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A Chat with “The Guilty Dead” Author P.J. Tracy

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We chatted with P.J. Tracy, author of the thriller The Guilty Dead, now available to purchase. P.J. Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their eight novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot To Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea, and Nothing Stays Buried have become national and international bestsellers. The Guilty Dead, the ninth installment of the Monkeewrench series, will be released in the US and the UK in fall of 2018.     P.J. was a long-time resident of Minnesota until her death in December 2016.  Traci remains in rural Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and continues writing about the Monkeewrench gang. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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Jon Land’s Picks: Hollywood, Sci-Fi, and More!

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As we near the end of September, you don’t want to miss the best of thrillers that came out in the last month before the new influx comes in. Luckily, master thriller writer Jon Land has selected the best of the past month in his reviews so you can make confident choices for an immersive story at your leisure. Twisting family relationships, Hollywood, science-fiction, and more in this month’s featured selections! Karin Slaughter’s bracing Pieces of Her (William Morrow) is a classic mother and daughter tale steeped in angst and mystery that might be called emotive noir. That’s what awaits Andrea Oliver when she uncovers the fact that her mother Laura has been living a double life, another person entirely…

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Unwinding “The Labyrinth of the Spirits”

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Stories have no beginning and no end, only doors through which we may enter them. Internationally acclaimed author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has presented us with many dark and dazzling doors in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. In the grand finale of this saga, The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Harper) Ruiz Zafón deftly ties together the many winding plots of his other stories and gives long-awaited closure on past mysteries. As with Ruiz Zafón’s bittersweet writing style, fans will be fully satisfied with his grand hulking conclusion (around 800 pages), and yet saddened to see their favorite characters join on page for the last time. The novel is set in the late 1950s Barcelona when Franco is in power, and follows the alluring…

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Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” Now an Operatic Movie

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In Italian, “bel canto” means “beautiful singing.” Readers of Ann Patchett’s 2001 novel, Bel Canto (Harper Perennial) could only imagine the music that is so crucial to its plot. No longer. The romantic thriller now has an operatic soundtrack of classic arias. The new movie version, in wide release Sept. 14, stars Julianne Moore as world-renowned opera singer Roxane Coss, with a voice supplied by world-renowned opera singer Renee Fleming. And what an operatic plot it is. A powerful Japanese industrialist has been invited to a birthday celebration in an unnamed South American country. Because the country’s government wants him to build a large manufacturing plant there, and because he is a lover of opera, he has been lured to the…

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Author P.J. Tracy Opens Up on Her First Solo Novel

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“Some secrets are worth killing for.” That’s the setup for the highly anticipated thriller, The Guilty Dead, (Crooked Lane Books) the first solo novel by Traci Lambrecht since the passing of her mother P.J. Lambrecht. The pair wrote as P.J. Tracy, and that tradition carries on with one of the most addicting installments of the award-winning The Monkeewrench Series. Traci always dreamed of becoming a spy before finding her true calling as an author, alongside her best friend, mother and writing partner. In this BookTrib interview, she discusses The Guilty Dead, her writing process, writing about murder, and some of her challenges, including the nuances of creating characters of the opposite sex and having to write from their point of…

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AuthorBuzz Giveaway: Suspenseful Stories

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An intriguing mystery, a heart-thumping thriller, and a thought-provoking novel are all excellent selections for this week’s AuthorBuzz giveaway. Dear Reader, I’m very excited The Frangipani Tree Mystery is coming out in paperback. The smart, unconventional Su Lin is very loosely based on my grandmother who was the first girl in her province to go to university. She loved trees and stories and I’m sure she would have loved the chance to investigate a dead woman found under a frangipani tree. I based Inspector Le Froy on her hero, Inspector Rene Onraet, who set up Singapore’s Special Branch. Please email [email protected] to win one of five copies. Ovidia Yu https://www.ovidiayu.com/   Dear Reader, Tanzanite. This rare blue-violet gemstone piqued my curiosity and inspired the second Alex Graham thriller, Blue Fire. A daring act reveals an incredible…

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One-Man Wrecking Ball Picks Up Vince Flynn Legacy

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Kyle Mills opens his fourth Mitch Rapp thriller (since taking over the series following the passing of Vince Flynn in 2013) Red War (Atria) with Russian President Maxim Krupin standing in his Kremlin office looking down at the protestors filing into Red Square. The growing backlash and constant threat of being overthrown is annoying to Krupin, but it’s the inoperable brain cancer that he was secretly diagnosed with that proves most troubling. At first, Krupin’s symptoms are fairly minor and easy to hide. However, as the cancer worsens, so too do the neurological issues plaguing him, forcing him to rely on more drastic methods in order to conceal his rapidly declining health from the many threats he faces both at home…

