Reviews

School Lies – The BOLO Books Review

Kimberly G. Giarratano’s School Lies is an academic-set mystery with LGBTQ+ themes. Like many books set in the hallowed halls of institutions of higher learning, School Lies pivots on the interactions of the student body, often out of the sight of “responsible...

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In Her Bones – The BOLO Books Review

The reading public’s interest in psychological suspense shows no sign of diminishing. In Her Bones is Kate Moretti’s third book in this genre and yet, each of these stand-alones is distinctly different. Unifying them all is an easily-readable writing style and a gift...

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November Road – The BOLO Books Review

Nostalgia is a complex concept. Most often, we define it as fondly looking back on a simpler time, a better time; but it has a sinister side as well. Because, in order to long for yesteryear, we must also forget – or at the very least obfuscate - that those times had...

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Idyll Hands – The BOLO Books Review

From the Booking Desk: I have made it well known that I am a fan of Stephanie Gayle's Thomas Lynch Series. Below I will post links to my reviews of the previous books. Plus I will include the review blurb I did for the most recent book, which is being released today. ...

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Into the Black Nowhere – The BOLO Books Review

After the harrowing events of UNSUB, Caitlin Hendrix has been recruited by the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. This is where readers will find her at the start of Meg Gardiner’s Into the Black Nowhere. Like the first book in the series, Gardiner molds a classic serial...

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Leave No Trace – The BOLO Books Review

With Leave No Trace, Mindy Mejia so organically incorporates setting into the structure of the novel that years from now, future writers will refer this book as a blueprint for how to nail location. By dividing the story between the inside and the outside, Mejia...

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Little Comfort – The BOLO Books Review

Little Comfort is the title of Edwin Hill’s debut novel, but it is also an apt description of the reader’s experience while reading this suspense-filled book. Little Comfort is billed at the first Hester Thursby Mystery, but let’s get that marketing matter out of the...

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The Mystery of Three Quarters – The BOLO Books Review

By this point, most crime fiction readers know that Sophie Hannah was chosen by the Agatha Christie Estate to write new novels featuring the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. The Mystery of Three Quarters is the third of these “reboots” to be published and...

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Pieces of Her – The BOLO Books Review

If you told me that I was about to read a book with a plot that encompasses sexual politics, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, mental health regulation, heath care reform, world political strife, gun violence, and a few other huge – but spoiler-y topics – I...

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Presumed Dead – The BOLO Books Review

Carter Blake finds people – that is what he does; but in many ways, it is also who he is on the deepest level. Having such purpose makes the challenges of life bearable and the rewards that accompany success are undeniably fulfilling. So when his latest case – in...

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Trust Me – The BOLO Books Review

Many authors are content with discovering their niche, honing their craft in relation to that choice, and writing similar novels across their career. Hank Phillippi Ryan is not such a writer. Fans can trace her evolution from debut novel to the most recent book, all...

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Hollywood Ending – The BOLO Books Review

It would be fair to call my review of Kellye Garrett’s debut, Hollywood Homicide, downright glowing and I may have been heard on more than one occasion predicting the novel’s potential for winning awards (which it has in fact done), so to say that my anticipation of...

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Death on the Menu – The BOLO Books Review

Even though Lucy Burdette has a new publisher for her Key West Food Critic Mystery series, rest assured that the same loveable characters, sun-soaked setting, and humorous escapades remain present and accounted for. Death on the Menu finds series heroine, Hayley Snow,...

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Under A Dark Sky – The BOLO Books Review

Fans of Lori Rader-Day need know nothing more than that she wrote the book to rush out to buy it, but that does not mean this isn't still worth saying: Under a Dark Sky is her best novel yet; and it should be the book that makes the hold-outs understand what we...

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A Gathering of Secrets – The BOLO Books Review

A Gathering of Secrets is the tenth full-length novel in Linda Castillo’s now classic Kate Burkholder series. Castillo continues to impress with the way she is able to merge Amish life with realistic criminal activity.  Many outsiders – or Englishers, as they would...

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The Vanishing – The BOLO Books Review

Fans of Victorian Literature – particularly that of the Brontë sisters – will find much to admire in Sophia Tobin’s The Vanishing. It would be hard to imagine the existence of a newly-written work that so effortlessly emulates the stylings of novels from that period....

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Something in the Water – The BOLO Books Review

British actress Catherine Steadman (from Downton Abbey and more) dives into the murky waters of thriller writing with her debut novel, Something in the Water. When Erin’s husband Mark loses his job, she suggests that they need an escape. Rather than cancel their...

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The Girl From Blind River – The BOLO Books Review

Occasionally, debuts come along that are so tightly-plotted and strongly-written that it is hard to believe they are first novels. When that happens, readers instantly know they will be following said author’s career for quite some time to come. That is exactly what...

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Give Me Your Hand – The BOLO Books Review

No other crime fiction author can so perfectly and eloquently distill the complexities of female relationships in the way that Megan Abbott can and does repeatedly. Whether she is writing about classic femme fatales, kidnapping victims, high school cheerleaders, or...

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Baby Teeth – The BOLO Books Review

Hanna is cold and cruel and creepy. Hanna is manipulative and will get what she wants no matter the cost. Hanna is a villain who will lodge in the reader’s mind for a very long time, becoming both legend and archetype. Hanna also happens to be seven years old. Readers...

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