glass Key award for best crime novel by a Nordic author. Here, single mother Sofie Lund inherits her despised grandfather’s house and opens the basement safe to find shocking information that proves essential to a case the inspector has been trying to crack for a long time.”–LJ, pre-pub alert

Thriller Thursday (6/29/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to these bestselling authors and their new books:

TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes
“Coes continues to deliver intense and gripping novels showcasing the world of special ops with his hero Dewey Andreas. Coes continues to get better with each installment of the series, building on themes from The Da Vinci Code and countless other thrillers, but finding within them new depth and sources of suspense. Coes’ name should be on the lips of every reader who enjoys Vince Flynn and the Brads (Taylor and Thor).” — Booklist, starred review

INDIGO by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris
A collaboration between acclaimed and bestselling writers about a pragmatic NYC journalist with a secret crime-fighting alter ego. “Their respective fans may enjoy trying to figure out who wrote what.” — Publishers Weekly

PUTIN’S GAMBIT by Lou Dobbs & James O. Born
From TV broadcaster Lou Dobbs, an international financial thriller about a KGB plot to use a series of terrorist attacks as cover for a Russian military incursion into Estonia. “…a rollicking and tense adventure that recalls the early works of John Grisham…” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

June 2017 Fantasy

Looking for a summer escape? Dive into one of these new fantasy titles:

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
A June 2017 LibraryReads pick with three starred reviews! The second urban fantasy book in the Wayward Children series, following EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, explores what happened to Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. “McGuire’s exquisitely written fairy tale is about the choices that can alter the course of a life forever, lost innocence, and what it is to love and be loved.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A GATHERING OF RAVENS by Scott Oden
Beowulf meets The Lord of the Rings in this epic novel of vengeance, faith, and the power of myth. “In this lovingly crafted tale of high adventure, Oden creates an alternate early medieval Europe in which mortal men have defeated entire races of vicious magical creatures. He provides a satisfying saga that’s as complex as an old tree’s roots, and a pleasure to read.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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