From The Booking Desk:

There are some weeks where readers simply *need* to go to the bookstore and this week is one of them.  There are so many excellent releases available today.

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Stephanie Gayle – Idyll Fears (Seventh Street, Paperback, $15.95, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Idyll Fears posted to the blog last week. This is an excellent police procedural with a unique protagonist. Don’t miss it!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is already on the rise and the police seem to be making mistakes left and right. Further complicating matters, Lynch, still new to town, finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague, someone struggling to accept working with a gay chief of police.

With time ticking away, Lynch is beginning to doubt whether he’ll be able to bring Cody home safely . . . and whether Idyll could ever really be home.

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Catriona McPherson – House. Tree. Person (Midnight Ink, Hardcover, $24.99, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Catriona McPherson continues to impress with her stand-alone suspense novels. House. Tree. Person. may just be the best one yet. Readers who enjoy unreliable narrators and acute psychological understanding will come away with a new appreciation of McPherson’s skill at manipulating the reader in the best possible way. This is one of those books where saying too much will ruin the reader experience, so my lips are sealed. Just know that you need to buy this book!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern’s life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he’s in danger, too. But her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband pushed her into, is using up everything she’s got every day. She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can’t really be there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can’t be as dark as they seem. But can Ali hold herself, her life, and her family together without getting blood on her hands?

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Jess Lourey – March of Crime (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $14.99, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Jess Lourey is quickly coming to the end of her Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series. Fans of humorous situations and quirky local-color characters will find much to love here, but the crime and resolution are more than rewarding as well. Easily enjoyed by those new to the series, March of Crime will entice readers to explore the other months in the series.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Ida Gilbertson of the Battle Lake Senior Sunset nursing home has a new hobby: crafting life-sized dolls and displaying them around town. Budding PI Mira James finds the dolls creepy enough on their own, but when she’s forced to sit next to one and discovers a human corpse under the hat and wig, it becomes personal.

Police Chief Gary Wohnt is all too eager to pin the blame on Mira. When her sleuthing gives him the perfect excuse to lock her up, it’s up to Mayor Kennie Rogers and Mrs. Berns to help her out. Racing against the clock, Mira must unmask the murderer before she either becomes a jailbird or the next dolled up victim.

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Sharon Bolton – Dead Woman Walking (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This standalone from Sharon Bolton had strong buzz when released in the UK last year. If you haven’t read a Bolton book yet, you are missing out.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In Dead Woman Walking, from master of suspense Sharon Bolton, the sole survivor of a hot-air balloon crash witnesses a murder as the balloon is falling.

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all…

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Denise Swanson – Dead in the Water (Sourcebook, Paperback, $7.99, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I am a huge fan of the original Scrumble River series by Denise Swanson, so I have to admit to being very intrigued by this new series launch – also set in Scrumble River. I can’t imagine this being anything less than completely entertaining.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder―oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover―especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

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Deon Meyer – Fever (Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $26.00, 09/05/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Deon Meyer is one of those authors who should be more well-known. Here he gives readers his take on the dystopian future. The story of a father and son relationship set against the harshest backdrop imaginable, expect deep insight into human nature and a gripping, fast-paced plot.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have survived a devastating virus that has swept over the planet. Their lives turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy.

Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is both a thinker and a leader, a wise and compassionate man with a vision for a new community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is founded, drawing Storm’s “homeless and tempest-tost”―starting with Melinda Swanevelder, whom they rescue from brutal thugs; Hennie Fly, with his vital Cessna plane; Beryl Fortuin and her ragtag group of orphans; and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand, whom Nico immediately recognizes as someone you want on your side. And then Sofia Bergman arrives, the most beautiful girl Nico has ever seen, who changes everything.

So the community grows, and with each step forward, as resources increase, so do the challenges they must face―not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within. Nico undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this brand new world, testing his loyalty to the limits. Looking back later in life, he recounts the traumatic events that led to the greatest rupture of all―the murder of the person he loves most.

Propulsively readable, Fever is a gripping epic of humanity striving for a noble vision against its basest impulses.