Recent Reviews

The Eighth Detective – The BOLO Books Review

Imagine, if you will, this Venn diagram: the murder mystery is a subset of crime fiction which is both a subset of literature and a subset of social commentary. Or perhaps this diagram: truth and lies are two distinctive sets of data that would seem to be mutually...

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For the Best – The BOLO Books Review

Pacing is one of those elusive elements that can make or break a novel. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all optimum pace. Some novels require a slow, methodical storytelling method, while others benefit from having a more frantic tempo serve as a foundation...

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The Killings at Kingfisher Hill – The BOLO Books Review

There was certainly skepticism when Sophie Hannah published her first Agatha Christie Estate-authorized continuation of the Hercule Poirot series. Many readers were hesitant to pick up The Monogram Murders, fearing that their beloved character would be tarnished. As...

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Recent Interviews

Becky Masterman – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Becky Masterman to the blog today. She is the author of the Brigid Quinn series and if you haven't yet met Brigid, please do yourself a favor and get a hold of these books. The BOLO Books reviews of Rage Against the...

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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Yesterday, I posted my review of  Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's new series debut, The Legacy.  Today, I am happy to welcome her to BOLO Books for some deeper discussion of this new novel, translations, how the Paleo diet is like a ghost, and the...

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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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Recent Articles


Earlier this week, Dru Ann Love and I posted our second video for our new BOLO*MUSINGS YouTube Channel. In this one, we discuss 12 of our favorite books from the first half of the year - January to June 2020. It seemed only fair that since we launched the channel in...

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A New Venture…

In this time of social distancing, Dru Ann Love and I have decided to launch a new joint venture. The BOLO*MUSINGS YouTube Channel For those of you who have enjoyed -- or wish you could have enjoyed -- hearing Dru Ann and I talk about crime fiction at various...

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Cait Morgan – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: It has been a while since I have posted a Composite Sketch and this one is unlike the previous. Whereas the others have been profiles of real people within our community, today we are going to meet a fictional character. (Credit where credit is...

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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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