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Category: Mysteries and Thrillers

10 Books to Read this Summer

by Melissa
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / June 02, 2017


The books you need in your beach bag this summer.
 

Salt Houses

by Hala Alyan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: May 2, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 320 pages
9780544192588 · cl

A stunning debut that spans several generations, Salt Houses is a gorgeous story that explores family, displacement, and identity.

“Moving and beautifully written, Alyan's debut chronicles three generations of a Palestinian family as they face two life-altering displacements—the first after 1967's Six-Day War, and the second following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait."Entertainment Weekly

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury

Available: May 2, 2017
$24.99 cdn · 720 pages
9781619634480 · cl

The highly-anticipated conclusion in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin is the perfect summer read: featuring high political stakes, page-turning action, and a captivating romance, this novel will keep you glued to the edge of your beach chair!

“If you want juicy romance, badass women (and men too!), politics (not the boring kind), magic, and unforgettable characters, then pick up this series ASAP.”PopSugar

 

Fake Plastic Love

by Kimberley Tait
Flatiron Books

Available: May 9, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 352 pages
9781250093899 · cl / 9781250154965 · pb

Debut Canadian author Kimberley Tait tells a Gatsby-inspired coming-of-age tale about 4 millennials as they navigate life after college in Manhattan—an ideal read for when you’re laying poolside.

"With sweeping nods to Fitzgerald and other writers of the Gilded Age, Tait's debut novel sparkles with vitality and conscience … Fluid, graceful, and unfaltering prose highlights this remarkable novel; relatable characters and themes complete the package."Publishers Weekly

 

God-Shaped Hole

by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Sourcebooks

Available: May 16, 2017
$23.99 cdn · 416 pages
9781492646945 · pb

Rediscover the novel that inspires readers to live, and love, as vividly as possible with this 15th-anniversary reissue! This beautiful love story will sweep you away.

"With wit and humor, the author brings these characters and their quirky, artsy friends alive. Bottom Line: You'll dig it"People Magazine

 

Come Sundown

by Nora Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 30, 2017
$38.99 cdn · 480 pages
9781250123077 · cl

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has a new novel on the horizon for you to fall in love with this summer! Written with Nora Roberts’ deft hand, the romance and suspense will keep you flipping pages until sundown.

“Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love. [Roberts] is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect."Kirkus starred review

 

Blackout

by Marc Elsberg
Sourcebooks

Available: June 6, 2017
$37.99 cdn cl / $24.95 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781492654414 · cl / 9781492658337 · pb

Looking for a thrilling read while you’re soaking up some rays? Pick up Blackout by Marc Elsberg! This terrifyingly plausible debut about an international hacker attack is sure to capture your attention.

"Fast, tense, thrilling - and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." Lee Child

 

The People We Hate at the Wedding

by Grant Ginder
Flatiron Books

Available: June 6, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250095206 · cl / 9781250154910 · pb

Summer is wedding season, so before you attend your next nuptials, make sure to check out this hilarious and entertaining novel about a dysfunctional family gathering together for a wedding, and the problems that ensue.

"Witty and completely absorbing, The People We Hate at the Wedding is family dysfunction at its best— full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" –Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author ofGirls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls

 

The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 27, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 416 pages
9780544968844 · cl

“Se7en” meets “The Silence of the Lambs” in this dark and fast-paced novel from J.D. Barker which follows an investigator as he races to find the final victim of a terrifying serial killer before it’s too late. This one will have you sleeping with the lights on!

"Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller." Library Journal

 

The Breakdown

by B.A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 18, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250122469 · cl / 9781250153029 · pb

From New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris comes another unforgettable, suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Publishers Weekly’s starred review calls it “another first-rate psychological thriller!”

"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." Booklist starred review

 

Glass Houses

by Louise Penny
Minotaur

Available: August 29, 2017
$33.99 cdn · 400 pages
9781250066190 · cl

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny is a master of mysteries, and her latest installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series will not disappoint! In Glass Houses, Gamache will confront new trials and face his own conscience. In a book that pushes the boundaries of the genre, Louise Penny’s latest can’t be missed.


10 Books to Read this Summer

by Brooke
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / July 07, 2016


The books you need in your beach bag this summer.
 

