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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

Thriller Thursday (10/27/16 Edition)

Three detectives across the centuries must solve the case in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

HELL BAY by Will Thomas
When two people are murdered during a secret government conference on a secluded island estate, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker must find the killer among the guests before it’s too late. “Thomas supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best.” — Kirkus Reviews

SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
In the fourth book in the Cragg & Fidelis historical mystery series, the detective and doctor must figure out who killed a newborn infant. “Once again, it’s a pleasure to watch Cragg and Fidelis feeling their way through an investigation with rudimentary science but well-honed knowledge of human nature.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday – Anthony Award & CWA Dagger in the Library Nominees

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got several terrific mysteries, but first here’s the scoop on Anthony Award and CWA Dagger in the Library nominees:

The 2015 Anthony Award nominees were announced and they include:

Best Novel
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best First Novel
INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl

Winners will be named during Bouchercon in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 8-11. See the full list of nominees here.

Ann Cleeves and Peter James are two of eleven authors who have been longlisted for the 2015 CWA Dagger in the Library Award! The award honors an author’s whole body of work to date, rather than a single title. The shortlist will be revealed on June 8 and the winner will be announced at the CWA Annual Awards dinner on June 30.

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ALA Annual – Sunday events

It’s ah-MAY-zing how much good stuff we’ve got happening today! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 for signings & giveaways, sign our birthday card and/or write us a special birthday wish, get your badge catified, and attend our many events! Read on for the full scoop:

First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N220

Meet veteran author Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY) at United for Libraries’ perennially popular debut author event. Continental breakfast included!

 

In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

 

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONSCITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.

In-booth signing with Anthony Breznican
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly Anthony Breznican will be signing complimentary copies of his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

In-booth signing with Carol Lynch Williams
2:30-3:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | booth #528

Carol Lynch Williams will be signing complimentary copies of her young adult novel, THE HAVEN.

The AAP’S Library Family Feud™
3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 06

Watch librarians go head-to-head with authors in this game show-style match-up!

The Laugh’s On Us! 
5:30-7:30pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Sponsored by United for Libraries and emceed by Paula Poundstone, this panel of humorous writers includes Anthony Breznican (BRUTAL YOUTH). Wine and cheese platters are included with your ticket along with free books signed by the authors.

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

Badge Catification!
In order to get catified (and yes, that is the technical term), you must take a selfie alongside our giant sign in the Attendee & Exhibitor Registration area of the Las Vegas Convention Center and tweet it to @MacmillanLib with the hashtag #catified.

Haven’t mastered the art of cloning and can’t be several places at once? Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #alaac14.

FATAL ENQUIRY in NYTBR!

Great news! Tulsa librarian Will Thomas's latest Barker & Llewellyn historical mystery, FATAL ENQUIRY, received a great review in Marilyn Stasio's New York Times Book Review mystery column this past Sunday!

“[A] Classic detective duo…. The best fun in this Big Boys’ Adventure Book is observing [protagonist Cyrus] Barker in action. An autodidact who keeps a French chef in his kitchen and rare penjing trees in his garden, he’s a formidable foe who applies the wits he was born with (and the subversive skills he acquires in Canton) in hand-to-hand combat.” New York Times Book Review (read the full review here)

Additional praise for FATAL ENQUIRY:

“Recommended for historical mysteries enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and Sherlockians. Fans of Alex Grecian, Anthony Horowitz, and Charles Todd should take special note.” Library Journal, starred review

“Readers will relish the appealing characters, clever twists, and colorful vision of late 19th-century London.” — Publishers Weekly

“Well-crafted and immersive, this a great addition to the to-be-read stacks of Thomas’ fans, as well as those of Alex Grecian and Anne Perry’s.” — Booklist

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Books BY Librarians

We love books (duh). And we love librarians (umm, duh!). So that means we double-love these books by librarians (and you should, too):

FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
Thomas's Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following and his latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives. “Recommended for historical mysteries enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and Sherlockians. Fans of Alex Grecian, Anthony Horowitz, and Charles Todd should take special note.” — Library Journal, starred review

Thomas works as a librarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) third entry in the late-18th-century historical mystery series, Will Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.

Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition. She is currently the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.

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SWAY by Kat Spears
On sale September 16, 2014
In this hilarious and often poignant debut YA, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs, is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams in this Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist.

Spears works at the Library of Virginia where she organizes author appearances and other literary events.  

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MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver. “An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp that will delight fans of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgie series with its wit, charm, and strong independent heroine. With its dash of romance, Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles.” — New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie

Weaver is the branch manager at Oberlin, the headquarters branch of the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana.

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If you're going to ALA Annual, don't miss Will Thomas, Kat Spears, and Ashley Weaver on the “I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an Author! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author” panel!

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2014 (Booth #528)

ALA14 headerVIVA LAS VEGAS! We're ridiculously excited to see your happy little faces in the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 and at all of our great events at ALA Annual next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, June 27

In-booth signing with Jane Cleland & Hannah Dennison
5:30-7:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Jane Cleland and Hannah Dennison will be signing complimentary copies of BLOOD RUBIES and MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL.


