Recent Reviews

The Night of the Flood – The BOLO Books Review

It is not easy to come up with new concepts for short story anthologies. In recent years we have seen anthologies based around the music catalog of certain artists – such as Trouble in the Heartland – and those focused on a certain location – such as the Anthony-Award...

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Sunburn – The BOLO Books Review

Sunburn is a Pandora’s box of a novel – looking harmless on the exterior, but ultimately harboring complexity beyond measure within. It represents Laura Lippman’s homage to the masterpieces of noir, while never being anything less than authentic Lippman. Sunburn is...

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The Perfect Nanny – The BOLO Books Review

Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny is an odd little book; at first seeming superficial and sparse, with time, the story – and in fact the storytelling itself – burrows into the mind of the reader, haunting and horrifying in equal measures. Leila Slimani wastes no time...

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Recent Interviews

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Yesterday, I posted my review of  Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's new series debut, The Legacy.  Today, I am happy to welcome her to BOLO Books for some deeper discussion of this new novel, translations, how the Paleo diet is like a ghost, and the...

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Cynthia Kuhn – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk: I have long been a fan of the academic mystery, so when Cynthia Kuhn's Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series was announced, I knew that it was going on my To-Be-Read pile. (And since then, of course, BOLO Books has posted reviews of both The...

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Trace Conger – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From The Booking Desk: I am pleased to welcome Trace Conger to BOLO Books today. Trace's new novel, The Prison Guard's Son, is out now and he's with us today to tell us a bit more about the inspiration for this novel. Fans of true crime will want to read on... The...

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Recent Articles

BOLO – Week of February 11, 2018

From The Booking Desk: This week's list of books to be on the lookout for is dominated by authors from outside of the United States. if you haven't read a non-US set book recently, any of these would be wonderful choices to help broaden your reading horizons....

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Dan Malmon – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From The Booking Desk: I was a fan of Dan Malmon's reviews for Crimespree Magazine long before I connected with him online, which was long before I met him in person. Despite the fact that he is hug-a-phobic and lots of people are trying to kill him, you can't help...

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BOLO – Week of February 4, 2018

From The Booking Desk: The Super Bowl is over, we've all cried through This is Us, now it is time for more book. And let me tell you, this week is one of those week's you are glad don't come along too often in the literary world. Every one of these books is a must...

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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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