Reviews

The Stranger Inside – The BOLO Books Review

Imagine for just one moment: You return home from a weekend getaway only to discover that all the locks on your house have been changed, a strange man holding a signed lease is living inside among your belongings, and all of the existing laws favor the “renter.” What...

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The Lost Man – The BOLO Books Review

After only two books featuring Federal Agent Aaron Falk, Jane Harper turns her attention – and her pen – towards a gripping stand-alone. Rather than diminishing her brand, this unusual move solidifies her ranking as a superstar within the crime fiction genre; The Lost...

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A Necessary Evil – The BOLO Books Review

Abir Mukherjee’s second novel, A Necessary Evil, capitalizes on all the best traits that made his debut, A Rising Man, such a success: relatable characters, rich period detail, accomplished prose, and a fascinating central crime. With A Necessary Evil, Mukherjee has...

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An Anonymous Girl – The BOLO Books Review

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen proved themselves to be a powerhouse duo with their debut bestseller, The Wife Between Us. However, it is their new psychological suspense novel, An Anonymous Girl, which will cement their standing as must-read authors for a legion...

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The Wrong Boy – The BOLO Books Review

With two successful series and a few collections of novellas, some may view Cathy Ace’s decision to release a stand-alone psychological suspense novel as a strange – and potentially risky – move, but not too many pages into The Wrong Boy skeptics will realize this is...

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The Au Pair – The BOLO Books Review

A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi (A precipice in front, wolves behind) This ominous warning graces a plaque on a cannon at the top of the cliff overlooking Summerborne House, the estate of The Mayes Family in Emma Rous’ exceptional debut novel, The Au Pair. This...

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For Better and Worse – The BOLO Books Review

How far would you go to protect your child? That is the question before Natalie and Will Clarke in Margot Hunt’s domestic suspense novel, For Better and Worse. At the beginning of the novel, readers witness Nat and Will’s first date, back when both of them were...

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Sadie – The BOLO Books Review

The public’s fascination with true crime podcasts has infiltrated the crime fiction world with novels like Six Stories and The American Girl leveraging the media to add dimension to their narratives. It was only a matter of time before the young adult writing scene...

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Murder at the Mill – The BOLO Books Review

While the name M. B. Shaw is unfamiliar to readers, the author behind the moniker may not be. Tilly Bagshawe burst onto the literary scene in the mid-2000’s with some family-saga style novels reminiscent of works by the likes of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Judith...

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Snowbound – The BOLO Books Review

Fans of Maria Alexander’s Snowed will remember that when we were last with Charity, Aidan, and the gang, it was in the midst of a massive cliffhanger, but now that Snowbound in available, more of that story can be told. The Bloodline of Yule series is perfect for...

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Nine Perfect Strangers – The BOLO Books Review

Liane Moriarty continues to write novels that are virtually unclassifiable – blending elements from women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, romance, inspirational, and more into a style that is uniquely her own. If her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, had to me...

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BOLO Books’ Top Reads of 2018

From the Booking Desk: 2018 will always be the year I was awarded the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award. This accolade represents a career highlight and I have been thrilled to celebrate with all of you throughout this year.   But the work continued.  ...

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The Stranger Diaries – The BOLO Books Review

If you’ll permit me... Along with writing two popular series, Elly Griffiths has decided that it is time to add a stand-alone psychological suspense novel to her repertoire. That novel is The Stranger Diaries and is currently available overseas and will appear in the...

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The Ruin – The BOLO Books Review

The epigraph at the beginning of Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel exposes the complexity of the book’s title alone. Whether one calls it The Rúin – as it was originally called in Ireland – or The Ruin – the less exotic title given to the novel by its English-speaking...

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Kingdom of the Blind – The BOLO Books Review

Despite plans to take a year off from releasing a new Three Pines novel, Louise Penny surprised her fans by announcing that Kingdom of the Blind would indeed be released before year’s end. Every book in the series feels personal, but because the basis of this new...

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Dead Ringer – The BOLO Books Review

Kate Kessler’s Dead Ringer is a visceral reading experience – simultaneously addictive and off-putting in equal measure. It is almost impossible to prepare the reader for the journey they are about to take – but a warning is necessary: Dead Ringer is not a book for...

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An Unexplained Death – The BOLO Books Review

The Belvedere is a historic building constructed in 1903 and located on North Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. This landmark’s "Beaux Arts" style architecture has resulted in many iconic photographs across its history. Once a hotel catering to the hoity-toity...

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Beyond the Truth – The BOLO Books Review

Fans of police procedurals should definitely be reading the books of Bruce Robert Coffin. His Detective Byron mystery novels set in Portland, Maine present accurate depictions of all aspects of the law enforcement profession and they continue to grow stronger with...

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The Skeleton Makes a Friend – The BOLO Books Review

Readers would be forgiven for assuming that a novel featuring an ambulatory skeleton as an amateur detective might not address too many real-world issues, however, Leigh Perry’s Family Skeleton series repeatedly proves that just because a book features paranormal...

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Go To My Grave – The BOLO Books Review

When Catriona McPherson puts words to paper, readers can always count on the resulting story being unexpected and successful. Is there nothing this woman can’t write? First she has a much-loved historical cozy series, then she started writing the occasional – and...

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