From the Booking Desk:

Many crime fiction fans wait all year for this week to arrive. This week, the new Louise Penny novel is released. I also have another suggestion for you when you are out at the bookstore picking up the latest Gamache mystery. If you are a fan of Louise’s characterization, you will appreciate Edwin’s as well.

Louise Penny – A Better Man (Minotaur, Hardcover, $28.99, 08/27/2019)

BOLO Books Comments:

Gamache is back. In a novel that includes dangerous flood waters, social media taunting, domestic abuse, and countless other secrets, Louise Penny once again succeeds in taking readers on a compelling journey in her own unique style. Her books always have complex mystery plots, but it’s the humanity and life lessons that keep us returning to Three Pines year after year.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.

As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?


Edwin Hill – The Missing Ones (Kensington, Hardcover, $26.00, 08/27/2019)

BOLO Books Comments:

If you read Edwin Hill’s Little Comfort, you know that this is one talented author who refuses to be pigeon-holed into genre conventions. With The Missing Ones, he proves that he is no one-hit wonder. In many ways, this novel adds to and increases the impact of that debut. Look for a special launch day review of the book tomorrow, but waste no time in ordering this one, folks.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.
Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.
Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .