We’re seeing *stars* for these four excellent mysteries: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (FOUR STARS) “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with […]
#ThrillerThursday bonus: FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews for THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black! “Exceptional police thriller… Readers will hope [SFPD homicide detective Valerie Hart] returns soon in another nail-biter.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review “Black (aka Glen Duncan, I Lucifer) has written a taut, smart thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge […]
Today's the day of the Booklist "Red Hot Crime" webinar! Join your favorite mistress of mayhem, Talia "the terror" Sherer, at 1pm Central Time to find out what mysteries are keeping her up late at night. There's still time to sign up--click here to RSVP.
If you can't wait until then, make sure to check out Talia's Favorite Gory Bits feature on Booklist for some classic backlist choices:
EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain
FLESH HOUSE by Stuart MacBride
SHAKE THE DEVIL OFF by Ethan Brown
THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson
SNOW ANGELS by James Thompson
It's Monday again, librarian friends, and we're kicking it off with one of our classic collections of digital bits and bobs.
- First things first, keep your eyes locked to LibraryReads.org tomorrow mid-morning to see the very first LibraryReads monthly recommendation list! LibraryReads is a new program, launching tomorrow, which harnesses the value of 'library staff picks' into a single nation-wide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must-reads. So exciting!
- Publishers Weekly included SALINGER on a list of page-to-screen adaptations to be aware of that are coming this fall. The film SALINGER based on SALINGER: A Biography by Paul Alexander will premiere in September. If you're subscribed to Publishers Weekly you can read the full article here.
"As LET ME GO opens, it's both Halloween Weekend and Archie's birthday. Obviously the combination of these auspicious occasions primes us for Gretchen's return to Archie's life, which has at this point reached some modicum of normalcy, though not for long. [...] LET ME GO also reveals a side of Gretchen that we very rarely see and I won't spoil the surprise for you; you'll have to read the book to see what I'm talking about."
The exquisitely smart and talented Chelsea Cain has a fantastic new book out this week. I highly recommend that... http://t.co/QosXBDEjiL
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) August 12, 2013
- Flavorwire posted "50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read."
- Finally, if you're into Southern-style sass served ice cold, check out these cheeky e-cards based on Wilton Barnhardt's LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY:
More! Sassy! E-cards!
- - A little tactlessness every now and then can be strategic—but there's never any excuse for tastelessness.
- - We have had the misfortune in this family to enjoy privilege and to enjoy fortune but, inconveniently, not at the same time.
- - If you don't know how to sustain the simplest of white lies, you have NO place in High Society!
No, that title does not contain a grammatical error; I'm talking about People Magazine, people!
People selected a few books for their "Summer Thrills & Chills" feature and two thrilling/chilling Minotaur titles made the list: Julia Keller's debut, A KILLING IN THE HILLS, and Chelsea Cain’s latest, KILL YOU TWICE!
On A KILLING IN THE HILLS they said, "A twisty plot—and a soulful depiction of a beautiful, besieged ‘afterthought of a town’—propels this debut mystery about a prosecutor fighting drug traffickers in Appalachia."
On KILL YOU TWICE they said, "Just when Portland, Ore., detective Archie Sheridan was reveling in serial killer Gretchen Lowell’s confinement to the psych ward, she contacts him with leads about a grisly new murder. Shades of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS."
You must watch this amazing book trailer for Chelsea Cain's latest psychological thriller, KILL YOU TWICE!
I promise the message will hit you... hard.
KILL YOU TWICE Review Round-Up:
"Cain hits the narrative throttle with all cylinders firing. Like the best thriller writers, though, she knows how to ease off the throttle, too, making room for subtle and satisfying character interplay but at the same building tension as we wait for the narrative to burst into overdrive once again. Masterful on every level." -Booklist (starred review)
"That blood oozes off practically every page is never in doubt. But neither is Cain’s skill in creating riveting character drama between two damaged souls." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Cain’s abiding determination to outdo the suspense, plot twists and gore of each previous outing is both perverse and awe-inspiring." -Kirkus Reviews
And Robin Beerbower (Salem Public Library, OR) added KILL YOU TWICE to her list of books for the Fourth Annual Librarian Shout n' Share at BEA!
