Recent Reviews

From Beer to Eternity – The BOLO Books Review

The cozy mystery sub-genre is an important and too often overlooked corner of the crime fiction world. Anyone who reads them knows how difficult it is to craft and plot an effective one – maybe even harder than some of the other sub-genres. In my opinion, a cozy...

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Rules for Being Dead – The BOLO Books Review

Every season or so, there's a book that seemingly comes out of the blue that manages to knock our socks off. Rules for Being Dead is that book for the Summer of 2020. And its author, Kim Powers, is a bona fide breath of fresh air on the literary landscape. Honestly,...

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The First to Lie – The BOLO Books Review

There is no denying it, Hank Phillippi Ryan has a way with words; anytime she puts pen to paper, the resulting prose is guaranteed to provide readers with hours of escapism. Simply put, Hank Phillippi Ryan is a born storyteller, with the skills to transform any tale...

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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

Kristopher, Dru, and Hank Phillippi Ryan

From the Booking Desk: Today at 11AM (EST), our new BOLO*Musings venture launched the first ever YouTube episode dedicated to one novel: Hank Phillippi Ryan's THE FIRST TO LIE. This video also debuts the opening and closing credits for our new show and standardizes...

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Lexy Campbell – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Another special Composite Sketch today. You know how sometimes the characters in a book feel like real people? Like you would most certainly be friends with them if they were. That is how I feel about Lexy Campbell! This is mainly because I hear...

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Kim Powers – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

The pandemic has certainly put many things into perspective and changed our daily routines. You have no doubt noticed that the Composite Sketches have been less consistent here on BOLO Books. That said, today we have a wonderful example of why this "simple"...

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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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