From The Booking Desk:

It is Cyber Monday, so I suspect lots of online shopping will be taking place. I hope that each of you order at least one book – for yourself or for a gift. Maybe both!  By the end of the week, we’ll be into December already. Time is flying.

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Michael Wiley – Monument Road (Severn House, Hardcover, $28.99, 12/01/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A dark and gritty series debut. This Florida-based tale is a must for fans of noir.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Introducing former death-row inmate turned private investigator Franky Dast in the first of an intriguing new crime noir series.

Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge, Franky is torn. Should he help the man he hates more than any other, the man who remains convinced of Franky’s guilt to this day?

As Franky delves further, he comes to realize that in order to prove Higby’s innocence, he must also prove his own. Unless he finds out what happened that fateful night eight years before, the night 15-year-old Duane Bronson and his 13-year-old brother were murdered, Franky will always be under suspicion, and the real killer will remain free. What really happened that dark, wet night on Monument Road? And is Franky prepared for the shocking truth?

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Cheryl Hollon – Etched in Tears (Kensington, Paperback, $7.99, 11/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This St. Petersburg, Florida-based cozy should be just what is needed to remind you to book your tickets for the 2018 Bouchercon, which will be held in that wonderful community.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

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Hilary Bonner – Deadly Dance (Severn House, Hardcover, $28.99, 12/01/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another series debut, this one set in Bristol, England. Perfect for suspense fans who also enjoy police procedurals.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

This compelling novel of psychological suspense is the first in an intriguing new series featuring Bristol detective, DI David Vogel.

The discovery of the partially-clothed body of a teenage girl in the heart of Bristol’s red light district indicates a tragic yet familiar scenario. But this marks the start of a baffling murder investigation where nothing is as it first appears. Fourteen-year-old Melanie Cooke told her mother she was visiting a school friend. Who was she really going to meet?

Detective Inspector David Vogel is led towards three very different principal protagonists, each of whom grows increasingly chilling. But are they what they seem? And is any one of them capable of murder?

A darkly complex secret lies behind Melanie’s death – and its ultimate revelation will shock Vogel and his team to the core.