"Nothing makes me happier than finding that little-known or first-time author who really deserves to make it, and selling a boatload of their books -well, that and putting just the right books into each customer's hands.." jill
Sophie Hannah has been writing twisted psychological thrillers for years now, and her fan base just keeps growing.
In A Game for All the Family, Justine and her family move from London to the bucolic English countryside. Justine, a former TV executive, plans to do a lot of nothing in her new life - the exact opposite of her old one.
But Justine has only been in Devon a short while when her daughter's new best friend is expelled from school under odd circumstances and she herself starts getting threatening phone calls.
What's going on? Who is lying? Is there danger? You may not know until the very last page - and that, gentle reader, is classic Sophie Hannah.
This book is the #1 bestseller in the UK and the film rights have already been sold. The reviews are amazing, including a prediction that Behind Closed Doors could be one of the biggest books of the year.
Grace and Jack have a fairytale romance. Jack fell in love with Grace when he saw her caring for her sister Millie, who has Down syndrome. Grace fell in love with Jack when he was stepping in to dance with Millie when no one else did.
Except no - their life is a nightmare from which there is no escape.
And so it begins. This novel is a pulse-pounding page-turner that lives up to its hype.
If you loved Gone Girl (I know - all thrillers are now compared to Gone Girl, but I'm serious here), rush in for your copy of Behind Closed Doors. You can thank me later....
Reading The Gentleman is like reading a Victorian comedy of manners. I first laughed out loud on the fourth sentence.
Lionel Savage is a poet in Victorian-era London who marries for money when his butler lets him know he's actually broke. But as soon as he marries, all poetical thoughts abandon him and he's perfectly miserable. In his misery, he accidentally conjures the Devil (The Gentleman of the title). Shortly thereafter, his beautiful bride disappears and Lionel concludes he must have accidentally sold her to the Devil complaining of his loveless marriage.
Off he goes with a madcap group of characters on a swashbuckling, albeit ridiculous, mission to win her back. The inventor of a flying machine, near duels, an embarrassingly promiscuous little sister, a bookseller and an adventurous Buddhist - this novel has it all.
The very best part, however, is the first-person narration by the dramatic Lionel himself, with hilarious footnotes by his cousin-in-law cum editor, which basically make fun of and undermine our hero on every page.
English teacher, classics lovers and discerning readers everywhere - take head! The Gentleman is a must read.
It's hard to tell whether the abrupt changes and startling revelations in The Truth & Other Lies are due to the translation from German, or whether they were planned, but boy do they work to yank the reader from one reality to the next as everyone around kind, mild-mannered Henry Hayden begins to die or disappear.
Of course, we learn early on that Henry's not really so kind, actually not really anything that he seems.
A wildly successful author who doesn't write a word, Henry has a mistress he doesn't love and a wife he adores. He has a past he doesn't discuss and a present he hopes never catches up to him.
This book is smart, tongue-in-cheek and eminently readable, and is set to be published in more than 13 countries this year.
Repo Madness is the second humorous mystery that Cameron sets in Northern Michigan, and may just be the name of the TV show being developed from the novels.
Ruddy McCann, the infamous ex-college football star, ex-con and current repo man from Kalkaska is back in another madcap romp through our neck of the woods.
Unfortunately, all is not well with our man Ruddy - his fiance is moving to East Jordan, a new court-ordered psychiatrist is insisting he take his meds and his repo job is in jeopardy. And Ruddy finds himself missing the only thing he was sure he needed to be rid of - the voice of dead Realtor Alan Lottner, who seemed to have taken up residence in his head.
When a mysterious woman approaches Ruddy with the information that the tragedy that has ruined his life might be based on a lie, he sets out to set his reputation to rights, all the while bringing down a corrupt Traverse City banker, stopping a serial killer and winning back Katie's love.
Bruce Cameron has tons of fans here - long before he visited Saturn, his A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey had made him a bestseller, his TV show 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter had established him in California, and he had multiple book, movie and TV shows in the works. But when he chose to set his mysteries right here in our backyard (Gaylord is home to a few sketchy characters in this one, and Ruddy eats at Cafe Sante and Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City), and visit us for an amazing, hilarious event, he became one of this town's all time favorites. Don't miss Repo Madness - Ruddy McCann just keeps getting better!
