Recent Reviews

The Last Place You Look – The BOLO Books Review

One of the surprise hits of the literary season has been Kristen Lepionka’s The Last Place You Look. A surprise, not because it isn’t worthy – it most certainly is – but because the industry can never predict which debut novels will prove to be breakouts. In the case...

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Emma in the Night – The BOLO Books Review

Last year, Wendy Walker entered the crime fiction arena with her powerful novel, All Is Not Forgotten – a twisted tale full of flawed characters and a morally ambiguous plot. Due to its success, anticipation for her follow-up has been high. While not as unique as that...

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Glass Houses – The BOLO Books Review

One of the pitfalls of writing a crime fiction series is the tendency to get stuck in a rut, re-writing the same book over and over again in an effort to please loyal fans of the series. Ironically, this is exactly the thing that will cause readers to drift from a...

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Recent Interviews

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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Owen Matthews – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I recently reviewed Owen Matthews' The Fixes here on the blog. And last year, I reviewed his YA debut - How to Win at High School. To say that I am thrilled to welcome Owen Laukkanen (the real man behind the Owen Matthews pen name) to BOLO Books...

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Recent Articles

Art Taylor – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Not only is Art Taylor a multi-award-winning author, he also happens to be a wonderful teacher and friend. I had the pleasure of talking with his George Mason University students last semester about the art of reviewing and it was immediately...

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BOLO – Week of August 6, 2017

From The Booking Desk: This week is jam-packed with new releases. Because each of my chosen titles will appeal to a different type of reader, I couldn't make my usual cuts to this list, so please forgive me - it really is longer than normal this week.  But I think you...

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Dru Ann Love – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: The subject of this week's Composite Sketch needs no introduction. Dru Ann Love is a celebrated book advocate and a Raven Award winning blogger, but more than that, she is my trusted friend and colleague. Like last week's Sketch participate,...

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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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