Truly Madly Guilty

by Liane Moriarty
Flatiron Books

Available: July 26, 2016
$34.99 cdn · 432 pages
9781250069795 · cl

Selected as Entertainment Weekly's "Best Beach Bet," this is the new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot and recent Reese Witherspoon productions recruit. It explores the aftermath of a summer barbeque gone wrong, and how sometimes we don't appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it's too late. 

"The author of Big Little Lies doing what she does best: unraveling people's public selves with an urgency that keeps you reading." - Glamour Magazine
 

The Weekenders

by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 17, 2016
$38.99 cdn cl / $20.99 cdn pb · 464 pages
9781250065940 · cl / 9781250109729 · pb

Told with Mary Kay Andrews's trademark blend of humour and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can't help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.

"This book has all the makings of a beach read… The perfect blend of drama, humor, intrigue, and just a touch of murder." - Bustle

 

Behind Closed Doors

by B. A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: August 9, 2016
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 304 pages
9781250121004 · cl / 9781250122162 · pb

Already a blockbuster bestseller in the UK and now an Indie Next Pick for August, this story of a seemingly perfect marriage is being coined as the psychological thriller you can't miss!

"A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive.… A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night." - Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

 

With Malice 

by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$25.99 cdn · 320 pages
9780544805095 · cl

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive, psychological YA thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the fatal and mysterious accident during her study abroad in Italy.

"Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller." - Booklist starred review

 

All Is Not Forgotten

by Wendy Walker
St. Martin's Press

Available: June 30, 2016
$37.99 cdn cl / $23.99 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781250097910 · cl / 9781250119681 · pb

An Indie Next Pick for July and another Reese Witherspoon scoop, All Is Not Forgotten is a powerful, psychological novel that takes on a controversial treatment that erases the memories of trauma victims, and all that can come to light when the past is trying to be recovered.

"Captivating and bold, Wendy 
Walker takes an incisive look at the importance of memory and the power of manipulation. Fascinating and at times shocking, All Is Not Forgotten is one book you won't easily forget. Not to be missed!" -Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

 

The Square Root of Summer

by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Roaring Brook

Available: April 22, 2016
$24.99 cdn · 304 pages
9781626723733 · cl

A stunning debut YA novel that the New York Times calls a "delectable romance," The Square Root of Summer follows Gottie's journey through love, loss, and even time travel.

"Novelist Harriet Reuter Hapgood's electric YA debut, The Square Root of Summer, reminds us that time is a healer." - Buzzfeed

 

Marrow Island

by Alexis M. Smith
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$33.00 cdn · 256 pages
9780544373419 · cl

The sleeper hit of the summer, Marrow Island has been selected as an Indie Next Pick for June, one of Bookriot's Most Anticipated Books of 2016, and by a long list of publications as a feature on their summer reading lists. The new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Glaciers, Marrow Island tracks a young woman's return home to investigate a secretive community that has mysteriously rescued an island devastated by natural and chemical disaster - as well as taken hold of one of her oldest friends.

"Smith's excellent command of language gives life to arresting characters and their creepy surroundings, keeping the suspense in this dark environmental thriller running high."- Elle Magazine's "19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About"

 

Everybody Behaves Badly

by Lesley M. M. Blume
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$39.00 cdn · 352 pages
9780544276000 · cl

For anyone craving a non-fiction summer read, this biography follows the captivating Ernest Hemingway and the true story behind his masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.

"[A] must-read.. In Lesley M.M. Blume's latest release, escape to the real-life world of Hemingway's groundbreaking piece of modern literature, The Sun Also Rises. The boozy, rowdy nights in Paris, the absurdities at Pamplona's Running of the Bulls and the hungover brunches of the true Lost Generation come to life in this intimate look at the lives of the author's expatriate comrades." - Harper's Bazaar

 

The Children

by Ann Leary
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 13, 2016
$37.99 cdn · 256 pages
9781250045379 · cl

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

"[Leary's] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed." - Publishers Weekly

 

I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places 

by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 12, 2016
$30.99 cdn · 320 pages
9781250059956 · cl

If you're looking for a light and humourous beach read, Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. 

"The perfect book to pass from mother to daughter." - Booklist on the previous book in the series, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?


This Summer’s Best Beach Reads

by Alisha
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Gift & Stationery + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / July 29, 2015

 
Searching for the perfect book to dive into this summer? These page-turners are some of our best reads to tote along in your beach bag. Warning: apply copious amounts of sunscreenyou won’t be able to put them down.
 

