Jill

"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

Thirteen: The Serial Killer Isn't on Trial. He's on the Jury. (Eddie Flynn #3) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250297624
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 28th, 2020

Every time I read Steve Cavanagh I like him more.
 
In Thirteen, a young movie star is accused of murdering his wife and a body guard. Eddie Kane takes the case against all odds and what he discovers is astonishing - and lethal.
 
Joshua Kane get to watch the trial for the murder he committed from the best seat in the court - the jury box!
 
This one reads fast and furious and is just crazy enough to be pure escapism.


Someone We Know: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525557678
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2020

There have been a few break ins - but nothing was taken. Then a letter circulates from a mother apologizing for her son - he's been snooping (read hacking their computers), but the letter is anonymous. The speculation begins. What secrets has this kid uncovered?
 
And then a wife goes missing - and her body turns up in a lake.
 
Who knows more than they're telling? Who can be trusted?
 
Lapena - bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest returns with another who-dun-it that will have you looking askance at the folks on the block.


Burn the Dark: Malus Domestica #1 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250306425
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Published: Tor Books - January 14th, 2020

There has been a lot of buzz and advance praise for this debut novel. Part horror, part fantasy, Burn the Dark introduces Robin, a punk You Tuber whose vlogs of her adventures in witch hunting are an internet sensation. What her many fans don't realize, though, is that her videos aren't staged and the witches are real.
 
S.A. Hunt lives in Petoskey following a stint in the military police, where they earned a Joint Services Achievement Medal for their efforts in Afghanistan. The second in the Malus Domestica series is available now, and the third will be published by Macmillan later this year.


The Chain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316531269
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 9th, 2019

Wow. The chain is like an evil chain letter crossed with a kidnapping for ransom.
 
You get a panicked call that a loved one has been kidnapped by someone who says their loved one has been kidnapped and their child will only be returned after you've paid the ransom for your child and kidnapped someone else to keep the chain going. And if you don't, your loved one will be killed and another will be kidnapped in their place.
 
Playing on every parent's worst fears, the chain works because everyone is afraid of the consequences of breaking it.
 
This is a blockbuster of a book that spools out like a movie as it's read. If psychological thrillers are your thing, come and get it, and move The Chain to the top of your 'to read' list.


The Animals at Lockwood Manor Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358106401
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 10th, 2020

This is a book set during WWII, but not about WWII, and that alone made me anxious to pick it up (I'm suffering from WWII fiction overload!).
 
In 1939, 30 year old Hetty Cartwright arrives at the venerable Lockwood Manor with the mammal collection from London's Natural History Museum. The museum was being dismantled and distributed around the countryside in an attempt to keep collections safe from the anticipated bombings of London. Hetty takes her job very seriously, despite being derided as a woman and barely tolerated by the Lord of the Manor.
 
It isn't long after her arrival that Hetty shares something with Lucy Lockwood - the daughter of the Lord and a young woman who was thought to be fragile. Hetty and Lucy both felt that things inside Lockwood moved around at night and that humans might not be responsible.
 
Bonded by their girlhood and sense of unease, the women become close. But it may not be enough to protect them from whoever is stalking Lockwood's corridors at night.
 
This is not a paranormal book, nor exactly a mystery. Debut author Jane Healey has given us a full-bodied read that will live in the imagination long after the final page is turned.

 


The Whisper Man: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250318008
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Published: Celadon Books - June 9th, 2020

Tom Kennedy, still reeling from the death of this wife, is finding hard to communicate with his young son, Jake.
 
Jake seems to be talking to imaginary friends and shutting Tom out completely. 
 
So the two move to another town, hoping for a fresh start. But they've chosen unwisely - the town's dark past included a serial killer who preyed on young boys and, despite the monster being locked in prison, another abduction has just occurred.
 
And then Jake hears whispering at his window...
 
This book is North's first novel - and before its release, its rights had already been sold in 18 territories around the world and to a major Hollywood directing team.
 
I sold our entire first shipment the day The Whisper Man published, and it seems our customers are devouring The Whisper Man just like thriller readers the world over.


Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

Gladwell, the author of five big NYT bestsellers, including The Tipping Point and Outliers, returns with Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don't Know. 
 
And in typical Gladwell style, he gives us an easily readable book chock full of examples and studies to illustrate his point - that we humans really aren't that good at "reading" each other's intentions and feelings.
 
From explaining how 'coupling' - circumstances plus action, not just one in a vacuum - must be taken into consideration, to 'transparency' - how we tend to take things at face value - to 'inherent truthfulness' - our tendency to believe what we are told until the opposite has just too much weight to ignore - Gladwell moves us through his thought process with examples ripped from the headlines.
 
He discusses how torture at Guantanamo Bay, Amanda Knox's study-abroad murder conviction, Ferguson police shootings, and the Penn State football program scandal were all affected by the way people perceived the motivations and actions of other people.
 
If you are interested in the way the world works, you owe it to yourself to read Malcolm Gladwell.


I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781439177730
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 2nd, 2014

This one might have passed me by if a customer hadn't raved about Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim.

A far-ranging thriller about an American spy who is called back from "retirement" when intelligence gets word of an inpending attack on the U.S.

Seemingly unrelated events - a murder in NYC in which the killer clearly used Pilgrim's book as a blueprint, the kidnapping of three people whose remains are found in a remote corner of Afghanistan, a biotech expert found eyeless in a junkyard in Damascus, and a billionaire whose death in Turkey was ruled an accident - all lead to one man and a furious race to discover his plot.

Very well conceived with hooks at every turn - I devoured this 600 page tour-de-force, and I think all thriller and espionage fans will, too!


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

We've sold Emily St. John Mandel's books for a long time, but for most of the world, she became a household name with the publication of Station Eleven, which sold 1.5 million copies in 32 languages. 
 
So with Station Eleven as her last novel, the pressure was on to turn in an amazing new novel. And she's done it with The Glass Hotel.
 
Nothing like Station ElevenThe Glass Hotel ranges from Vancouver Island to Dubai and tells the tale of seemingly disparate lives colliding - through a Ponzi scheme and through two disappearances at sea.
 
The vivid characters and their trajectories would keep you turning the pages even if there was no common thread because Mandel is a writer at the top of her game.
 
Many people will buy this book because they recognize the author's name. The store itself will keep them reading far into the night.


How Quickly She Disappears Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984805171
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

When Elizabeth was eleven her twin sister disappeared. And now married, with a young daughter and living in Alaska, a man appears who tells Elizabeth he knows what happened to her sister.
 
Obsessed with finding her sister and wracked with guilt that she had something to do with her disappearance, Elizabeth puts everything she holds dear in danger in order the connect with the dangerous stranger who might hold the key these many years later.
 
The stark, frozen Alaskan tundra sets a chilling tone for this twisted and dark tale of desperation.