The debut of a daring heroine (and author)!

The debut of a daring heroine (and author)!

Beth Bernobich's Passion Play is the coming of age tale of Ilse Zahlina, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. When he reveals his plans to marry Ilse off to a another merchant, she feels like just another item in his ledger. Matters are made worse when she finds that his last fiancée disappeared mysteriously, an occurrence most seem content to dismiss. Resolute not to end up a man's puppet like her mother, Ilse flees in the night, takes a new name, and seeks a life where she can forge her own identity.


Ilse's world seems to be pseudo-feudal, set in a sort of pre-fundamentalist Islamic Middle east. [...]

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Karin Slaughter’s Cupcake Contest!

Karin Slaughter’s Cupcake Contest!

Amazing author and amazing person Karin Slaughter is hosting a contest I thought you should know about. Do you love to bake? Do you love thrillers? Want a chance to win an autographed advanced copy of her latest novel, Broken, and her entire backlist? Then go get your cupcake on!

Just design the grossest, most serial-killery cupcake in the world! It's that easy.

 

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Penny wins the AGATHA!

Penny wins the AGATHA!

Congratulations to Louise Penny, whose title The Brutal Telling just won the Agatha award!

First the Booklist Top Ten, then an Agatha? And Talia just talked about it in the Booklist Mystery & Crime webinar, which I think is as prestigious as both those awards combined! I think I smell a NBCC award, maybe even a Nobel Peace Prize! Ok, maybe that's a stretch.

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INTELLIGENCE: This debut’s got it!

INTELLIGENCE: This debut’s got it!

For Maddie James and her team of terrorism experts, the biggest threats to stopping an attack are clumsy bureucracy and red tape. When she narrowly fails prevent a terrorist attack, the government tries to blame it on Iran without evidence, forcing Maddie to investigate.

Written with inside knowledge that only a CIA operative of 21 years could demonstrate, Intelligence is a stunning debut that was just awarded a starred review by Publishers Weekly:

"Many will find Hasler's female point-of-view a welcome change from the usual smash-and-bash male offering in the genre."

 

 

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What’s a Librarian To Do?: BEA

What’s a Librarian To Do?: BEA

Going to BEA but not sure what to do? BEA is a lot more librarian-centric than you might think! Consider this the librarian's definitive guide to the show.

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Coming from our Booklist ad?

Coming from our Booklist ad?

If you saw our awesome cover ad on the May 1st issue of Booklist, thanks for stopping by! (And thank you even if that's NOT how you found us!) Please take a closer look at all the great new mysteries and thrillers which were featured.

And, as always, don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

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A New Breed of Teen Vampire Novel

A New Breed of Teen Vampire Novel

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways,
your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding
School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive
and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain.  But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering
five-hundred-year-old vampire queen.  After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires
have -- to be human again.  After
performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a
century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the
eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

 

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