Reviews

Blessed are the Peacemakers – The BOLO Books Review

Over the course of four novels, Kristi Belcamino has put Gabriella Giovanni through the wringer. Having faced off against a serial killer, dealt with her boyfriend being accused of murder, suffered through a heart-breaking miscarriage, and later the kidnapping of her...

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Did You See Melody? – The BOLO Books Review

Motherhood has been a recurring theme in Sophie Hannah’s crime fiction oeuvre from the very beginning. In novels like Little Face, The Cradle in the Grave, The Orphan Choir and A Game For All the Family, among others, Sophie Hannah has dissected the various...

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The Quiet Child – The BOLO Books Review

There is only one word to describe the reader's state of mind upon completing John Burley’s The Quiet Child: melancholia. While it is definitely crime fiction, it is quite unlike most books within this genre. Told in a style where thoughts, memories, and predictions...

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The Last Place You Look – The BOLO Books Review

One of the surprise hits of the literary season has been Kristen Lepionka’s The Last Place You Look. A surprise, not because it isn’t worthy – it most certainly is – but because the industry can never predict which debut novels will prove to be breakouts. In the case...

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Emma in the Night – The BOLO Books Review

Last year, Wendy Walker entered the crime fiction arena with her powerful novel, All Is Not Forgotten – a twisted tale full of flawed characters and a morally ambiguous plot. Due to its success, anticipation for her follow-up has been high. While not as unique as that...

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Glass Houses – The BOLO Books Review

One of the pitfalls of writing a crime fiction series is the tendency to get stuck in a rut, re-writing the same book over and over again in an effort to please loyal fans of the series. Ironically, this is exactly the thing that will cause readers to drift from a...

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Afterlife – The BOLO Books Review

A high-concept science fiction stand-alone seems like a rare thing; examples that also combine a multitude of other genres might as well be referred to as a unicorn. Fortunately for readers, Marcus Sakey has given us just that with his new novel, Afterlife. In the...

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City of Saviors – The BOLO Books Review

City of Saviors is the fourth book in Rachel Howzell Hall’s critically-acclaimed Elouise “Lou” Norton series. Readers who have followed Lou from her debut in Land of Shadows to Skies of Ash and then through Trail of Echoes will need no further impetus to crack the...

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Hollywood Homicide – The BOLO Books Review

Fudge! Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett ends way too quickly. Taking into account the quality of her writing, her flair for the dramatic, and that killer sense of humor, Kellye Garrett could easily be the secret lovechild of Shonda Rhimes and Tyler Perry, but rest...

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Down a Dark Road – The BOLO Books Review

Once a reader latches on to a series, they typically remain loyal to both that series and its author. Essentially, this means journeying with a series through the highs and the lows – often beyond the point where everyone involved knows that perhaps it is time for the...

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Blame – The BOLO Books Review

Not only is Jeff Abbott’s Blame the most additive thriller of the summer, it also happens to be an astute study of the corrosive nature of blame and the destructive power of its sibling emotion, guilt. Blame is perfect for fans of domestic suspense. It tells the story...

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Last Breath – A BOLO Books Short Story Review

In addition to being a very good short story on its own, Karin Slaughter’s Last Breath also happens to be the perfect introduction to the author’s upcoming novel, The Good Daughter. Last Breath familiarizes readers with Charlotte “Charlie” Quinn, a young lawyer...

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Black Widow – A BOLO Books “Cold Case” Review

From the Booking Desk: Calling a book that is only a year old a "cold case" may seem odd, but since I typically post reviews before a book is release, for BOLO Books this is a review of an older book. Christopher Brookmyre will be the International Guest of Honor at...

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Lockdown – The BOLO Books Review

Readers would be justified in thinking that with a title like Lockdown, the new Laurie R. King novel was going to present a thriller about a school under siege; and in a way, that is exactly what is provided – though hardly via the expected method. It is career day at...

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The Force – The BOLO Books Review

Starting with a three-page dedication listing all the police officers who died in the line of duty during the time it took to write The Force may seem an odd way to open a novel about a corrupt NYPD detective, but it proves to be a powerful message representing the...

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UNSUB – The BOLO Books Review

For a while there, it seemed that serial killer novels were being released every other minute – to the point that the power of each new book was diluted. Thankfully that trend seems to have run its course, allowing the occasional title that is released to garner more...

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You’ll Never Know, Dear – The BOLO Books Review

In the fickle world of publishing, a strong hook can mean the difference between a book hitting the bestseller list and that same book floundering on the remainders table. Throughout her career, Hallie Ephron has proven to be a master at crafting the hook and her...

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Murder in Saint-Germain – The BOLO Books Review

Once again zipping around the narrow streets of Paris on her pink motorbike, Aimée Leduc returns in the seventeenth novel in Cara Black’s popular series. Murder in Saint-Germain finds Aimée dealing with issues on both the professional and personal front. There are two...

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He Said/She Said – The BOLO Books Review

The power of a novel can often be weighed by how long after finishing it the story remains in one’s mind. One of Erin Kelly’s earlier novels, The Burning Air, is one that continually comes up in discussions of plots that resonate in the mind for extended periods. Next...

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The Marsh King’s Daughter – The BOLO Books Review

To law enforcement and the world, Jacob Halbrook is a kidnapper and a rapist, but to Helena Pelletier he is simply “father.” In The Marsh King’s Daughter, the new novel by Karen Dionne, the complexity of this familial relationship is examined over the course of time...

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