Recent Reviews

Your House Will Pay – The BOLO Books Review

Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay is an instant classic: a novel that sets fire to reader expectations thereby igniting a revolution hell-bent on change, using the embers to expose our flawed humanity and the ashes to fuel our souls. No words in this review can do...

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The Remaking – The BOLO Books Review

There is a special kind of joy in picking up a book one has only the sparsest knowledge of and finding inside a brilliantly conceived “plot” that makes one wonder how no one had thought of this before. The quotes around plot are intentional, because while The Remaking...

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Carved in Bone – The BOLO Books Review

Michael Nava published the first mystery featuring Henry Rios, A Little Death, in 1986 and the last, Rag and Bone, in 2001. Both of these novels and the five in-between were all released well before our contemporary efforts to embrace diverse voices within the crime...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Recent Articles

BOLO – Week of October 13, 2019

From the Booking Desk: This week's BOLO report contains books released both this week and last week. There are so many great books this year, it's been hard to keep up with them all. As you start planning your holiday shopping, keep these titles in mind. Steph Cha –...

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Barbara Ross – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I will be in Barbara Ross territory next month for New England Crime Bake (followed by a vacation in Maine), so this seemed the perfect time to invite her to participate in our weekly Composite Sketch series. Barbara's most popular series is the...

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Wendall Thomas – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I met Wendall Thomas last year when I was organizing the Speed-Dating sessions for Bouchercon 2018 in St. Petersburg. If you have read her novels (and you really should read them), you will not be shocked to learn that she was just as funny and...

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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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