ADULT PICKS
 
 
  
 
Chevy Stevens
St. Martin's Press
Available Now
 
Chevy Stevens is back with this year’s must-have summer thrillera powerful, emotional story of survival and revenge (now a Globe and Mail bestseller!).
 
“This is Stevens’s best book to
  date.”The Globe and Mail
Jackie Collins
St. Martin’s Press
Available Now
 
No summer reading list is complete without Jackie Collins. In The Santangelos, she delivers an epic family saga, filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.
 
Read an excerpt here.
 

 

  

Kelli Estes
Sourcebooks
Available Now
 
Set in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.
Lisa Scottoline 
and Francesca Serritella
St. Martin’s Press
Available Now
 
This breezy, laugh-out-loud beach read by mother-daughter team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella “takes the…cake for best title of the summer.”USA Today

 

  

Stephanie Clifford
St. Martin’s Press
Coming Aug 18
 
Stephanie Clifford's "superb" debut
is “a 21st century version of a grand 19th century novelsmart, moving tale of class, ambition, and identity" (Malcolm Gladwell).
 
Look for it on the People, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping summer reading lists.
 
 
 
 
 
Louise Penny
Minotaur
Coming Aug 25
 
Celebrate 10 years of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series with her newest installment, The Nature of the Beast.
 
“Splendid . . . Penny's books mix some   classic elements of the police      
  procedural with a deep-delving
  psychology, as well as a sorrowful
  sense of the precarious nature of
  human goodness, and the
  persistence of its opposite.”The
  New York Times on The Long Way
 

TEEN PICKS
 
 
  
 
Jillian Tamaki
Drawn & Quarterly
Ages 14 and up
Available Now
 
Art School Confidential meets X-Men” (The Globe and Mail) in Jillian Tamaki’s newest graphic novelone of TPL’s top 10  "Summer Reads for Teens".
 
 
 
 
Mary E. Pearson
Henry Holt and Co.
Ages 14-18
Available Now
 
The 2nd title in the New York Times bestselling Remnant Chronicles does not disappoint: "It's rare that the second book in a series is as good—or perhaps better—than the first, but that's the case here.  Anticipation for the next volume will start as soon as this one is put down."Booklist starred review 

 

  

Ali Novak
Sourcebooks
Available Now
 
Ali Novak (My Life with the Walter Boys) delievers “a fun summer romance that doesn’t shy away from the deeper issues of family, illness, and self-discovery” (School Library Journal).
Natasha Preston
Sourcebooks
Coming Aug 4
 
Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar.
 
 
 

KIDS PICKS
 
 
 
John Wang and Holman Wang
Chronicle Books
Ages Infant-3
Available Now
 
Jedi apprentices, little princesses, and Star Wars fans of any age will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga (a Today’s Parent summer reading pick).
Gilad Soffer
Feiwel and Friends
Ages 2-5
Available Now
 
If your vacation isn’t going entirely swimmingly, Duck’s Vacation will give you a laugh. This fun, interactive read will entice kids (and young-at-heart adults) to turn the pages over and over.

 

 

Beth Ferry,
illustrated by Ben Mantle
Chronicle Books
Ages 3-5
Coming Aug 4
 
While we hope your holiday is shark-free, trouble comes in all shapes and sizes in this picture book about a first pet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Ages 9-14
Available Now
 
This action-packed mystery is the perfect page-turner for middle-grade bookworms.
 
"Full of heart and replete with
 challenging ciphers for readers to
 decode, Bertman's debut is literary
 cousin to classic puzzlers likeThe
 Westing Game, and a story that
 values books and reading above
 other pursuits . . . sure to be popular
 with voracious readers."Publishers
Weekly, starred review
 

If one book isn’t enough (and let’s face itit never is), these bookish totes will help you carry your haul:
 
 
      
 
 


Ausma Zehanat Khan Toronto Book Signing

by Dan
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + News / January 19, 2015

Join Canadian author Ausma Zehanat Khan for the launch of her critically acclaimed debut novel The Unquiet Dead, 6:00PM on January 28th at Ben McNally Books in Toronto.  

Ausma holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law (with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans), and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. The Unquiet Dead, published by Minotaur last week, is a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice. Described by the Associated Press as "an outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten," it will linger with readers long after turning the final page.

