BOLO – Week of May 21, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

We are heading into the Memorial Day Holiday this coming weekend, so that is the perfect time to check out one of this week’s new books or to catch up on previous titles you may have missed. The unofficial start of Summer is upon us.

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More Bookshots – The BOLO Books Review(s)

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On a recent road trip, my car-mates and I decided to listen to two novellas from James Patterson’s Bookshots output during the journey. My only other experience with Bookshots was reading and reviewing The Witnesses, written in collaboration with Brendan Dubois. Just as with that time, these current choices were rooted in my interest in the collaborator – not so much James Patterson or the publishing experiment itself. I will read anything Duane Swierczynski publishes, so it was inevitable that I would get to these particular Bookshots. Let’s take a brief, closer look at both The Shut-in and The House Husband.

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Anthony Award Nominations 2017

From the Booking Desk:

The 2017 Anthony Award nominations have been announced on the Toronto Bouchercon website. Please check there for any changes or updates. Below is a list of the nominees along with links to the BOLO Books review of those titles covered here on the blog. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Marathon – The BOLO Books Review

When a writer sets out to tell a very timely story with direct correlation to current events, it can be a tricky endeavor. For most, reading is viewed as a pastime, an entertainment if you will, and being bombarded with depressing current affairs can sometimes alter that enjoyment. However, when done well – as it is in Brian Freeman’s Marathon – a topical novel can still be enjoyable while also being educational without becoming heavy-handed and didactic.

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BOLO – Week of May 14, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

For the first time since I started the blog, I have not yet read any of the books on this Monday BOLO report. They are all included here because they seem to be doing unusual things within the crime fiction genre. It is also a nice mixture of non-fiction, YA, historical and contemporary.

Give them a look and I’ll see you at the local bookstore where I will surely be picking up a few copies.

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Organizing Crime – Some BOLO Books Thoughts

From the Booking Desk:

When you walk through the bookroom at one of the many crime fiction conventions worldwide, you just never know what you might discover. You could stumble upon a first edition of that book you love, a signed copy of a new bestseller, or a book to help you keep all your series books organized. What’s that you say? A book to organize books? Well, yes, actually! Let me explain.

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