BOLO – Week of November 23, 2014

From The Booking Desk:

It’s a holiday week here in the States.  On Thursday, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, there are a few books for us to be thankful for.

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Five Fires –
The BOLO Books Review

There are three primary types of short story writers: Those that focus on the short story format and make a successful career within the field; those that are just starting their writerly journey and use the short story genre as a way to introduce readers to themselves and/or their style; and lastly, established authors who occasionally dabble in the shorter format, usually as a way of writing works that would not fit into their larger oeuvre.

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Bouchercon 2014 Recap – Saturday and Sunday
(Part Two)

From the Booking Desk:

Yesterday, I posted my recap of the first few days of Bouchercon.  Now, let’s take a look at the weekend itself.

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Bouchercon 2014 Recap – Tuesday through Friday
(Part One)

From the Booking Desk:

Boucerchon 2014 Long Beach has come and gone, but the memories will linger for a lifetime. In addition to the wonderful panels and events, it was a great joy to collect hugs from friends, discover new authors, and congratulate the worthy award winners. This was my sixth Bouchercon and it was just as special as the first.

Many people will be posting their thoughts about the conference and so I must do the same. For those that were not able to attend, it will give a sense of what Bouchercon is like; and for those that were there, this will help to extended the enjoyment just a bit longer.

I’m going to divide this into two posts, since this will be a lengthy discussion.

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BOLO – Week of November 16, 2014

From The Booking Desk:

I will just be traveling back from Bouchercon, but I did want to let you all know about one big book coming out this week.


Cinderella Murders

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke – The Cinderella Murders (Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $26.99, 11/18/2014)

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In a first-time collaboration, “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark partners with bestselling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page.

BOLO Books Comments:

Two masters of the genre working together for the first time.  Expect this one to hit the bestseller list before you finish reading this sentence.


Curtains on Bouchercon 2014

From The Booking Desk:

Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, CA has been a whirlwind of excitement.  A full recap will be coming in the next week or so, but until then, I just wanted to say one final thank you to Ingrid Willis and her gang for putting on a great conference.  Farewell to my crime fiction family.  See you again soon!

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