Reviews

The Island – The BOLO Books Review

Anyone who read The Darkness, the first book in Ragnar Jónasson’s "Hidden Iceland" series knew that by necessity, the follow-up was going to have to be a very unconventional sequel. And that is exactly what The Island delivers. By breaking out of the structural mold...

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The Scholar – The BOLO Books Review

Dervla McTiernan’s The Ruin seemingly dropped out of nowhere to garner critical acclaim, award nominations, and countless fans, but the release this week of the follow-up, The Scholar, confirms that this was not an anomalous fluke. Dervla McTiernan is a storyteller to...

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We Were Killers Once – The BOLO Books Review

The influence of true crime cases on the evolution of crime fiction is undeniable. Certain cases become so infamous that it would be impossible (and unrealistic) for authors in the genre not to reflect on them. Readers can easily find examples of novels that were...

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The Night Before – The BOLO Books Review

Wendy Walker’s first two crime novels, All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night established her as a powerhouse writer in the crime fiction community, but nothing prepared readers for the splendor that is The Night Before. This is Wendy Walker’s best book to date...

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The Last Time I Saw You – The BOLO Books Review

A writing team composed of two sisters, Liv Constantine, burst onto the crime fiction landscape with their debut novel, The Last Mrs. Parrish – garnering critical acclaim, a loyal following among fellow authors, and most recently, a development deal with Amazon....

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Before She Was Found – The BOLO Books Review

As a society, we are currently – and have been for a long time – in a crisis of toxic masculinity. As we justifiably struggle to figure out better ways to raise our boys to grow into more compassionate, accepting, and decent men, we cannot overlook other troubling...

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Murder Once Removed – The BOLO Books Review

With modern society’s fascination about DNA testing and ancestry tracking, the timing for a cozy mystery with an expert genealogist as the amateur sleuth seems perfect. The concept also has the added benefit that it is completely logical and realistic for such an...

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Saving Meghan – The BOLO Books Review

D. J. Palmer’s Saving Meghan is a story of pure domestic suspense deeply rooted in the medical thriller tradition. This is no surprise when you look at the pedigree behind the work. D. J. is the new pseudonym for Daniel Palmer, an author readers will know from his...

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The Better Sister – The BOLO Books Review

Alafair Burke’s knowledge of the legal system is a result of years steeped within that world – first as a law student, then a lawyer, and current as a law professor and occasional media pundit – so it should come as no surprise that her crime fiction work has managed...

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The Last – The BOLO Books Review

Trying to find a unique setting that has never been explored before for a crime fiction novel can be a daunting task; at times it seems that every possible permutation of location + crime has been attempted. But then along comes Hanna Jameson to prove with her novel...

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The Woman in the Dark – The BOLO Books Review

Sarah and Patrick Walker have purchased a Victorian house located in a beachside community in Wales. They have extended themselves financially to obtain this dream for their family. Despite the fact that to most of the population, this building will always be the...

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Miracle Creek – The BOLO Books Review

Some people are destined to be storytellers. You can tell when you read their debut novel that no matter where life took them, eventually those words were going to make their way to the page for the betterment of us all. Angie Kim and the glorious Miracle Creek are a...

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They All Fall Down – The BOLO Books Review

With They All Fall Down, Rachel Howzell Hall has written an excellent stand-alone thriller that is incredibly timely and modern, but that also manages to highlight the history and traditions of our beloved crime fiction genre. Fans of classic crime fiction will...

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Murder-A-Go-Go’s – The BOLO Books Review

You probably remember when BOLO Books hosted the cover reveal for Murder-A-Go-Go’s last year, so I wanted to remind you that this collection will be available soon. Murder-A-Go-Go’s is the new music-inspired anthology edited by Holly West. As with other examples of...

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The Night Visitors – The BOLO Books Review

Carol Goodman’s The Night Visitors continues her tradition of Gothic-tinged mysteries that capture the soul of humanity and more often than not, aim straight for the heart of the reader. Alice flees from her home to find safety for both herself and her son, Oren. With...

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Call Me Evie – The BOLO Books Review

Reading J. P. Pomare’s debut novel, Call Me Evie, is a discombobulating experience of the highest caliber. While not entirely successful, the writing here is first-rate and readers will be anxious to see more from this new author. Like many books in the psychological...

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The Unrepentant – The BOLO Books Review

Anyone who knows E. A. Aymar would expect nothing less – The Unrepentant is a pull-no-punches narrative that treads the line between riveting thriller and sobering exposé, never short on action-packed set-pieces staged against a backdrop of the darkest of criminal...

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The Hiding Place – The BOLO Books Review

When C. J. Tudor’s debut, The Chalk Man, was released last year, critics – including yours truly – made no qualms about comparing the work to that of Stephen King. The success of the novel and the fact that it made more than a few year-end best of lists garnered her a...

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Why We Lie – The BOLO Books Review

Take a brilliant plot concept, populate it with complex and relatable characters, then wrap it all in an intimate writing style that is equal parts ‘heart’ and ‘head’ and the result is Why We Lie – one of the first truly-great suspense novels of 2019. This is a book...

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