Recent Reviews

The Island – The BOLO Books Review

Anyone who read The Darkness, the first book in Ragnar Jónasson’s "Hidden Iceland" series knew that by necessity, the follow-up was going to have to be a very unconventional sequel. And that is exactly what The Island delivers. By breaking out of the structural mold...

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The Scholar – The BOLO Books Review

Dervla McTiernan’s The Ruin seemingly dropped out of nowhere to garner critical acclaim, award nominations, and countless fans, but the release this week of the follow-up, The Scholar, confirms that this was not an anomalous fluke. Dervla McTiernan is a storyteller to...

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We Were Killers Once – The BOLO Books Review

The influence of true crime cases on the evolution of crime fiction is undeniable. Certain cases become so infamous that it would be impossible (and unrealistic) for authors in the genre not to reflect on them. Readers can easily find examples of novels that were...

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Recent Interviews

Kristopher Zgorski – Behind the Blogger

From the Booking Desk: Depending on what device you are viewing BOLO Books on, you may notice over the next few weeks that we are changing up the look of the blog.  I am working with someone who knows much more about these things than I do - more on that later - but...

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Becky Masterman – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Becky Masterman to the blog today. She is the author of the Brigid Quinn series and if you haven't yet met Brigid, please do yourself a favor and get a hold of these books. The BOLO Books reviews of Rage Against the...

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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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Recent Articles

BOLO – Week of June 2, 2019

From the Booking Desk: This is one of those weeks where crime fiction readers will be struggling to decide what to read first. The wealth of options, each one unique in it's own way, will satisfy readers across the board. Happy shopping! Becky Masterman – We Were...

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Robin Agnew – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Robin Agnew hardly needs an introduction. She will be familiar to most in the crime fiction community because she and her husband owned Aunt Agatha's mystery bookstore in Ann Arbor. Like BOLO Books, the bookstore was awarded the MWA Raven Award;...

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BOLO – Week of May 26, 2019

From The Booking Desk: This past weekend was the unofficial start of summer, which means that many people will have more time to devote to pleasure reading - while on vacation, by the pool or beach, with no other distractions. This also means that publishers will be...

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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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