From The Booking Desk:

I trust that everyone had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. You didn’t think I forgot about the new books coming out, did you?  Nope, I just added a few extra days to the holiday break, but never fear. Here are some excellent books out this week.

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Mindy Mejia – Everything You Want Me To Be (Atria, Hardcover, $26.00, 01/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Everything You Want Me To Be ran late last year, so hopefully this book is already on your radar. Perfect for fans who love suspense tales tied to psychological insight.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

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Belinda Bauer – The Beautiful Dead (Atlantic Monthy Press, Hardcover, $25.00, 01/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Mentioned on several UK end-of-year Best of 2016 lists, Bauer’s latest makes it to the States as the new year dawns. In this serial killer novel, the interaction between journalist and criminal harkens back to novels like The Silence of the Lambs.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Belinda Bauer is an award-winning British crime writer of the highest caliber, whose smart, stylish novels have captivated readers and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic and earned her a reputation as “the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell” (Mail on Sunday (UK)). Her latest, The Beautiful Dead, is a riveting narrative centered on a down-on-her-luck journalist and a serial killer desperate for the spotlight.

TV crime reporter Eve Singer’s career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders—each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there’s a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder—possibly her own.

A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end, The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer’s reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.

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Joanne Harris – Different Class (Touchstone, Hardcover, $26.00, 01/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Best known for general fiction books such as Chocolat, here Joanne Harris once again tackles a crime novel in a unique way. Harris is not one to be tied down to formulas, but all her novels are excellent.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

From the New York Times bestselling author of Chocolat comes a dark, suspenseful tale in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith about a sociopathic young outcast at an antiquated prep school and the curmudgeonly Latin teacher who uncovers his dangerous secret.

After thirty years at St. Oswald’s Grammar in North Yorkshire, England, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its own clowns, rebels, and underdogs—all who hold a special place in the old teacher’s heart. But every so often there’s a boy who doesn’t quite fit the mold. A troublemaker. A boy with darkness inside.

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new headmaster arrives at the venerable school, bringing with him new technology, sharp suits, and even girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist these steps toward the future, a shadow from his past begins to stir again. A boy who still haunts Straitley’s dreams twenty years later. A boy capable of terrible things.

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Terry Shames – An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock (Seventh Street, Paperback, $15.95, 01/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

With this latest book, Terry Shames has gifted fans with a look back at the history of her lead character Samuel Craddock, while also providing the perfect entre for readers new to the series. Seventh Street Books’ paperback originals are also great for the wallet.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When the Jarrett Creek Fire Department is called to douse a blaze on the outskirts of town, they discover a grisly scene: five black young people have been murdered. Newly elected Chief of Police Samuel Craddock, just back from a stint in the Air Force, finds himself an outsider in the investigation headed by the Texas Highway Patrol. He takes an immediate dislike to John Sutherland, a racist trooper

Craddock’s fears are realized when Sutherland arrests Truly Bennett, a young black man whom Craddock knows and respects. Sutherland cites dubious evidence that points to Bennett, and Craddock uncovers facts leading in another direction. When Sutherland refuses to relent, Craddock is faced with a choice that will define him as a lawman—either let the highway patrol have its way, or take on a separate investigation himself.

Although his choice to investigate puts both Craddock and his family in danger, he perseveres. In the process, he learns something about himself and the limits of law enforcement in Jarrett Creek.