From The Booking Desk:

As we head into the middle of December and the holiday season really kicks in, things will naturally slow down a bit on the publishing front. In the coming weeks, I will begin to talk about the early 2018 releases that are currently blowing my mind. But lest we forget, there are some great books out this week as well, just waiting to fill your gift-giving needs. Read on!

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James L’Etoile – Bury the Past (Crooked Lane, Hardcover, $26.99, 12/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This was my first James L’Etoile novel and it certainly did not disappoint. The second book in his series, this one can certainly be read by new-comers to L’Etoile’s work. Polar opposite partners, Newberry and Penly, are characters readers will immediately embrace (some will prefer one or the other, but more will enjoy and related to both). The plot breaths new life into the police corruption angle, but it is the skillful juggling of the investigation with the home lives of the detectives that makes this novel such a pleasure to read.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

How do you stop a killer who’s already behind bars?

Sacramento Police Detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry are enlisted to investigate a case involving the trafficking of stolen street drugs. But they quickly find it’s more difficult than they first imagined when the crime is being committed by a group of corrupt cops undermining the system.

That’s not the only wrench thrown at Penley and Newberry, however, as Sherman, the leader of the group, is orchestrating murders against those who testified against him. He turns the lens onto Newberry, who begins to receive blame and as the political pressure mounts, it’s clear someone has to pay for the crimes. And it comes down to Newberry or Sherman.

With a plot full of twisty, hairpin runs and heart-pounding action, Jim L’Etoile’s Bury the Past is a riveting follow-up to the first in the Detective Penley mysteries, At What Cost.

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Cathy Ace – Murder Keeps No Calendar (Four Tails, Kindle, $5.99, 12/11/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

As a huge fan of Cathy Ace’s work, this new short story collection is a must! Featuring the origin stories for the characters from both of her two successful series, each tale of murder is sure to delight. As always, Ace’s love of travel features heavily. This one will be perfect for those few moments of downtime between seasonal engagements.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Twelve ‘killer’ tales, each connected with one month of the year!

For those who already know Cathy Ace’s characters Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson – or the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency – this collection of novellas and short stories will bring the delight of finding out how they met their ‘significant others’ and began their murderous adventures.

For those discovering this award-winning author for the first time, you’re in for a treat…with twelve tales of intrigue and murder to enjoy, two of which have already been produced for BBC Radio 4.

These stories take you on journeys to Wales, China, Canada, Scotland, Italy and England…where you’ll meet unforgettable characters who all have something in common – MURDER!

Soak up the local atmosphere as you consider some puzzling crimes, enjoy thrills and suspense, and take a sideways glance at devious, dastardly deeds.

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Dawn Eastman – Unnatural Causes (Crooked Lane, Hardcover, $26.99, 12/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I didn’t have access to an early reader’s copy of this book, but the premise is too intriguing not to feature it here. The setting – Ann Arbor; the protagonist – a doctor setting up a new practice; and the plot – suicide or murder? certainly sounds promising. And the cover design is simple but very effective.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.