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Happy #ThrillerThursday! First, some nice awards news: three Minotaur titles have been nominated for the 2017 Barry Awards:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The readers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine will vote on these nominations and the award winners will be announced as part of the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon in Toronto on October 12, 2017.
Here’s what we’re reading this week:
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
Two starred reviews! Set in northern Norway around Trondheim, Brekke’s “stellar”* third installment in his Odd Singsaker homicide detective series is divided into four sections and follows what happens when Odd searches for his missing wife. “This narrative device is initially perplexing, but it all makes perfect sense in the end.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
Two starred reviews! “After a tantalizing prologue, Obregon maintains a high level of suspense throughout his superior fiction debut, an intricately constructed whodunit that doesn’t sacrifice depth of characterization for plot. While the complex mystery itself will keep readers turning pages, the book’s real strength is Iwata, a compellingly tormented lead, whose demons don’t prevent him from doggedly pursuing the truth.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove
Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:
THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove
Spies and detectives and murderers, oh my!
A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
Two starred reviews! A former MI6 officer, Thomas Kell devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy and finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. “Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
In Khan’s third powerful mystery, Detective Esa Khattak is on leave in Iran when he’s asked to investigate the murder of Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani at Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Khattak quickly finds himself embroiled in Iran’s tumultuous politics and under surveillance by the regime, but when the trail leads to Zahra’s family in Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. “Deeply political without becoming pedantic, Khan’s crime novel offers a fictionalized yet very real look at a region that is steeped in both beauty and misery.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove
Gotham is buried under a blizzard today! If you’re stuck at home with a snow day, we recommend these mysteries to warm you up:
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Bestseller Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is not only prolific but consistently inventive, entertaining, and clever in her crime series set in a near-future New York City, as shown by the stunning 44th entry. Just when Eve appears to have everything sewn up, Robb delivers a final, devastating twist.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Armstrong, typically known for her urban-fantasy work, has crafted a solid thriller in this latest series, and fans of Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs will enjoy the headstrong and tough Casey Duncan.” — Booklist
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama
Shortlisted for the CWA’s International Dagger Award! For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. Fourteen years later, a press officer uncovers an anomaly in the case breaking it wide open. “Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff.” — Kirkus Reviews
UNDER THE KNIFE by Kelly Parsons
From the author of DOING HARM comes a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.“Kelly Parsons’ new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices. The suspense level is high, but Parsons’ fully realized characters, whose personalities have shades of gray, are his real achievement in UNDER THE KNIFE. …Parsons grounds his plot in real science and shows he’s well underway to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.” — Associated Press readmoreremove
It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter. Good thing we’ve got lots of great mysteries & thrillers to keep your pulse pounding during these cold days and nights:
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
A January 2017 LibraryReads pick and a February 2017 Indie Next pick! “Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).” — Booklist, starred review
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
The 21st book in the Jane Lawless series from future-MWA Grand Master Ellen Hart! A video gone viral brings unwelcome attention to a newly married lesbian couple with dark secrets in their past. “Hart was inspired this time to write a tightly plotted, exceptionally engrossing mystery, one of the strongest in a popular series.”
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
“The 2008 financial crash provides the backdrop for Jonasson’s sterling debut, a tale of past and present revenge, which combines the power of extreme climate and geography with penetrating psychological analysis. The action builds to a shattering climax.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
PILL CITY: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire by Kevin Deutsch
Veteran crime reporter Deutsch goes undercover to investigate how two honor-roll high school students with $100 became the tech-entrepreneurs of the opiate trade during the Baltimore riots. “Deutsch lets the authentic and powerful voices of those involved reveal the ruthless tactics employed to dominate the illegal drug markets and the equally dramatic efforts by law enforcement to curtail and repair their damage. …[It] issues a siren call for societal changes. ” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove
Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’re ecstatic that the world can now read Jane Harper’s THE DRY, but did you also hear Nancy Pearl enthusiastically recommend Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (A TWIST OF THE KNIFE) on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today?! So many good mysteries.
THE DRY by Jane Harper
A January 2017 LibraryReads and Indie Next pick with THREE starred reviews! “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove
New year, new mysteries!
Kirkus‘s starred review said, “The author of SUPER BOYS: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.”
Now allow us to whet your appetite for a compelling true crime book coming in April: INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell. Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling.
Our friends at Minotaur have put together a very cool interactive map to follow the “Mad Bomber” throughout NYC! Once on the site, you can click the Right Arrow to turn through “pages” that describe the various bombings while also showing you on the map the location in the city.
Happy #ThrillerThursday to THE CAT SITTER AND THE CANARY by John & Blaize Clement! Intrepid heroine and beloved pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway can’t help but investigate when she finds a body at her newest client’s place in the 11th installment of this beloved cozy series. “The Siesta Key setting, with its beachy attractions, adds a lot of appeal to this intelligently written, always entertaining series. The plot twists rapidly this time, and the authors leave readers with a tantalizing cliff-hanger. A must for fans of pet mysteries.” — Booklist
And while it’s not out until Valentine’s Day, Charles Cumming’s A DIVIDED SPY has two starred reviews!
“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review