Thriller Thursday (2/26/15 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (2/26/15 Edition)

We’ve got a LibraryReads pick and two psychological thrillers this #ThrillerThursday: A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing… The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn […]

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Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks: September 2013 #1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell #2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny November 2013 #2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming #8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry […]

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Booklist’s Best Crime

Booklist’s Best Crime

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles! 
Best Crime Novels

Top 10 Crime Fiction

THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer follows his acclaimed Milo Weaver trilogy with a stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue. A career diplomat is shot dead in Budapest in front of his disbelieving wife, who is determined to find out why. This complex tale leaves us with the feeling that, despite all the information won, lost, hoarded, and put to use, the world of intelligence is no stronger than the fragile, fallible human beings who navigate it.

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has a new case involving the murder of the last surviving sister of quintuplets, a woman with ties to Three Pines, the idyllic, off-the-grid village outside Montreal where several of Gamache’s previous adventures have been set. The novel not only puts Gamache in harm’s way but also exposes Three Pines to defilement—a cozy setting under attack from a decidedly hard-boiled world. Another bravura performance from the magnificent Penny.

THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah
Teetering on the edge of sanity, Louise Beeston retreats to a country home in England, hoping to escape the haunting choir music she hears continually. This riveting stand-alone, in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting, is absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word.

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Entertainment Weekly loves our thrillers!

Entertainment Weekly loves our thrillers!

Entertainment Weekly recently ran a feature on GONE GIRL-style psychological thrillers all linked by a common theme: How well do you really know your spouse? And of course they featured several of our favorite titles too! 

APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty

Apple Tree Yard jacketEW's Grade: A-

Who's the couple?
Yvonne Carmichael, a leading geneticist, and her professor husband, Guy.

What's their story?
Guy watches as Yvonne begins an affair with an unnamed—and untrustworthy—lover.

How good's the big twist?
The opening scene pretty much announces that things won't end well for Yvonne, but it's still fascinating to see a brilliant woman destroy her life with a few impulsive decisions. In Doughty's hands, Yvonne's actions are both shocking and weirdly understandable.

THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry

Innocent Sleep jacketEW's Grade: B

Who's the couple?
Architect Robin and her artist husband, Harry.

What's their story?
When an earthquake levels Tangier, Robin and Harry survive, but their son Dillon, left alone in their apartment for just a few minutes, does not. Years later, Harry—spinning close to a nervous breakdown—becomes convinced he's glimpsed the boy on the street. 

How good's the big twist?
You won't see it coming—they've both got something to hide from that long-ago day in Tangier. 

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Thriller Thursday (2/27/14 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (2/27/14 Edition)

We've got a great line-up for our final #ThrillerThursday in February:

A KILLING OF ANGELS by Kate Rhodes
When a serial killer targets London's premier financial institution, psychologist Alice Quentin reluctantly agrees to help Detective Don Burns with the case. "Poet Rhodes crafts a mighty turn of phrase, and her multilayered characterization makes for an engaging read..." – Booklist   

THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal
The death of a teenage girl strikes painfully close to home for Sudanese private eye Makana. "With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction."  Kirkus Reviews

THE AMAZING HARVEY by Don Passman
Struggling magician Harvey Kendall is suspected of a murder he could not have committed, and must now use his talents to pull off the greatest escape of his career. "By striking a careful balance between humor and tension, Passman puts a fresh spin on the familiar setup of a man unjustly accused of a crime trying to prove his innocence."  Publishers Weekly  

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
In this start of a new series, bestselling author Brennan introduces tough-as-nails TV reporter Max Revere, who's got a knack for solving cold cases–except for the one from her own past. "[A] terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home." – Booklist, starred review [...]

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Thriller Thursday (2/20/14 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (2/20/14 Edition)

We're a day away from TGIF and you know what that means: #ThrillerThursday! Here's what we're reading this week:

RUNNER by Patrick Lee
You know how much Anne loves this "high-tech thriller that's hard to put down" (Library Journal, starred review) because she can't stop recommending it to anyone who will listen (hey casting directors: Channing Tatum!). She's not the only one–it's a March Indie Next pick, has three starred reviews, and the adoration of Lee Child, Steve Berry and Nelson DeMille. 

THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry
This psychological thriller about a couple restarting their lives five years after losing their son in a tragic accident is perfect for those of you who enjoyed the March 2014 LibraryReads pick, PRECIOUS THING. "This novel, with a premise that taps into the fears of every parent, is an entertaining thriller that fans of Tana French and Gillian Flynn will enjoy." — Library Journal  
(get the free downloadable praise sheet)

DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves
In the eagerly awaited new entry in Ann Cleeves' popular Shetland Islands series (now airing on BBC as the television series Shetland), Detective Inspector Willow Reeves and Inspector Jimmy Perez team up to investigate the murder of a journalist. "Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot-functional, and Perez’s character keeps deepening with each book." — Booklist, starred review

BROTHERHOOD OF FEAR by Paul Grossman
It's 1933 and famed detective Willi Kraus is avoiding deportation back to Nazi Germany when he finds himself unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery in Paris. "Grossman again manages to make the past come alive, and his complicated investigator displays enough depth and frailty to warrant continued exploits, even without the series’ initial hook of a Jewish cop fighting for justice under the Nazis." — Publishers Weekly, starred review [...]

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Thriller Thursday (1/30/14 Edition)

Thriller Thursday (1/30/14 Edition)

You didn't really think we'd let a Thursday go by without sharing some of our favorite thrillers, did you?!

THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah writes taut, psychological suspense novels and her latest takes domestic horror to a new level when a woman is haunted by choral music only she can hear. “Absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word.” — Booklist, starred review

THE PAWNBROKER by Aimée and David Thurlo
In this new series, ex-special ops soldier Charlie Henry is settling into civilian life as the owner of the Three Balls pawnshop; that is, until his best friend is shot and puts Charlie on a mission to track down the killer. "...Hawaii 5-0 set in the Southwest should make for a popular series." – Library Journal

MORIARTY RETURNS A LETTER by Michael Robertson
In the next book in Robertson’s contemporary Baker Street mystery series, a desperate detective imitates Professor Moriarty to protect himself from a criminal and a century later, the lawyers answering mail at 221B Baker St. will pay. "You don’t have to be a Sherlockian to enjoy Robertson’s excellent fourth Baker Street mystery..." – Publishers Weekly, starred review

What's tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib. [...]

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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. 

THE WRONG GIRL
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! [...]

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