Recent Reviews

The BOLO Books Most Wanted List (2010-2019)

From the Booking Desk: When I post my Top Reads list each year, I never actually rank the books and I rarely mention what my very favorite book is for any given year. This is largely because it is never as cut and dried as it might seem. There are so many factors that...

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More Catching Up – Another Collection of Reviews

From the Booking Desk: During the holiday season, it is always tough to keep up with blogging work along with all the demands of the day job, family obligations, festive appointments, and just general life. But I don't want to let the days pass without mentioning a...

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Conviction – The BOLO Books Review

By this point, you have likely read at least one crime novel that uses our culture's current obsession with true crime podcasts as a storytelling device. It has become clear that we are still at the early stages of this trend and market saturation remains a distant...

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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

Gale Massey – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: The beauty of conventions like Bouchercon and Malice Domestic is that it allows readers to be introduced to new writers - some of the start of their careers, others further in. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Gale Massey at the St....

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James D.F. Hannah – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Around Thanksgiving, in the spirit of giving back, I opened up the opportunity to have a Composite Sketch on BOLO Books to the first five people who reached out to me expressing interest. We have seen some of those profiles already and a few...

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Vicki Delany – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Vicki Delany is another of those authors I was fortunate enough to meet when I first started attending mystery conventions. Even though she lives to our North in Canada, she regularly attends the cons around the country. Every conversation I...

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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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