Unspeakable Things – The BOLO Books Review

There is a long tradition of crime fiction being inspired by true life crimes. This runs the gamut from direct fictionalizations of actual cases to plots that simply harken back to various aspects of the cases that proved the launching point for the writing. Jess...

The Missing American – The BOLO Books Review

Most people are aware of the existence of scammers working out of impoverished foreign locations, using technology for a nefarious purpose, but it takes a forward-thinking writer such as Kwei Quartey to take readers behind the scenes of these “operations,” exposing...

Gale Massey – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: The beauty of conventions like Bouchercon and Malice Domestic is that it allows readers to be introduced to new writers – some of the start of their careers, others further in. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Gale Massey at the St....

The BOLO Books Most Wanted List (2010-2019)

From the Booking Desk: When I post my Top Reads list each year, I never actually rank the books and I rarely mention what my very favorite book is for any given year. This is largely because it is never as cut and dried as it might seem. There are so many factors that...

More Catching Up – Another Collection of Reviews

From the Booking Desk: During the holiday season, it is always tough to keep up with blogging work along with all the demands of the day job, family obligations, festive appointments, and just general life. But I don’t want to let the days pass without...

Vicki Delany – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Vicki Delany is another of those authors I was fortunate enough to meet when I first started attending mystery conventions. Even though she lives to our North in Canada, she regularly attends the cons around the country. Every conversation I...

Conviction – The BOLO Books Review

By this point, you have likely read at least one crime novel that uses our culture’s current obsession with true crime podcasts as a storytelling device. It has become clear that we are still at the early stages of this trend and market saturation remains a...

Crime Travel – The BOLO Books Review

Time travel has always been a popular subject in our culture. From H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine through to current obsessions like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, this plot device has proven its ability to open up all kinds of possibilities. Back to the Future...