After seven long years, we’re so excited to welcome the return of our favorite will they/won’t they get together couple, Reverend and PTSD survivor Claire and Chief of Police Russ, and their newborn son in HID FROM OUR EYES by Julia Spencer Flemming. But stresses and secrets are building between the couple, and now a […]
Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads! We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date! September 2015 #7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson August 2015 #2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny #5 […]
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 […]
Nominees for the 2014 Anthony Awards have been posted and we've got several spine-tingling mysteries on the list!
Best First Novel
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
Best Critical or Nonfiction Work
THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
Winners will be announced at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Congrats to all nominees!
Malice Domestic recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Agatha Awards and we're very proud to have five great traditional mysteries in the running:
Best Contemporary Novel:
THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
The winners will be announced at the 2013 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on May 3, 2014.
See the full list of 2013 Agatha Award nominees here. Congratulations to all nominees! [...]
The December Indie Next list was recently announced and we're thrilled that it includes so many wonderful Macmillan titles!
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
The eighth book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne series is also #2 on the November LibraryReads list and is celebrating a very special #BookBday today!
JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks
Bertie and Jeeves are back and in fine fettle, courtesy of Sebastian Faulks's homage to P.G. Wodehouse. Faulksie's done him proud: four outstanding starred pre-pub reviews. Well done, old chap!
THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER by Barbara Mutch
The great praise keeps coming in for this debut novel: "Rich in detail and subtle in its politics, this affecting novel tells a poignant, inspiring story." –Booklist, starred review
REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
In the bestselling author's most intimate autobiographical work to date, Auster describes his journey into adulthood through the postwar 1950s into the turbulent 1960s.
We're already halfway through the month, which means only two more weeks to nominate titles for the December list (due Nov. 1). Never fear! We're happy to help you whittle down the "To Read" pile with our favorite December books:
THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER by Barbara Mutch
This moving debut novel is a December Indie Next selection! Set in the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa, THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER tells the story of Cathleen, an estranged young woman whose only true companions are her diary and her housemaid's daughter. But one night changes everything and Cathleen must choose between conforming to society or finding the girl she has come to love as her own daughter. "Rich in detail and subtle in its politics, this affecting novel tells a poignant, inspiring story." – Booklist, starred review
Available on NetGalley. Email email@example.com (subject line: HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER) to get pre-approved for a galley.
ONCE UPON A LIE by Maggie Barbieri
In a dramatic departure from her Murder 101 series, Maggie Barbieri has written a gripping novel about one burnt out mother's desperate determination to protect her family's future by facing down her past. What starts out as a standard suburban mystery evolves into an unexpectedly riveting tale of ordinary cruelty and complicated heroism. "...Barbieri skillfully avoids tipping her hand until the last possible moment, leaving readers both breathless and unnerved by the novel’s conclusion." – Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
Available on NetGalley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: ONCE UPON A LIE) to get pre-approved for a galley.
THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
“The tortured relationship between literary lions and their liquor illuminates the obscure terrain of psychology and art in this searching biographical meditation…. Laing explores this rich topic through an unusual mix of biographical research, astute literary interpretation, and wonderfully atmospheric travelogue... The result is a fine study of a human frailty through the eyes of its most perceptive victims.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review. If that's not enough of an endorsement, Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert made it one of her picks saying, “Perennially astonishing authors framed by a perennially popular theme.”
Email email@example.com (subject line: TRIP TO ECHO SPRING) to get request an e-galley.
THE RED POLE OF MACAU by Ian Hamilton
Booklist called the exotic Ava Lee mystery series, “Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming,” and the third entry shows no sign of flagging. In THE RED POLE OF MACAU, Ava must rescue her half-brother Michael and his business partner Simon from a disastrous multi-million-dollar real-estate deal in Macau that could bankrupt them. When the developers turn out to be gangsters and kidnap Simon, Ava must use all her skills to outwit the gangsters, rescue Simon, and save her family’s future.
Available for download on Edelweiss.
For more December LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss.
The November LibraryReads list was announced today and two wonderful Macmillan mysteries cracked the top ten!
The #2 pick for November is THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming. This eighth book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series raises the stakes as the pair's latest case involving a missing teen puts a strain on their new marriage and the baby on the way. And coming in at #8 on the list is THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland, the latest novel featuring DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard. Brock and Kolla find themselves investigating a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London that just might be linked to another earlier tragic accident.
See the full November 2013 top ten list on LibraryReads.org.
Thank you to everyone who voted for these great books! Now it’s time to keep the momentum going! You can continue to help support them by promoting each month's selections in a featured display in your library. No space? No problem! LibraryReads provides FREE downloadable marketing materials, including flyers and online banner ads. It's like pushing the Easy Button.
It’s never too early to vote for LibraryReads titles! Nominations for the December list are due November 1. Remember to nominate early and nominate often!
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Friends, we know your "To Read" list is long and piles are high. We also know that the deadline to nominate titles for November's LibraryReads list is only two weeks away (Oct. 1). If you'll indulge us, we'd like to help you navigate those piles by sharing some of our favorite November books for your nomination consideration:
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
This starred Booklist review says it all: "This novel, the eighth starring Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne, is among the best in the series, combining steady action with complex, sympathetic characters and an immersive setting. Readers seeking tales of city crime reaching small towns will love the well-crafted setting and story but shouldn’t expect a cozy; there’s plenty of grit here.”
Update: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS is a December Indie Next selection!
AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch
“The upper-class amateur sleuth, an endangered species even in historical mysteries, is very much alive in Charles Finch’s charming Victorian whodunits.” —The New York Times Book Review. In the seventh book of Finch’s bestselling Victorian mystery series, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself.
We love thrillers. And in honor of that love we’ll be forcing our favorites on you, dear librarian, EVERY Thursday for #ThrillerThursdays. <Mwa ha ha!>
But first, the news:
Congrats to the two THRILLING Macmillan titles nominated for Crime Writers' Association Awards!
SHADOW OF THE ROCK by Thomas Mogford
for CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year
Winners will be named on October 24 at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 in London.
And now, for your enjoyment, our favorite spine-tingling, blood-curdling, full-of-mayhem Thursday reads: [...]