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Thursday, June 15, 2017

YA Thursday - Exciting Summer Releases!

You Don't Know Me, But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow (HarperTeen hardcover, 29 August 2017).

There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.
Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is.
But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.
Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and her best friend Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (Delacort Press hardcover, 11 July 2017).

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. 

Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. 
David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. 

When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. 

But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?


Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (Kathy Dawson Books hardcover, 8 August 2017).

One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.

Then diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.

When they discover the spellbook, it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights. Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…



The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan (Dial Books hardcover, 11 July 2017).

It’s the summer after senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He’s leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, working a summer job as a personal assistant, and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. 

It’s the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents one day when he’s a multi-millionaire. But then he gets there. And his eighty-four-year-old boss tells him to put on a suit for her funeral.

So begins a summer of social gaffes, stomach cramps, fraught beach volleyball games, moonlit epiphanies, and a drawer full of funeral programs. Add to this Abigail, the mystifying girl next door on whom Briggs’s charms just won’t work, and “the lake effect” is taking on a whole new meaning.


Lucky in Love by Kasie West (Point hardcover, 25 July 2017). 

Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Anthony Nominations

The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. This year, they will be presented at Bouchercon in Toronto on October 15th.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS for 2017
Best Novel
You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Red Right Hand – Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Best First Novel
Dodgers – Bill Beverly (Crown)
IQ – Joe Ide (Mulholland)
Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)
Design for Dying – Renee Patrick (Forge)
The Drifter – Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
 
Best Paperback Original
Shot in Detroit – Patricia Abbott (Polis)
Leadfoot – Eric Beetner (280 Steps)
Salem’s Cipher – Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)
Rain Dogs – Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street)
How to Kill Friends and Implicate People – Jay Stringer (Thomas & Mercer)
Heart of Stone – James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)
Best Short Story
“Oxford Girl” – Megan Abbott, Mississippi Noir (Akashic)
“Autumn at the Automat” – Lawrence Block, In Sunlight or in Shadow (Pegasus)
“Gary’s Got A Boner” – Johnny Shaw, Waiting to Be Forgotten (Gutter)
“Parallel Play” – Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside)
“Queen of the Dogs” – Holly West, 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback (Moonstone)
Best Critical Nonfiction Work
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life – Peter Ackroyd (Nan A. Talese)
Letters from a Serial Killer – Kristi Belcamino & Stephanie Kahalekulu (CreateSpace)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin (Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker – David J. Skal (Liveright)
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury/Penguin)
Best Children’s/YA Novel
Snowed – Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming)
The Girl I Used to Be – April Henry (Henry Holt)
Tag, You’re Dead – J.C. Lane (Poisoned Pen)
My Sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier (Soho Teen)
The Fixes – Owen Matthews (HarperTeen)
Best Anthology
Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns – Eric Beetner, ed. (Down & Out)
In Sunlight or in Shadow – Lawrence Block, ed. (Pegasus)
Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens – Jen Conley (Down & Out)
Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 – Greg Herren, ed. (Down & Out)
Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by the Replacements – Jay Stringer, ed. (Gutter)
Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)
Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen (CreateSpace)
No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón (Down & Out)
Crosswise – S.W. Lauden (Down & Out)
Beware the Shill – John Shepphird (Down & Out)
The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 (Dell)




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Please welcome Bailey Cattrell!

Nightshade for Warning is the second in the Enchanted Garden Mystery series featuring aromatherapist and perfumer Elliana Allbright. After divorcing her philandering husband, she opened her dream business, Scents & Nonsense, in her hometown of Poppyville, California. Her almost supernatural sense of smell combined with her ability to intuitively know what fragrances will help her friends and customers overcome difficulty or simply bring them pleasure has made her business take off like a rocket.

The Enchanted Garden behind her shop is chock-full of rambling plants, bird houses and windchimes, winding paths, tumbling terrace beds, and myriad herbs and flowers from which she distills the concentrated scents that are the hallmark of her unique perfumes. For this, she uses the ancient copper alembic her gamma left her along with an illustrated garden journal Ellie has come to realize contains more than a little magic.


The garden is open to her customers and friends to sit, sip tea, and nibble on the cookies that her best friend, Astrid Moneypenny, bakes up every morning. Miniature garden tableaus, gnome doors and fairy gardens are tucked into crevices and nooks all over the space. Dash the corgi and Nabokov the Russian Blue shop cat provide Ellie company and keep an eye on things, while Ellie herself lives in a super-efficient tiny house at the back of the property.

In Nightshade for Warning, Ellie is missing Ritter Nelson, her new beau who is on a research project in the Alaskan tundra. He’s only been gone for a few weeks, but there are months to go. It’s a welcome distraction when journalist Blake Sontag wants to feature her tiny house in a national magazine. She’s proud of her small-scale home, and Ellie’s business group, the Greenstockings, see it as a terrific opportunity to spread the word about their adorable tourist town with its Old West flavor and access to outdoor activities.

Then her younger brother, Colby, turns up with his Westfalia van and a new girlfriend, Larken. Ellie adores her brother, and takes to Larken – a wildcrafter and herbalist after her own heart – right away.

Things are looking up until Sontag is poisoned, and the police focus on the last person to see him alive – Colby’s girlfriend, Larken. It doesn’t help that she had extensive herbal knowledge and the poison that killed the journalist was plant-based.

Detective Max Lang has held even more of a grudge against Ellie ever since she proved herself innocent of the murder he tried to pin on her months before, so it’s not easy when Ellie agrees to help Larken. But she plunges in with the help of Astrid and the other members of the Greenstockings to uncover the murder victim’s past in Poppyville, a mysterious land grant, an old family secret – and plenty of motives for murder. In the process, she learns a bit more about her magical abilities, and a new admirer challenges her determination to stay true to Ritter despite his long absence and sometimes confusing communications.

The book includes recipes for Astrid’s Lavender Shortbread Cookies and the Peppermint Foot Polish that Maria Canto loves so much.



Next up? Potions and Pastries, the seventh in the Magical Bakery Mystery series that I write as Bailey Cates, will release in November, 2017, and I’m currently working on the third Enchanted Garden Mystery, tentatively titled Marigolds for Malice.

For more information about all my books (and pen names), please visit www.baileycates.com.