Thriller Thursday (9/12/13 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (9/12/13 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday friends! Today we'd like to tell you about three suspenseful, spine-tingling mysteries that just went on sale this week: 

THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton
The author of the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller PERFECT VICTIM (which the FBI have on their Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list), Norton makes her fiction debut with a perfectly crafted psychological thriller about a former kidnapping victim who must mentor and protect another young girl rescued from a similar situation. With three starred pre-publication reviews, THE EDGE OF NORMAL is a thriller with "the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best.” (Booklist, starred review)

THE RED QUEEN DIES by Frankie Y. Bailey

Flash forward to the future: Albany 2019 where a street drug nicknamed "Lullaby" is all the rage. Originally used to treat soldiers with PTSD, it erases traumatic memories—including those of the star witness in a trial who now can't remember the crime. Biracial police detective Hannah McCabe faces similar perplexing problems as she attempts to solve the murders of three women, one of whom is a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen." Now McCabe must sort through a tangled web of clues involving Alice in Wonderland to find the killer. 

by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan continues her thrilling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series with a chilling new novel that explores a terrifying scenario: What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family? Boston reporter Ryland is tipped off that a respected adoption agency may be reuniting birth parents with the wrong children; meanwhile, detective Brogan's latest case is a domestic violence homicide resulting in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Brogan discovers an empty cradle at the murder scene. With a missing infant and a killer at large, Ryland and Brogan follow clues that threaten to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal and lead them deeper into the heart of a foster care system in crisis. 
Can't wait to find out what happens next? Neither can we! Share what you're reading this #ThrillerThursday with us @MacmillanLib. Stay suspenseful, friends! [...]


Monday Fun Day! (7/15/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (7/15/2013 Edition)

Helloooooo, Monday!

Welcome to another glorious week, librarian friends. Today we're celebrating nominees and winners of all kinds.

- The 2013 Macavity Award nominations have been announced by Mystery Readers International and we're delighted to see some of our titles featured in several categories. 

Best Mystery Novel:


THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best First Mystery Novel:

DON'T EVER GET OLD by Daniel Friedman

Sue Feder Historical Memorial Award:

A CITY OF BROKEN GLASS by Rebecca Cantrell 

See the full list at

- The Private Eye Writers of America also recently announced their 2013 Shamus Awards shortlist! Nominees include:

Best Hardcover PI Novel:

HUNTING SWEETIE ROSE by Jack Fredrickson

THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best First PI Novel:

HUSH MONEY by Chuck Greaves

Best PI Short Story:

"O'Nelligan and the Lost Fates" by Michael Nethercott, author of THE SEANCE SOCIETY

The winners will be announced at Bouchercon on September 20th. See the full shortlist here

JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell has been selected as a nominee for the Salt Lake County Library System's semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award. The winning title will be announced on November 1st. Until then, see their blog for more recommendations. 

- I'd like to finish up by congratulating Rachel Kitzmann, Childrens Librarian II at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, who won our Rainbow Rowell signed-book sweepstakes and Fran Juergensmeyer, Collection Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, who won our Uncharted Pages sweepstakes!! See which characters Fran wants to see fall in looove in the post update!



Mary Higgins Clark Award Goes to Hank Phillippi Ryan!

Mary Higgins Clark Award Goes to Hank Phillippi Ryan!

Major congratulations to reporter-turned-author Hank Phillippi Ryan, who won the 13th Mary Higgins Clark Award for her suspense novel, THE OTHER WOMAN

THE OTHER WOMAN is about a crack pair of investigators: Jane Ryland, a muckraking reporter, and Jake Brogan, a detective assigned to a high profile serial killer case, who have to work together to unravel the key to an election fraught with seduction, betrayal, and muuuurderrrr!

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child said, "THE OTHER WOMAN does everything a great suspense novel should." has a nice recap of the awards evening including some pictures of the attending authors.

The next book in Ryan's Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan suspense series, THE WRONG GIRL, will be available in September from Forge. [...]


Monday Fun Day! (2/11/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (2/11/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians!

Apologies for the unexpected radio silence after Wednesday of last week; I fell victim to the seasonal cold monster. I've triumphantly defeated the beast and returned only slightly sniffly to kick off the week with some great news.

- Continuing the exciting award nomination news from last week, we got the list of Macmillan books nominated for the 2012 Agatha Awards:

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel of 2012:

by Louise Penny

by G.M. Malliet

by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel of 2012:

by Catriona McPherson

Winners will be announced at the 2012 Agatha Awards banquet on May 4th, 2013, during Malice Domestic 25. See the full list of Agatha nominees here.

- A delightful review of THE MARLOW PAPERS is currently traveling all across the U.S. in American Airline's American Way magazine!

"With the screw-tightening verve of a great thriller and the romantic pull of Renaissance poetry, the novel—which purports that Marlowe is the true author of William Shakespeare’s legendary oeuvre—is a gripping, lyrical, most unlikely page-turner."

