From The Booking Desk:

This week’s list of books to be on the look out for includes new names, old names, old names writing new styles, and so much variety. it’s a good week at the bookstores folks.

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Catriona McPherson – Scot Free (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $15.99, 04/08/2018)

BOLO Books Comments:

If you didn’t order it when you read the BOLO Books review of Scot Free, there is still time.  You don’t want to miss this delightful launch of a new series that will have laughing out loud and cheering on a new favorite heroine and her crazy band of misfit sidekicks.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Lexy Campbell fell in love and left her native Scotland for a golden life in California―hitched to a hunk, building her marriage counseling practice, living the dream. Six months later she’s divorced, broke, and headed home. There’s just one last thing. Lexy’s only client―sweet little old Mrs. Bombarro―is in jail for murdering her husband with a fireworks rocket.

Lexy knows the cops have got it wrong; all she needs is a few days to prove it and somewhere cheap to sleep at night. But checking into the Last Ditch Motel brings an unexpected slice of life and a whole world of trouble.

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Jo Nesbo – Macbeth (Hogarth, Hardcover, $27.00, 04/10/2018)

BOLO Books Comments:

It has long been said that if Shakespeare were writing today, he would most definitely be writing within the crime fiction genre. If fact, I would argue- and have argued – that he was writing in the crime fiction genre before there was a crime fiction genre. Helping to prove my point, Jo Nesbo updates Macbeth from a crime angle for the on-going Hogarth series of Shakespeare re-imaginings. Is there anything more noir than Macbeth? I think not.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.

Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

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Josh Malerman – Unbury Carol (Del Rey, Hardcover, $27.00, 04/10/2018)

BOLO Books Comments:

Josh Malerman writes books that are virtually impossible to categorize. Most people will probably put him further on the horror part of the spectrum, and that is valid, but there is no doubt that his books are also heavily influenced by the crime genre. This makes this worth checking out if you like you crime fiction dark and scary.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

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Simon Lelic – The New Neighbors (Berkley, Paperback, $16.00, 04/10/2018)

BOLO Books Comments:

Fans of domestic suspense will want to check this one out. Simon Lelic is a UK-based author who continues to rise in popularity with each new book. This might just be the novel that makes him a household name on both sides of the pond.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they’re innocent–or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?

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Becky Clark – Fiction Can Be Murder (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $15.95, 04/08/2018)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another debut in a new cozy series, Becky Clark’s book gives readers a behind the scenes look at the business of writing. Having the closed circle of suspects be Charlee’s critique group members is nothing short of brilliant and the unfurling of the mystery plot is perfectly paced. There is plenty of humor to entertain, but it is the characters that will have readers eager to come back for another meeting.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the product of her imagination―until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee’s new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group, making her confidence drop as severely and unexpectedly as her royalty payments.

The police care more about Charlee’s feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of her friends is a murderer. Easier said than done, even for an author who’s skilled at creating tidy endings for her mysteries. And as her sleuthing grows dangerous, Charlee’s imagination starts working overtime. Is she being targeted, too?