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IAN RANKIN | Saints of the Shadow Bible

Whether you're a completely obsessed Ian Rankin worshiper, with an insatiable hunger for well-written thrillers, or a casual reader looking for an exciting new series, SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE (Orion/9781409144748) is the book for you. Full of gritty descriptions, incredible characters and a riveting plot, this book details the return of Rebus, who is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. It's a beautifully written book that is already getting great reviews in Canada and abroad: ‘…It’s those subtle little conversations, descriptions and humorous details that make Rankin the fine writer that he is….’ The Vancouver Sun

"Saints of the Shadow Bible is a clever, subtle read, but most of all, it's a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID." The Guardian

"One of the joys of Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective novels – apart from their intricate plotting and on-the-money descriptions of police procedures – is the soap opera: the complex interweaving of characters we have come to know and love, or, in some cases, to dislike or even hate, and sometimes love and hate together." The Globe and Mail

"Full of the author's dry humour and lovely depicted details of Scottish life, the book is a welcome reunion with an old friend." HELLO! CANADA

Photo and feature ran in the National Post, AFTERWORD READING SOCIETY  on November 12.  Q&A with Ian Rankin.

If you're really wild about Ian, come to one of his many events occurring across the country in the next couple of months. Visit http://www.ianrankin.net for more details.

Join Spero Lucas on his Latest Case in The Double

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

George Pelecanos came through town the other day on a publicity tour for his new novel The Double (9780316078399). Between TV and print interview appointments he found time to come by the Manda offices and talk to us about the book and what went into writing it.

Sitting around the table, one thing that we all agreed upon was how real this book feels. This is in part due to the fact that Pelecanos is a native of Washington DC, the same city that the book is set in. Gone are the typical descriptions of large ivory buildings gleaming in the sun, and plots about insider politics running rampant everywhere. In their place are descriptions of a Washington not often seen on TV, or read about in books; a different side of a city that readers might think they know. They get to see a Washington conveyed through and brought to life by Pelecanos' acute familiarity. They also see a different side of investigator Spero Lucas, a character that time and time again, they might think that they know. That it is difficult to guess what the P.I. is going to do next is definitely another reason why this book feels so real. Pelecanos is not dealing in cliches, and readers are treated to a real character moving through and working in a real city.

Perhaps this is why Stephen King has told Entertainment Weekly that Pelecanos is "Perhaps the greatest living American crime writer." It could also be the fact that Pelecanos doesn't milk his characters simply because he knows people will read them. If he has nowhere else to go with a character he retires them and moves on. In the case of Lucas, Pelecanos seems as interested in him as the reader is, and it certainly keeps things interesting. Lucas is not your typical hero, and this is not your typical crime novel. At times disturbing, at others erotic, and always exciting, this is one novel that will leave you wanting more. Hopefully Pelecanos doesn't tire of Lucas before we do!

If readers are interested in following Spero Lucas from the start, he first appears in George Pelecanos' The Cut.

"It's astonishing all the good stuff Pelecanos can pack into one unpretentious book: meaty substance, multiple story lines, vital characters, choice dialogue and all those descriptive details ... that make the story so rich." (New York Times).

"Pelecanos' work has antecedents in the books and films of Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard and Don Siegel but also a spooky magic all his own - thanks to the utter believability he maintains."  (Wall Street Journal).

PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth | Book Review

precious-thing-coverI don’t read mysteries. I don’t read thrillers. Years ago, I managed a bookshop. Part of my job involved running the mystery book club. I think my bosses added that task out of a sense of epic Schadenfreude because they knew that I would read just about anything BUT a mystery. My inability to read the genre comes, not from a sense of snobbery, but because I’m a giant ‘fraidy cat. I always understood Joey’s need to put books in the freezer on Friends - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qqaCby1lGw. A few months ago, I attempted to read The Shining Girls (Lauren Beukes, Mulholland Books 9780316216852). I made it to page 60, at which point I was so terrified of the time traveling serial killer appearing in my bedroom while I was gone that I couldn’t get up to pee. True story. All this to say, reading Precious Thing (Colette McBeth, Headline Books, 9781472205940) was a major stretch for me. And I loved every minute! The story of the friendship between Clara and Rachel, as told from Rachel’s point of view, gripped me in a way I didn’t expect. This is one of those ‘stay up until 3 am’ kind of books. You just want to read one more chapter. Just one. Well, maybe just one more. And then another. As their story unfolds, as you start to question what you’re reading, you’re pulled even deeper into the obsessive and dangerous dance between two very troubled girls sharing secrets you just don’t see coming. About a third of the way through, the penny started dropping for me and a cold sense of dread began creeping. Everything I believed up to that point wasn’t quite right. And everything that followed? Well, just go read it. Trust me.

