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Monday, February 17, 2014

March Titles That Might Be In Demand

March has some relatively big names coming out with new books. One I have been waiting for and two others that are on my reserve list.

Harlan Coben, my favorite author, comes out with Missing You. NYPD Detective Kat Donovan is gifted an online dating membership and while trolling through the pictures, sees a picture of the man who broke her heart - her ex-fiance. When she reaches out to the man in the profile, she uncovers an unspeakable conspiracy.

Carol Cassella, an author who is not as well know, comes out with Gemini. Cassella is a doctor and she writes medical suspense with some romantic suspense.Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital and a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital. Reese doesn't understand why no one claims her nor does she know what had happened to her patient on the operating table. As her patient keeps declining, the question of when to pull the plug where there is no family member to make the decision arrises.

C.J. Box has a new Joe Pickett coming out. Stone Cold  has Pickett investigating a rancher who has a killer and a person from Pickett's past working for him.

Chris Pavone has another thriller arriving. His last, The Expats, was a bestseller and Edgar Award winner. The Accident involves a mysterious, anonymous manuscript that people are willing to kill to prevent publication. It is said to be gripping and impossible to put down.

Another author waiting to make a bigger splash, Michael Robotham, gives us his newest, Watching You.  Marnie Logan feels like she's being watched.  Her husband Daniel hasvanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.  Daniel's explorations into Marnie's past led to realize that anyone who has ever gotten close to Marnie has paid an exacting price and now  O'Laughlin is next in line. This one is said to be commanding with an ending that will give even the most jaded reader a shock.

All these titles are ready for you to place a hold on them. Enjoy!  

Friday, February 7, 2014

March LibraryReads

The titles coming out in March that made the top 10 of librarians around the nation were announced this week. This month, 9 of the 10 are fiction titles. Many of those are by debut authors. Listed below they are:

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh. A debut novel for McHugh. Lucy's mother disappeared when she was young. When at 16, her friend goes missing and then is found murdered - Lucy begins to investigate. Somehow the pair are connected and Lucy finds her own family ties called into question. Just how important is family? The reviewer says this story is atmospheric and visceral, capturing the tone and feel of the Ozark area.

The Accident by Chris Pavone. Pavone, the author of last years The Expats, comes up with another intense suspense novel. Isabel, a literary agent, is targeted because of an anonymous manuscript that has landed in her hands. People are willing to kill to make sure it isn't published. All takes place in one day. The reviewer called it captivating.

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Another debut novelist. Sophie, a 29 year old lawyer gets pulled into working on a divorce case. This funny and well crafted story is told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers. The reviewer says it is engaging and humorous.

The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths. This is the 6th in the Ruth Galloway series. Galloway is a forensic 
 archaeologist who discovers what she believes to be the body of a long-dead murderess, her find becomes the subject of a TV documentary on Women Who Kill. Meantime in the present day, a young child has died and DCI Harry Nelson suspects he may have been murdered by his mother. The reviewer says it is one of the most addictive mystery series being written today.

Panic by Lauren Oliver.  This title is really a teen dystopian novel.  I don't know why it made the list, but it did so here it goes. It takes place in the dead end town of Carp, in the summer. Graduating senior play the game Panic where the reward is high but so are the risks. 

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante.  A prominent plastic surgeon is found dead under suspicious circumstances and police discover that he is a polygamist. The story is is narrated in alternating chapters by the three "wives" and the detective. The reviewer called it wholly captivating reading.

Gemini by Carol Cassella. Intensive care doctor Charlotte Reese receives an unidentified and comatose patient in the Seattle area hospital where she works. The woman was a victim of a hit and run, and is referred to as Jane Doe . The search for her family and the facts that caused this tragedy remain a mystery. This is a story of ethical dilemma combined with a love story. Interesting concept. The reviewer called it compulsively readable.

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth.  Rachel, a television reporter, is called to cover a missing girl story and discovers it is her best friend from high school. McBeth is another debut novelist and this novel has been compared to (you've guessed it!) Gone Girl. In the course of the investigation, she finds that perhaps she did not know Clara (the missing person) as well as she thought.

Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen. This is the 3rd in Laukkanen's Windermere - Stevens series. The state police- FBI agent duo find themselves reunited when people start dying around the country in what looks like contracted hits. Apparently war veterans are being turned into killers by a mysterious man.

Finally, the non fiction work - Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. It gives practical recommendations about using the Internet and social media to create a community. Said to be a very quick, enlightening guide to improving creativity and getting yourself out there in the world.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Edgar Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Edgar Award were announced last week. We have most titles in the library and the remaining two on order. The winners will be announced on May 1st so you have lots of time to read them and decide for yourselves.

Best Novel Nominees: Most of these authors are well known but there are a few surprises. I personally loved Ordinary Grace but am willing to bet that Penny gets it.

Sandrine's Case by Thomas H. Cook. In this title a college professor falls in love with his wife all over again...while on trial for her murder.
The Humans by Matt Haig. This title mixes genres when an alien is sent to earth to erase all evidence of the solution to dangerous technology and kill anyone who has seen the proof. 
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  This titles picture a small town in Minnesota in 1961, a young 13 year old boy and a murder. 
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. No nomination list would be complete without a title from her  Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. In this one, while beginning to shed light on an investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. 
Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin. John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. 
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy. Roy won the Edgar for Best First Novel with  Bent Road. She returns with this tale of a pair of seemingly unrelated murders which crumble the facade of a changing Detroit neighborhood.

Best First Novel By An American Author - Not sure on this one as I haven't read them all but I loved Reconstructing Amelia.

The Resurrectionist by Mathhew Guinn. A young doctor wrestles with the legacy of a slave “resurrectionist” owned by his South Carolina medical school.
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. When a casino heist goes bad, there are a lot of loose ends to tidy up. Loose ends like a million dollars and only 48 hours to find it. The Ghostman is sent into find the money and make sure the crime isn’t connected back to his employer. Only problem is he is in the Wolf’s territory now and he wants the Ghostman’s head in a bag; if they can find him.
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman. Brigid Quinn, is 59, a retired FBI agent who burned out after years of working undercover, disgraced because she killed an unarmed perp. She is pulled back into a case when she becomes convinced the man who confessed to the Route 66 serial killings is innocent.
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. A first rate spy novel featuring intelligence officer Dominika Egorova who is drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service and Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. 
A lawyer and single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter's life to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life before she supposedly committed suicide.

Best Paperback Original - totally unsure about the winner here except it is hard to believe that they will give it to Stephen King whether he deserves it or not.

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne. An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground . . . and his eleven-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes. This case reminds Hunter of his own childhood and past and present get mixed up in his head.
Almost Criminal by E.R. Brown. Tate MacLane, brilliant, miserable, and broke, becomes the front man for Randle Kennedy British Columbia’s most prolific producer of boutique marijuana. The necessary contacts to get the product across the border, make life difficult for Tate. Right out of the headlines.
Joe Victim by Paul Cleave. Joe Middleton has been accused of being the Christchurch Carver, a serial murderer. He can remember none of it but even more frightening is that people are trying to kill him.
Joyland by Stephen King. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder. This King work is a coming of age tale tinged with the bittersweet tang of nostalgia and the wistful remembrances of what was and what might have been.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood. At the age of 11, Jade Walker and Annabel Oldacre are convicted as juvenile offenders and co-conspirators in the brutal murder of a 4 year old girl (Chloe) in their community. A news story in Annabel's community brings Jade (now Kirsty Lindsay) face to face with Annabel (now Amber Gordon) and opens up a new chapter in their lives that threatens to unravel everything good they've managed to establish after their release.
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey. Nick Cooper is a 'brilliant' - someone gifted with exceptional extrasensory skills; a federal agent, Cooper's gifts render him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a 'brilliant' drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war.

OK - there you go. Match your impressions with against the Mystery Writers of America who will choose the winners.