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We're so excited to announce that former FBI profiler Hugo Marston is back in Mark Pryor's second mystery, The Crypt Thief, out May 7th! 


This time, Hugo must investigate a killer and twisted grave robber before he becomes the target. Taking place about six months after the events of The Bookseller, many favorite characters are back and the action and suspense never let up. And once again the city of Paris--from in front of Jim Morrison's grave at Père La Chaise cemetery to backstage at the Moulin Rouge--plays a colorful and crucial role as Hugo's case unfolds.


RT Book Reviews says "haunting imagery . . . sets the stage for Pryor's chilling sophomore entry, and the City of Light becomes a backdrop for Marston's adventures. The clever antagonist leads him on a merry chase that will keep [you] entertained throughout."


"Two young lovers make the fatal mistake of sneaking into Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery the same night as a bone-stealing psychopath in Pryor's propulsive second novel," notes Publishers Weekly. "The engaging characters sweep readers into a suspenseful chase from Pigalle to the Pyrenées."


Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil, calls The Crypt Thief "an eerily good read. Pryor has crafted another chilling, complex, and compelling story. Don't start it if you need a good night's sleep!"


Praise for the first Hugo Marston novel, The Bookseller:  

Mark Pryor
Photo © Todd V. Wolfson


"A tale of a city that's gritty, utterly real and filled with surprises both horrifying and tender. Much like a baguette, this fabulous story is crusty on the outside, sweet on the inside, and once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more."


"Enough intrigue to satisfy every reader.... A fantastic debut!"
--RT Book Reviews




Down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton is back in an all-new mystery from the award-winning and prolific Mike Resnick. The Trojan Colt, coming in June, finds Paxton facing a multimillion-dollar plot and a perpetrator who will kill to keep it secret. This time set in the world of champion racehorses and breeding farms, in Lexington, Kentucky, Paxton investigates the disappearance of two grooms, and becomes a target himself when a secret threatens to derail the world of professional horse racing.


Critical Mass called the first Eli Paxton mystery, Dog in the Manger, a "crisp, fast moving, and fully engaging story in the Sam Spade tradition." Library Journal said it was

an "engrossing puzzler" that "captures the essence of the antiheroic PI. May there be more!"



Also in May, Detective Sean Duffy returns in I Hear the Sirens in the Street, book two of Irish crime novelist Adrian McKinty's highly praised Troubles Trilogy. Duffy, shaken after the trauma he experienced in The Cold Cold Ground, here investigates a brutal crime -- a torso found in a suitcase. Before long, Detective Duffy is caught in a tangle of romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men

he should know better than to mess with.


After finishing the book, Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels, tweeted "I Hear the Sirens in the Street blew my bloody doors off!"


Daniel Woodrell, author of The Outlaw Album: Stories, says "McKinty has the chops to do all manner of things with words, and in I Hear the Sirens in the Street he unleashes a strain of rough and visual, sly and lyric narrative prose in service of one hell of a story. Sean Duffy is a great creation, a figure of many parts, and the place comes alive."

This summer's hottest debut,corrupt
coming in June


Sue Grafton, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author, calls entertainment attorney Robert Rotstein's debut novel Corrupt Practices "Terrific....A fresh take on the legal thriller." She says "Parker Stern is a complex and well-developed protagonist and the story is beautifully structured for maximum intrigue and suspense."


We meet rising-star attorney Parker Stern as his life and career are in a freefall. After the apparent suicide of his mentor Harmon Cherry, Parker suffers from paralyzing stage fright in the courtroom. But when a powerful cultlike church charges his former colleague Rich Baxter with embezzling millions, he turns to Parker for help. Rich claims that Cherry was actually murdered by someone connected to the church, and soon disturbing events force Parker to question the truth.


As the case takes an unexpected turn, Parker surprises himself and agrees to take on the church. But to represent his client and uncover the truth he must overcome his own long-buried secrets.


Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown, says "Corrupt Practices gives you all the pleasures of a legal thriller. . . but it is also just a beautiful novel. The characters are weird, interesting, flawed, and psychologically complex, and the portrayal of various Los Angeles subcultures. . . is authoritative and insightful. [It's] both a wild ride and a profoundly satisfying literary experience."

Robert Rotstein
Photo by Glen La Ferman



"Rotstein has created an unforgettable character in attorney Parker Stern," says New York Times-bestselling author Robert Dugoni. "[Corrupt Practices] kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending had my heart pounding."



Also this summer: Carolyn Hart explores romantic suspense amid the chaos of a world at war



Our line of Carolyn Hart Classics brings to light some of the famed author's favorite books from her early years in writing, each complete with a brand new introduction by Hart. We know you'll fall in love with these two books all over again...or for the first time!


Two American sisters risk their lives to save a downed British airman in Escape from Paris, available in June. A perfect book club selection, Escape from Paris showcases the courage of ordinary people confronting the evil of the Gestapo in Occupied Paris in 1940.



Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The Other Woman and winner of the Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, calls Escape from Paris "authentic and gripping and heartbreaking...This tensely taut tale of World War II courage, sacrifice, and love is brought back to life by the incomparable style and inimitable talent of the beloved Carolyn Hart."  Robin Burcell, bestselling author of The Black List, calls it "riveting and realistic...a compelling page-turner."


In August, more romantic suspense as a woman caught in a loveless marriage discovers love again in the midst of desolation and war in Brave HeartsFrom the London Blitz to the fall of the Philippines, Brave Hearts explores the desperation of love when every day may be the last day, resulting in choices that would have been unthinkable in a world at peace.



Book club questions for both Escape from Paris and Brave Hearts can be found on the author's website here and here


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Happy reading,


Lisa Michalski

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