There is a tendency in selling books to make comparisons to what’s come before. Precious Thing has been called the British Gone Girl. Not having read Gone Girl, I can’t comment on that, except to say, I think this stands on its own. Colette McBeth doesn’t need the comparison for you to pick up Precious Thing. I was hooked from the last sentence of the first page. And I’m still waiting for an answer to my question about the third line on the last page. If you’re like me, if you don’t read thrillers, you don’t read mysteries, make an exception this time. And make sure you have lots of coffee on-hand for the morning, because I promise some late nights reading just one more chapter.

precious-thing-coverPrecious Thing Colette McBeth 9781472205940 $22.99 CDN Paperback 9/10/2013 Headline

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Louise Penny Walking Tour | HUK Canada

We've been tardy at posting lately, readers! Our apologies. It's been a whirlwind week here at the Canadian Manda Group headquarters. We have just finished part one of our bi-annual sales conference and it was INCREDIBLE. There are so many fantastic titles releasing in the next couple of months that it would literally take days to gush about them all. But don't fret; we will be blogging about new fall releases in the coming weeks! For now, we wanted to let you know about an amazing walking tour taking place in Quebec City, QC for the best-selling mystery novel BURY YOUR DEAD (9780751547504) by Louise Penny. This two-hour walking tour follows the trail of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the murder of a local amateur archeologist, whose body was found in the cellar of the Québec Literary and Historical Society.

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The Bury Your Dead Tour starts in June at the Quebec Tourist Information Centre (12, Sainte-Anne Street). It stops at the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Literary and Historical Society (Morrin Centre) and the Petit Coin Latin restaurant where participants enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of sugar pie. It then goes to the Jeanne d'Arc Garden through the Plains of Abraham, ending at the Montcalm monument, on Grande Allée Street.

Louise Penny Walking Tour

Listen to Louise on CBC Radio as she talks about the tour based on her mystery hero. Tour guide Marie Legroulx joins in: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Quebec/Radio+Noon+Montreal/ID/2379674063/. 

For more details visit website: http://www.toursvoirquebec.com/en/old-quebec-tours/bury-your-dead.

RANKIN RETURNS WITH A NEW REBUS NOVEL | Hachette UK

kOn April 15th, Ian Rankin announced (via Twitter @Beathhigh) that his new novel will be entitled Saints of the Shadow Bible, and will feature his long running series character John Rebus.

Last year saw the return of John Rebus in the bestselling novel Standing in Another Man's Grave (HUK | 9781409144717).  Ian Rankin says, " I was overwhelmed by the reaction of fans. So here he is again, back on the force but paired with one-time nemesis Malcolm Fox in an inquiry which may end up uncovering too much of Rebus's own past, pitting him against old allies.”

Like Standing in Another Man’s Grave the title of the new book Saints of the Shadow Bible is based on a lyric from a Jackie Leven song. Rankin and Leven became friends and worked together on a number of projects in the years leading up to Leven’s death in 2011. Rankin dedicated last year’s novel to the memory of his friend and collaborator.

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion) is published in hardback on November 7, 2013! For more details visit www.shadowbible.com.

Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees announced

Congratulations to the Edgar Awards 2013 nominees! The Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America each Spring, celebrate the best writing in the Mystery genre with 14 categories and special awards. Here are our favourites for this year:

Best First NovelThe 500

The 500 by Matthew Quirk, 9780316198622 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Reagan Arthur)

Best Fact CrimeMore Forensics and Fiction

More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD, 9781605423944 (Medallion Press)

Best Short Story

"Hot Sugar Blues" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Steve Liskow, 9780316176354 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mystery Writers of America Presents VengeanceMulholland Books) "The Unremarkable Heart" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter, 9780316176354 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mulholland Books)

Best Juvenile

Fake MustacheFake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger, 9781419701948 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

13 Hangmen

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau, 9781419701597 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

 

The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo, 9780810997257 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

 

Good luck to all the nominees!

Visiting for IFOA: MARK BILLINGHAM, MONS KALLENTOFT & MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

We here at Manda were all very excited and thankful on Tuesday when Billingham, Robotham & Kallentoft, three exceptional crime & mystery authors, stopped by our office to tell us a bit about themselves and their books. All three made appearances at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors as stops on their North American tours. They happen to be incredibly entertaining! If you made it out to see them you may have been privy to some hilarious anecdotes about getting hate mail from avid Phil Collins fans, writing novels set in frigid climates while beach lounging, and buying your book for $60 dollars in Sweden.

Mark Billingham, a Londoner who gave up a career in stand-up comedy to write thrillers,  read excerpts from his newest novel Rush of Blood (Little, Brown - 9781847444226) on Tuesday. He also participated in a round table talk on violence and realism last night. While you may be familiar with Billingham's best sellers starring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, his most recent book is a departure from the series. He was so inspired by his friends’ bizarre holiday story that he “had to have it." His new novel is a cautionary tale about making friends while on vacation - with a few murders thrown in for good measure.

