Recent Reviews

Seasonal Work – A BOLO Books Short Story Review

It is the holiday season and Laura Lippman has decided to gift her readers with a new story. Called "Seasonal Work," this holiday-themed short story can be read for free online at The Rumpus. "SEASONAL WORK" @ The Rumpus "Seasonal Work" tells the story of a struggling...

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Spliced – The BOLO Books Review

The teenage years are fraught with insecurity, exploration, and rebellion – which happens to make them a prime backdrop for an exciting thriller. Throw in a dystopian landscape, some social study, and a unique set of characters and one just might be describing...

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The Dry – The BOLO Books Review

The oppressive heat across the Kiewarra landscape permeates every moment of Jane Harper’s debut, The Dry. Crime fiction out of Australia continues to gain popularity and this talented author is most certainly at the forefront of the attention. The Dry is a...

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Recent Interviews

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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Wendy Walker –
The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Wendy Walker's novel, All is Not Forgotten, will be released on July 12. If you follow entertainment news, you have likely already heard about this book because of the film option made on it by Reese Witherspoon. Trust me when I say that this is...

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Mark Billingham @ The Ivy Bookshop

From The Booking Desk: Last night at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Mark Billingham entertained a loyal crowd with an assist from Laura Lippman. Anyone who has ever heard Mark speak knows that the man can’t resist a good one-liner to keep the audience on their toes....

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Recent Articles

Mia Manansala – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Mia Manansala first came to my attention when she won the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers presented at the Malice Domestic Agatha Award Banquet. As soon as I heard the details about her manuscript in...

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Happy Holidays!

From the Booking Desk: Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year. Things will be a bit quieter than normal around here this week, but do check back on Friday for a wonderful Composite Sketch. Things will return to schedule on January 2nd. If...

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Donna Andrews – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Because Donna Andrews is relatively local to me, I've gone to many of her book signings over the years. Then once I started going to the crime fiction conventions, I learned how much of a fixture she is in our community - someone we all delight...

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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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