Recent Reviews

Catherine House – The BOLO Books Review

Occasionally a debut novel comes along that is so unlike anything else that readers struggle with it for various reasons. Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas is just such a book. No doubt, readers will be divided on it, but there is the sense that history will look...

read more

Little Disasters – The BOLO Books Review

Sarah Vaughan made quite a splash in the crime fiction community with her 2018 release, Anatomy of a Scandal, in which she did a deep-dive exploration of toxic masculinity and the #metoo movement. Now, 2020 finds her once again tackling a complex and timely issue...

read more

Lockdown Anthology – The BOLO Books Review

As we all struggle to navigate our new normal, every industry is looking for ways to give back and the crime writing community is no different. Booksellers are suffering – especially our Independent Bookstore Family – so a group of authors have come together to lend a...

read more

Recent Interviews

Honored to be an Advocate – Kristopher Zgorski

From the Booking Desk: In case you haven't been following along, the wonderful publishing blog - The Thrill Begins - has recently launched a series of posts highlighting some folks the regular bloggers there consider to be important advocates within our crime writing...

read more

Patti Abbott – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Patricia Abbott here to BOLO Books today to discuss her new short story collection: I Bring Sorrow and Other Stories of Transgression. The book is available now and you all are going to want to experience these stories...

read more

Alafair Burke – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Hopefully, at this point you have already pre-ordered Alafair Burke's new book, The Wife. Critical praise of this novel has been very strong and I even called it "an instant classic," so it should be no surprise that I invited Alafair here to...

read more

Recent Articles

Merrily Taylor – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I have always said that fans are the lifeblood of our crime fiction community, so when I started this Composite Sketch series I made it clear that they would be just as much a part of the celebration as those behind the scenes. Today, I welcome...

read more

Julie Hennrikus – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Julie Hennrikus is another of those author who I delight in seeing at the various crime fiction conventions. She can always be counted on to have a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart. She and I also share a great love of theater, so you...

read more

Cover Reveal – Poetic Justice

From the Booking Desk: Everyone knows how supportive I have been of Agora and their mission to bring more diversity to the crime fiction genre. It is my hope that with the world in crisis, people are realizing just how interconnected we all are, how we are all just...

read more


Welcome to BOLO Books. The blog name comes from the common police acronym meaning “be on the look out.” (or “be on the lookout” – depending on your source). This is especially appropriate in this case, as this blog will focus on books in the mystery and thriller genre. Crime fiction is my passion and I want to share that with you.

Read More

Contact BOLO Books

3 + 2 =