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Sorting Out the Truth in Slaughter’s Latest, “Pieces of Her”

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Internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter’s latest novel, Pieces of Her, is even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all…? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely…

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Laurie Petrou, “Sister of Mine” Author Interview

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie Petrou, author of the chilling thriller Sister of Mine, now available to purchase.     Laurie Petrou is an author, professor, PhD, and a drinker of tea. Most of my adventures take place inside books. I am, I think, part Hobbit: I love my books, my armchair, my garden… but I am not at all stealth (was once described as a Clydesdale for the way I clomp around the house). My 2nd book, Sister of Mine, won the inaugural Half the World Award, and was released in Canada in April, 2018 with HarperCollins and in August 2018 with Crooked Lane Books.

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Baby Teeth Proves It’s Dangerous to Play Favorites

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If you are in need of a blood chilling thriller to make your heart pound, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press) is for you!  It is clear that author Zoje Stage mastered everything dark and suspenseful when she created Hanna, a seven year old, and the only child of Suzette and Alex.  Suzette had a difficult childhood, poor mothering and a continual battle with Crones Disease. When she meets Alex in a professional environment, he saves her from loneliness and despair by respecting her design work and falling in love.  Alex, an architect, is a cheery Swedish man who desperately loves his wife, Suzette, and showers his very bright but mute daughter Hanna with love and attention.  Both parents want to be…

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Anubis: A Thriller Straight from U.S. Intelligence

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You expect a thriller written by a retired member of the U.S. Intelligence Community who served in Iraq and Saudi Arabia to give you the inside dope on how terror and other stuff gets done. Anubis delivers. In this second installment of Eric C. Anderson’s New Caliphate trilogy (Dunn Books), soldiers, spies and statesmen converge as the world braces for an overflow of terror – a new U.S. president is about to be inaugurated and ISIS is attacking on multiple fronts. But beyond the main storyline, one gains an array of information – the relevance of which may depend on your vocation or your intentions to take over parts or all of the free world. Consider: How to take out…

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Laurie Petrou’s Sibling Rivalry on Steroids

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In Laurie Petrou’s Sister of Mine (Crooked Lane Books), the lives of two orphaned sisters, Hattie and Penny, begin to fray as longstanding resentments, sibling rivalry and unpaid debts overflow and the ties of sisterhood start to snap. It’s a fast-paced thriller by Petrou, a debut novelist who also is an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media and speaks on topics such as gender and rejection. See what she has to say about her first work, family relationships, and her own literary journey. BookTrib: You’ve said you never set out to write suspense. How did Sister of Mine evolve into the thriller it is? Laurie Petrou: In order for the sisters’ relationship to be put to a test, there…

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Emily Arsenault on Two Characters That Define Her Thriller

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Emily Arsenault has a long career of writing some of the most engaging mystery, crime, and thriller books out there, and her latest book is no exception. The Last Thing I Told You (William Morrow), out in late July, introduces readers to two characters that will stay with you for a long time: one, a detective trying to avoid the word “hero” given to him by the town after stopping a shooter in a retirement facility; the other, a troubled woman who committed an act as a teenager that she, and the rest of the town, have never entirely moved past. Arsenault’s talent for bringing her audience into her stories so completely, no matter how complex they are, shines through, making The Last Thing…

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School Mom or Sociopath? Harding’s “Her Pretty Face”

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Robyn Harding, author of the dark domestic novel The Party (Gallery/Scout Press), has given us yet another pulse-quickening read, set within a seemingly normal friendship of mothers. In Her Pretty Face (Gallery/Scout Press), Harding follows the overweight, insecure Francis Metcalfe as she struggles to fit in with the other Forrester academy mothers. Francis is miserable and desperate for a friendly face, but her chances dwindle as her son is drawn into an event at school that spells social suicide for him. When the gorgeous, confident, charismatic Kate Rudolph chooses to befriend Francis over all others, Kate cannot believe her luck. As these women grow closer, secrets are revealed and it becomes clear that one of these women is hiding behind a wall of…

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7 Suspense-Packed July Picks From Jon Land

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Strap in for tastes of history, spies, and horror for this month! Expert thriller writer and regular columnist for BookTrib, Jon Land presents his top selections from the genre for July. Timely thrillers are nothing new for Brad Thor. But in the scintillating Spymaster (Atria) he ups the ante considerably with a tale that’s scarily prescient. Series hero former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath finds himself on a different kind of battlefield when a wave of diplomatic assassinations strikes the globe. The carefully orchestrated plot, of course, has far more fiendish ends than murder in mind. And it’s left to Harvath and company to thwart a World War I conflagration of events leading, this time, to nuclear war. Long a master of…

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