The Michael L. Printz Program & Reception

8:00-10:00pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Come listen to the 2014 Michael L. Printz honor award-winning authors including Rainbow Rowell (ELEANOR & PARK) as they're interviewed by a panel of teens at this YALSA & Booklist-sponsored event.

Tickets are $34-40. Details and purchasing information available here.

Saturday, June 28

The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 10
RSVP required, space is limited

Join New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo (THE DEAD WILL TELL) for breakfast and book-talk!

Details and RSVP here.

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Isn't it Romantic?

8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N263

Meet Deborah Coonts (LUCKY BASTARD) and pick up a complimentary copy of her latest Lucky O'Toole, Las Vegas Adventure novel.


In-booth signing with Jessica Love and Catherine Linka

9:00-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Jessica Love and Catherine Linka will be signing complimentary copies of PUSH GIRL and A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS.

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Speed Dating with Kat Spears and Catherine Linka

10:30-11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112
RSVP required, space is limited

Meet YA authors Kat Spears (SWAY) and Catherine Linka (A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS) and receive complimentary copies of their debut novels!

Details and RSVP here.

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In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.

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“I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an Author! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author”
3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N243

Three librarians—Ashley Weaver (MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL), Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY), and Kat Spears (SWAY)—and now published authors will each discuss how they went from the circulation desk to the author tour circuit! A book signing will follow.

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Women in Mystery @ the Pop Top Stage

3:00-4:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Hall N1, end of the 200 aisle

Join mystery mavens Jane Cleland (BLOOD RUBIES), Kelli Stanley (CITY OF GHOSTS), and Hannah Dennison (MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL) in discussion at the Pop Top Stage! A complimentary book signing will follow.

Sunday, June 29

First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N220

Meet veteran author Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY) at United for Libraries' perennially popular debut author event. Continental breakfast included!


In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley

10:30am-11:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.


In-booth signing with Anthony Breznican

11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly Anthony Breznican will be signing complimentary copies of his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

Edelweiss button E-galley available on Edelweiss


In-booth signing with Carol Lynch Williams

2:30-3:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | booth #528

Carol Lynch Williams will be signing complimentary copies of her young adult novel, THE HAVEN.


The AAP’S Library Family Feud

3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 06

Watch librarians go head-to-head with authors in this game show-style match-up!


The Laugh's On Us
!

5:30-7:30pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Sponsored by United for Libraries and emceed by Paula Poundstone, this panel of humorous writers includes Anthony Breznican (BRUTAL YOUTH). Wine and cheese platters are included with your ticket along with free books signed by the authors.

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

Monday, June 30

Macmillan Library's 10th Birthday Partaaaaaaaaay
10:30am to 11:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

August 2014 marks Macmillan Library's 10 year anniversary! Celebrate ten wonderful years with us on Monday morning with homemade cookies baked by Anne "the Sweet Teeth" Spieth, sign our birthday card, or write us a special celebratory wish and drop it in the birthday box!

Gala Author Tea
2:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 2 & 3
Ticketed event, space is limited

Join United for Libraries' traditional author tea featuring a panel of bestselling authors including Laurie R. King (THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, 20th Anniversary Edition). Enjoy a light repast of sweet and savory snacks while listening to the authors. Book signings follow with free books galore!

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

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Click here to get Library Journal's ALA Annual Galley & Signing Guide to see what goodies await you in the Macmillan booth!

Check back for updates and we'll see you in Vegas!

Library Journal’s 2014 Mystery Preview

We loooove mysteries (the bloodier the better) and your patrons do, too! Our friend and Library Journal Mover & Shaker Kristi Chadwick recently wrote a mystery preview column for LJ and we're thrilled (pun intended) that it includes so many of our titles:

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie
On sale November 4, 2014
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, this Arizona-set debut mystery stars a Native American rodeo cowboy–turned–private investigator.

BOOTY BONES by Carolyn Haines
On sale May 20, 2014
In Haines's 14th charming Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, Sarah and her fiance Graf's island vacation goes disastrously awry when she's asked to solve the murder of a treasure-hunter.

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
On sale September 2, 2014
This brilliant novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy's killer in a quiet British seaside town.

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the next Will Rees mystery from Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America competition winner Kuhns, Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder. 

FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
On sale May 13, 2014
Thomas is an Oklahoma librarian whose Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following. His latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives.

FIVE by Ursula Archer
On sale December 9, 2014
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. 

FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
On sale August 12, 2014
A suspenseful and chilling murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées.  

INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
On sale May 6, 2014
In Dahl's accomplished debut, young journalist Rebekah Roberts finds herself drawn into her mother's tight-knit world when she's assigned to cover the murder of an Hasidic Jew.

LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall
On sale June 10, 2014
Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton tries to connect a teen’s death with her own sister’s disappearance.

MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron
On sale October 28, 2014
A repo man's ordinary life is turned upside down when he starts hearing the voice of a dead realtor in his head.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver. 

WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis
On sale November 18, 2014
The first woman to win the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition in over 10 years, Willis's debut features PI Gypsy Moran who gets roped into a case of murder and police corruption in Texas.

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