From The Booking Desk:

There is a crispness to hear that that let’s us know that it is time to begin thinking about holiday gift-giving. With that in mind, this week’s books to be on the look out for are both perfect for your reading pleasure, as well as great options to bestow upon others during the upcoming holidays.

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Megan Miranda – Fragments of the Lost (Crown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, $18.99, 11/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

If you don’t know the name Megan Miranda, it is time to rectify that. Megan has been consistently writing both excellent psychological thrillers as well as young adult novels with crime elements.  This new novel sounds excellent, but come on, that cover alone is a must have for any crime fiction bookshelf.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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Wendy Tyson – Seeds of Revenge (Henery Press, Paperback, $15.95, 11/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The new entry is Wendy Tyson’s wonderful Greenhouse Mystery series is a holiday offering. No doubt, this cozy read will be perfect for…well…cozying up next to the fireplace with your favorite beverage and a few hours to spare for relaxation during the hectic holiday season.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s time to cuddle up with a holiday whodunit.

Smell the crisp pines and baking cranberries as you sip your hot apple cider. It may be the season, but the mood in Winsome is anything but jolly. Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. So much so that she braves a December snowstorm to pitch her fresh greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs. And then she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. But this woman is no stranger to Winsome. It’s Becca Fox. A love chemist (you read that right). She’s headed to her aunt’s house to sell her love potions at holiday events.

Or so Becca thinks.

Her sneaky aunt only invited Becca home to reunite her with her estranged father. It sounds noble and kind-hearted, until the man ends up dead. Megan soon finds herself in the middle. She realizes Becca’s not the only one getting iced over. Megan’s own aunt, the famous mystery author, is dragged into the drama. Her novels implicate her and she’s in trouble. Now it’s personal. Our Megan must follow a cryptic trail of literary clues, all while sifting through the victim’s sordid past. She gets closer to the truth as the murderer gets closer to her.

How’s that for a ho ho ho? Don’t let your fresh apple crisp burn in the oven because you’re lost in this holiday homicide.

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P.D. James – Sleep No More (Knopf, Hardcover, $21.00, 11/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

There is so much to do during the holiday seasons that short stories are a wonderful option – just the right length to escape the stress. And who better to provide those tales then the legendary P. D. James?

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s not always a question of “whodunit?” Sometimes there’s more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren’t brought down even though they’re found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.