The round table talk at IFOA also featured crime-writer, Mons Kallentoft, visiting all the way from Sweden. At the festival, he read from the first three books in his award winning Malin Fors series published by Hachette Australia: Midwinter Sacrifice (9781444739930), Summertime Death (9781444721577), and Autumn Killing (9781444721621). Often compared by Swedish media to Stieg Larson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the books feature a strong female detective, Malin Fors, as she investigates murders and kidnappings in the little town of Linköping, Sweden. During his Manda visit, Mons joked that one of the advantages of writing from the perspective of a strong heroine is that women often believe that he may understand them better than their husbands.

Michael Robotham is an australian mystery writer known especially for his terrifying storylines and gripping suspense. He read at Studio Theatre from his most recent novel. In Say You’re Sorry (Sphere - 9781847445254) a clinical psychologist named Joe O’Loughlin convinces the police to reopen a cold case involving the disappearance of two teenage girls when two new dead bodies are uncovered. His new thriller has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and David Baldacci as exceptional. Fortunately Robotham’s so down to earth that his major concern is being "uninvited to dinner parties" by friends who think the  psychotic characters in his novel might reflect something about his own nature. More likely, his friends will be so impressed that invitations will be especially forthcoming!

The Best New Fall Titles from GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS

From heartfelt stories of rescued dogs who became superstars to simple designs for your home to an epic story of murder, vengeance and family feuds, this fall Globe Pequot Press is releasing seven new titles that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. Check them out and then let us know what you’re planning to read this fall. Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (9781599213538) by Bill Berloni and Jim Hanrahan; foreword by Bernadette Peters

In Broadway Tails, Theatrical Animals trainer Bill Berloni tells the backstage stories of the shelter dogs who have become superstars in television, film, and theater, including the 35th-anniversary Broadway production of Annie.

Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home (9780762778980) by Carter Oosterhouse with Chris Peterson

Carter Oosterhouse, the popular host of HGTV's Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms, and Red, Hot & Green, now offers homeowners a book featuring his simple, straightforward and super successful home-design process. He knows that home design can be intimidating, but his reassuring "you can do it" attitude encourages readers to use their imaginations and convinces them that they too can use his method to easily create beautiful living rooms, bedroom, kitchens, baths, and more!

Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies (9780762782819) by Sir Roger Moore

The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. While there have been other actors that have taken on the coveted role of James Bond, one of the most renowned and beloved 007s, is the charming and charismatic Sir Roger Moore, KBE. To celebrate these films and their cultural heritage, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, the gadgets, locations and everything else, this beautiful book is illustrated with hundreds of iconic images from all the films plus many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive. This is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate insider, with all the affection and good humor he brought to the role. It is the perfect gift for all fans of these much loved films.

How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs (9780762780556) by Kevin Pollak with Alan Goldsher, forewords by Penn Jillette and Billy Bob Thornton

Kevin Pollak is one of a kind. One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist, a character actor with one of the longest, most respected filmographies around, as well as an Internet pioneer. Like no one else, Pollak straddles the fence between Hollywood and new media—and without injuring himself in the process. Hilarious, raw, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers, fan favorites, and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. Pollak is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want—except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.

The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life (9780762780860) by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi

A leading light in the alternative health community, Natalia Rose is widely recognized for her "detox diet" program. Her popular book, The Raw Food Detox Diet, is by now considered a classic of its genre. The Fresh Energy Cookbook is the essential companion guide for anyone who wants to bring those dietary principles to life in the comfort of their own kitchen. The emphasis is on living foods in digestible combinations, ideal for optimal cellular health, nutrition, energy, weight loss, and satisfaction.

The Quick & Clean Diet: Lose the Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Lean for Life (9780762781720) by Dari Alexander; Foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz

By applying the principles of clean eating to a realistic lifestyle, top journalist and working mom, Dari Alexander shows how you can achieve your best body and keep that promise to yourself: to finally look like that gorgeous person you know exists. Changing your mindset and consuming foods closest to their natural state change the way you feel everyday—this back-to-basics, no-nonsense, weight loss and maintenance program will not only make you thinner, it will also increase your energy. Most importantly, it promotes life-long good health.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance (9780762779185 by Lisa Alther

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield relative. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence and retribution that led to a tragic Romeo-and-Juliet interlude, a Supreme Court ruling, and Kentucky’s last public hanging. The final feud trial took place in 1898, but the rivalry didn’t end there. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the people of the region. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

UNTIL THY WRATH BE PAST

For readers who just can't get enough of Scandinavian crime fiction, this book should definitely be on your fall reading list.  The cast is superb, the story full of vivid suspense, and the writing immaculate.  The supernatural is present here, but it works harmoniously with the plot rather than taking the lead role. A fabulous read for chilly fall nights. You won't be able to put it down, I promise!

