It's Friday the 13th! Aaah! Keep calm, and remember the commandments from horror movies:
1) Don't party too hard
2) Don't split up to investigate strange noises, and
3) For Pete's sake, don't just stand there if a killer comes at you. RUN!
It's only right that today our #FridayReads involve murder and mystery (interestingly enough, both victims in our books die from being stabbed to death):Read more
Happy #ThrillerThursday friends! Today we'd like to tell you about three suspenseful, spine-tingling mysteries that just went on sale this week:
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton
The author of the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller PERFECT VICTIM (which the FBI have on their Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list), Norton makes her fiction debut with a perfectly crafted psychological thriller about a former kidnapping victim who must mentor and protect another young girl rescued from a similar situation. With three starred pre-publication reviews, THE EDGE OF NORMAL is a thriller with "the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best.” (Booklist, starred review)
Ava Lee, martial arts master and unflappable forensic accountant, is back in her second outing, THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAM, and this time she's unraveling a financial scandal in the art world to the tune of $100 million. From Denmark to the Faroe Islands, New York to London, Ava tracks down the provenance of a series of meticulously forged paintings.
Booklist is of the first to review THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAN and they said, "You haven’t seen cold and calculating until you’ve double-crossed this number cruncher. Another strong entry from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Hamilton."
Library Journal gave the first Ava Lee novel, THE DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS, a starred review and said, "This financial mystery echoes Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series heroine, but Ava is edgier and computer savvy; she is as resourceful as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander but without the emotional baggage and extreme violence. Highly recommended."
The Ava Lee Series has been sold in more than twenty countries, and has been optioned for film by Strada Films/Union Pictures.Read more
We are excited to welcome Anthony and Agatha Award–winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan to the Forge list with THE OTHER WOMAN, the first novel in a new series of political thrillers!
Newspaper reporter Jane Ryland isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces. Instead she begins tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer all the while plagued by a media swarm on his investigation. As the body count rises and the election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected.
"Ryan, the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning author of the Charlotte McNally mysteries, employs her investigative reporting and political background to craft a dizzying labyrinth of twists, turns, and surprises. Readers who crave mystery and political intrigue will be mesmerized by this first installment of her new series." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Political skulduggery and murder make a high-octane mix in this perfect thriller for an election season." -Booklist (starred review)
Ryan wrote a really great post for CriminalElement.com, Getting the Truth: Confessions of an Investigative Reporter, about the fear of being discovered with a hidden camera while undercover. They're also doing an ARC giveaway!Read more
The reviews for this positively outstanding thriller keep coming in, and they're all fantastic. We're extremely excited for the 11/21 issue of the New York Times Book Review, in which Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime Column” will feature Rogue Island!
“This tremendously entertaining crime novel is definitely one of the best of the year.” —Booklist (starred review)Read more
Two mysteries. One Canadian, the other Icelandic. Seven starred reviews (Kirkus, we love you, but stop being... well... Kirkus). I'll let the reviews speak for themselves.
Bury Your Dead: "Brilliantly provocative" --Library Journal
"One of the most elaborately constructed and remarkably moving mysteries in years." --Booklist
"Bring on the awards." --Kirkus
"Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same scene." --Publishers WeeklyRead more
I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite new authors, Rebecca Cantrell, at her reading/signing for A Night of Long Knives. The event was at the aptly named Mysterious Bookshop in downtown NYC (now I have to find the SF/F-only bookstore!), and was well attended by fans and publishing folk.Read more
Do your patrons have a craving for historical mysteries? Great, because two fantastic debuts are heading their way.
The Holy Thief: In Soviet Russia, an investigator must scramble to find the murderer of an American girl. One wrong step means exile in Siberia.
"Ryan re-creates the toxic, terrorized atmosphere by plunging Korolev into a ghastly web where nothing is what it seems" --Library Journal (starred review)Read more
Ex-cop Moriah Dru thought she was on vacation, but that ends when a local judge asks her to help find missing sisters. What she uncovers is not an isolated incident, but a string of kidnappings, perpetrated by a sex-trafficking cartel with members named after chess pieces. And a snitch reveals that Moriah's only chance to find the sisters is before they're flown out of the country, to Costa Rica.
The latest winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, The End Game features a strong new heroine in a vivid Southern setting. Gerrie Ferris Finger puts a new spin on the classic mystery novel.
"Well-researched plot and snappy dialogue." --Publishers WeeklyRead more