Thriller Thursday (9/25/14 Edition)

It’s #ThrillerThursday at the Macmillan headquarters and you know what that means!

GOODHOUSE by Peyton Marshall

In a dystopian society, when DNA testing sends questionable kids to prison-like schools, the only thing they grow to learn is fear.

“Marshall’s novel moves well, and the adolescent James is convincingly off-balance throughout. The result is a genre-bending thriller with a literary voice that at times trades heart for velocity but ultimately pleases.”–Publishers Weekly

“A cut above the strong recent crop of dystopian futures, with a sympathetic protagonist, a believably degenerated society, and harrowing pacing, this deserves a wide audience.”–Library Journal, starred review

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THE HAUNTING BALLAD by Michael Nethercott

Journey back to 1950s Greenwich Village as the mismatched duo of O’Nelligan and Plunkett investigate murder in the music scene.

“Plunkett’s wry first-person narrative offers an arresting perspective on this section of pre–Mad Men society, and courtly Irish O’Nelligan once again (The Séance Society, 2013) steers his young friend toward the right conclusion. A strong second entry in the series.”–Booklist

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After the events of My Fair Lady, this historical debut begins with the death of Henry Higgins’ chief rival, who’s claimed credit for Eliza Doolittle’s transformation.

“A charming teaming of Eliza, Professor Higgins, and Major Pickering make for an engaging light historical mystery…”–Library Journal


In the second Roaring Twenties mystery, former Vaudeville actress Jessie Beckett goes undercover in the silent film industry to solve a murder.

“Readers will enjoy the novel’s taut climax, cameos by famous and future stars, and a resourceful heroine who uses her acting skills in investigating and escaping from trouble.”–Publishers Weekly

“Jessie’s adventures provide readers with a well-researched glimpse at life in Jazz Age Hollywood. Readers who enjoy Jacqueline Winspear and Carola Dunn will want to follow this series.”–Booklist

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