From The Booking Desk:

This week’s list of books to be on the look out for run the gamut – from thriller to mystery, from gothic to sci fi, and many other styles along the way. Summer reading is in full swing and there should be a title or two here for everyone.

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Elaine Viets – Fire and Ashes (Thomas & Mercer, Paperback, $15.95, 07/25/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Elaine Viets returns with the second book in her thriller series featuring Angela Richman, Death Investigator. As reader’s discovered in the first book Brain Storm, Angela is a character who is easy to root for; she is always trying to do that right thing, even given her rough road in life. Viets has a knack for infusing her plots with topical issues – here economic disparity comes to the forefront – without ever losing sight for the need for an entertaining and exciting plot. Viets keeps things moving at a steady clip right through to the unexpected conclusion.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the exclusive, gated enclave of Olympia Forest Estates, death investigator Angela Richman watches a mansion go up in a fiery blaze. With it, seventy-year-old financier Luther Delor, a drunken, bed-hopping rhinestone cowboy. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, Delor may have scandalized Chouteau Forest, but his murder has united it against the accused: Delor’s twenty-year-old girlfriend, Kendra Salvato, an “outsider.” With an engagement ring bigger than Chouteau County, she’s being railroaded straight to death row as a gold-digging killer.

All there is against Kendra is vicious gossip and anti-Mexican rage, and both are spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile, Angela is trying to douse the flames with forensic work that’s putting the Forest on edge. After all, facts could implicate one of their own. Now, sifting through the ashes of a vicious crime—and the guilty secrets of the privileged—only Angela can get to the truth, and prevent an innocent woman from getting burned.

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Glen Erik Hamilton – Every Day Above Ground (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99, 07/25/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This is the third book in Hamilton’s series featuring Van Shaw – a conflicted man trying to do the right thing after following the wrong path. Like the other in this series, is sure to appeal to those who enjoy the darker noir side of crime fiction. Van Shaw is a character readers will be able to relate to and Hamilton certainly knows how to put the poor guy through the wringer.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A favor for a dying ex-con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw in this emotionally powerful and gritty thriller from the award-winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter.

It sounds like a thief’s dream to Van Shaw: A terminally ill ex-con tells him of an easy fortune in gold, abandoned and nearly forgotten after its original owner died in prison. For the dying man, the money is a legacy to ensure his preteen daughter’s future. For Van, the gold is cash he desperately needs to rebuild his destroyed family home.

The grandson of a career criminal who taught him all the tricks of his trade, Van suspects that nothing is ever that easy. Sure enough, the safe holding the fortune is a trap—set by a mysterious player armed with tremendous resources and a lifetime of hatred. Now, Shaw’s partner is in the clutches of the hunters, and the former army ranger may be their next prey. But when the ex-con’s innocent daughter is threatened too, Van’s own hard childhood means he can’t let her come to harm.

To discover who has them in the cross hairs, Shaw must seek out the hunters’ real prey. His quest leads him from an underground bare-knuckle fighting ring, which may be fronting a darker purpose, to a massive pop-culture convention, where Van and his allies, Hollis and Corcoran, play a dangerous game with foes on every side. It also introduces Van to a brash and beautiful aspiring journalist who poses a whole different kind of personal risk.

For years, Van Shaw has tried to live every day above ground, on the right side of the law, even though crime is his gift . . . and in his blood. If he survives the coming storm, he’ll have to decide what he wants—and whether he can live as an outlaw without sacrificing his honor.

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Saul Black – LoveMurder (St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, $25.99, 07/25/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This is Saul Black’s second book with Valerie Hart as the lead, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. Certainly not for the squeamish, this book is perhaps more violent than necessary. That said, the structure of the plot is interesting and readers will never be bored.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When she’s called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming―and utterly evil―Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine’s victims. And then there’s the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie.

To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer’s twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine’s mind, and this time Valerie isn’t so sure which one of them will survive.

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Annemarie Neary – The Orphans (Cornerstone, e-Book, $12.99, 07/27/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Here is a domestic suspense title from the UK – available here in the States as an e-book. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but you can tell from the synopsis below that this fits right in my wheelhouse. I can’t wait to dive in.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Eight-year-old Jess and her little brother were playing at the water’s edge when their parents vanished.

For hours the children held hands and waited for them to return. But nobody ever came back.

Years later, Jess has become a locker of doors. Now a lawyer and a mother, she is determined to protect the life she has built around her. But her brother Ro has grown unpredictable, elusive and obsessive.

When new evidence suggests that their mother might be alive, Ro reappears, convinced that his sister knows more than she claims.

And then bad things start to happen.

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Eve Chase – The Wildling Sisters (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Hardcover, $27.00, 07/25/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another book I haven’t yet read – I have it on pre-order – this Gothic historical sounds wonderful. Complex family dynamics, two handsome neighbors, and a dark deadly secret.  Yes, please!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets.

When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home, where signs of her widower husband’s previous wife are around every corner. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, at odds with her fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

Rich with the heat and angst of love both young and old, The Wildling Sisters is a gorgeous and breathtaking journey into the bonds that unite a family and the darkest secrets of the human heart.

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Tal M. Klein – The Punch Escrow (Geek & Sundry, Paperback, $14.99, 07/25/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Like the best science fiction, this novel is rooted in contemporary problems. As science and religion clash – er, continue to clash – Joel Byram has some serious issues to work out, with himself. Clever and cutting-edge, The Punch Escrow taps into the geek in all of us to make for an unexpected adventure quite unlike anything else.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport―the world’s most powerful corporation, in a world controlled by corporations.

Joel Byram spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday twenty-second century guy with everyday problems―until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.