The Unquiet Dead Book Launch
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street, Toronto

Wednesday, January 28 | 6:00 PM 

 

 

Praise for The Unquiet Dead:

"This whodunit is layered into events as recent as the Maher Arar affair or Toronto’s fears of “homegrown” urban terrorists. Khan, who holds a Ph.D. in international human-rights law, knows her subject, knows her hometown, and knows how to keep the suspense building. This is a writer to watch."
Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail 

"An intelligent plot and graceful writing make "The Unquiet Dead" an outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten."The Associated Press

"Khan is a refreshing original, and The Unquiet Dead blazes what one hopes will be a new path guided by the author's keen understanding of the intersection of faith and core Muslim values, complex human nature and evil done by seemingly ordinary people."Los Angeles Times

"Khan’s stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters who force readers to join them in dealing with ugly truths."Kirkus Reviews


New Releases: August 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Business & Careers + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Humour / July 28, 2014

Next month brings new books from Canadian authors Louise Penny and Guy Delisle, as well as international favourites Charles Cumming, Terry Goodkind, John Scalzi, and a certain Grumpy Cat. Here's our August preview of some of the big new books available from Raincoast:

FICTION

MYSTERY & THRILLERS

Indie Next List August 2014

A Colder War

Charles Cumming

A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A Foreign Country and The Trinity Six.

A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence. Then MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate.

Available August 5

"It’s hard not to root for a character like Kell—deeply cynical but still very much an idealist—and the bombshell plot twists toward the novel’s conclusion will have spy fiction aficionados eagerly awaiting the next installment."Publishers Weekly


★ Indie Next List September 2014

The Long Way Home 

Louise Penny

The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, How the Light Gets In.

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. But when his neighbour Clara Morrow tells him that Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home, he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow.

Available August 26

"The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover"Kirkus Reviews


Contemporary Fiction

Indie Next List August 2014

Small Blessings

Martha Woodroof

Readers will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.

A heartwarming story with a charmingly imperfect cast of characters to cheer for, Small Blessings' wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.


 

Available August 12


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

Severed Souls

Terry Goodkind

From Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth series, comes a sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world.

From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives… sooner rather than later.
 

Available August 5


The Bounty Hunter Code 

From The Files of Boba Fett

Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry

Legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett bound together two volumes of great personal significance: an edition of The Bounty Hunter's Guild Handbook, and a recruiting booklet issued by Death Watch, a secretive splinter group of Mandalorians. Together, these volumes make up The Bounty Hunter Code, detailing the skills needed to make a living beyond galactic law as well as the little-known history, philosophy, and gear of Death Watch. With notes from the books' former owners, this collection serves as a crucial guide to the bounty hunter's essential tools and techniques.

Available August 19


Lock In

John Scalzi

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

In the near-future, a highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. For its unlucky victims—nearly five million people in the US alone—the disease causes 'Lock In': a state of being fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. 

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as 'Haden's syndrome,' two FBI agents are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder, with a suspect who is an 'integrator'someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. Naming the murderer has never been more complicated. 

Available August 26

"Hugo-winner Scalzi (Redshirts) successfully shifts away from space opera with this smart, thoughtful near-future thriller resonant with the themes of freedom, ethics, and corporate greed."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 


NONFICTION

Humour

I Knead My Mommy

And Other Poems by Kittens

Francesco Marciuliano

Just when we all thought things couldn't get any cuter, from the author of the New York Times bestselling I Could Pee on This comes I Knead My Mommy, a book of confessional poems about the triumphs, trials, and daily discoveries of being a kitten. From climbing walls to claiming hearts, these little cats bare all in such instant classics as "And Then You Said 'No,'" "Ode to a Lizard I Didn't Know Is Also a Pet in This House," and "I Will Save You." With adorable photos of the poetic prodigies throughout, this volume gives readers a glimpse into their confused and curious feline minds as they encounter the world around them.

Available August 5


The Grumpy Guide to Life

Observations from Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky truth: Grumpy Cat. Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone's favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat's famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life will help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

Available August 5


Even More Bad Parenting Advice 

Guy Delisle

Laugh-out-loud anecdotes from the front lines of parenting.

Ever wanted to know how to be awarded the Best Dad in the Whole World? Guy Delisle has all the answers for you in these lighthearted, entertaining tales of parental mishaps and practical jokes gone wrong. Whether he's helping remove a pesky, wobbly, but not quite loose tooth or trying to win at hide-and-seek, his antics will resonate with every parent who has wanted to give a sarcastic answer to a funny question from their kid.

 

Available August 26


PERSONAL FINANCE

Build Your Family Bank 

A Winning Vision for Multigenerational Wealth

Emily Griffiths-Hamilton

A fresh and accessible guide to successful wealth transitionfor many generations.

Why do 70% of wealth transition plans fail? This is the question that Emily Griffiths-Hamilton sets out to answer in Build Your Family Bank, a book that looks closely at the core causes of wealth erosion and failed transition plans and offers a set of strategies for building successful wealth transition plans that will benefit many generations.

 

Available August 15


SCIENCE

Riveted 

The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Jim Davies

A sweeping look at the psychological and evolutionary reasons that everyone is drawn to religion, conspiracy theories, and the news.

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition.

Available August 5


Check out our August preview for kids, middle grade, and teens.


New Releases: March 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Current Affairs + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Humour / February 25, 2014

Oh my! There are so many brilliant books coming in out in March! Here's what's hot in fiction, nonfiction, and humour. Make sure you also take a look at our list of new releases for kids and young adults on our Kids & Teen Blog

FICTION

The Black-Eyed Blonde

LA Philip Marlowe Novel

Benjamin Black

Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of Raymond Chandler's originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction.

Available March 4

 


Be Careful What You Wish For 

The Clifton Chronicles #4

Jeffrey Archer

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases Jeffrey Archer's storytelling talents as never before—when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

Available March 11


Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler

Welcome to Little Wing.

It's a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends - all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town - it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. 

Available March 11


The Cairo Affair

Olen Steinhauer

Espionage master and New York Times bestseller Olen Steinhauer returns with a brilliant international thriller about the aftermath of a diplomat's assassination and his wife's relentless investigation.

Available March 18


Tempting Fate

Jane Green

From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Another Piece of My Heart and Family Pictures comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships… 

Available March 25


Lockstep 

Karl Schroeder

When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he’s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he’s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still—that he’s been asleep for 14,000 years. Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation.

Available March 25


The Midnight Witch

Paula Brackston

From Paula Brackston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch, comes a magical tale that is as dark as it is enchanting. Set in high society Edwardian England, a young witch faces the choice between love and loyalty to her coven…

 

Available March 25


NONFICTION

New in Paperback! 

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

George Packer

Available in paperback for the first time, The Unwinding is a critically acclaimed examination of a nation in crisis by one of the finest political journalists of our generation, George Packer.

 

Available March 4


Falling in Honey 

How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

Jennifer Barclay

Finding happiness in spanakopita and the sea, set in a dreamy Mediterranean landscape.

Available March 4


New York Jackie

Pictures from Her Life in the City

Edited by Bridget Watson Payne

As familiar as we are with images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the charming former first lady, fewer know the dynamic woman who called New York City home. Shortly after JFK's assassination in 1964, Jackie moved to Manhattan and lived there for the next three decades. This intimate collection of photographs celebrates her life in the city as a mother, book editor, style icon, and most of all, a New Yorker.

Available March 11


Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python

*History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, Religion, Literature, Latin, Transvestites, Botany, the French, Class Systems, Mythology, Fish Slapping, and Many More!

Brian Cogan and Jeff Massey

A comprehensive and hilarious guide to understanding the many Monty Python jokes and allusions.

Available March 18


How About Never – Is Never Good For You?

My Life in Cartoons

Bob Mankoff

A memoir in cartoons by the long-time cartoon editor of The New Yorker Bob Mankoff.

Available March 25


HUMOUR

Kids Are Weird

And Other Observations from Parenthood

Jeffrey Brown

The bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess brings his witty comic observations to terrestrial parenting in this perceptive book celebrating the more surreal moments of raising a child.

Available March 18


F This Test

Even More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

Richard Benson

From the same hilarious wellspring of failure as the bestselling F in Exams and F for Effort comes this all-new collection of inventively wrong-yet totally real-test responses by students who don't know the answer, but come up with something better instead.

Available March 18



Louise Penny #1 New York Times Bestseller

by Dan
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers / September 06, 2013

I may have told you this before, but I first met Louise Penny in an elevator. It was in a hotel during the author's festival, and she graciously held the door for me as I was rushing to meet one of Raincoast's authors.

It was, I'm sure, my first year here and she didn't know me from Adam. It didn't stop her, however, from introducing herself and her husband Michael, and chattingly merrily all the way down to the lobby. 

