We’ve got four great new mysteries for you this #ThrillerThursday, but first some excellent news: Ellen Hart (The Jane Lawless mysteries; FEVER IN THE DARK) has been named a 2017 MWA Grand Master! MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, […]
Six forthcoming works of fiction have received several starred reviews. Make sure to clear some space on your library’s shelves! LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney — 3 stars! “Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the […]
We’re barely into November, yet Publishers Weekly has already released their Best Books of 2016 list. Here are the Macmillan gems that made the cut: Top 10 (full list) WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson Fiction (full list) WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by […]
Get in the Halloween spirit with these new mysteries: CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline A November 2015 Indie Next pick! Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the […]
Murder, murder everywhere! Well, maybe just in this week’s #ThrillerThursday picks: THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier This suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées has two starred reviews and is one of Talia’s favorite […]
Summer means vacations and long, lazy weekends—occasions when you always need a good book. We recommend these great August titles, and you can nominate your favorites for the August 2014 LibraryReads List (due July 1)!
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. (While you’re waiting for Penny’s latest blockbuster, join the great Gamache re-read now and relive those favorite Three Pines moments!)
Available on NetGalley via super secret special request! To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Long Way Home.”
THE KILLS by Richard House
This epic four-books-in-one thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body, moving across continents, characters, and genres. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel, with a huge cast of characters, many Middle Eastern settings, and a puzzle of a time-shifting plot, THE KILLS is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They’ll be rewarded, even if the center of this dazzlingly large picture is elusive.” — Booklist, starred review
A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE TRINITY SIX. “Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today's old-school espionage novelists…. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”
— Booklist, starred review
SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had. “What could have become a sappy tale in less capable hands is a warm, caring, and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well. NPR pro Woodroof is no novice writer, and her first novel will have readers eager for more.” — Library Journal, starred review
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society.
THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées. “French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject “Frozen Dead.”
At last! FRIDAY! Woohoo! We're especially happy to dig our grubby little paws into these two Minotaur mysteries, both of which have multiple starred reviews!
Talia still has goosebumps from THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and chilling murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées.
“The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for very compelling reading, with the suspense bordering on horror. It should appeal to those who enjoyed Pierre Lemaitre’s ALEX as well as the edgier Scandinavian thrillers.” — Booklist, starred & boxed review
“French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Complex, fast-paced, and completely absorbing, Minier's wickedly plotted mystery has already been published in numerous languages and found a place on international best sellers lists. Thriller and crime fiction fans will have a hard time putting this mix of police procedural and psychological thriller down.”
— Library Journal
Anne is all about COLDSLEEP LULLABY by Andrew Brown
Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner Brown brings his intelligent and compelling police procedural set in Stellenbosch, South Africa and starring flawed Detective Eberard Februarie to America for the first time!
“With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown's debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa's racially charged history. Try pairing with Paul Thomas's New Zealand-set series (Death on Demand).” — Library Journal, starred review & Debut of the Month
“A London Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner, this outstanding series debut from South African Brown introduces tormented Det. Insp. Eberard Februarie. Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Brown skillfully creates a handful of compelling and well-drawn characters and offers a plausible sense of a country still consumed by racial tensions and suspicion of immigrants from other African nations. American devotees of international crime fiction will embrace the emotionally scarred Eberard and the fractious society that is at once exotic and all too familiar.” — Booklist