I read this book because it takes place in part on a lake in Michigan, and also because Canin's America, America was such a hit and so beloved by serious readers.
A Doubter's Almanac follows several generations of a mathematically gifted family, but primarily the life of Milo Andret, who was born with unusual talents to a solitary family in the N. MI woods in the 1950s. Left to his own devices, Milo hones his gifts in the woods around his home, never realizing their extent until he's accepted to UC Berkeley in the '70s. California indulges both his budding ambition and his budding experimentation - with his research, but also with alcohol, drugs, and women. When he solves one of mathematics’ 'unsolvable' problems, Milo is hailed as a genius and a legend.
But genius often has its dark side, and Milo's dark side will be his undoing - with his research, with his career, and ultimately with his family.
This is a sad story of a legacy of genius and madness that grips generations of Andrets, and Canin draws us in with the gift of a master storyteller. Is it possible to know enough - or possible to know too much? A Doubter's Almanac poses this question so skillfully that you'll find yourself ruminating long after you turn the final page.
This tense thriller is written in two voices, the 'Before' voice is Heather's. Edie is the first girl at school who is willing to befriend awkward, overweight Heather. And in return Heather idolizes the beautiful, talented Edie. Until one night...
Heather's story creeps forward, alternating with that of Edie's.
Edie lives in London now, and she's about to have a baby. But the events of her teenage years are never far from her consciousness. So one night when she opens her door and finds Heather - the one person she hoped to never see again, Edie knows that her world is about to come crashing down.
As Edie's 'After' chapters move the current story forward to its inevitable ending, Heather's 'Before' chapters are filling in the grim backstory we need to get the whole picture.
A well-written novel about complicated adolescent friendships and coming to grips with the person we really are, Watching Edie is a provocative read that thriller lovers will surely enjoy.
This is the kind of thriller I absolutely love to read: one that has great characters, both good and bad and mostly somewhere in between, a fast-paced plot that I can't figure out how it will be resolved, and written by a first time author whose work I can introduce to other crime novel lovers.
Eddie Flynn is a bit of a hustler and con man, and that makes him an excellent criminal defense attorney.
One day Eddie's 'invited' into a limousine and told by the head of the Russian mob that they have his daughter, Amy, and that Eddie would now be defending an indefensible case against the mobster and killing the prosecution's star witness or he'd never see Amy again.
Can Eddie con his way out of this one, all the while making the Russians both trust him and pay for their audacity?
The Defense is one great read which I read in two big gulps one week. It's part early Grisham legal mystery, part Vince Flynn action thriller, and all parts good. Come get it!
I've been telling our mystery fans about the mother/daughter writing duo PJ Tracy for years now, and if you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, The Sixth Idea is a great place to start.
A coincidental meeting on an airplane reveals a historical connection between two passengers. Soon one will be killed and the other targeted.
Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth start working on the murder, only to discover a series of other, similar crimes with ties to the past. Of course Tracy's famous Monkeewrench Gang becomes involved, and soon everyone is starting to believe that their craziest hypothesis might just be right.
This is my favorite PJ Tracy book yet. It is national in scope, the action is unrelenting, and the storyline is, while far-fetched, also scarily plausible.
And, as always, if crimes like these are committed, I really hope that cops like Magozzi and Rolseth and geniuses like the Monkeewrench Gang are actually out there, watching our backs.
Mulhauser is a Petoskey native who now lives in N. Carolina, but he's set his novel in a town very like Petoskey in the northern lower peninsula.
Percy Jones has had to take care of her mother for as long as she can remember, and one stormy night she sets off to find her mother and instead stumbles upon two strung out people at Shelton Potter's cabin, both passed out on the floor. Since her mother must be around somewhere, Percy searches the house and instead finds a malnourished baby wailing in an upstairs bedroom with snow blowing onto her through an open window.
Almost without thinking, Percy takes the baby and begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse in which she must outrun both the storm and the violent men searching the woods for her.
Sweetgirl is a searingly sad story that unfortunately feels completely plausible as a glimpse into the way many people in N. Michigan survive.