That chance meeting proved fortuitous the following year when I needed an endorsement for a book Raincoast was publishing. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale was the true story of a Victorian murder investigation, and even though I'd only met her the once, Louise seemed a perfect reader. Politely pretending to remember who I was, she kindly obliged and blurbed the hell out of it.

It felt like strange serendipity then, when I found out a couple of years ago that Raincoast was going to be Louise's Canadian distributor, and I was going to be assigned to her and the seventh Chief Inspector Gamache novel A Trick of the Light. 

We all felt a certain weight of responsibility when the book came out I'm sure—we all wanted it to do so well for Louise who had been so patient for success—but I think I felt it particularly keenly. I was pretty sure I owed her.

Fortunately the book was a great success, although it was a nail-biting few weeks. And the next book, The Beautiful Mystery, did even better.

Now, two years later, I'm no longer Louise's publicist but it still fills me great pleasure to see her new book, How the Light Gets In, debut at #1 this week on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list and #1 on the Bookmanager Hardcover Fiction list. With a sell-out event at the Toronto Public Library on September 17th, I couldn't be happier for her. And only MaddAddam has kept Louise off the #1 spot on Globe and Mail Fiction list this week, and I can't begrudge Margaret Atwood that too muchshe used buy books from my store, and kindly tell me what to read. I don't suppose she remembers though...  


Holy Orders by Benjamin Black

by Dan
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers / August 15, 2013

Holy Orders by Benjamin Black

Holy Orders is the latest Quirke novel—number six in fact—from bestselling author Benjamin Black, or, as I like to think of him, John Banville in a hat. 

When the badly beaten body of a young journalist is found in the canal, Dublin pathologist Quirke and his sometime partner Inspector Hackett find the investigation into his death obstructed Roman Catholic priest and a notorious, tight-lipped 'tinker' called Packie Joyce.

As with all the Quirke novels, the joy of Holy Orders, is not in the plot (the whodunit is almost beside the point), but in the stylish prose and vivid characterization of the gloomy, slowly disintegrating Quirke and his world—the rainy streets, smoky pubs, and dark apartments of Dublin in the 1950s.

There is an appropriately noirish tone to all Black's writing (the pen name is surely not a coincidence). The Dublin of the novel is secretive and claustrophobic, and the loneliness, fear, and impending violence that haunt Holy Orders comes to head an uncompromising, but satisfying ending that will leave readers anxious for the next book.

Crime fiction fans should be delighted that Black has penned a new Philip Marlowe story, The Black-Eyed Blonde, to be published in 2014.


Canadian Crime Authors Southwestern Ontario Crime Spree

by Dan
Events + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers / May 02, 2013

Four Canadian crime authors are joining forces this month to visit libraries in seven Southwestern Ontario towns — Woodstock,Orangeville, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Thornbury, and Orillia — for a literary crime spree.  

The Crime Tour authors are Hilary Davidson, Ian Hamilton, Robert Rotenberg, and Robin Spano. All four are relatively fresh faces on the crime-fiction scene, though they have 15 novels (count them!) published amongst them over the past four years.  

Evil In All Its Disguises

This is the second time Davidson, Hamilton, and Spano have toured together. In June 2012, they visited a series of libraries in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, from Vancouver to Squamish, with novelist Deryn Collier. Since Collier was unable to travel this year, the trio will bejoined by Toronto-based Rotenberg.  

“We are all writers who rage on the page,” says Robin Spano. “But we are really friendly in real life. Whether you're an aspiring writer looking for inspiration or you love books and are intrigued by what goes into their creation, we hope you'll come away having learned something.”  


The Events:  

Thursday, May 9,2013, Woodstock, ON, 2pm
Woodstock Art Gallery
sponsored by Woodstock Public Library
449 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON, N4S 1C2
519-539-6761
This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 9,2013, Orangeville, ON, 7pm
Centre Fellowship

375 Hansen Blvd., Orangeville, ON, L9W 0C2
519-942-9421
Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the University Women Scholarship Fund.

