More Bookshots – The BOLO Books Review(s)

From the Booking Desk:

On a recent road trip, my car-mates and I decided to listen to two novellas from James Patterson’s Bookshots output during the journey. My only other experience with Bookshots was reading and reviewing The Witnesses, written in collaboration with Brendan Dubois. Just as with that time, these current choices were rooted in my interest in the collaborator – not so much James Patterson or the publishing experiment itself. I will read anything Duane Swierczynski publishes, so it was inevitable that I would get to these particular Bookshots. Let’s take a brief, closer look at both The Shut-in and The House Husband.

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BOLO – Week of May 7, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

I have doubled the number of titles on this week’s list of books to be on the look out for.  I did this mainly as an example of how much diversity can be found in just one week of publishing in the crime fiction genre – diversity in style, tone, audience, and length. Literally something for everyone here – and all of it worth exploring.

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Wildcat – A BOLO Books Short Story Review

In any discussion of the living legends of crime fiction, the name Sara Paretsky will quickly be mentioned. Sara Paretsky became a champion for women writers when in 1986 she was instrumental in the founding of Sisters in Crime, but over the years she has proven that she is a champion for all writers. Always one to advocate for the underdog, it is no surprise that Sara Paretsky has been at the forefront of protests during the United States’ current tumultuous times.

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Sunshine Noir – The BOLO Books Review

This year has seen a plethora of outstanding short story anthologies. Already this year, BOLO Books has covered Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Blood On the Bayou, and Storm Warning – with a few others still to come, including today’s choice.

Sunshine Noir is edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley and contains a very strong collection of stories tied together by the warmer climate and temperatures of their various settings. Probably because of the dark and ominous nature of the genre, noir has often been viewed as the domain of less tropical locations, but this collection proves that heat and humidity can certainly lead to mayhem and murder.

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Echoes of Sherlock Holmes – The BOLO Books Review

Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have once again edited a volume of stories aimed at expanding the Sherlock Holmes multiverse. As always, these two have gathered a stellar cast of writers for their new anthology, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes.

This time out, the assignment for these admitted Sherlock Holmes devotees was to create a story inspired by Sir Authur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. Not surprisingly, the resulting stories are as varied as the writers who are participating. What they all share is a clear love of Sherlock and a desire to pay homage to one of the greats of the crime fiction community.

Hopefully, readers will delve into Echoes of Sherlock Holmes to discover some of their own favorite stories, but for a small taste here are brief reviews of some stories that stand out for me.

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Blood on the Bayou – The BOLO Books Review

From the Booking Desk:

Blood on the Bayou is the latest Bouchercon Anthology – release recently at the 2016 Bouchercon in New Orleans.

This collection of stories is 100% solid and is as diverse as the city of New Orleans itself. I could have reviewed any of these stories as there is not a bad one in the bunch.

As it is, I had to make some choices. I chose 14 stories (out of 22 total): choosing stories from throughout the whole collection, ones by authors at various stages in their careers, and stories that covered the different styles and tones that are evident throughout the collection. These are some of my favorites, but again, there is not a bad story in this entire anthology. Buy Blood on the Bayou and read them all: you will find a few favorites as well.

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