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For Your Consideration: May 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
When Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow’s long-missing aunt returns to the family ranch in Montana 25 years later with a fantastical story of abduction and abuse, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. “With its take-no-guff heroine, who understands the importance of family and friends, and a compelling plot peppered with domestic details and composed of equal measures of spine-tingling suspense and sexy romance, this is quintessential Roberts.” — Booklist

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THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

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THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Groundhog Day Thriller Thursday!

groundhogthrillerthursgroundhogdayIt’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.”
Booklist

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

Thriller Thursday (1/5/16 Edition)

New year, new mysteries!

A happy #ThrillerThursday to MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca!

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.

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Thriller Thursday (10/20/16 Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks include a Christmas mystery (with dogs!), essays on writing thrillers, and a chilling true crime story:

THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
This Christmas mystery, featuring reluctant criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters. “…heartwarming and ingeniously plotted. Carpenter’s endearing first-person narrative moves the story along with just the right mixture of humor and suspense.” — Associated Press

THRILL ME: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue to craft thrilling reads in any genre. “Percy’s essays skillfully dissect the structure, mechanics, and concrete details of what makes good writing sparkle.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/9/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to five new novels and true crime story bound to be a bestseller:

ADNAN’S STORY: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry
Two starred reviews! “Chaudry uses her unique perspective to craft a gripping and meticulously detailed account of the case including letters, court transcripts, and documentary evidence that fill in the show’s gaps and provide the latest updates. Readers new to the story will have no trouble following—the narrative is outlined extensively from the beginning—and podcast listeners will find plenty of previously undisclosed material.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
An August 2016 Indie Next pick, a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection with THREE starred reviews!An exceptional talent for creating vivid imagery and a tender regard for her characters mark Meadows’ new novel set in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Dust Bowl. Similar to John Steinbeck’s haunting portrait of tenant farmers in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, but also with the gritty, bittersweet elements in Rilla Askew’s HARPSONG and the poignant lyricism of Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST.” Booklist, starred review

MR. ETERNITY by Aaron Thier
An August 2016 Indie Next pick! A novel of exuberance and ambition, spanning one thousand years of high-seas adventure, environmental and cultural catastrophe, and enduring love. “Erudite. Imaginative. A work to be read slowly and savored.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (7/14/16 Edition)

The heat is on in these new mysteries hitting shelves this week:

AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
A July 2016 LibraryReads pick & a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! In the eighth book in Castillo’s bestselling series, Kate Burkholder goes undercover in an isolated and secretive Amish community in rural, upstate New York to investigate the death of a young girl. “This is a first-rate and very unusual thriller; Castillo builds suspense brilliantly, using both the snowbound setting and the difficulty of working as an undercover Amish woman to great advantage (it’s no easy trick drawing your gun when it’s stashed beneath layers of full-length dresses and aprons).” — Booklist

THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise by Nick Foster
The true story of a series of bold killings which took place in a shadowy American ex-pat community in Panama—a tale of greed, political history, and murder. “A completely riveting true-crime tale.” — Booklist, starred review

ARSENIC WITH AUSTEN by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The first book in a delightful new mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “Murders are solved handily, and first love is reignited in this contemporary cozy with a literary bent. An engaging start to a series by debut novelist Hyde.”
Booklist
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Westport Mystery Round Table

Today Anne presented her favorite Spring & Fall 2016 mysteries & thrillers at a Mystery Round Table for the Connecticut Library Consortium. They’re so good that EVERYONE needs to know about them:

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* | Wendy Walker | 9781250097910 | Available Now (A July 2016 LibraryReads pick!)
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS* | B.A. Paris | 9781250121004 | On Sale 8/9/16
LET THE DEVIL OUT | Bill Loehfelm | 9780374298579 | Available Now
AMONG THE WICKED* | Linda Castillo | 9781250061577 | Available Now (A July 2016 LibraryReads pick!)
STRIPPED BARE | Shannon Baker | 9780765385444 | On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A GREAT RECKONING* | Louise Penny | 9781250022134 | On Sale 8/30/16
THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB | Nick Foster | 9781627793728 | Available Now
BY GASLIGHT | Steven Price | 9780374160531 | On Sale 10/04/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE ONE MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250079503 | On Sale 8/23/16
THE WHITE MIRROR | Elsa Hart | 9781250074966 |  On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
DAISY IN CHAINS | Sharon Bolton | 9781250103420 | On Sale 9/20/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* | Sarah Pinborough| 9781250111173 | On Sale 1/31/17 (LR deadline: 11/20)
THE NEXT | Stephanie Gangi | 9781250110565 | On Sale 10/18/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE | Kate Saunders | 9781632864499 | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE | Ashley Weaver | 9781250060457 | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS | Charlaine Harris | 9781250090034 | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS | Keith Donohue | 9781250057181 | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE DRY | Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | On Sale 1/10/17 (LR deadline: 11/20)

