Recent Reviews

Insidious Intent – The BOLO Books Review

Insidious Intent is the tenth book in Val McDermid’s longest running series. Readers have followed the trials and tribulations of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan – both in print and on-screen – for years. At this stage of the game, they are an iconic duo and their creator...

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She Rides Shotgun – The BOLO Books Review

When starting a debut novel there is always the sense of the unknown, so when a reader discovers something truly excellent by a new-ish author it can feel like the discovery of a secret treasure trove that will enrich life for years to come. This is the experience...

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Whiteout – The BOLO Books Review

Christmas in Northern Iceland may look like a holiday postcard, but Ragnar Jónasson’s Whiteout proves that the ghosts of the past continue to haunt regardless of the calendar date. Just days before the holiday, Ari Thór’s former boss, Tómas, asked the Siglufjörđur...

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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

John T. Bychowski – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From The Booking Desk: My first knowledge of John Bychowski was as "that tall guy taking excellent photographs at the crime fiction conventions." Fortunately, he and I had a chance to talk a bit during the graveyard tour before one of the recent Bouchercons (Raleigh,...

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BOLO Books’ Top Book Covers of 2017

From the Booking Desk: Yep, it's another list! This time I am talking about my favorite crime fiction book covers of the year. What I am most excited to say is that not only are these all great covers, the words within live up to the hype generated by their covers....

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BOLO – Week of December 3, 2017

From The Booking Desk: A special Release Day BOLO report this week. All of these books are now available and each one of them is a must-read.  Happy Shopping. ______________________________________________________________________ Val McDermid – Insidious Intent...

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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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