Recent Reviews

What You Want To See – The BOLO Books Review

When your debut novel is as universally enjoyed and critically acclaimed as Kristen Lepionka’s The Last Place You Look was, the pressure for the follow-up can be over-whelming. None of that fear makes it to the pages of What You Want To See. This second novel in the...

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The Unseeing – The BOLO Books Review

The Unseeing is Anna Mazzola’s Edgar Award-nominated debut, the strength of which will have readers adding this author to their must-read list moving forward. The Unseeing is a unique blend of fact and fiction. The criminal case at the core of the novel really did...

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Tangerine – The BOLO Books Review

It is rare that readers can escape into a debut that is so assured and well written that it feels like one is in the hands of an esteemed veteran of the literary world; but that is exactly the experience had while reading Christine Mangan’s Tangerine. The bulk of...

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Recent Interviews

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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Neliza Drew – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk: When the likes of Erin Mitchell, Josh Stallings, Hilary Davidson, and Thomas Pluck are raving about an author or book, it behooves one to investigate. This is how I first discovered Neliza Drew and her new novel. Immediately taken with Neliza's...

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Recent Articles

2018 Edgar Award Winners (with some reviews)

From the Booking Desk: This time last week, I was getting ready for the 2018 Edgar Awards Banquet where I was awarded a Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America. That same evening, the 2018 Edgar Awards were announced and I was very happy to see that many of the...

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Cover Reveal – The Skeleton Makes a Friend

From the Booking Desk: BOLO Books has been fortunate to have hosted the cover reveal for several of the books in Leigh Perry's Family Skeleton Mystery series. I have been an obsessed fan of these books from the beginning. You can find my reviews of some of the earlier...

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BOLO – Week of April 29, 2018

From The Booking Desk: Things have been a little slower than normal around here this past week; but that certainly hasn't been the case in my blogging life in general. Last Thursday night I was awarded the Raven Award by the Mystery Writers of America during the...

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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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