Recent Reviews

The Sea of Lost Girls – The BOLO Books Review

If you take the writings of Mary Higgins Clark, Victoria Holt, the Brontës, and Han Christian Andersen and mix them in a blender, the resulting concoction could serve as the building blocks for Carol Goodman’s oeuvre, the latest of which – The Sea of Lost Girls–...

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A Quartet of Mystery – 4 Mini Reviews from BOLO Books

From the Booking Desk: Continuing my new plan to post mini-reviews together in the hopes of creating cross-over readers in a selection of sub-genres, this week we have 4 short reviews - three historicals and a contemporary police procedural. But these books have links...

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Hide Away – The BOLO Books Review

Every so often the crime fiction canon welcomes a new character who is instantly iconic. There is no easy formula for making this happen; otherwise it would not be nearly as rare an occurrence as it is. In theory, it is likely some elusive combination of character...

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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

Cover Reveal – Revenge of the Widow Malmon

There are so many people in our crime fiction community that do so much for us all. When those people reach out to me asking if I can help with something, the answer is always YES. Case in point, The Malmons - Dan and Kate. They visited the blog when Killing Malmon...

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APB – Winter 2020

Time for another entry in this incredibly popular feature here at BOLO Books – The APB (All Points Bulletin).As always, competition for these slots was tough. Which books are generating that elusive buzz in the publishing industry? Which are books that I personally...

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Edwin Hill – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: I first came to be aware of Edwin Hill when Shawn Reilly Simmons told me there was this new book coming out that she thought I might enjoy. That book turned out to be Edwin's debut, Little Comfort, which I did immensely enjoy (and which went on...

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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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