From The Booking Desk:

First, let us all take a moment to send some good wishes and positive energy to the good folks down in Texas as they deal with this historic flooding. You are in our thoughts!

This week’s list of new books leads off with the much-anticipated new Louise Penny novel, but perhaps you’ll pick up one of these other excellent choices while you are at the the bookstore buying the latest Gamache tale. If you do, you won’t be sorry.

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Louise Penny – Glass Houses (Minotaur, Hardcover, $28.99, 08/29/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Glass Houses ran earlier in the month. As always, this is a spoiler-free review, but I’m sure many of your have already ordered this novel based on Louise Penny’s successful track record.  Trust me when I say that this is one of the best in a series that never fails to shine.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

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Marcia Clark – Snap Judgment (Thomas & Mercer, Hardcover, $24.95, 08/29/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

It is no surprise that Marcia Clark writes some of the most compelling and incisive legal dramas around, but she also understands human nature and elicits empathy from her reading audience. If you haven’t yet met Sam Brinkman, it’s certainly time for you to do so.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the third installment of Marcia Clark’s bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman’s investigation into a family’s deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

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Kelly Simmons – The Fifth of July (Sourcebook, Paperback, $15.99, 08/29/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

There is nothing like the story of an upper-crust family with secrets to pass a summer afternoon on the beach. This is Kelly Simmons’ second novel – after One More Day – but she has quickly carved out her niche and is most certainly soon to be a staple of summer reading for many. These are excellent stand-alone human dramas with enough surprises to please any reader.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

After a tragic Fourth of July weekend, one upper-crust American family learns that some secrets never stay hidden, no matter how deeply you bury them…

Any of the Warners could have been behind the accident. Every one of them had a problem that threatened to tarnish more than their old-money silver.

Having spent the past three decades’ worth of summers on Nantucket, the Warners are as much a part of the island as the crust of salt on the ferry. But this year is different: Tripp is no longer the father he was, and it becomes clear that nothing―not the beams that hold the house together, and not the values the family clings to―can survive the ravages of time. When tradition turns to tragedy, the creaky old house swirls with suspicion. There are just so many reasons to want someone gone.

With no easy answers as to how, why, or who, the Warners must face another frightening question: do they really want to know the truth?

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Gregory Scott Katsoulis – All Rights Reserved (Harlequin Teen, Hardcover, $18.99, 08/29/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Gregory Scott Katsoulis has given teens a vision of the future that is completely plausible and which resonates with our modern society. Expect this one novel to be a common reference point for years to come.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech—rather than say anything at all—she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.