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Triple Time With 2017 Anticipation by Holstine, Love, and Zgorski

While most bloggers are discussing their favorite books of 2016 – and certainly we are not immune to doing that as well – we, Kristopher, Lesa, and Dru Ann have decided to focus our attention on the future. Our most recent Triple Post below will share with our followers some of the books we are most looking forward to in the coming months. By traveling to each of our three blogs, readers will discover nine new titles to add to their ever-growing to-be-read mountains.

Not wanting to lose sight of the holiday season, we have also each included a seasonally-themed book from the past that we think readers might enjoy delving into as the hustle and bustle of the month ahead begins.

But most of all, we just want to thank you for reading our blogs and hope that the books we have suggested over the past year have helped to add enjoyment to your day-to-day lives. If you have suggestions for Triple Post themes for 2017, do let us know.

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I met the author at the BOLO Soiree in New Orleans at 2016 Bouchercon.  We chatted briefing and when Jill told me the premise of her book, I knew then, that I was eager to read the first book in her “Riley Ellison”  debut series from Prospect Park Books coming April 11, 2017.

The Good Byline by Jill Orr

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Meet Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky, young library assistant who’s become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Ever since her beloved granddaddy died and her longtime boyfriend broke up with her, Riley has been withdrawing from life. In an effort to rejoin the living, she signs up for an online dating service and tries to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Jordan James, a reporter at the Tuttle Times. But when she learns that Jordan committed suicide, Riley is shaken to the core.

Riley agrees to write Jordan’s obituary as a way to learn more about why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out. Jordan’s co-worker, a paranoid reporter with a penchant for conspiracy theories, convinces Riley that Jordan’s death was no suicide. He leads her down a dangerous path toward organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks.

Riley’s serpentine hunt for the truth eventually intersects with her emerging love life, and she makes a discovery that puts everything Riley holds dear—her job, the people she loves, and even her life—in danger. Will writing this obituary be the death of her?


Just to whet your appetite for more, one of the books on Kristopher’s list is . . .

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (March 1, 2017)

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Rhys Bowen has been entertaining readers with historical stories for quite some time – both with her cozy Her Royal Spyness series and the more serious, but also rather cozy Molly Murphy mysteries. Now she is writing a historical thriller set during World War Two. Set in an ancestral home in England, In Farleigh Field sounds like a blend of Downton Abbey and The Bletchley Circle.


and on Lesa’s list is. . .

Desert Vengeance by Betty Webb
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Do you know Lena Jones, the hard-nosed Scottsdale, Arizona private investigator? In the course of Betty Webb’s series, we’ve learned bits and pieces about Lena, who only vaguely remembers her childhood before she ended up in the foster system. It was a system that provided more nightmares for the young girl, as we learn in the ninth book in the series, Desert Vengeance.

Lena is waiting at the prison when one of her foster fathers, Brian Wycoff, is released from prison. He raped her when she was only nine, and he served twenty-five years for the abuse of other children in his care. Now, the former policewoman turned private investigator is stalking the man, reminding him and his wife of their actions. But, Wycoff’s wife is murdered. And, when Wycoff himself ends up dead, Lena tops the suspect list. When another woman is arrested, Lena agrees to investigate on her behalf. It’s a case that will test Lena’s beliefs, and take her one step closer to understanding her own story. Desert Vengeance is scheduled for a February release.


And the holiday-themed book I chose to share with my readers is. . . Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron. This is one of my favorite book in this charmingly terrific series where Deborah Knott finally marries the man of her dreams.

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Judge Deborah Knott has a severe case of anxiety in the final days before her late December nuptials to Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant. Her calendar is booked solid with receptions and parties, last-minute details, and family obligations. There is absolutely no way she can fit a homicide case into her schedule.

Nevertheless, when a friend and colleague is shot on the icy drive home and Dwight becomes the lead detective on the case, Deborah is immediately involved. Issues of ethics and confidentiality suddenly face her . . . right on the next pillow.

Renovations to the house where the newlyweds will live are shockingly behind schedule—and, as the clock ticks down, Deborah has serious doubts her rowdy brothers will finish the new construction in time. Meanwhile, her sisters-in-law are giving her etiquette advice, her maid of honor is so pregnant she may deliver during the ceremony, and somehow, Deborah must find a way to connect with her way young stepson-to-be.

And as if things are not already hectic enough, two law students turn up and demand that she help them stop the execution of an innocent woman—one who is scheduled to die in less than a month.

Now Deborah is in danger of losing sight of what really matters—the big, brown-eyed man who’s about to say “I do.” But just when she thinks she’s finally got order in the court and in her life, fate has one more pulse-pounding surprise in store . . .


Thanks again for stopping by my blog today. Please visit the other two blogs, BOLO Book and Lesa’s Book Critiques, to see what other books we are anticipating in 2017.

A Day In The Life Of Molly Murphy by Rhys Bowen

Hello, my name is Molly Murphy. Actually it has just changed to Molly Sullivan. My life just underwent a dramatic change recently, when I married my sweetheart, New York Police Captain Daniel Sullivan. Now I’m a respectable married woman, and my days are filed with taking care of my man and learning housewifely skills. (At least this is what Daniel likes to think!)

But until my marriage I was one of a rare breed—a female detective. After my boss was murdered, I inherited his small detective agency and tried to keep it going. It was a precarious way to make a living, never really knowing when I’d get another assignment and be able to pay the rent. Some of the cases were boring and routine—divorce and missing persons and the like, but then there were cases when all too often I found my life in danger. In fact Daniel told me that if I were a cat I’d have used up eight of my nine lives.

I suppose this is true. But I had to think long and hard before I traded a life of excitement for one of security. Until my marriage I lived alone in a small house in Greenwich Village, opposite my best friends, two delightful women who are bohemians and suffragists. Daylight hours would find me involved in industrial espionage, or keeping tabs on the famous Mr. Houdini, or even working for a rich Chinaman to locate his missing bride. After dark it was harder for a woman to be out alone. More than once I’ve been arrested on charges of loitering and prostitution. It seems that no respectable woman should be out alone on a street corner after dark. Just another case of the unfair treatment we women receive at the hands of men. I’ve become a bit of a suffragist myself.

Daniel made me promise to give up my detective agency when we married. That was a wrench, I can tell you.I can’t see myself ever turning into one of those females who hosts tea parties and talks about dressmakers and servants. Luckily we’re off on a belated honeymoon at the end of the week: a rich man has lent us his cottage in Newport Rhode Island. It’s out of season, of course and we’ll be all alone there. I must say I’m looking forward to a seaside escape with my husband and nobody to bother us. But I’m a tad suspicious about why such a powerful man is doing Daniel such a big favor. Such men usually want something in return, don’t they? And I aim to find out what.


You can read more about Molly in HUSH NOW, DON’T YOU CRY, the 11th book in the “Molly Murphy” mystery series. The first book in the series is Murphy’s Law.

Meet the author
Rhys Bowen is the Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evens. Awarded the Agatha Best Novel Award and nominated for the Edgar Best Novel Rhys’s titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

Rhys currently writes two mystery series, the atmospheric Molly Murphy novels, about a feisty Irish immigrant in 1900s New York City and the funny and sexy Royal Spyness mysteries about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews. She was born in England and married into a family with historic royal connections. She now divides her time between California and Arizona. Visit Rhys at http://rhysbowen.com.

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