A couple of cozy mysteries will take the chill off this #ThrillerThursday: THE HAUNTED SEASON by G.M. Malliet In the fifth installment in the series, former-spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor must contend with his new role as a father as well as a murder all too close to home in Nether Monkslip. “As always, the mystery is […]
Malice Domestic has nominated quite a few excellent traditional mysteries for the Agatha Awards this year. We are especially excited about all of the fantastic Minotaur titles!
THE REAL MACAW
Donna Andrews (author of the 2002 Best Novel and the 1999 Best First Novel)
G. M. Malliet (author of the 2008 Best First Novel)
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
Louise Penny (author of the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Best Novel)
Best Historical Novel:
The winners will be announced at the 2011 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on April 28, 2012. We'll have our fingers crossed until then!
Well, well, well; if it isn't Monday. You've got a lot of nerve showing your face around here again, Monday...
Only kidding! It's going to be a GREAT week, I can feel it in my bones (or maybe that's just the lingering post-Midwinter exhaustion). Either way, we've got a few fun tidbits to kick things off for you.
- Minotaur swept the 2012 Dilys Award nomination list boasting four out of the five nominated titles! The Minotaur nominees are:
- I mentioned it last week, but I'm still tickled to see Talia and her librarian buddies pictured in Library Journal's recap of the RUSA awards ceremony. If you haven't seen it, take a look!
- Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, was featured in The New York Times on Sunday. Read the article, "Contradictions of the Heart," now.
- We're loving blogger Tiffany Gibert's literary outfits. So far she's recreated the cover looks from SMUT by Alan Bennett and SKIPPY DIES by Paul Murray. I wonder what's next up her sleeve (or on it)!
And if you made it here from Unshelved, welcome! Feel free to poke around. We recommend our Books for Teens page and the About Us section. Also we would love it if you introduced yourself in the comments section.
The Top Ten
More of the Best
Eviction Notice by K'wan
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Excellent picks, Library Journal! If you readers want to see all of Library Journal's great picks from 2011, you can see their "best of" lists right here.
For four months running, Library Journal has been having a bit of a love affair with our mystery debuts. Every Mystery Debut of the Month from July through October has been a superb Minotaur title:
"This highly atmospheric and addictive thriller brings in elements that will entice both crime fiction and fantasy readers." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Yes, this is a true homage to Agatha Christie, but Malliet, like Louise Penny, brings a contemporary freshness to the traditional mystery." -Library Journal (starred review)
"With its rapid pace and wonderfully flawed detective, this vibrant novel has tremendous appeal." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline." -Library Journal (starred review)
Excellent picks, Library Journal.
The latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, is available today and if you or your patrons are as thrilled as we are, you might already be worried about what to read next. Well, worry not!
We were inspired by the excellent librarians on The Great Read-a-Like panel at BEA to offer a read-a-like of our own: a Louise Penny read-a-like. We've picked three books sure to offer the Penny fix you'll need.
1. WICKED AUTUMN by G. M. Malliet, available September 2011 from Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books.
Library Journal made WICKED AUTUMN Debut of the Month and in their starred review said, "Malliet’s hero shows his dogged determination to bring justice to his people. You’ll marvel at the author’s low-key humor and crystal-clear depictions of small-town life. Yes, this is a true homage to Agatha Christie, but Malliet, like Louise Penny, brings a contemporary freshness to the traditional mystery."
2. A MURDER IN TUSCANY by Christobel Kent, now available from Minotaur Books.
Publishers Weekly gave A MURDER IN TUSCANY a starred review and said, "Kent combines rich atmospherics and fully realized characters with a deceptively simple puzzle in her outstanding second mystery featuring Italian PI Sandro Cellini (after 2010's THE DROWNING RIVER). [...] The sleuth's ingenious detection of evidence pointing toward foul play portends a long and successful series run. Louise Penny fans will find a lot to like."
3. DEADLY THREADS by Jane Cleland, now available from Minotaur Books.
Kirkus Reviews introduces their review to DEADLY THREADS as follows: "The coastal town of Rocky Point, N.H., would be a perfect site for a thriving antiques business if it weren’t for the sky-high homicide rate." Sound a little like Three Pines to anyone else? And yes, I may have really wanted to post the cover for this book again, but this small-town cozy by two-time Agatha Award-finalist Jane Cleland will have you curled up and lost in the story before you turn the first page.