BOLO – Week of April 30, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

We are coming off of Malice Domestic weekend here and once again it was a wonderful event filled with friends and readers.  If you have never been, you really should consider attending next year. I’d love to meet you!

This week’s list of books to be on the look out for is a bit different than normal. With the exception of one title, I have not yet read these books, but you will soon see why they are on the list. Perhaps we’ll run into each other at the bookstore as we set out to buy them tomorrow.

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David Swinson – Crime Song (Mulholland, Hardcover, $26.00, 05/02/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

David Swinson’s The Second Girl was one of my favorite reads last year – even making the BOLO Books Top Reads of 2016 list. I am happy to report that Crime Song is an excellent follow-up.  Look for a review of the book coming soon here on the blog.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Frank Marr was a good cop with a bad habit, until his burgeoning addictions to alcohol and cocaine forced him into retirement from the DC police. Now barely eking out a living as a private investigator, he agrees to take on a family case: a favor for his aunt, who was like a second mother to him growing up.

Frank’s surveillance confirms that his cousin Jeffrey is involved with a small-time drugs operation. Modest stuff, until Frank’s own home is burglarized, leaving a body on the kitchen floor: Jeffrey. Worse, Frank’s .38 revolver-the murder weapon-is stolen, along with his cherished music collection, his only possessions of sentimental value: dozens of vinyl albums that belonged to his late mother. Only Frank’s stash, his dwindling supply of the cocaine he needs to get through the day, is untouched. Why?

Clearly, his cousin was deeper in the underworld than anyone realized. With the weight of his family, his reputation, and his own life on the line, he’ll have to find the culprit by following the stolen goods through a tangled network of petty thieves, desperate addicts, deceiving fences, good cops, bad cops, and one morally compromised taxi driver.

Frank’s as determined to uncover the truth as he is to feed his habit, and both pursuits could prove deadly. This time, it may just be a question of what gets him first.

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Paula Hawkins – Into the Water (Riverhead, Hardcover, $28.00, 05/02/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I was unable to get an advance copy of Paula Hawkins’ follow-up to The Girl on the Train, but I am hoping that is not as worrisome as it seems. Either way, anticipation for the book is very high, so it must be on this list.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
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Shawn Reilly Simmons – Murder is the Main Course (Henry Press, Paperback, $15.95, 05/02/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The fourth book in Shawn Reilly Simmons’ Red Carpet Catering cozy series is sure to be as delightful as the previous books. Filled with behind the scenes tidbits and wonderfully fun characters, this series should find its way into many a beach bag this summer season.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Small Town. Big Secrets. Penelope and her Red Carpet Catering crew find themselves transported to a different world when they arrive on their newest movie set in rural Indiana. Surrounded by prickly locals, a nervous director out to prove herself, and a vast forest with secrets all its own, Penelope feels more homesick for the big city than ever before. When she finds their host, owner of Indiana’s newest culinary hotspot, dead of an apparent suicide, Penelope works to uncover the darker truths boiling beneath the surface of his seemingly perfect life.

Asked to help keep the late chef’s restaurant afloat, Penelope is fried trying to juggle two kitchens and a ravenous cast and crew. When the chef’s suicide turns out to be murder, and the restaurant is vandalized in the middle of the night, Penelope must find out who is behind it all before she’s the next one on the chopping block.
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Agnete Friis – What My Body Remembers (Soho Crime, Hardcover, $25.95, 05/02/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

As a huge fan of Agnete Friis’ Nina Borg series (written with Lene Kaaberbol), I cannot wait to see what she comes up with on her own.  And just look at that striking cover. It certainly makes you want to know more.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that night or her childhood before it—but her body remembers. The PTSD-induced panic attacks she now suffers incapacitate her for hours at a time, sometimes days.

After one particularly bad episode lands Ella in a psych ward, she discovers her son, Alex, has been taken from her by the state and placed with a foster family. Desperate not to lose her son, Ella kidnaps Alex and flees to the seaside town in northern Denmark where she was born. Her grandmother’s abandoned house is in grave disrepair, but she can live there for free until she can figure out how to convince social services that despite everything, she is the best parent for her child.

But being back in the small town forces Ella to confront the demons of her childhood—the monsters her memory has tried so hard to obscure. What really happened that night her mother died? Was her grandmother right—was Ella’s father unjustly convicted? What other secrets were her parents hiding from each other? If Ella can start to remember, maybe her scars will begin to heal—or maybe the truth will put her in even greater danger.
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Susan C. Shea – Love and Death in Burgundy (Minotaur, Hardcover, $24.99, 05/02/2017

BOLO Books Comments:

Susan C. Shea wants to take readers to France and I am happy to volunteer. It is always wonderful to jump into a series at the beginning, so why not check this one out – how can you go wrong with wine, cheese, and the French countryside?

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

From critically acclaimed author, Susan C. Shea, comes Love & Death in Burgundy, an atmospheric mystery novel filled with good Chablis, french cheese, and, of course, murder.

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that’s no easy task.

When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town’s secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine’s quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers’ secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.
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Radha Vatsal – Murder Between the Lines (Soucebooks Landmark, Paperback, $15.95, 05/02/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Radha Vatsal at this weekend’s Malice Domestic event. I was immediately intrigued by the concept of her historical series which sounds like it will easily resonate with modern readers – covering the role of women, journalistic mores, and a nation in turmoil, it sounds a bit too much like the world we live in today. Book One, A Front Page Affair, is available now and Book Two will be out tomorrow.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Intrepid journalist Kitty Weeks returns in the second book in this acclaimed WW1-era historical mystery series to investigate the death of a boarding school student.

When Kitty’s latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing-but there’s more going on at the school than initially meets the eye.
Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctor’s proclaim that the girl’s sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn’t so sure.
Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario-a murder that may involve Elspeth’s scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.

5 thoughts on “BOLO – Week of April 30, 2017

  1. Great seeing you at Malice—and several promising books here, of course. I know Shawn and Susan and their work well, and I met Radha over the weekend myself (sat at her table at New Author Breakfast). Looking forward to her work.

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