Hello all you sassy librarians! I hope you had a lovely weekend and a brunch-tastic Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all you bookish moms out there. May you get some good reading done.
— Picador Paperbacks (@PicadorUSA) May 13, 2012
We have a couple of fun things to share:
- Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle, which won the Best Comic Book Award this year at Angoulème, was recently featured in School Library Journal's Adult Books 4 Teens column! They said,
"This is a rounded, insightful way to explore and become acquainted with how history, culture, ritual, and human emotions shape and misshape a storied part of the world most Americans know only through politically charged news accounts. [...] Delicate and detailed cartoons inhabit mostly small and always bounded panels, with color accents highlighting sounds, sunsets, and points on the maps Delisle mentions to clarify how locations are connected–and disconnected–in the contemporary Middle East."
You people are buying more Mantel than we can hantel.
— McNally Jackson (@mcnallyjackson) May 10, 2012
- Did you see the big Chelsea Cain news?!
- Class act Lisa Scottoline talks about her writing process in The New York Times Business Day (link).
- Interested in the book jacket art process? Check out Minotaur Books' new tumblr, http://minotaurart.tumblr.com/.
- And finally, this tweet:
Donate to my Kickstarter. We are building a cat spaceship to get to Saturn
— Cat_ebooks (@Cat_ebooks) May 14, 2012
Attention Chelsea Cain fans! We have some very, very exciting news! You may soon have the pleasure of watching serial killer Gretchen Lowell and Detective Archie Sheridan solve cases together on FX! That's right, as Deadline reports,
FX has put in development a drama series adaptation of Chelsea Cain’s best-selling book series. [...] The thriller novels, HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, and EVIL AT HEART, center on beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her relationship with damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan. (link)
Bring it on, FX!
Join me, Virginia from HarperCollins, Kelly and Erica from Random House, Elenita from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for an hour-long book buzz webinar party today! Register now!
A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR | Suzanna Joinson | 978-1-60819-811-5
SHINE SHINE SHINE | Lydia Netzer | 978-1-250-00707-0
BENEATH THE SHADOWS | Sara Foster | 978-0-312-64336-2
THE LAND OF DECORATION | Grace McCleen | 978-0-8050-9494-7
A SIMPLE MURDER | Eleanor Kuhns | 978-1-250-00553-3
DEAD SCARED | S. J. Bolton | 978-0-312-60053-2
KILL YOU TWICE | Chelsea Cain | 978-0-312-61978-7
THE OTHER WOMAN | Hank Phillippi Ryan | 978-0-7653-3257-8
BRING UP THE BODIES | Hilary Mantel | 978-0-8050-9003-1
WHERE WE BELONG | Emily Giffin | 978-0-312-55419-4
MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND | Matthew Dicks | 978-1-250-00621-9
THIS IS NOT A TEST | Courtney Summers | 978-0-312-65674-4
REDSHIRTS | John Scalzi | 978-0-7653-1699-8
GLAMOUR IN GLASS | Mary Robinette Kowal | 978-0-7653-2557-0
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER | Paula Brackston | 978-0-312-62168-1
AMONG OTHERS | Jo Walton | 978-0-7653-2153-4
CHINESE WHISKERS | Pallavi Aiyar | 978-1-250-01448-1
PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT | Denis O'Connor | 978-0-312-66829-7
Haaaaappy Monday, lovely librarians!
- If you're going to be in Houston for TxLA in a few weeks, be sure to stop by booth #1704 to say hi! We'll have stacks of great galleys for you. See our full TxLA 2012 schedule here.
- Congrats to Kelli Stanley who just won the Golden Nugget Award for the best mystery set in California with CITY OF SECRETS!
- Also, congrats to our two RITA Award finalists Darynda Jones and Christina Brooke! Read about their super sexy books here.