Anatomy of a Scandal – The BOLO Books Review

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anatomy as “a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination” and scandal as “a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it,” which makes...

BOLO – Week of January 14, 2018

From The Booking Desk: I delayed this week’s BOLO report by a day because yesterday was a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.s birthday and life. With that in mind, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from this great man: “We are not makers...

Margery Flax – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: In many ways, it seems that some corners of the crime fiction ceiling would collapse without Margery Flax. I first became acquainted with Margery via her organization of the Mystery Writers of America booth at BookExpo America. While other...

Books & Bottles Book Club

From the Booking Desk: If you are a member of a book club or book discussion group, the new initiative from Tall Poppy Writers and Francis Ford Coppola Winery is something you may be interested in. These two organizations have joined together to launch a new service...

The Wife – The BOLO Books Review

“Misunderstandings don’t happen when a situation is black and white. They only happen when there are shades of gray, when there could be two different versions of the same damn thing.” (Burke, The Wife) Few art forms examine society’s ills as incisively as does crime...

The Widows of Malabar Hill – The BOLO Books Review

Sujata Massey burst on the crime fiction landscape in 1997 with her award-winning debut, The Salaryman’s Wife. This was followed by several more critically-acclaimed novels in the Rei Shimura mystery series. In 2013, Massey took a brief detour to explore India’s past...

BOLO – Week of January 7, 2018

From The Booking Desk: Many of us have been dealing with frigid temperatures, but this week there promises to be a bit of a warm up. These excellent books should help!  There is something for everyone on this week’s list of books to be on the look out for....

Zack Wagman – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I interact with Zack Wagman in his capacity as Executive Editor at Ecco Books. This imprint of HarperCollins has published some of my favorite books over the last few years, and Zack always ensures that I have easy access to those books when I...

The Wife Between Us – The BOLO Books Review

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us continues the domestic suspense boom readers have noticed in crime fiction publishing of late. Theirs is the story of a marriage, the story of an affair, and the story of the truth between these two commonplace...

The Woman in the Window – The BOLO Books Review

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to over-hype something. Take for example, A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. This is a solidly-written debut novel that will please most psychological suspense readers, but the pre-pub buzz wants to make it out to be this...