A Head Full of Ghosts –
The BOLO Books Review

Horror novels are often overlooked as part of the thriller genre. While it is true that some readers are not interested in the terrifying moments that come with many books in the style, there are many horror novels that will appeal to readers who might shy away from traditional genre titles. Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts is just such a book. There is a creepiness to the entire proceeding – even some nightmare inducing tableaus – but few outright scares. Instead, readers get a strong domestic drama with a complex narrator and enough suspense to please any thriller fan.

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Dana Kaye –
A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk:

If you move about in the writing community, you probably know or have heard of Dana Kaye. One of the authorities on book publicity, she is now spreading her knowledge in multiple ways while also continuing to run Kaye Publicity, Inc. Recently, an interesting topic came up on her Facebook page, so I reached out and invited Dana to stop by BOLO Books to continue the conversation. In many ways, the role of a publicist is vitally important, yet often misunderstood. Let’s let Dana explain just one facet of this complex position.

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BOLO – Week of July 17, 2016

From The Booking Desk:

Each of this week’s books offers something just a little bit different. I have no doubt that every fan will find something to enjoy on this list.

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Woman in Cabin 10

Ruth Ware – The Woman in Cabin 10 (Gallery/Scout Press, Hardcover, $26.00, 07/19/2016)

BOLO Books Comments:

Ruth Ware’s debut book received much attention and mostly positive reviews. This time out, she is giving us something more akin to Christie and the tradition of a closed-circle of suspects.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

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Branson Beauty

Clarie Booth – The Branson Beauty (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 07/19/2016)

BOLO Books Comments:

The start of a delightful new series set in Branson, Missouri, this novel boasts a strong central mystery and some very interesting characters with whom to make friends.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The Branson Beauty, an old showboat, has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri. More than one hundred people are trapped aboard. Hank Worth is still settling into his new role as county sheriff, and when he responds to the emergency call, he knows he’s in for a long winter day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore. He realizes that he’ll face anxiety, arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county’s already thin budget to the breaking point.

But he is absolutely not expecting to discover high school track star Mandy Bryson’s body locked inside the Captain’s private dining room. Suddenly, Hank finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, with the county commissioner breathing down his neck and the threat of an election year ahead of him. And as he wades deeper into the investigation, Hank starts to realize he’s up against a web of small town secrets much darker and more tangled than he could have ever imagined.

In her captivating debut novel, Claire Booth has created a broad cast of wonderfully compelling characters, and she perfectly blends humor with the emotional drama and heartache of a murder investigation.
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Monster's Daughter

Michelle Pretorius – The Monster’s Daughter (Melville House, Hardcover, $27.99, 07/19/2016)

BOLO Books Comments:

You are just going to have to read the jacket copy for this one. I’m not even sure how to describe this thriller in another way. Seems to be taking the thriller genre into historical territory, but we’ll have to wait for reviews to know if Michelle has hit the mark.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa …

One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition.

The crime soon leads her into her country’s violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long ago concentration camp.

Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller that calls to mind Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Tana French’s The Secret Place. With an explosive conclusion, it marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer.

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Nightshades

Melissa F. Olson – Nightshades (Tor, Paperback, $15.99, 07/19/2016)

BOLO Books Comments:

Urban Fantasy is one of those genres which blends elements from many others – thrillers, mystery, horror. When done correctly, it can be pure fun and Melissa has a track record of writing quality books.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations―the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.
Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

You Will Know Me – The BOLO Books Review

For several books now, Megan Abbott has focused her attention on the inner workings of the minds of teenage girls and the influence society imparts on them. That is certainly still a part of her latest book, You Will Know Me, but in this new novel she takes it one step further by documenting how their developing psyches impact those around them – in particular, the effect on their parents.

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Among the Wicked – The BOLO Books Review

Readers can always count on one of Linda Castillo’s Amish-based mystery novels to transport them. Among the Wicked is the eighth full-length novel featuring Kate Burkholder and once again Castillo entertains and educates.

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Sisters In Crime Blogger Panel Recap

From the Booking Desk:

On Saturday, July 9, Dru Ann Love and I presented a panel on Blogging to the members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. We structured the discussion like a book and I promised to post a recap. Here is the working outline I used for this event, with some key points mentioned. Dru Ann has also posted a recap of her portion on Dru’s Book Musings.

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