Reviews

The Last Mrs. Parrish – The BOLO Books Review

The striking cover for Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish may initially draw readers in – with its Art Deco styling, the lux color combination, and “dangerous” font – but it is the story within that will ultimately prove to be the biggest enticement. The Last...

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The Last One – The BOLO Books Review

Recently released in paperback, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva is a contemporary thriller that takes aim at two of modern society's obsessions: reality television and dystopian futures. At the core of The Last One is a new survivalist reality competition show in...

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The Skeleton Paints a Picture – The BOLO Books Review

Our favorite bag of bones, Sid the Skeleton (and his creator, Leigh Perry), have found a new home with Diversion Books and by all accounts it seems that the change of venue has managed to breathe new life into this delightful paranormal cozy mystery series – The...

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Seven Suspects – The BOLO Books Review

Seven Suspects is the third book in Renee James’ crime fiction series featuring transgender hairdresser, Bobbi Logan. As she did with the previous novels, Renee James opens the door to a world unfamiliar to many readers, allowing compassion and respect to harness...

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Dodging and Burning – A BOLO Books Review Preview

From the Booking Desk: I almost never talk about a book I have read when the release date is six months away – and certainly not here on BOLO Books. But today I am making an exception for a number of reasons: 1. This book is so special that I hope readers will get...

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Best Day Ever – The BOLO Books Review

Best Day Ever is a domestic suspense novel from Kaira Rouda. Set over just one twenty-four-hour period, Best Day Ever is a prime example of a compulsively readable book with surprises at every turn. Told from the perspective of Paul Strom, Best Day Ever documents the...

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Black Cat Mystery Magazine Issue #1 – The BOLO Books Review

With just this first issue, Black Cat Mystery Magazine has laid a solid claim as the newest location for quality short crime fiction. Featuring both new and reprint stories, John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe have opened their arms to embrace the short story...

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The Hangman’s Sonnet – The BOLO Books Review

Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet is the fourth book in the Jesse Stone series that Reed Farrel Coleman has written. If there was any doubt that Coleman has managed to pay homage to the legacy of Robert B. Parker while also stamping the series continuation with...

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Genuine Fraud – The BOLO Books Review

A reverse bildungsroman may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but that is exactly what e. lockhart gifts to readers with her new young adult novel, Genuine Fraud. By manipulating this predominately Victorian art form, lockhart tells a fascinating tale peppered with...

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Bluebird, Bluebird – The BOLO Books Review

Like the legacy bestowed by the Texas Blues music forming its backbone, the tragedy at the core of Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird is worthy of no less than Shakespeare himself. Told in lyrical prose at an unremitting yet leisurely pace, this novel marks the...

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Idyll Fears – The BOLO Books Review

Idyll Fears is the new novel from Stephanie Gayle and it returns readers to the domain of Police Chief Thomas Lynch. That world – Idyll, Connecticut circa 1997 – is the perfect setting to explore the topics at the heart of Stephanie Gayle’s series. When last readers...

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The Deuce – A BOLO Books Television Review

The pilot episode of The Deuce, the new HBO drama from David Simon and George Pelecanos, is currently streaming on the premium network’s digital service. As you probably already know, this series is a look at the gritty world of prostitution and pornography within...

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Fierce Kingdom – The BOLO Books Review

Gin Phillips’ Fierce Kingdom manages to succeed as both a thriller and a mediation on motherhood – not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Fierce Kingdom is a slim volume in terms of page count, but certainly not when it comes to understanding the maternal...

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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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