It’s time to get investigating! This thriller Thursday, we’re spotlighting a royal wedding in England where the Tsar is the target of conspiracies (and an assassin!), and a gripping story of police corruption. DANCE WITH DEATH: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas “Cyrus Barker, a tight-lipped and proper ‘enquiry agent’ and his assistant, […]
A deadly secret document in 1882 London + a homicide detective questioning her past and future = today’s Thriller Thursday! LETHAL PURSUIT: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas “He weaves in history—London especially comes alive—without it seeming like clumps of a school lesson and gives just enough background so that new readers aren’t […]
From the streets of Toyko, to 19th-century London, to Prohibition-Era Vermont, to Provence in the summertime, join us for today’s international edition of #ThrillerThursday! BLOOD IS BLOOD: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas A bombing injures private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker, leaving it up to his soon-to-be-married junior partner Thomas Llewelyn to find […]
We hope you enjoyed our Booze + Book Buzz at ALA Annual! For those who were #alaleftbehind, here’s everything we buzzed about: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS* by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825 KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206 FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS* by […]
Cosmic horror! Agatha Raisin! Murder in a brewery! Here’s what we’re reading this #ThrillerThursday: WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong “Wong’s wildly mind-bending third installment (after THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS) of the adventures of protagonist David Wong is filled with the humorous horror readers have come to expect. While […]
Three detectives across the centuries must solve the case in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks: HELL BAY by Will Thomas When two people are murdered during a secret government conference on a secluded island estate, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker must find the killer among the guests before it’s too late. “Thomas supplies plenty of suspects and […]
Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got several terrific mysteries, but first here’s the scoop on Anthony Award and CWA Dagger in the Library nominees: The 2015 Anthony Award nominees were announced and they include: Best Novel THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan Best First Novel INVISIBLE CITY by Julia […]
It’s ah-MAY-zing how much good stuff we’ve got happening today! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 for signings & giveaways, sign our birthday card and/or write us a special birthday wish, get your badge catified, and attend our many events! Read on for the full scoop: First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies 8:30-10:00am […]
Great news! Tulsa librarian Will Thomas's latest Barker & Llewellyn historical mystery, FATAL ENQUIRY, received a great review in Marilyn Stasio's New York Times Book Review mystery column this past Sunday!
“[A] Classic detective duo…. The best fun in this Big Boys’ Adventure Book is observing [protagonist Cyrus] Barker in action. An autodidact who keeps a French chef in his kitchen and rare penjing trees in his garden, he’s a formidable foe who applies the wits he was born with (and the subversive skills he acquires in Canton) in hand-to-hand combat.” — New York Times Book Review (read the full review here)
Additional praise for FATAL ENQUIRY:
“Recommended for historical mysteries enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and Sherlockians. Fans of Alex Grecian, Anthony Horowitz, and Charles Todd should take special note.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Readers will relish the appealing characters, clever twists, and colorful vision of late 19th-century London.” — Publishers Weekly
“Well-crafted and immersive, this a great addition to the to-be-read stacks of Thomas’ fans, as well as those of Alex Grecian and Anne Perry’s.” — Booklist
Don't miss Will Thomas at ALA Annual!
We love books (duh). And we love librarians (umm, duh!). So that means we double-love these books by librarians (and you should, too):
FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
Thomas's Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following and his latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives. “Recommended for historical mysteries enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and Sherlockians. Fans of Alex Grecian, Anthony Horowitz, and Charles Todd should take special note.” — Library Journal, starred review
Thomas works as a librarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) third entry in the late-18th-century historical mystery series, Will Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.
Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition. She is currently the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.
SWAY by Kat Spears
On sale September 16, 2014
In this hilarious and often poignant debut YA, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs, is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams in this Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist.
Spears works at the Library of Virginia where she organizes author appearances and other literary events.
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver. “An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp that will delight fans of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgie series with its wit, charm, and strong independent heroine. With its dash of romance, Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles.” — New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie
Weaver is the branch manager at Oberlin, the headquarters branch of the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana.
If you're going to ALA Annual, don't miss Will Thomas, Kat Spears, and Ashley Weaver on the “I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an Author! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author” panel!