Friday, May 10, 2013, Cambridge, ON, 9:30am
Clemens Mill Library

50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge, ON, N1T 1W2
519-740-6294
This event is free and open to the public

Friday, May 10, 2013, Guelph, ON, 1pm
Guelph Public Library

100 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 4J6
519-824-6220
This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 10, 2013, Brantford, ON, 4:30pm
Brantford Public Library

173 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 2G8
519-756-2220
This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 11,2013, Thornbury, ON, 1pm
L.E. Shore Memorial Library

173 Bruce Street South, Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0
519-599-3681
This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 12, 2013,Orillia, ON, 1pm
“Murder and Mayhem on Mother’s Day at Manticore”
Manticore Books

103 Mississauga Street,Orillia, ON, L3V 1V6
705-326-7776
This event is free and open to the public.


About the Authors:

hilary davidsonHilary Davidson’s debut, The Damage Done, won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. It also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for an Arthur Ellis and a Macavity award. Her third novel, Evil in All Its Disguises, was released on March 5, 2013. Says the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Her voice is a freshand welcome addition to the noir landscape.”


Ian HamiltonIan Hamilton’s first novel, The Water Rat of Wanchai, won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. It was also chosen by Quill and Quire as one of the top five novels of 2011 and was nominated for a CBC bookie award. The fifth book in the Ava Lee series, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya, was published on February 16, 2013. Says The Toronto Star: “Ava Lee is unbeatableat just about everything…She’s perfect. She’s fast.”


Robert Rotenberg’s debut, Old City Hall, was called “a hard-boiled classic” by The Globe & Mail and widely praised by Entertainment Weekly, Maclean’s, and Kirkus. The book was shortlisted for a Dagger Award and a Thriller Award. A prominent criminal lawyer with Rotenberg, Shidlowski & Jesin, his fourth novel, Stranglehold, will be published on May7, 2013.


Robin SpanoRobin Spano’s undercover protagonist Clare Vengel has been described as a “slightly slutty grown up Nancy Drew.” Spano has been dubbed one of Canada’s Hot New Crime Writers by Crime Fiction Lover. She has fast developed a loyal following with her “smart, stylish and sharp” writing in Dead Politician Society and Death Plays Poker. Her third novel, Death’s Last Run, has just been released. 


An Interview with the Suspiciously Nice Hilary Davidson

by Dan
Author Q & A + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers / March 04, 2013

Hilary Davidson

In 2011, Canadian writer Hilary Davidson won the Anthony Award for her debut novel The Damage Done. The book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards.

I met Hilary a year later when she came to back Toronto to promote her second novel The Next One to Fall. I was positively taken aback that someone quite so charming and successful spent so much time thinking about how to dramatically kill people! Appearances can be deceptive, apparently...

Now a resident of New York, Hilary is a travel journalist and the author of 18 nonfiction books and countless short stories. You can also find her all over the web, including on FacebookGoodreads, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.

With the release of her Evil In All Its Disguises tomorrow, Hilary (being so nice and all) kindly agreed to answer a few questions for the Raincoast blog about her writing, travel, social media and more. Just remember, however lovely Hilary seems while you're reading this, she is out there secretly plotting something dastardly. Take my word for it...

Do you remember when you first became interested in becoming a writer?

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll say it’s a lifelong obsession. When I was in elementary school, I won a short-story writing contest in Crackers Magazine. It was called “Ameteafear’s Tomb,” and I blame it for putting me on this dark and twisted path. That, and Nancy Drew books, or course. They’re the gateway drug to crime novels.

What was your first writing job?

Paid or unpaid? I started early, founding a newspaper at my elementary school when I was in Grade Five. In high school, I worked on the student newspaper, which was rather appropriately called The Cuspidor. At the University of Toronto, I worked on a couple of newspapers and interned at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, writing for its newsletter. But it wasn’t until I started freelancing while I was on staff at Canadian Living magazine that I made money from writing. The first cheque I earned was for writing a travel piece about New Orleans’ cemeteries for the travel section of The Globe & Mail.

What was the appeal of travel writing?

I’ve always learned so much when I travel, and I want to share that when I come home. I remember visiting Pompeii and being amazed by the brothels there. They have some very vivid murals on their walls! That was a kind of delightful surprise, and it turned into another travel story for The Globe & Mail. A few years ago, I spent three weeks in Peru, and that gave me a tremendous amount of inspiration, both for fiction and nonfiction. I’m obsessed with Inca history and culture, and my second novel, The Next One to Fall, let me explore that in great detail. Killing a (fictional) tourist at Machu Picchu was an unusual way to show my appreciation, but I was struck by both the grandeur of the site and the danger there when I visited.

Where are you going next?

