Recent Reviews

The Real Michael Swann – The BOLO Books Review

Two thousand and eighteen just might become the year of the domestic thriller. Authors are blending the global and the intimate in fresh and exciting ways. Just as Karen Cleveland did in Need to Know, Bryan Reardon manages to use the backdrop of a political incident...

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Lying in Wait – The BOLO Books Review

Liz Nugent is one of those rare authors willing to take true risks with her writing. In terms of structure, themes, and character depth, Nugent defiantly refuses to adhere to long-held crime fiction conventions. Her debut novel, Unraveling Oliver, made an instant...

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Providence – The BOLO Books Review

Truly unclassifiable novels are rare these days – most everything is a mash-up of various tropes from familiar styles – but occasionally something so unique comes along, breaking new ground while seemingly utterly familiar or at least somehow anticipated at the same...

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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

BOLO – Week of July 1, 2018

From The Booking Desk: We are headed into Independence Day here in the States, which means that summer reading will be at an all time high.  There are some new books to keep your eye out for throughout the week....

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Alan Orloff – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Like so many members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Alan Orloff is relatively local to me, so I get to see him fairly regularly throughout the year. He is always a delight to chat with and he is an excellent writer of both novels...

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BOLO – Week of June 24, 2018

From The Booking Desk: There are some great books debuting in stores today, and later this week, so be sure to check out these titles. I suspect you will find one or two that will intrigue. ______________________________________________________________________ Alice...

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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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