The 2014 Edgar Nominees

The 2014 Edgar Nominees

Edgar logoWe are thrilled to have six outstanding books, both fiction and nonfiction, nominated for the Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2013:

Best Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Novel
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Fact Crime
MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical
IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett

Mary Higgins Clark 
THE SIXTH STATION by Linda Stasi 

See all of the 2014 Edgar Award Nominees and read the full press release from the Mystery Writers of America.

The awards will be presented to the winners on May 1, 2014 at the 68th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Congratulations to all nominees! [...]

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Thriller Thursday (9/5/13 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (9/5/13 Edition)

We love thrillers. And in honor of that love we’ll be forcing our favorites on you, dear librarian, EVERY Thursday for #ThrillerThursdays. <Mwa ha ha!>

But first, the news:
Congrats to the two THRILLING Macmillan titles nominated for Crime Writers' Association Awards!

Rage Against the DyingShadow of the RockRAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
for CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

SHADOW OF THE ROCK by Thomas Mogford
for CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year 

Winners will be named on October 24 at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 in London.

And now, for your enjoyment, our favorite spine-tingling, blood-curdling, full-of-mayhem Thursday reads: [...]

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Rage Against the Dying Up for Two Daggers!

Rage Against the Dying Up for Two Daggers!

We've gone on and on about Becky Masterman's debut thriller, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, a March Indie Next Pick with starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly that we featured as a major galley giveaway at ALA Midwinter. 

Well, it has just been named to the British CWA longlists for both the John Creasey Dagger for the year’s best crime novel by a previously unpublished author and the Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year!

"Lethally skilled in the art of self-defense, ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is a heroine-in-peril forced back into the horrors of her old life. Characterisation and pace ensure a criminally engrossing and assured edge-of-the-seat debut thriller exploring the well-furrowed path of the FBI behavioural science unit pitted against the serial killer, but with a freshness of plot that makes the reader sit-up to attention." —the CWA judges

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#FridayReads: Excerpts

#FridayReads: Excerpts

Happy Friday, everyone!

I've collected a few chapter one excerpt links for a little lunchtime reading:

Start reading THE PERFECT GHOST by Linda Barnes on LindaBarnes.com.

Start reading KITTY ROCKS THE HOUSE by Carrie Vaughn on HeroesAndHeartbreakers.com (registration required).

Start reading SEA CHANGE by S. M. Wheeler on Tor.com.

Start reading THE DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS by Ian Hamilton on CriminalElement.com.

Also on CriminalElement.com listen to an audio excerpt of RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman. 

And definitely check out our Spring 2013 Debut Chapter E-Sampler which is downloadable from NetGalley and exclusively for librarians. Details here.

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Monday Fun Day! (3/11/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (3/11/2013 Edition)

Welcome back to the blog, librarians! We're kicking off the week with some most excellent news about a few of our fine debuts.

- Major congratulations to debut author Amelia Gray who's first novel, THREATS, is one of five finalists for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!! See all of the finalists here.

- In The New York Times Janet Maslin calls Becky Masterman's debut thriller, RAGE AGAIST THE DYING, "pulse-quickening," "scorching," and "invigorating." She says,

"In one final demonstration that she has learned the lessons of crime fiction well, Ms. Masterman hides important evidence in the unlikeliest place: within plain sight. But this book is too cleverly manipulative for readers to get ahead of Brigid in making such startling discoveries."

Indie NextRead the full article, "This ‘Granny’ Can Dish It Out," now.

Library Journal and Publishers Weekly each gave Masterman's debut a starred review and it has been selected as a March Indie Next Pick! This title will be available tomorrow from Minotaur Books.

- Chista Parravani was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about her debut memoir, HER, in which she comes to terms with her twin's premature death. Listen or read "A Twin Carries On Alone In 'HER: A Memoir'" at NPR.org.

- And finally: cats being jerks. As per usual.

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