Recent Reviews

Anatomy of a Scandal – The BOLO Books Review

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anatomy as “a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination” and scandal as “a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it,” which makes...

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The Wife – The BOLO Books Review

“Misunderstandings don’t happen when a situation is black and white. They only happen when there are shades of gray, when there could be two different versions of the same damn thing.” (Burke, The Wife) Few art forms examine society’s ills as incisively as does crime...

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The Widows of Malabar Hill – The BOLO Books Review

Sujata Massey burst on the crime fiction landscape in 1997 with her award-winning debut, The Salaryman’s Wife. This was followed by several more critically-acclaimed novels in the Rei Shimura mystery series. In 2013, Massey took a brief detour to explore India’s past...

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Recent Interviews

Kristopher Zgorski – Behind the Blogger

From the Booking Desk: Depending on what device you are viewing BOLO Books on, you may notice over the next few weeks that we are changing up the look of the blog.  I am working with someone who knows much more about these things than I do - more on that later - but...

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Becky Masterman – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Becky Masterman to the blog today. She is the author of the Brigid Quinn series and if you haven't yet met Brigid, please do yourself a favor and get a hold of these books. The BOLO Books reviews of Rage Against the...

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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Yesterday, I posted my review of  Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's new series debut, The Legacy.  Today, I am happy to welcome her to BOLO Books for some deeper discussion of this new novel, translations, how the Paleo diet is like a ghost, and the...

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Recent Articles

BOLO – Week of January 14, 2018

From The Booking Desk: I delayed this week's BOLO report by a day because yesterday was a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.s birthday and life. With that in mind, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from this great man: "We are not makers of history....

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Margery Flax – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: In many ways, it seems that some corners of the crime fiction ceiling would collapse without Margery Flax. I first became acquainted with Margery via her organization of the Mystery Writers of America booth at BookExpo America. While other...

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Books & Bottles Book Club

From the Booking Desk: If you are a member of a book club or book discussion group, the new initiative from Tall Poppy Writers and Francis Ford Coppola Winery is something you may be interested in. These two organizations have joined together to launch a new service...

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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.

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