ACCUSED by Lisa Scottoline
The ladies from the Rosato & Associates law firm are back! Mary DiNunzio is now a partner(!) and engaged(!!) and has an unexpected new client: thirteen-year-old Allegra Gardner, who believes the man accused of her sister's murder is innocent. "This is a long-awaited, solid entry into a terrific series that should appeal to fans of Sheldon Siegel, Rose Connors, and Steve Martini." — Booklist
OUTLAW by Mark Sullivan
This high-stakes thriller continues the adventures of former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch (after ROGUE), who must rescue the U.S. Secretary of State and foreign ministers from China and India, who have been kidnapped. "Sullivan has created a fine adventure-thriller hero in Monarch, who fits perfectly into the Ludlum or Vince Flynn mode. The action and the surprises are nonstop. Readers will demand the next one in the series, pronto." — Booklist
NEVER LAUGH AS A HEARSE GOES BY by Elizabeth Duncan
Who can resist a mystery involving libraries?!! Duncan's fifth book in the Penny Brannigan series "is a pleasing update of the 'body in the library' standard. In the time-honored tradition of village cozies, Duncan provides structure, subtle clues, rampant gossip, and a satisfying conclusion." — Library Journal, starred review
DUCK THE HALLS by Donna Andrews
In Meg Langslow's 16th mystery, she's tasked with finding an alternate venue for her church's holiday events while simultaneously finding a killer after a series of escalating pranks leaves another church member dead. "Andrews leavens the action with her trademark humor, including dueling Christmas dinners and an extravagant—and extravagantly funny—live nativity scene." —Publishers Weekly
We'd like to think that we're a couple of dangerous women, but we're softies at heart, kinda like these guys (awww...). The thing we're the most hazardous to is your "To Read" pile.
With that warning in mind, we've got a doozy for you: DANGEROUS WOMEN, an awesome collection of 22 original short stories co-edited by A Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, featuring contributions from bestselling authors, including Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, and Martin himself. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, or suspense, women are the stars, from feisty heroines down to villainess vixens.
"Venerable editors Martin and Dozois (Warriors) have invited writers from many different genres of fiction to showcase the supposedly weaker sex’s capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem. These 22 brand-new short stories prove that women are men’s equals—at least—in lethal potential. This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"VERDICT: The wide selection of authors guarantees something to please almost every reader's tastes." – Library Journal, starred review
"When genre collections include this many big-name authors, they’re typically a grouping of series outtakes and Easter eggs. Readers...will surely be satisfied by these [series-related stories] and other entries. Everyone will find something to like here." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS by Tasha Alexander
If you prefer your historical mysteries with a touch of Downton Abbey, check out BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS, the eighth book in the series starring the lovely sleuth Lady Emily Hargreaves. "Fans will enjoy the series return to Anglemore Park and its cast of characters. Newcomers will relish the upstairs-downstairs plotlines and Lady Emily’s particular talent at interrogation." — Library Journal
CROOKED NUMBERS by Tim O'Mara
Raymond Donne’s former student Douglas Lee had everything going for him thanks to a scholarship to an exclusive private school in Manhattan, but all of that falls apart when his body is found below the Williamsburg Bridge with a dozen knife wounds in it. Now Ray must draw on his past as a cop to find the truth. “O’Mara never hits a wrong note in his suspenseful sequel to Sacrifice Fly.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
RUNNER by Patrick Lee
Lee’s explosive new thriller series starring retired special forces operative Sam Dryden has sold international rights in seven countries and the film rights were optioned by Warner Brothers (our personal casting suggestion: Channing Tatum). Dryden lives a quiet life—that is, until a young girl literally running for her life crashes into him on a seaside boardwalk in the middle of the night. After helping to evade her pursuers, he learns that she escaped from a secret government prison and only knows her name, Rachel, and that she has a mysterious skill that makes her very dangerous. Steve Berry, Lisa Gardner, and Lee Child all love RUNNER, and Library Journal called it “a high-tech thriller that’s hard to put down.”
We're already halfway through the month, which means only two more weeks to nominate titles for the December list (due Nov. 1). Never fear! We're happy to help you whittle down the "To Read" pile with our favorite December books:
THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER by Barbara Mutch
This moving debut novel is a December Indie Next selection! Set in the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa, THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER tells the story of Cathleen, an estranged young woman whose only true companions are her diary and her housemaid's daughter. But one night changes everything and Cathleen must choose between conforming to society or finding the girl she has come to love as her own daughter. "Rich in detail and subtle in its politics, this affecting novel tells a poignant, inspiring story." – Booklist, starred review
Available on NetGalley. Email email@example.com (subject line: HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER) to get pre-approved for a galley.
ONCE UPON A LIE by Maggie Barbieri
In a dramatic departure from her Murder 101 series, Maggie Barbieri has written a gripping novel about one burnt out mother's desperate determination to protect her family's future by facing down her past. What starts out as a standard suburban mystery evolves into an unexpectedly riveting tale of ordinary cruelty and complicated heroism. "...Barbieri skillfully avoids tipping her hand until the last possible moment, leaving readers both breathless and unnerved by the novel’s conclusion." – Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
Available on NetGalley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: ONCE UPON A LIE) to get pre-approved for a galley.
THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
“The tortured relationship between literary lions and their liquor illuminates the obscure terrain of psychology and art in this searching biographical meditation…. Laing explores this rich topic through an unusual mix of biographical research, astute literary interpretation, and wonderfully atmospheric travelogue... The result is a fine study of a human frailty through the eyes of its most perceptive victims.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review. If that's not enough of an endorsement, Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert made it one of her picks saying, “Perennially astonishing authors framed by a perennially popular theme.”
