The Last Resort – The BOLO Books Review

When Susi Holliday’s The Last Resort begins, seven strangers board an airplane on their way to a remote island for a mysterious weekend arranged by an elusive host. With that setup, it is impossible for crime fiction genre fans not to immediately think of Dame Agatha...

Confessions on the 7:45 – The BOLO Books Review

Lisa Unger continues to produce one of the most varied collections of writings in the crime fiction genre. Each of her works – even when they are linked as part of the same series – stand alone in their uniqueness. Her novels never tell the same story twice and refuse...

The Island – The BOLO Books Review (UK Edition)

In his exceptional debut novel, A Line of Blood, Ben McPherson presented a stand-alone domestic suspense novel from the perspective of the husband. He now returns with The Island and once again focuses on a family in crisis, however, unlike the strain in that earlier...

Remote, Me – Kristopher’s Virtual Events

From the Booking Desk: I hope that this posting finds you and yours healthy and happy during this most stressful time in American history. Before I say anything else, please remember to VOTE; we need every voice to be heard during this unprecedented election.No doubt...

The Eighth Detective – The BOLO Books Review

Imagine, if you will, this Venn diagram: the murder mystery is a subset of crime fiction which is both a subset of literature and a subset of social commentary. Or perhaps this diagram: truth and lies are two distinctive sets of data that would seem to be mutually...

APB – Fall 2020

Time for another entry in this incredibly popular feature here at BOLO Books – The APB (All Points Bulletin).As always, competition for these slots was tough. Which books are generating that elusive buzz in the publishing industry? Which are books that I personally...

For the Best – The BOLO Books Review

Pacing is one of those elusive elements that can make or break a novel. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all optimum pace. Some novels require a slow, methodical storytelling method, while others benefit from having a more frantic tempo serve as a foundation...

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill – The BOLO Books Review

There was certainly skepticism when Sophie Hannah published her first Agatha Christie Estate-authorized continuation of the Hercule Poirot series. Many readers were hesitant to pick up The Monogram Murders, fearing that their beloved character would be tarnished. As...