Reviews

Pretty as a Picture – The BOLO Books Review

Typically, when a reviewer says a book is cinematic, it is a reference to the fact that the book could easily be adapted to the screen and would probably be successful if that happened. In the case of Elizabeth Little’s second novel, Pretty as a Picture, the term...

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Mr. Nobody – The BOLO Books Review

Actress Catherine Steadman (of Starz’s The Rook and ITV’s Downton Abbey) made a promising start to a second career as a thriller writer with 2018’s Something in the Water. Her new novel, Mr. Nobody, confirms this was no fluke; Catherine Steadman is a born storyteller....

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Six Reviews in One Post

From the Booking Desk: I am trying something new this year, sprinkling my longer reviews with some posts that gather a handful of shorter reviews together in one convenient place. My hope is that the cross-pollination of fans will inspire readers to pick up books they...

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Perfect Little Children – The BOLO Books Review

Sophie Hannah belongs at the top of the list of authors who can sell a book solely based on the synopsis. If you have never read one of her mystery novels, just check out the jacket copy of any one of them and I can almost guarantee you will be intrigued enough to...

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Long Bright River – The BOLO Books Review

While probably not intentional, it is fitting that there is a reference to length in the title of Liz Moore’s latest work, Long Bright River. This is an epic book in all meanings of the word. Clocking in at just about 500 densely-packed pages, the novel is a serious...

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Unspeakable Things – The BOLO Books Review

There is a long tradition of crime fiction being inspired by true life crimes. This runs the gamut from direct fictionalizations of actual cases to plots that simply harken back to various aspects of the cases that proved the launching point for the writing. Jess...

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The Missing American – The BOLO Books Review

Most people are aware of the existence of scammers working out of impoverished foreign locations, using technology for a nefarious purpose, but it takes a forward-thinking writer such as Kwei Quartey to take readers behind the scenes of these “operations,” exposing...

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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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Crime Travel – The BOLO Books Review

Time travel has always been a popular subject in our culture. From H.G. Wells' The Time Machine through to current obsessions like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, this plot device has proven its ability to open up all kinds of possibilities. Back to the Future mined it...

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Still Catching Up – Another Collection of Reviews

From The Booking Desk: You may be seeing countless lists of favorite 2019 books (including BOLO Books' own Top Reads of 2019 rundown), but there are still reviews from the year I haven't yet been able to post. Here are three more for newly released books that are all...

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Top Reads of 2019 According to BOLO Books

From the Booking Desk: I read so many wonderful books in 2019 that crafting a Top Reads list was especially challenging. As I have always done, I took this task very seriously and really struggled to make sure the list commemorates my favorite books of the year....

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Catching Up – A Collection of Reviews

From The Booking Desk: I have been so busy with New England Crime Bake, a Maine vacation, some scheduled speaking engagements, fighting off a cold, and holiday prep that end of year reviews are piling up. I've decided to do a post today collecting a number of reviews...

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Not Dead Enough – The BOLO Books Review

Not Dead Enough is a milestone book in J. M. Redmann’s Micky Knight mystery series: book ten! Like all the other novels in the series, Not Dead Enough offers fresh character insight, a compelling mystery, and addictive pacing. If you haven’t met Micky Knight yet, this...

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Strangers at the Gate – The BOLO Books Review

Catriona McPherson is a rare breed of author: one who refuses to write the same book twice, but who nevertheless manages to always satisfy, providing readers with just what they are looking for, even when they themselves are not quite sure what that is. Book after...

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Your House Will Pay – The BOLO Books Review

Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay is an instant classic: a novel that sets fire to reader expectations thereby igniting a revolution hell-bent on change, using the embers to expose our flawed humanity and the ashes to fuel our souls. No words in this review can do...

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The Remaking – The BOLO Books Review

There is a special kind of joy in picking up a book one has only the sparsest knowledge of and finding inside a brilliantly conceived “plot” that makes one wonder how no one had thought of this before. The quotes around plot are intentional, because while The Remaking...

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Carved in Bone – The BOLO Books Review

Michael Nava published the first mystery featuring Henry Rios, A Little Death, in 1986 and the last, Rag and Bone, in 2001. Both of these novels and the five in-between were all released well before our contemporary efforts to embrace diverse voices within the crime...

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