From The Booking Desk:

This week is jam-packed with new releases. Because each of my chosen titles will appeal to a different type of reader, I couldn’t make my usual cuts to this list, so please forgive me – it really is longer than normal this week.  But I think you will be impressed with the quality of the work presented. You are sure to find a new favorite in this bunch.

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Kellye Garrett – Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $14.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

You have no doubt seen the BOLO review of Hollywood Homicide. Hopefully, that means you have already ordered this impressive debut!  I am thrilled that this book will finally be in the hands of the readers who have anxiously awaited it.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Actress Dayna Anderson’s Deadly New Role: Homicide Detective

Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semifamous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money―she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it―until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.

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Rachel Howzell Hall – City of Saviors (Forge, Hardcover, $26.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of City of Saviors has also already been posted.  This may be my favorite book in this favorite series of mine. If you haven’t met Elouise Norton yet, do yourself a favor and grab this book. You won’t be sorry.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Los Angeles Homicide Detective Elouise Norton encounters her toughest case yet in City of Saviors, the fourth installment in the critically acclaimed mystery series from author Rachel Howzell Hall.

After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable―heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.

But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church.

Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews―and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wolf in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.

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Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam, Hardcover, $26.00, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Readers have been on quite the journey with Maggie Hope. She is a historical heroine who appeals to the modern feminist in us all. In The Paris Spy, Maggie faces off against the Nazis as she also struggles with a much more personal mission.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she’s working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she’s disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can’t help longing for home.

But her missions come first. Maggie’s half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find her—that is, if Elise even wants to be found. Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite.

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Karin Slaughter – The Good Daughter (William Morrow, Hardcover, $27.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The Good Daughter is easily Karin Slaughter’s more ambitious and successful stand-alone novel. It’s a big book that never feels padded and is destined for many a beach read this season. A prequel story, Last Breath, has already been reviewed here on the blog for those wanting a taste of the characters before diving into this excellent book.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

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John Burley – The Quiet Child (William Morrow, Paperback, $15.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I was a huge fan of John Burley’s debut.  In fact, the BOLO Books review of The Absence of Mercy still be accessed on the blog. Look for a more in-depth review of this new novel coming soon.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy, comes a gripping and darkly psychological novel about family, suspicion, and the price we are willing to pay to protect those we love the most.

It’s the summer of 1954 and the residents of Cottonwood, California are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child the townspeople regard with fear and superstition, and who appears to bring ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by an illness that is slowly consuming her.

Sheriff Jim Kent has watched the people of his town suffer, increasingly aware of the whispers and rumors surrounding the boy–and he worries someone might take drastic action to protect their loved ones. Then a stranger arrives and Danny and his ten-year-old brother Sean go missing. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect, and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all.

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Jorn Lier Horst – Ordeal (Minotaur, Hardcover, 25.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I haven’t read this one yet, but I do love my Scandinavian crime fiction and Jorn Lier Horst has been on my list of authors to explore for quite some time. I am thrilled to see the books making their way over here for American Readers.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Frank Mandt died after a fall down his basement steps, the same basement that holds a locked safe bolted to the floor. His granddaughter, Sofie Lund, inherits the house but wants nothing to do with his money. She believes the old man let her mother die in jail and is bitterly resentful.

Line Wisting’s journalist instincts lead her into friendship with Sofie, and Line is with her when the safe is opened. What they discover unlocks another case and leads Chief Inspector William Wisting on a trial of murder to an ordeal that will eventually separate the innocent from the damned.

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Bruce Robert Coffin – Beneath the Depths (Witness Impulse, Paperback, $11.99, 08/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This is one series I am committed to catching up on this year, so why don’t you join me. Bruce Robert Coffin is a former detective turned writer and a heck of a nice guy. As paperback originals (and e-books) this series is also an affordable way to try a celebrated new author.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When the body of prominent Portland attorney Paul Ramsey turns up in the bottom of Casco Bay, following his loss of a multimillion dollar civil trial, Byron knows it’s no accidental drowning. Golden boy Ramsey had a dark side—and Byron believes the key to solving his murder lies in uncovering those secrets someone wanted buried along with him.

With the brilliant Detective Diane Joyner by his side, Byron takes on Ramsey’s former employer, the powerhouse law firm of Newman, Branch & DeWitt. But delving further into the troubled waters of Ramsey’s past only serves to lengthen the list of suspects—unleashing a perfect storm of corruption, betrayal, and murder that only Byron can stop. If he’s not too late.