From The Booking Desk:

With thrillers, mysteries, cozies, and something all together un-classifiable, this week’s list of books to be on the look out for is as diverse and it is strong. Please, have a look!

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Daniel Cole – Ragdoll (Ecco, Hardcover, $27.99, 04/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books Review of Ragdoll ran last week. Be sure to check that out and know that this is a debut that will be much talked about this year.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.

The final name on the list is Fawkes.

Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes.

With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction.

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Karen Olson – Betrayed (Severn House, Hardcover, $28.99, 04/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The third book in Karen Olson’s thriller series. This time out, Tina Adler – computer hacker extraordinaire – is facing her most personal case yet. Look for a longer review later this week.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Computer hacker Tina Adler discovers that her true enemy could be someone terrifyingly close to home in this cunningly-plotted tale of identity and suspense.

Framed for ordering a hit on mobster Tony DeMarco, Tina Adler is forced to re-enter the shadowy world of computer hacking she thought she’d left behind. In order to clear her name, she reluctantly joins an FBI team led by her old flame, Zeke Chapman, tasked with scouring the deep web to unearth DeMarco’s darkest secrets.

The trail will lead Tina to the person who framed her – but it may also reveal other secrets, secrets she would rather not know. DeMarco may, in fact, be the least of Tina’s worries. Could her true enemy be someone much closer to home?

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Mark Hill – Two O’Clock Boy (Sphere, Paperback, $7.64, 04/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Mark Hill’s Two O’Clock Boy will grab you by the collar and not let go.  This is a solid thriller that also tells us much about human nature – good and evil are flip sides of the same coin.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

TWO CHILDHOOD FRIENDS…ONE BECAME A DETECTIVE…ONE BECAME A KILLER…

Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager. Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried …until today. Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O’Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders – but he will go even further to cover up the truth.

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Olivia Sudjic – Sympathy (HMH, Hardcover, $25.00, 04/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This book is a difficult one to distill down into a simple description. It genre-hops by trying to be many different things – maybe too many things. But it is also very beautifully written and has much to say about a world too focused on cyber living. Included here for its uniqueness.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York, whose life story has strange parallels to her own and who she believes is her “Internet twin.” What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but—after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is coincidence. Their subsequent relationship is doomed from the outset, exposing a tangle of lies and sexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions—where do we come from?—is answered just by searching online.

In its heady evocation of everything from Haruki Murakami to Patricia Highsmith to Edith Wharton, Sympathy is utterly original—a thrilling tale of obsession, doubling, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.

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Marla Cooper – Dying on the Vine (Minotaur, Hardcover, $26.99, 04/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The first book in Marla Cooper’s wedding themed cozy series is nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, so interest in this follow-up is running very high. Those who enjoy the “lighter” side of crime fiction should check these books out.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can’t say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Babs’ high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that’s what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs’ funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next.

Set against the stunning backdrop of California wine country, Marla Cooper’s Dying on the Vine is a mystery brimming with gossip, wine, and, of course…murder.