Recent Reviews

Before She Knew Him – The BOLO Books Review

No one is going to claim that Peter Swanson repeatedly writes the same book. With his fifth novel, Before She Knew Him, he once again takes some familiar tropes and alters them just enough to make them feel fresh. The connective tissue linking all of his novels is...

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When You Find Me – The BOLO Books Review

When You Find Me, P. J. Vernon’s debut, has so many elements within that it is hard to imagine a first-time author successfully pulling it off. There are threads dealing with politics, race relations, family dynamics, addiction, mental health, abuse, power, and above...

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Blood Orange – The BOLO Books Review

Harriet Tyce’s Blood Orange could easily serve as "Exhibit A" disputing any claim that domestic suspense is less gritty, less dark, and less risky that its noir sibling. Crack the spine on this novel to enter a bleak landscape filled with deeply-rooted violence, poor...

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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

BOLO – Week of March 3, 2019

From The Booking Desk: This is one of those jam-packed weeks where I can't cover everything I want to. I do want to remind folks that a few books I have already reviewed are officially released today, so don't forget to pick up these titles: Amy Impellizzeri's Why We...

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Toni L.P. Kelner – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I can trace my fandom for Toni L.P. Kelner back to her Laura Fleming and "Where Are They Now?" mysteries and I was fortunate to meet her at Malice Domestic fairly early in my days of attending. Seeing Toni at conventions like that one each year...

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BOLO – Week of February 24, 2019

From The Booking Desk: This Monday I have three distinctly different books for you, each of them wonderful in their own unique ways. Claire Booth – A Deadly Turn (Severn House, Hardcover, $28.99, 03/01/2019) BOLO Books Comments: BOLO Books has covered the first book...

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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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