From The Booking Desk:

It is hard to talk about crime fiction on a day when we have had the worst mass shooting ever in the United States, but it’s also a comfort to keep to routine during times like this. Please hug your loved ones today and say a prayer for the families of those injured and killed in this senseless act.

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Renee James – Seven Suspects (Oceanview, e-book, $9.99, 10/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Seven Suspects ran last week. Hopefully, you pre-ordered it at the time, but if not, tomorrow is release day and this is a book you are going to want to read.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Bobbi Logan is a successful businesswoman and a celebrated hairdresser. She is a witty, articulate woman who has survived rape, gender transition, a murder investigation, and countless acts of bullying and bigotry to get where she is―and she’s made enemies along the way. Now one of them is stalking her. With each passing day, the threats become more brazen, more violent, and more personal. No one knows who here stalker is or why he’s after her, but he’s getting closer every day.

Bobbi is intimidated but she has vowed to never be the victim again. She accumulates a list of six suspects, and with courage and persistence, she hunts them down, one by one―stalking her possible stalkers. But as she confronts those men who may want to do her harm, the number seven keeps haunting her―there must be a seventh suspect.

And when she finds him, Bobbi’s world implodes.

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Sarah Bailey – The Dark Lake (Grand Central, Hardcover, $26.00, 10/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another excellent first novel in a year that has seen some very strong debuts. This Australian-based novel is gripping and psychologically astute. The writing is top-notch, the characters are unique, and the storyline is tightly-plotted. Readers will be anxious for more from Sarah Bailey – her voice and locale feel fresh and needed in the crime fiction genre.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets–an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past. Brilliantly rendered, THE DARK LAKE has characters as compelling and mysteries as layered as the best thrillers from Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah.

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J.J. Hensley – Bolt Action Remedy (Down & Out Book, Paperback, $17.95, 10/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Earlier this year, I did the BOLO Books cover reveal for Bolt Action Remedy. Now, you can read the book itself.  As a lead character, Trevor Galloway is sure to appeal to readers, especially those who enjoy a flawed hero – one always striving to do good, but not always guaranteed to succeed on that front. As an added bonus, ski enthusiasts will connect with the clever crime method and the suspect pool.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into the year-old homicide of a prominent businessman who was gunned down on his estate in Central Pennsylvania. When Galloway arrives, he determines the murder could have only been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas: skiing and shooting. He believes the assailant should not be too difficult to identify given the great amount of skill and athleticism needed to pull off the attack. When he discovers the victim’s property is next door to a biathlon training camp, the situation becomes significantly more complicated.

Galloway makes plenty of enemies as he sifts through stories about lucrative land deals, possible drug connections, and uncovers evidence suggesting the homicide may have been an elaborate suicide. As he attempts to navigate through an unfamiliar rural landscape, he does his best not to succumb to an old drug addiction, or become confused by one of his occasional hallucinations.

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Sarah Pinborough – 13 Minutes (Flatiron, Hardcover, $17.99, 10/03/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

It has taken a while for 13 Minutes to reach US shores, but now YA readers can dive into this twisty crime novel which explores the dangers associated with the social cliques inherent in high school life.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this―it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.