Recent Reviews

The Whisper Man – The BOLO Books Review

The Whisper Man by Alex North is an example of a novel that completely blurs genre lines. It is equal parts family drama, serial-killer mystery, and supernatural horror. In a rare feat of undeniable skill, Alex North is able to execute all of these layers flawlessly,...

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Swipe Right For Murder – The BOLO Books Review

James Patterson is sometimes viewed as a controversial figure in the book world, but there is no denying that he knows a good story when he sees one and he has always been a champion for diversity in the literary landscape. So, it is no surprising that his young adult...

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The Murder List – The BOLO Books Review

Up to this point, most of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s novels have centered on journalists whether they are newspaper writers, television reporters, or true crime documenters. With The Murder List, her second stand-alone novel of suspense, Ryan takes a step away from that...

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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

C. Michele Dorsey – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: If you need a vacation and don't have the time or money, just pick up a book from C. Michele Dorsey and off you will go to a beautiful island setting...just be prepared for the occasional dead body. C. Michele is one of those folks you will...

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Noir at the Bar, Shirlington – Recap

From the Booking Desk: Last night I attended the first ever Northern Virginia Noir at the Bar. It was held at Busboys & Poets in Shirlington Village and was also co-sponsored by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The venue could not have been any more perfect for an...

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BOLO – Week of August 25, 2019

From the Booking Desk: Many crime fiction fans wait all year for this week to arrive. This week, the new Louise Penny novel is released. I also have another suggestion for you when you are out at the bookstore picking up the latest Gamache mystery. If you are a fan of...

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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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