Recent Reviews

Sometimes I Lie – The BOLO Books Review

The unreliable narrator trend in crime fiction continues with many authors attempting to find new ways in which to explore this phenomenon. Alice Feeney decides to tackle the trope directly by having her character tell readers right from the start: “Sometimes I lie.”...

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Penance – The BOLO Books Review

Towards the end of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, the Witch sings the lines “Careful the things you say, children will listen.” This is advice that Asako Adachi, the mother at the center of Kanae Minato’s Edgar Award-nominated novel Penance, should have...

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The Hate U Give – The BOLO Books Review

The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’ Edgar Award-nominated debut and it also happens to be one of the most important young adult novels of all time. Of course, this praise could be hyperbolic, but the significance of works that make tangible the social problems of the day...

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Recent Interviews

Wendy Walker –
The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Wendy Walker's novel, All is Not Forgotten, will be released on July 12. If you follow entertainment news, you have likely already heard about this book because of the film option made on it by Reese Witherspoon. Trust me when I say that this is...

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Mark Billingham @ The Ivy Bookshop

From The Booking Desk: Last night at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Mark Billingham entertained a loyal crowd with an assist from Laura Lippman. Anyone who has ever heard Mark speak knows that the man can’t resist a good one-liner to keep the audience on their toes....

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Bryon Quertermous & Riot Load – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk: Last year, Bryon Quertermous stopped by BOLO Books to talk a bit about his debut novel, Murder Boy. If you missed on want to revisit that post, you can find that at Bryon Quertermous - A BOLO Books Guest Post. Today, I am happy to welcome Bryon...

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Recent Articles

LJ Roberts – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: When I first saw LJ Roberts on a reviewers panel at Bouchercon, I knew that we had similar reading interests. I was fortunate to eventually be on a similar panel with her and now count seeing LJ as a highlight of every convention (sadly, it...

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BOLO – Week of March 25, 2018

From The Booking Desk: The start of another week brings another list of books to read. Our eclectic list this week is sure to contain something for every reading taste. Happy Spring! ______________________________________________________________________ Carol Goodman...

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Aubrey Hamilton – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From The Booking Desk: Aubrey Hamilton and I met because of Malice Domestic. As regular attendees of that annual convention, among others, we chatting and talked often. Since then we have gotten together outside of the convention setting, gone scouring in used...

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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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