Wildcat – A BOLO Books Short Story Review

In any discussion of the living legends of crime fiction, the name Sara Paretsky will quickly be mentioned. Sara Paretsky became a champion for women writers when in 1986 she was instrumental in the founding of Sisters in Crime, but over the years she has proven that...

BOLO – Week of February 26, 2017

From The Booking Desk: I promise that the books I announce truly are out this week and are worthy of the attention. (Too soon for an Oscar blunder joke?)  In all honestly, mistakes happen and not everything is a conspiracy folks. But it won’t be a mistake to...

The Art of Vanishing – The BOLO Books Review

The Semester of Our Discontent, the debut novel in Cynthia Kuhn’s academic mystery series, is currently nominated for an Agatha Award for best first novel, so you can imagine that anticipation of book two is running high. Fortunately, The Art of Vanishing is almost...

BOLO – Week of February 19, 2017

From The Booking Desk: It’s Monday and I hope that everyone is starting the week on a high-note. There are two excellent books I would like to highlight this week. Check them out, I don’t think you will be disappointed....

Behind Her Eyes – The BOLO Books Review

Some novels arrive with a media buzz attached and one never knows if the reality will live up to the hype. In the case of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, regardless of what readers might think of the unusual genre-hopping, there is no denying that the payoff at...

Ian Rankin @ The Ivy Bookshop

On Saturday, February 11, 2017, Ian Rankin brought his 30th Anniversary of Rebus Tour to The Ivy Bookshop in Mt. Washington, Maryland. The bookshop was filled to capacity as befits an author or Mr. Rankin’s stature, along with the fact that his tours of the US are...

BOLO – Week of February 12, 2017

From The Booking Desk: This week, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, so if you are looking for a book for that loved one (or for yourself), there are several contenders being released tomorrow. ______________________________________________________________________...

Willow Walk – The BOLO Books Review

When SJI Holliday’s debut novel, Black Wood, appeared in 2015, it was immediately clear that she was not going to follow standard genre conventions. Just as she did with that novel, the second in the series – Willow Walk – defies expectations while still telling a...

My Sister’s Bones – The BOLO Books Review

One of the most powerful things about fiction is that at times it can allow us to experience in a tangible way situations that are foreign to us. Some novels allow us to travel to a distant time or place, walk in the footsteps of another, or see events through...

BOLO – Week of February 5, 2017

From The Booking Desk: I trust that everyone has recovered from that Super Bowl. Not to be outdone, this week’s list of books to watch out for features some heavy-hitters vying for your attention.  Any one of these – or all of these – would be worth...