Recent Reviews

Little Comfort – The BOLO Books Review

Little Comfort is the title of Edwin Hill’s debut novel, but it is also an apt description of the reader’s experience while reading this suspense-filled book. Little Comfort is billed at the first Hester Thursby Mystery, but let’s get that marketing matter out of the...

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The Mystery of Three Quarters – The BOLO Books Review

By this point, most crime fiction readers know that Sophie Hannah was chosen by the Agatha Christie Estate to write new novels featuring the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. The Mystery of Three Quarters is the third of these “reboots” to be published and...

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Pieces of Her – The BOLO Books Review

If you told me that I was about to read a book with a plot that encompasses sexual politics, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, mental health regulation, heath care reform, world political strife, gun violence, and a few other huge – but spoiler-y topics – I...

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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

Cover Reveal – Skin Game

From the Booking Desk: I was a huge fan of J.D. Allen's crime fiction series debut, 19 Souls. It's even possible that I started my review by saying it "grabs the gritty PI genre by the balls and delivers a solid punch to the reader’s solar plexus."  (You can find that...

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Ayo Onatade – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I have been a fan of Ayo Onatade's for far longer than I have actually known her. When I began hanging out in the crime fiction community, I was always struck by Ayo's knowledge and presence. I'll admit, once I finally got to speak with her in...

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Shannon Baker and Jess Lourey – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Jess Lourey and and Shannon Baker to BOLO Books today for a guest post. The Five Stages of Author Grief Jess Lourey here. Shannon Baker and I are so excited to visit Kristopher’s Raven-award-winning blog today! We’ve...

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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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