Download the PDF handout of presented titles and don’t forget, you can also download e-galleys of available titles on Edelweiss & nominate them for LibraryReads! (Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted.)

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Thriller Thursday (7/7/16 Edition)

Two cops, the ghost of Typhoid Mary and a tragically murdered Amish woman are in today’s #ThrillerThursday lineup:

LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick! “Not only has Loehfelm created the most compelling, complex patrol cop in the genre—part take-no-prisoners badass, part too-sensitive-for-the street rookie—he has also reenergized New Orleans as a setting for the best in crime fiction, going well beyond the clichés (no Cafe du Monde here) and nailing that rich Treme vibe—edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life. Maureen Coughlin is as good as it gets.” — Booklist, starred review

MIDNIGHT CROSSING by Tricia Fields
Josie Gray, police chief of a West Texas border town on the front lines of the fight against illegal immigration, finds one of its casualties right on her doorstep. “Fields wraps a complex plot and ripped-from-the-headlines social relevance around a terrific heroine, scoring big for women in law enforcement.” — Publishers Weekly

THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE by Dana I. Wolff
An instant classic of supernatural suspense centered on a group of friends who find themselves unwittingly trapped on an island with a vengeful Typhoid Mary. “A strong, quick, and perfectly upsetting little shocker.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Stars for ADNAN’S STORY

“The first letter I received after being arrested in 1999 was from Rabia… As someone connected to me, my family, my community, my lawyers, and my investigation, there is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.”
— Adnan Syed

Fans of the Peabody Award-winning podcast Serial know that Adnan Syed’s story is far from over. His friend Rabia Chaudry has continued to fight for his release and now her book, ADNAN’S STORY: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, has two starred reviews:

Chaudry uses her unique perspective to craft a gripping and meticulously detailed account of the case including letters, court transcripts, and documentary evidence that fill in the show’s gaps and provide the latest updates. Readers new to the story will have no trouble following—the narrative is outlined extensively from the beginning—and podcast listeners will find plenty of previously undisclosed material.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Her writing is clear, eloquent, and engaging, and her case is convincing. For Serial and true-crime fans, this book is a page-turner perfect for a quiet weekend.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (6/2/16 Edition)

Three detectives and two true crime stories are part of today’s all-star #ThrillerThursday lineup:

STEALING THE COUNTESS by David Housewright
“A Stradivarius goes missing and all hell breaks loose in the thirteenth entry in Edgar-winning Housewright’s very strong Mac McKenzie series. Greatly enhancing the story are the fascinating details Housewright provides on the history and design of these priceless instruments.” Booklist, starred review

A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad by Del Quentin Wilber
“With the police chief granting almost unprecedented access, Wilber was able to produce a rare snapshot of homicide investigation in action, from crime scenes through families’ homes, interrogation rooms, and squad rooms. A fascinating report written in a relentless, real-life noir tone.” — Booklist, starred review

TRUE CRIME ADDICT: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner
“Former investigative journalist Renner takes the reader on his dark journey unraveling the disappearance of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Maura Murray, who went missing in 2004. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases.”
Library Journal, starred review

SEVEN DAYS DEAD by John Farrow
Retired Montreal police detective Émile Cinq-Mars is on an island vacation with his wife when he’s drawn into a murder investigation. “Cinq-Mars is a master at teasing meaning out of nuance, both in his encounters with suspects and in his wonderfully rich relationship with his wife. A delight for followers of Louise Penny and Donna Leon.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal
Detective Makana’s latest investigations during the political uprising in Cairo continue the dangers he fled in Khartoum. “A new best for this absorbing series, this fifth entry offers a must-read, street-level look at African politics; a compelling personal journey; and a top-rate mystery.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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