My upcoming travels are all related to my tour for Evil in All Its Disguises. I start at the Tucson Festival of Books, then hit Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Denver, Colorado Springs, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Toronto. After that, who knows? Last year, I did a weeklong tour of BC with Ian Hamilton, Robin Spano, and Deryn Collier, three of my favourite crime writers, and we’ve been talking about doing something similar this year, possibly in Ontario. Last year, I was lucky enough to visit Israel and Argentina. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go anytime soon, but I’m dying to visit Cambodia.

How has your journalism informed your fiction?

Being a journalist teaches how to grab your audience’s interest quickly, and it makes you shameless about asking questions to figure out how things work. Even though I’m writing fiction, my books are set in the real world, and I like to get the details right. That’s made me do things like go to a gun range to shoot targets, because I wanted to feel the weight of a gun in my hand before writing about it.

What else inspires your crime writing?

Sometimes things that have happened to me or someone I know have a way of getting into my work. Evil in All Its Disguises is the third book featuring Lily Moore, but it’s a standalone mystery about the disappearance of a journalist in Acapulco. It’s the first time that the scenario for one of my books was directly inspired by real-life events — in this case, the disappearance of a Frommer’s Travel Guides editor who vanished while on a press trip to Jamaica in 2000. The book is a work of fiction, but the circumstances around her disappearance have always haunted me, and I wanted to explore that.

Evil In All Its Disguises Hilary Davidson

Who are some of your favourite crime writers?

It’s such a long list! Some classic favourites: Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Dorothy L. Hughes, and Donald Westlake. For contemporary crime fiction, it includes Laura Lippman, Walter Mosley, Megan Abbott, Ken Bruen, Linda Fairstein, Kate Atkinson, Chris F. Holm, Dennis Tafoya, Jennifer Hillier, Louise Penny, Denise Mina, and Dennis Lehane.

What is your next book about?

It's the story of a wealthy, adulterous couple who go away together for a weekend and are abducted. The strange behaviour of their kidnappers makes one of the victims wonder who they’re really working for. After the couple’s bodies are found—apparently killed in an accident—it's up to the dead woman’s brother and one of the kidnappers to figure out what really happened that weekend.

When can we expect Lily to return? Readers are going to miss her!  

I definitely have more plans for Lily! She will be back. My first three books — The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises — follow her through a short space of time. They’re set just a few months apart. When readers see her again, more time will have elapsed.

Are you still writing short stories?

Absolutely. Short stories let me explore all kinds of characters and voices and scenarios that I wouldn’t necessarily want to follow throughout a book. I also love writing short fiction because it’s helped me reach audiences who wouldn’t necessarily have picked up my books otherwise. I’m up for a Derringer Award right now for a story about a couple whose relationship is falling apart because one of them wants to visit a dominatrix. I’ve got stories coming up in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and in a new publication from Macmillan called the Malfeasance Occasional.

When did you become interested in vintage fashion?

When I was fourteen, I started shopping in Toronto’s Kensington Market, so I got hooked on vintage early. My mom and grandmother were always very stylish dressers, so they inspired me. I love the idea of wearing clothes that have a history — it’s like they have their own stories to tell.

Who are some of your fashion icons?

A few years ago, I saw an exhibit about Elsa Schiaparelli, and I instantly fell in love. Her approach to fashion was just so irreverent and playful. For instance, she designed a pair of glamorous, elbow-length black evening gloves with pointed gold talons attached. They look like bear claws! To me, that’s the ultimate in chic.

You’re very engaged with social media. As a writer do you find being online a help or a hindrance?

The best thing about social media is that it introduces you to a lot of interesting people. The worst thing is that some people mistake it for a megaphone, and they think it’s just a means to publicize their own books. For me, it’s all about the social — I get into a lot of interesting conversations with people, and I was invited to the first-ever QuebeCrime conference thanks to Twitter. It’s definitely a help, but I have to limit myself, because otherwise I’d be online chatting with people all day instead of getting any work done!

When we’ve finished reading Evil In All Its Disguises, what should we read next? 

I’m looking forward to reading Brad Parks’ latest, The Good Cop, and Andrew Pyper’s The Demonologist, which I’ve heard wonderful things about. My TBR (To Be Read) pile just keeps growing and growing. That’s true for everyone who loves books, isn’t it?

Thanks Hilary! 

Hilary Davidson will be appearing at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on April 18, 2013. Details to come. Read an excerpt of Evil In All Its Disguises


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