Read the super quick review here.

- Flavorwire suckered us in with another one of their bookish listicles, "The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture." 

- And finally, a couple of snuggly red pandas romping around in the snow!!

red pandas video



The 2013 Edgar Nominees!

The 2013 Edgar Nominees!

The 2013 Edgar nominees are in! The list, as always, is jam-packed with a suspiciously high level of talent. We want to celebrate all of the awesome Macmillan titles on the list. 

Best First Novel:

DON'T EVER GET OLD by Daniel Friedman

Best Paperback Original:

BLOODLAND by Alan Glynn

Best Fact Crime:


Mary Higgins Clark:

DEAD SCARED by S.J. Bolton

A CITY OF BROKEN GLASS by Rebecca Cantrell


THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan

See the full list of the Mystery Writers of America's nominees here! [...]


Starred Reviews for The Other Woman

Starred Reviews for The Other Woman

We are excited to welcome Anthony and Agatha Award–winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan to the Forge list with THE OTHER WOMAN, the first novel in a new series of political thrillers!

Newspaper reporter Jane Ryland isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces. Instead she begins tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer all the while plagued by a media swarm on his investigation. As the body count rises and the election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected. 

"Ryan, the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning author of the Charlotte McNally mysteries, employs her investigative reporting and political background to craft a dizzying labyrinth of twists, turns, and surprises. Readers who crave mystery and political intrigue will be mesmerized by this first installment of her new series." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Political skulduggery and murder make a high-octane mix in this perfect thriller for an election season." -Booklist (starred review)

Ryan wrote a really great post for, Getting the Truth: Confessions of an Investigative Reporter, about the fear of being discovered with a hidden camera while undercover. They're also doing an ARC giveaway! 



Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

This afternoon during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (3pm Eastern, #ljadultbuzz), I'll be discussing all of the super fabulous upcoming titles listed below!

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



Macmillan Library @ PLA 2012 (booth #1540)

Macmillan Library @ PLA 2012 (booth #1540)


If you're Philadelphia-bound next month for the Public Library Association Conference, we have some excellent events for you. So whip out those agendas; here's the lineup:

Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl!

WEDNESDAY March 14th, 10:30AM - 12PM, TBA

Librarian of the Year Nancy Pearl, our lovely Talia, and several other publishing reps will be kicking off the conference with a discussion about some of the best upcoming books for adults. Get the inside scoop from an all-star team of panelists as they discuss which titles you'll want to keep your eye on.

See PLA's event description here. And take a sneak peek at Talia's presentation here!

Author Signings in the Macmillan Booth

WEDNESDAY March 14th, 4PM - 6:30PM, booth #1540

Kathleen George (SIMPLE), Lou Manfredo (RIZZO'S DAUGHTER), and Solomon Jones (THE GRAVEDIGGER'S BALL) will all be signing copies of their latest releases in our booth the moment the show floor opens!

The Best in Debut Authors Panel! (RSVP REQUIRED)

THURSDAY March 15th, 10:45AM - 12PM, Philadelphia Convention Center room 120 ABC

Meet Kira Peikoff (LIVING PROOF) and other exceptional debut authors during the AAP/Library Journal "The Best in 2012 Debuts!" author panel. 

*Don't forget to pick up your complimentary signed copy of LIVING PROOF!

See the full panel details and request an invitation here.

Authors Signing in the Macmillan Booth

THURSDAY March 15th, 2:30PM, booth #1540

Jane Cleland will be signing copies of her latest mystery, DOLLED UP FOR MURDER, and Hank Phillippi Ryan will be signing chapter excerpts from her latest crime novel, THE OTHER WOMAN. Come say hi!

Booklist's In-Booth Mystery Soiree

THURSDAY March 15th, 3:30PM - 5PM, Booklist's booth

Macmillan Mystery authors Lars Kepler (THE NIGHTMARE), Hank Phillippi Ryan (THE OTHER WOMAN), Kira Peikoff (LIVING PROOF), Kathleen George (SIMPLE), Lou Manfredo (RIZZO'S DAUGHTER), Solomon Jones (THE GRAVEDIGGER'S BALL), and Jane Cleland (DOLLED UP FOR MURDER) will be chillin' out in the Booklist booth to chat with other authors and attendees. Join them!

Mystery Authors Revealed Panel!  (RSVP REQUIRED)

FRIDAY March 16th, 10:45AM - 12PM, Philadelphia Convention Center room 121 ABC 

Meet Lars Kepler, pseudonymous co-authors of THE NIGHTMARE, and other bestselling Mystery writers during the AAP/Library Journal "Mystery Authors Revealed!" panel hosted by our very own Talia!

*Don't forget to pick up your complimentary signed copy of Lars Kepler's debut, THE HYPNOTIST!

See the full panel details and request an invitation here.

And finally, please swing by booth #1540 any time you're on the show floor. We'll be giving away some excellent galleys and we're always up for a chat.