From the Booking Desk:

This is the ninth post for this incredibly popular feature here at BOLO Books – The APB (All Points Bulletin).

As always, competition for these slots was tough. Which books are generating that elusive buzz in the publishing industry? Which are books that I have been waiting for?

This feature works in conjunction with the weekly BOLO (Be On the Look Out) posts. Both are intended to highlight books that I am excited about in advance of their release date. In the case of the APB, the format is simply to present a gallery featuring the covers, the official release date of each book, and a brief explanation of why I am anticipating the title.

As we get closer to that release date, the BOLO post will give you more detailed information on each title, but in the meantime, feel free to research these titles on your own. And remember to pre-order!

AVAILABLE October 3: One of the recurring themes on this APB list is the stunning covers. I would pick this book up in an instant in the bookstore but it is the fact that this is the rare crime novel with a transgender protagonist that ultimately lands it on my list.

AVAILABLE October 3: A debut crime novel with an enigmatic victim who had a long-term friendship with the lead investigator, plus an academic setting. Yes, please! Industry buzz on this one has been very strong as well.

AVAILABLE October 17: Another debut novel. The cover doesn’t thrill me, but I hear this psychological suspense novel has enough secrets to keep me turning the pages long into the night. And that tag line is very intriguing.

AVAILABLE October 31: Clea Simon is typically known for her cozy writing, but here she makes a strong departure with a crime novel centered around Boston’s club culture and secrets that lie buried in the past. I’ve heard it is gritty and gripping.

AVAILABLE November 7: Victoria Thompson launches a new historical series about a beguiling female thief/con artist. Knowing Victoria, I’m sure this will have strong feminist overtones. And just look at that gorgeous cover.

AVAILABLE November 14: The Clarie Codella books have quickly become one of my favorite new crime fiction series. With a plot centering around a death at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a limited pool of suspects, I can’t wait to dive in new novel.

AVAILABLE November 14: This debut also centers around religion, although of a much more cult-like nature. The cover caught my attention, but the plot description sealed the deal.

AVAILABLE November 21: Domestic suspense about the lies told in a marriage and the gradual disintegration of a family. Probably the book I know the least about on this list, but a book that nevertheless has me ever so intrigued.

AVAILABLE December 5: The triumphant return of Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. Val McDermid has never let me down and this remains one of my guaranteed must-buy series even after nine books and a television series.

AVAILABLE December 5: I don’t read many cozy mysteries anymore, but Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild series is one of the exceptions. This entry paying homage to Agatha Christie and featuring a plot centered around another personal love – theater – make it an easy choice for this list.