Free Library of Philadelphia Book Buzz Recap (1/23/20)

This past week took us to the City of Brotherly Love for ALA Midwinter 2020! While we were there, we had the pleasure of buzzing about these upcoming Adult + YA titles: ADULT LUSTER by Raven Leilani | 8/4/20 | 9780374194321 | HC THE BOOK OF V. by Anna Solomon | 5/5/20 | 9781250257017 | […]

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Happy #PubDay + Historical Spotlight (1/14/20)

Princesses seeking safety during WWII + the story of a young feminist a century ahead of her time (with some Jane Austen mixed in) = today’s historical #pubday party! THE SECRET GUESTS by Benjamin Black “Black’s lucid prose is the perfect foil for tangled politics, old hatreds, unsolved crimes, the threat to Irish neutrality, and […]

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Happy #PubDay (12/10/19)

A turbulent family drama in 1957 America and a historical love story filled with secrets and heartache come together in this #pubday celebration. THE WONDERFUL by Saskia Sarginson “Set against a historical backdrop that will surprise many readers, Sarginson’s novel movingly captures the private and at times painful evolution of a resilient and inventive protagonist.”–Publishers […]

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Suffolk County Book Buzz Recap (11/12/19)

Yesterday we headed out of the bustling city to talk books and see the first snowfall of the year at the Suffolk County Book Buzz on Long Island. If you weren’t able to attend, or want a second look, here are the books we presented: WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughreanDecember 3, 20199781250225498YA Fiction / […]

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Happy #PubDay (10/22/19)

Happy #PubDay (10/22/19)

An end to humanity as we know it + settle on a new planet + historical time-traveling + an illustrated journey through life = this week’s #PubDay celebrations. SUPERNOVA ERA by Cixin Liu In Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2019 Announcements! “Plausible but surprising twists make this a memorable what-if tale.”–Publishers Weekly INTERFERENCE by Sue Burke Colonists […]

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Happy #PubDay (10/01/19)

Happy #PubDay (10/01/19)

An American Midwest family drama + a new novel from the author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ + the return of L. Penelope’s Earthsinger, all in this week’s #PubDay celebration. THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner “Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather […]

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Happy #PubDay!

Happy #PubDay!

Historical fiction set in Paris and a standalone historical epic: I hope you’re excited for our gift to you for today’s #PubDay!   PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks “A fun romp through Paris and history, one that nevertheless makes us understand that the sins of the past are not truly past.”—Kirkus “Faulks offers a subtle but […]

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Thriller Thursday (2/6/14 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (2/6/14 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to these great new mysteries celebrating a #BookBday this week:
DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons
“As a medical thriller, this skillfully wrought debut gets high marks for building tension to a breathtaking climax." – Library Journal, starred review. Even TV star Joel McHale ("The Soup," "Community") loves it! 

WHO THINKS EVIL
by Michael Kurland
"This latest in Kurland’s novels about the notorious Professor Moriarty—Sherlock Holmes’ most clever adversary—makes for fun reading. Calling Moriarty the hero of these books might stretch the meaning of 'hero' a bit too far—he’s still the evil man we’ve always known him to be—but he’s a fine sleuth and sure makes for a compelling protagonist. Splendid stuff." – Booklist 
"This cozy historical is perfect for World War II buffs interested in the home front scene." – Library Journal
"Ballard infuses emotion and empathy into a very intelligent, believable mystery. Fans of Rhys Bowen may also appreciate this appealing and engagingly written series." – Booklist  
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Catriona McPherson Wins a Macavity Award!

Catriona McPherson Wins a Macavity Award!

DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS—a book with an awesome title, a delightful cover, and a great upstairs-meets-downstairs plot that's just to die for—took home the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Macavity Award from Bouchercon last weekend! 

This is the first novel in a historical series (obviously!) that takes place in Edinburgh in the 1920s. Dandy Gilver is a wealthy and witty aristocrat and sometimes amateur sleuth who goes undercover as a lady maid to investigate the threatening reappearance of her friend's ex-husband.

Congratulations, Catriona! See all of the Macavity Award winners here.

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Double Debut: Both Starred!

Double Debut: Both Starred!

Do your patrons have a craving for historical mysteries? Great, because two fantastic debuts are heading their way.

The Holy Thief: In Soviet Russia, an investigator must scramble to find the murderer of an American girl. One wrong step means exile in Siberia.

"Ryan re-creates the toxic, terrorized atmosphere by plunging Korolev into a
ghastly web where nothing is what it seems" --Library Journal (starred review)

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