From The Booking Desk:

Our thoughts are with the folks of Florida as they begin to assess the damage and recover from the ravages of Hurricane Irma.  I know that more than a few of them are excited about this week’s new release books, so I hope that things settle for them quickly so that they can enjoy some much deserved relaxation – perhaps with one of these excellent novels.

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Attica Locke – Bluebird, Bluebird (Mulholland, Hardcover, $26.00, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

You can read my thoughts on this novel in my spoiler-free review of Bluebird, Bluebird. I have said it before and will say it again, Attica Locke is in the forefront of the next generation of superstar crime fiction authors. She has an innate ability to merge the social ills of today with a gripping plot and conflicted characters resulting in some of the best novels out there, period.

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When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

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Reed Farrel Coleman – Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Hardcover, $27.00, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I will be posting a longer review of this novel later this week, but if you are a fan of Jesse Stone, Robert B. Parker, or Reed Farrel Coleman, you likely don’t need any further incentive to pick up this book. For me, the music element of the plot takes this one to a whole new level. I loved it!

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Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancée by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protégé, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman’s Sonnet.

That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what’s the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse’s investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further.

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Cheryl L. Reed – Poison Girls (Diversion, Paperback, $15.95, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Stop back here at BOLO Books tomorrow for a guest post from Cheryl giving us some more background on this interesting and timely novel concerning one of the unspoken threats facing society today.

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It’s the summer of 2008. Chicago’s Hyde Park Senator is running for the White House, the city is vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and “Poison,” a lethal form of heroin, has killed more than 250 people, including dozens of suburban girls from prominent families.

Natalie Delaney, a crime reporter from the Chicago Times, discovers that daughters of Democratic powerhouses are the real targets. Obsessed with finding who is behind the killings, Natalie becomes entangled in an underworld where drugs, cops, gangs, politics, and privilege collide. Risking everything, this reporter becomes the story…

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Frances Brody – Death at the Seaside (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Fans of Dame Agatha Christie should be reading Frances Brody. In this historical series, Kate Shackleton manages to get herself mixed up in all kinds of trouble. Frances always plays fair with the reader, delivering a complex mystery featuring authentic characters. Each also features a real feel for locale, allowing readers to be swept away to days of yore – albeit, one filled with genteel death and clever detective work.

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Frances Brody returns with an intricate, absorbing plot while capturing the atmosphere and language of 1920s England in the eighth book of her cozy mystery series.

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break.

Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard.

What makes this more intriguing is the jeweler who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August…

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David Burnsworth – In it for the Money (Henery Press, Paperback, $15.95, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

David Burnsworth launches a new PI series with In it for the Money. Set in South Carolina, Burnsworth brings the Lowcountry to life, but it is Blu Carraway that will have reader’s begging for more adventures. A series needs a central character readers can relate to and root for, and Blu has that in spades.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Lowcountry Private Investigator Blu Carraway needs a new client. He’s broke and the tax man is coming for his little slice of paradise. But not everyone appreciates his skills. Some call him a loose cannon. Others say he’s a liability. All the ex-Desert Storm Ranger knows is his phone hasn’t rung in quite a while. Of course, that could be because it was cut off due to delinquent payments.

Lucky for him, a client does show up at his doorstep–a distraught mother with a wayward son. She’s rich and her boy’s in danger. Sounds like just the case for Blu. Except nothing about the case is as it seems. The jigsaw pieces–a ransom note, a beat-up minivan, dead strippers, and a missing briefcase filled with money and cocaine–do not make a complete puzzle. The first real case for Blu Carraway Investigations in three years goes off the rails.

And that’s the way he prefers it to be.

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Marshall Thornton – Night Drop (Kenmore, E-book, $4.99, 09/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Having worked at a video store in my youth, I am excited for this new series launch. A lighter mystery with some much needed diversity sounds like just want the doctor ordered during these stressful times.

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It’s 1992 and Los Angeles is burning. Noah Valentine, the owner of Pinx Video in Silver Lake, notices the fires have taken their toll on fellow shopkeeper Guy Peterson’s camera shop. After the riots end, he decides to stop by Guy’s apartment to pick up his overdue videos, only to find Guy’s family dividing up his belongings. He died in the camera store fire—or did he? Noah and his downstairs neighbors begin to suspect something else might have happened to Guy Peterson. Something truly sinister.

The first in a new series from Lambda Award-winner Marshall Thornton, Night Drop strikes a lighter tone than the Boystown Mysteries, while bringing Silver Lake of the early 1990s to life.