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THE RED POLE OF MACAU by Ian Hamilton
Booklist called the exotic Ava Lee mystery series, “Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming,” and the third entry shows no sign of flagging. In THE RED POLE OF MACAU, Ava must rescue her half-brother Michael and his business partner Simon from a disastrous multi-million-dollar real-estate deal in Macau that could bankrupt them. When the developers turn out to be gangsters and kidnap Simon, Ava must use all her skills to outwit the gangsters, rescue Simon, and save her family’s future.
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The November LibraryReads list was announced today and two wonderful Macmillan mysteries cracked the top ten!
The #2 pick for November is THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming. This eighth book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series raises the stakes as the pair's latest case involving a missing teen puts a strain on their new marriage and the baby on the way. And coming in at #8 on the list is THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland, the latest novel featuring DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard. Brock and Kolla find themselves investigating a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London that just might be linked to another earlier tragic accident.
See the full November 2013 top ten list on LibraryReads.org.
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*What is your animal wearing for Halloween? Shmackies (Talia’s big-boned 6-year-old Tortoise shell cat) will be going to the Halloween parade as herself, again.
On to our #ThrillerThursday reads!
PAGAN SPRING by G.M. Malliet
"There are certain things you want in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth... Malliet delivers all that." —-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times on WICKED AUTUMN. Indeed, Agatha Award-winner Malliet does deliver again in her third entry in the series featuring the former spy turned cleric Max Tudor. If you love Agatha Christie and Louise Penny, read this now.
DYING IS MY BUSINESS by Nicholas Kaufmann
Kaufman mashes up action, horror and suspense a la Jonathan Maberry with this story starring an immortal hitman who is thrust into a supernatural adventure that will wreak mayhem over the five boroughs of New York. (Or as it's known here, Wednesday. KIDDING!). "...this smartly told series opener by Kaufmann brings new twists to many of the standard tropes of urban fantasy." – Library Journal
APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty
In the tradition of Ian McEwan's SATURDAY, APPLE TREE YARD combines serious moral dilemma with the psychological suspense and dangerous eroticism found in the blockbuster thrillers “Unfaithful” and “Fatal Attraction.” Doughty, who was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, has crafted a character whose demise is excruciating to witness and impossible to look away from.
We're so happy it's October! Talia’s already in Halloween mode and Anne is getting caught up on a gem in today's #FridayReads:
WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke
The corpse of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Trondheim, Norway is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book—The Book of John—which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin. A runaway bestseller in Norway that's been sold to over fourteen countries, WHERE MONSTERS DWELL is one of the most anticipated English language crime fiction debuts in years.
THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS by Amy Grace Loyd
Loyd’s mesmerizing debut novel about a young widow who rediscovers passion when she’s drawn into the lives of her Brooklyn apartment building’s tenants was a September Indie Next pick and received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly (A-), O Magazine (“forceful”), and Redbook (“stunningly rendered” and a Sept. book club pick). Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert named it one of her “Don’t Miss” debuts in the October 1 issue so you know it’s a standout.
LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Having trouble handling the dead? This Halloween, you’ll have no better ally than John Ajvide Lindqvist." — BookPage. This classic short story collection from the internationally acclaimed author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is “Gripping, cerebral, intriguing, enigmatic—like a puzzle you enjoy working on but may never solve.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE SÉANCE SOCIETY by Michael Nethercott
An unlikely pair of sleuths take on a murder case with a paranormal twist in Nethercott's debut novel, which Library Journal praised: "As relaxing as a game of Clue, Nethercott’s cozy debut set in 1956 Connecticut sparkles with a mix of W.B. Yeats and Elvis quotations, well-placed red herrings, and an endearing trio of protagonists. This delightful debut is sure to resonate with Rex Stout’s 'Nero Wolfe' fans."
SKATING UNDER THE WIRE by Joelle Charbonneau
Rebecca Robbins is back in the fourth delightful roller skating mystery, which "...is her best, combining the usual quirky characters with more romance and a surprising denouement." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Can't get enough mysteries? Make sure to register for Booklist's "Red Hot Crime" webinar on Tuesday, October 29th. Talia "the terror" Sherer, your favorite mistress of mayhem will be highlighting her favorite mysteries.Read more
THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET by Archer Mayor
To mark the 25th anniversary of a long-running, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series, Archer Mayor has written one of his best Joe Gunther books. An October Indie Next pick, THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET involves a complex case with two corpses, one escaped mental patient, and a long-held secret that binds them together.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel’s new book about life after war picks up with the same men he chronicled in his previous book, THE GOOD SOLDIERS. With three starred pre-publication reviews, such as this one from Booklist, it's not to be missed: "It is impossible not to be moved, outraged, and saddened by these stories, and Finkel’s deeply personal brand of narrative journalism is both heart-breaking and gut-wrenching in its unflinching honesty."
THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
McFarlane's debut novel about trust, dependence, and fear centers on a widowed woman living outside an isolated beach town and the mysterious government care worker she admits into her home. Not only is it an Indie Next pick, it's also an Indies Introduce title--making it one of the ten best debuts of Fall 2013. "This book is at once a beautifully imagined portrait of isolation and an unsettling psychological thriller." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Before we blow the candles out and dig in, don't forget there's an Early Word Galley Chat today! Join us at 4pm EST using the hashtag #ewgc. See you there!
Today marks the start of Bouchercon, the world’s leading convention for crime fiction writers and their adoring fans. Our own Steve Hamilton is the Toastmaster Guest of Honor and we've got three great books nominated for Anthony Awards:
Best First Novel
DON'T EVER GET OLD by Daniel Friedman
Congratulations to the nominees!
Now on to our #ThrillerThursday picks: