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  • BN Editors 8:00 pm on 2019/12/03 Permalink
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    Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ Favorite Mysteries & Thrillers of 2019 

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    For a certain type of reader, no book satisfies like a puzzling mystery or a breathless thriller: the season gumshoe assembling painstaking clues, the military veteran racing to get his man. We know our readers can’t get enough of these books, so when it came time to sit down and list the standout mysteries and thrillers of 2019, we decided to turn to our seasoned team of booksellers for help. These are our bookseller-approved reads—every one a sure bet. (Explore all of our booksellers’ 2019 favorites.)

    This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger
    A beautifully crafted story of four orphaned children—the irrepressible Odie O’Banion and his brother Albert, their friend Mose, and the mysterious Emmy, who escape from a terrible Minnesota institution called the Lincoln School and embark on a journey across the US during the Great Depression. This one manages to feel at once fresh and timeless, and will appeal to fans of Where the Crawdads Sing. B&N’s Exclusive Edition features a bonus essay by the author, along with archival photographs that help bring some of the history behind the novel to life.

    The Bitterroots, by C. J. Box
    Cassie Dewell is done being a sheriff’s investigator and is striking out on her own with a private practice. The last few years have been tough on her, and she relishes finally being her own boss. But things get complicated when an old pal asks Cassie to help prove the innocence of a man, part of a prominent Montana family, the Kleinsassers, who has been accused of assault. Although up on first glance this seems like an open and shut case, before long Cassie begins to realize that the accused is the black sheep of the family, and many of its members seem dead-set on his conviction. The deeper she digs into the past to find the truth, the darker and more malevolent this family’s roots grow.

    Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman
    This gorgeous, cross-genre masterpiece set in 1960s Baltimore features Maddie Schwartz, a discontent housewife who casts her seemingly idyllic life aside in order to make a difference in the world and pursue a life that matters. Her ambition leads her to become an investigative journalist, and she grows fixated on solving a murder that saw little-to-no media coverage: that of Cleo Sherwood, a young black woman whose body was found in a public fountain. As her investigation deepens and becomes increasingly obsessive, Maddie unknowingly begins to put those around her at risk, including the police officer with whom she is having an affair. If you loved Lippman’s previous standalone stunner, Sunburn, prepare to be dazzled again.

    Blue Moon, by Lee Child
    Jack Reacher is once again restlessly moving around the country in Child’s 24th novel following the oversized, highly intelligent former army cop. When he happens upon a mugging, he steps in in classic Reacher fashion, saving an elderly man named Aaron Shevick from losing an envelope full of cash being stolen. Reacher helps the old man home and learns the Shevicks are in deep with a loan shark due to their unmanageable medical bills. While in the background a turf war breaks out between the Ukrainian and Albanian gangs, Reacher takes up for the Shevicks, and as the stakes get higher he recruits a few allies and brings the fight to the criminals the way only Jack Reacher can—with surprising wit and bareknuckle action.

    The Guardians, by John Grisham
    John Grisham returns with a taut thriller that opens with the murder of a small town lawyer in Seabrook, Florida, more than 20 years in the past. The shocking killing offers few clues, but the police eventually arrest Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once the lawyer’s client. There is little doubt that Quincy has been framed, but for decades he languishes in prison without hope—until one day he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, an innocence group run by attorney and minister Cullen Post, who is also the firm’s only investigator. Post takes on Miller’s case, and soon finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous game as the powerful forces that framed Miller in the first place intend to prevent justice from finally being served—even if it requires another dead lawyer turning up dead.

    The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly
    Michael Connelly reunites the winning team of Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard, as Bosch attends the funeral of his one-time mentor, John Jack Thompson, and receives a surprising gift from Thompson’s widow: a murder casefile Thompson took with him when he retired from the LAPD two decades before. The cold case inside involves a young man killed in an alley known to be used by drug dealers. Bosch decides to honor his mentor’s legacy and brings the case to Ballard for help—but as they dig into the evidence, Bosch begins to wonder if Thompson made off with case file because he wanted to solve a crime—or cover one up.

    A Better Man, by Louise Penny
    Things are in an awkward place for Chief Inspector Gamache in the 15th novel in Louise Penny’s unsurpassed series. Gamache is taking up the reins in his new position as head of homicide, after his recent demotion from head of the whole force. To make matters even touchier, he’s now working alongside his former subordinate, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Although he’s being viciously attacked on social media, Gamache focuses on the task at hand: Finding a woman, Vivienne Godin, who has gone missing. The further he goes in his search, the more he finds himself sympathizing with Vivienne’s agonized father. The father of a daughter himself, Gamache finds it difficult not to put himself in the man’s shoes, and ask himself what he would do. When a body turns up, the question becomes even more urgent, and the answer more unsettling.

    A Minute to Midnight, by David Baldacci
    David Baldacci’s second Atlee Pine novel follows the FBI agent back to her rural Georgia hometown, where she’s retreated from a professional setback to investigate the decades-old disappearance of her twin sister Mercy. Just as she begins to dig into the deeply-buried past, a woman is found dead—murdered ritualistically and dressed in a wedding veil. A second victim follows, and Atlee finds her search for her own truth complicated by the urgent need to stop a serial killer before they strike again.

    Cemetery Road, by Greg Iles
    If books that combine twisty puzzles and deep, dark secrets tend to float to the top of your reading pile, Iles’ latest is your perfect pick. Marshall McEwan escaped Bienville when he was young, heading off to Washington, D.C., to become a journalist. When his father’s death and his family’s struggling newspaper force him to return home, Marshall finds a transformed town flush with sketchy money and controlled by Max Matheson’s shadowy Bienville Poker Club—and discovers his old flame Jet has married Max’s son. After Max is implicated in the murder of his wife, he insists Jet serve as his defense lawyer. She secretly teams up with Marshall to investigate the whole web of lies, corruption, and murder, acting as a confidential informant to the journalist. Soon, the whole town seems to turn against Marshall, refusing to deal with the horrifying truth he’s threatening to reveal. The B&N exclusive edition includes a note from Greg Iles to his readers.

    These are the mysteries and thrillers Barnes & Noble booksellers loved in 2019. What would you add?

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  • BN Editors 11:00 am on 2019/11/05 Permalink
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    Masters of the Genre: Four Renowned Mystery and Thriller Authors Share Their Book Recommendations 

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    Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Louise Penny, and Ruth Ware: These mystery and thriller authors are household names whose bestselling books have captivated readers across the globe. And now, to help readers discover even more riveting, edge-of-your-seat mysteries and thrillers, Barnes & Noble has asked each of these masters of the genre to recommend a 2019 release from an emerging mystery or thriller writer they love.

    If you’re a thriller enthusiast hoping to diversify, or if you’re searching for a holiday gift for a mystery fan who might like to expand their tastes with new, off-the-beaten path novels with impeccable bona fides, you’ve come to the right place. It’s hard to go wrong with books that represent the best, as chosen by the best. Here are four new books to have on your radar.

    Michael Connelly, the bestselling author of over thirty novels and creator of the famous Harry Bosch series, chose:

    Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha
    The author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy’s latest novel, Your House Will Pay, is a taut and suspenseful read about racial tensions in Los Angeles that follows two families grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.

    John Grisham, the master of the modern-day legal thriller who has penned a new novel every year since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, chose:

    Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke
    Heaven, My Home is a captivating crime novel following Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he hunts for a missing boy—but in truth has a different target in mind: the boy’s white supremacist family. Attica Locke is the author of Bluebird, Bluebird, which won the Edgard Award for best novel in 2018 as chosen by the Mystery Writers of America.

    Louise Penny, author of the internationally bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, chose:

    The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves
    From the bestselling author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series, The Long Call is the first of a new, gripping series that sees Detective Matthew Venn drawn back to his past by a mysterious death.

    Ruth Ware, whose In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 launched her to international fame as one of the world’s premier thriller writers, chose:

    The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan
    Gilly Macmillan, the bestselling author of What She Knew, returns with a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

    Customers can find the Masters’ Selection titles in their local Barnes & Noble, alongside the latest books by the Masters themselves, or at BN.com.

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  • Jeff Somers 4:24 pm on 2018/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: , andy carpenter, , , Deck the Hounds, , , , michael connelly, , otto penzler, , , The Big Book of Female Detectives,   

    October’s Best New Mysteries 

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    October is a month for scares and thrills—but there are scares and thrills in the world that have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins. This month’s best mysteries are here to get those goose-pimples popping and those neck hairs rising without a single witch, vampire bat, or werewolf necessary.

    November Road, by Lou Berney
    Berney spins a karmic tale about a mob fixer named Frank Guidry working in New Orleans in 1963. Guidry snips loose ends for his boss Carlos Marcello, violently if necessary. He gets the job of leaving a car in a Dallas parking lot, and after President Kennedy is assassinated he realizes he provided a getaway vehicle for the real shooter—and worse, now he’s a loose end. Trailed by Marcello’s top hitman, Guidry flees and meets up with Charlotte Roy, an unhappy but steel-tipped housewife escaping an abusive husband. As the tension rises, the two find themselves making a surprisingly effective team as they seek to survive in different ways.

    Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales, by P.D. James
    This cunning assortment of previously uncollected stories from the indomitable author of Death Comes to Pemberley is filled with tales of crimes committed long ago, complete with the chilling rationalizations that so often accompany them. Take a deep dive into the heart of a killer, and explore the push-pull in the minds of murderers, witnesses, orchestrators of the perfect crime, and unwitting victims. James’s formidable talent shines even more brightly in her shorter works.

    Deck the Hounds (Andy Carpenter Series #18), by David Rosenfelt
    Rosenfelt’s 18th Andy Carpenter novel brings Christmas to Paterson, New Jersey. Andy tries to help out a homeless man named Don Carrigan, offering the veteran and his dog the Carpenter garage apartment during the cold weather. But when Don is arrested for murder, Andy finds himself taking on a new legal client. There’s a sniper working in the area, and Andy quickly finds himself dealing with a blood-curdling series of crimes that put both Don and Andy’s lives in danger. Rosenfelt’s characters are as warm and bighearted as ever, and the holiday setting makes this a great gift for the person who has everything, especially the previous 17 Andy Carpenter books.

    The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny
    Anyone looking to skim the cream of mystery fiction need look no further—between them, guest editor Penny and series editor Otto Penzler offer up twenty of the absolute best from the famous and the soon-to-be. Penny’s thoughtful selections feature fantastic short fiction from Michael Connelly, Martin Limón, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Andrew Klaven, Paul D. Mark, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Bourelle, and twelve others. The choices run the gamut from surprising reinventions of the genre to masterful exercises in the genre’s traditional beats and pleasures.

    The Big Book of Female Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler
    The legendary Otto Penzler continues his popular ‛Big Book’ series with a deep dive into detective fiction with a decidedly female-first focus; considering the current climate, the timing for such a book couldn’t be better. With authors including Agatha Christie (who offers up a delightful Tommy and Tuppence mystery), Marcia Muller (who contributes a Sharon McCone adventure), Phyllis Bentley, Charlotte Armstrong, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Mignon G. Eberhart, this anthology once again demonstrates why Penzler is the most reliable editor working in the mystery genre today.

    October isn’t just a month of tricks and treats—it’s also a month for gumshoes and gimlet-eyed private detectives. Which mysteries will you be reading this month?

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  • BN Editors 8:48 pm on 2015/09/23 Permalink
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    Exciting New Fall Releases 

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    We love summer, and few things are as satisfying as lazing on the beach with a great book, but we must admit, we’re thrilled it’s finally fall again. Cooler weather brings the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a warm cup of cider and an engrossing book. Here are eight releases coming over the next few months that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

    Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
    Grisham is a master, and in Rogue Lawyer, he’s created one of his most memorable characters ever: Sebastian Rudd, the title character—sarcastic, brilliant, and single-minded in his pursuit of justice for his clients, who tend to be the sort that everyone else has given up on. Rudd’s tendency to stick his nose in cases no one wants him pursue requires him to employ a full-time body bodyguard, and he never sleeps in the same place twice. His current cases, including the defense of a mentally-challenged young man accused of killing two small girls, aren’t going to make him any more popular. A can’t-catch-your-breath read from one of the best.

    See Me, by Nicholas Sparks
    Sparks is at the top of his game in this deeply human story of starting over and dealing with life’s complexities. Colin Hancock’s past is filled with violence and bad decisions, but he’s committed to turning over a new leaf, pursuing a teaching degree, and living a quiet existence. When he meets Maria Sanchez—a successful lawyer with her own dark past—love springs up despite their mutual hesitation. Their affection is challenged by past secrets, even as ominous events in the present that push them to the breaking point. This deeply emotional book once proves that Sparks understands human nature and relationships as well as anyone writing today.

    Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith
    The third Cormoran Strike novel kicks off with a gruesome bang as a woman’s severed leg is delivered to the inspector’s office, kicking off a classic mystery (no pun intended). Strike quickly identifies four possible suspects from his past who could be behind such a heinous act. While the police pursue a lead he increasingly believes to be a cold one, he must pursue the likelier culprit himself, even as increasingly violent events increase the pressure. Once again, J.K. Rowling proves that even under an assumed name, she’s a crackerjack plotter, consummately skilled at grabbing readers and refusing to let them go.

    The Crossing, by Michael Connelly
    Nobody does crime novels like Michael Connelly, and the seasoned author’s newest work is on pace to continue his never-miss legacy. Half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch try to take it easy, they really do. Yet somehow they always manage to end up right in the thick of L.A.’s hairiest criminal investigations. The ex-LAPD detective and the Lincoln Lawyer find themselves in the red zone once again when Mickey asks Harry to use his insider knowledge of LA’s finest to root out corruption. Bullets fly, tempers flare, and bonds are tested in the latest tour de force read from one of crime fiction’s greatest contemporary authors.

    Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham
    Coming on the heels of last year’s 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush, comes another consideration of George H.W. Bush’s presidency. Meacham casts new light on the career and legacy of one of our most-soft spoken, resolute politicians, a man whose single-term presidency was, at the time, overshadowed by the controversial men who proceeded and followed him into the Oval Office. Through countless interviews and unparalleled access to Bush’s personal diaries, Meacham has assembled a revelatory look at a man who is increasingly considered one of the last great leaders of an earlier era.

    Binge, by Tyler Oakley
    New media star Tyler Oakley commands a huge audience online, and he hasn’t let his platform go to waste. A warrior for social causes and an LBGTQ advocate, he’s dedicated himself to making the world a better place—and a funnier one. In this candid, hilarious essay collection, he shares the weird, wild, and wonderful stories of his unusual journey to fame, from Hulking out at the Cheesecake Factory, to crashing a car with his entire high school as witnesses, to getting violently ill all over a kindly grandmother. The unofficial spokesman for the no-filter generation, Oakley bares it all, and we couldn’t love him more for doing so.

    The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King
    The Master of Horror takes a break from novel-length fiction for a short story collection binding up 20 pieces of prose and poetry with personal essays that reveal what inspired their creation. The stories prove King is only getting better with age, as he explores mortality, regret and general human frailty through a lens smeared with a touch of the supernatural and the fantastic. We love King’s novels, but he might be even better in brief, and that’s really saying something.

    The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom
    The author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven returns with a novel starring one of the year’s most singular, unforgettable characters. Frankie Presto is verifiably the greatest guitarist of all time (just as Music itself, our narrator). A war orphan shipped off to America with nothing to his name but an old guitar and six precious strings, Frankie’s travels take him across the radio dial of music history, from the jazz era to the birth of rock and roll. Along the way, he meets famous figures from Hank Williams, to Elvis, to KISS, and becomes a star himself—before he realizes that his (literal) gods-given talent has the power to alter the destinies of those around him. It’s another heartfelt reminder from Albom that every person you meet has the power to change the world.