“Stunning . . . As doom-filled as Larsson’s leitmotif of ravens (in old Scandinavia the messengers of Odin, the god of poetry and berserker fury), this remarkable tale of twisted love and vengeance and redemptive nonjudgmental devotion resounds, like its epitaph from the Book of Job, with all the pain of human existence.”    Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

“Larrson’s best book so far. The supernatural elements are worked seamlessly into a complex and engaging mystery, resulting in a thoroughly compelling reading experience.” Booklist (Starred Review)

Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson ($29.95; Sterling Publishing / ISBN: 9781402787164)

QuebeCrime Festival - Festival QuébeCrime

QuebeCrime FestivalOctober 28, 29 and 30, 2011 - Les 28, 29 et 30 Octobre, 2011 Lawrence BLOCK, John BRADY, Hilary DAVIDSON, Anne EMERY, Trevor FERGUSON (John FARROW), Ian HAMILTON, Tom HENIGHAN, Craig MCDONALD, Denise MINA, Louise PENNY, Andrew PYPER, Ian RANKIN, Simon TOYNE, Daniel WOODRELL

An incredible line-up of 15 crime & mystery authors awaits you at the QuebeCrime Festival. They will only be in Quebec City for a few days and we suggest you don’t miss this great opportunity. Click here to see the full schedule.

Un rassemblement  incroyable de 15 auteurs de crime et mystère seront présents au Festival QuébeCrime. Ils ne seront à Québec que quelques jours et nous vous suggérons de ne pas rater cette occasion. Cliquez ici pour voir l’horaire complet.

NYT Bestselling Author Tana French: Faithful Place

Faithful Place (Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 9780340977620) is the upcoming novel by award-winning crime fiction author Tana French. From the press release:

The course of Frank Mackey’s life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He’s cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie’s suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.

This compelling psychological mystery has already been nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award (US) for best novel — not a surprise for Tana French, whose first novel, In the Woods, won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. Both this and her second novel, The Likeness, were New York Times bestsellers.

Publication date: May 21, 2011.

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MANDAtory Reading 01-13-11

Move over Lisbeth Salander, there’s a new Scandinavian crime thriller in town and it plans on sticking around for a while!  THREE SECONDS swiftly snagged the #9 spot on the NYT bestseller list this week after only a brief time in bookstores.  We have a feeling this early success is just the tip of the iceberg for Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström.  Read it people, you won’t be disappointed.

Jerry Robinson’s new coffee table tome  Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics was profiled on Sneakpeek and picked up by IMBD. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll know that Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics, and a member of the original Batman team.

The Montreal Gazette suggests the book YUCK! The Things People Eat may help folks lose a few pounds. Check out the article here and let us know what you think of this... um, unique weight-loss technique. 

For all of you Design-y types, guess who’s coming to Toronto for IDS11?  You’ll never guess so I’m just gonna spill it...Allegra Hicks!  Allegra will be on stage speaking with Amy Verner from the Globe and Mail at 4PM on Saturday, January 29th and signing copies of her new book Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design directly after. Click here for more information.  If you weren’t planning on attending the show but are interested in Allegra’s spring decorating tips and learning more about the book, she is scheduled to be a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show Friday, January 28th.

Lastly, if you haven’t yet heard of Kris Carr, I would like to make the formal introduction now.  Kris is a Cancer survivor who has transformed the way she eats, lives and views the world and it all started with a low-glycemic, vegetarian diet.  Her program focuses on balancing the pH of the body with whole and raw foods, organic green drinks, and smoothies.  If this sounds complicated – trust me, she explains it much better than I ever could!  Her New Book Crazy Sexy Diet debunks diet myths, shares tips on how to detox safely, and even how to grocery shop!  It is witty, accessible, powerful, and beautifully illustrated.  Enough said.  See this month’s Best Health Magazine for a review.

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Three Seconds Trailer and Microsite

If you've read all the glowing reviews and want a more in-depth look at Sterling blockbuster Three Seconds, check out Version 1 of the trailer below, and if you've already read the book, visit the microsite to discuss the title on the Three Seconds public forum. Are Roslund & Hellström the true heirs to Larsson? Make your opinion heard!

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People Live Still in Cashtown Corners - Book Trailer

Finally ... a book trailer that actually makes me want to read the book! Just in time for Halloween, Toronto’s ChiZine Publication’s and Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald have served up a wonderfully creepy book trailer for Tony Burgess’s new novel, People Live Still in Cashtown Corners (978-1926851044).