Mystery & Thriller/Suspense - May 8, 2017

Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense

Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Mystery and Thriller/Suspense Insider newsletter is an assortment of book releases in the crime fiction genre - from cozy whodunits to tense, edge-of-your-seat page-turners.

This month we are featuring 2017's Edgar Award winners. Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgar Awards honor distinguished work in the mystery genre. For a full list of this year's nominees and recipients, go HERE.

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Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

Edgar Award Winner: Best Novel

On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens.

Under the Harrow
by Flynn Berry

Edgar Award Winner: Best First Novel

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can't return to her former life. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger (Publisher).

Rian Dogs
by Adrian McKinty

Edgar Award Winner: Best Paperback Original

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond (Publisher).

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale

Edgar Award Winner: Best Fact Crime

A deeply researched and atmospheric murder mystery of late Victorian-era London. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Kate Summerscale recreates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past (Publisher).

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
by Ruth Franklin

Edgar Award Winner: Best Critical/Biographical

Still known to millions only as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone. Now, biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Publisher).

by Wesley King

Edgar Award Winner: Best Juvenile

A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything (Publisher).

Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

Edgar Award Winner: Best Young Adult

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke, a 'finder' of black market goods, is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl (Publisher).

The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery
by Charles Todd

Edgar Award Winner: Mary Higgins Clark Award

A wounded officer is brought to an aid station where WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford attends to his injuries. When Bess discovers that the soldier is from Alsace-Lorraine - a province bordering both France and Germany. But before anyone can ascertain which side of the war the officer's sympathies lie, he disappears in Paris, with Bess risking her own life to find out more.