  • Monique Alice 8:49 pm on 2015/07/27 Permalink
    Tags: , friction, library of souls, michael connelly, the crossing, , , welome to night vale,   

    7 Big 2015 Releases to Look Forward to Now That Go Set a Watchman is Here 

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    For months, lit lovers everywhere were on pins and needles anticipating the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Before the long-awaited book hit store shelves, speculation ran rampant. Readers wondered how the world of Scout Finch and Boo Radley would change with the publication of the new (or is it the old?) novel—a question sure to be debated for years to come now that the book is finally gracing nightstands everywhere. But no matter how opinions of the new Lee novel might diverge, we know one thing: now that it’s finally here, it’s time to turn our thirst for new releases toward these exciting upcoming reads.

    Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami (August 4)
    Murakami lovers are barely able to contain their excitement at the first U.S. release of his two earliest works, just coming back into print after 30 years. Fans of A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance will recognize Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 as prequels to those well-known classics, and Murakami newcomers will have the pleasure of reading the novels in sequence. Whether considered in the context of his more familiar works or as standalone stories, these compelling short novels won’t disappoint.

    Friction, by Sandra Brown (August 18)
    Bestselling author Sandra Brown is at it again with her newest nail-biter. Friction is the story of Texas ranger Crawford Hunt’s struggle to regain custody of his daughter, Georgia. In the wake of a years-long bender after the death of his wife, Crawford must prove to Judge Holly Spencer he is a changed man who’s ready to be a good father. The plot thickens when a masked gunman bursts into the family courtroom and tries to end Holly’s judgeship for good. Full of Brown’s trademark plot twists and romantic tension, this book is poised to continue the author’s career-long bestselling streak.

    Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart (September 1)
    Critics are hailing this edge-of-your-seat romp as another bullseye for bestselling author Stewart, and the Internet is abuzz with anticipation. Gunslinging gangsters, loads of dry humor, and a passel of no-nonsense, pistol-packin’ women round out this fiery tale, which promises to deliver on its ample fanfare. We can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about.

    Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (September 22)
    More and more often these days, a book geared toward young adults manages to capture the imaginations of not-so-young adults everywhere. In recent years, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children swept the nation, spending a whopping 63 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and being lauded by critics for its vibrant characters and creative use of authentic vintage photographs. The series tells the tale of Jacob Portman, who follows clues about his murky family history all the way to an deserted orphanage on an island in Wales. What unfolds is a darkly glittering mystery that pulses with an eerie sense of urgency all the way to this third installment, which finds Jacob and his partner-in-crime Emma racing against time to save beloved matriarch Miss Peregrine.

    The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Millenium Series #4, by David Lagercrantz (September 1)
    If you obsessively devoured all three of the preceding Millennium novels, you might notice a major change on the dustjacket of the fourth: the author’s name. The much-lauded Stieg Larsson passed away in 2004, leaving millions of fans believing they’d read the last of hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander. So it marks a momentous literary occasion that the series has been entrusted to fellow Swede and accomplished author David Lagercrantz. Devotees of the brilliant Lisbeth and her shrewd journalist counterpart, Mikael Blomkvist, can hardly wait to see the duo team up again.

    Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (October 20)
    Few things manage to be both funny and terrifying, but this soon-to-be-released novel based on the wildly popular podcast of the same name pulls the combination off nicely. Night Vale is, to put it mildly, a very strange place. Things have a way of happening there that no one can quite explain, and everyone seems to be all right with that. (Since, you know, it’s not like they have a choice.) So when the lives of two Night Vale residents begin to converge inexplicably, no one is surprised, exactly. What is surprising is that, for once, a mystery in Night Vale might actually be solved.

    The Crossing, by Michael Connelly (November 3)
    Nobody does crime novels like Michael Connelly, and the seasoned author’s newest work is on pace to continue his never-miss legacy. Half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch try to take it easy, they really do. Yet somehow they always manage to end up right in the thick of L.A.’s hairiest criminal investigations. The ex-LAPD detective and the Lincoln Lawyer find themselves in the red zone once again when Mickey asks Harry to use his insider knowledge of LA’s finest to root out corruption. Bullets fly, tempers flare, and bonds are tested in the latest tour de force read from one of crime fiction’s greatest contemporary authors.

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