Recent Reviews

Top Reads of 2022 According to BOLO Books

As usual, I have taken this task of selecting my Top Reads List very seriously and really struggled to make sure the list commemorates my favorite books of the year. Simply put, sometimes this means splitting hairs and having to leave off books that I truly loved but...

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A World of Curiosities – The BOLO Books Review

As the Three Pines mysteries make their way to series television on Amazon Prime, Louise Penny continues her impressive output of first-class crime fiction beloved by both fanatics of the genre and the more casual readers of crime fiction. Like all the novels...

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Bleeding Heart Yard – The BOLO Books Review

As the author of two excellent and wildly popular series, Elly Griffith’s status in the crime fiction community has long been established, but we must not overlook that she has also written an iconic series of loosely-connected standalones featuring the unforgettable...

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Recent Interviews

Heather Levy – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

Headed into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, let's squeeze in one more Composite Sketch in this 10th anniversary celebration of BOLO Books. I knew as soon as I heard the early descriptions of Heather Levy's Walking Through Needles that it would be a book I had to...

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Marco Carocari – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

The Composite Sketch feature returns and the followers of BOLO Books couldn't be more excited. Today, we have a sketch from a newer member of our community. Marco Carocari is the author of Blackout, which I highly recommend for those looking to expand the diversity...

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Tracy Clark – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

To help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of BOLO Books, I decided to re-launch the extremely popular Composite Sketch feature. As you may remember, these are short interviews containing five very incisive questions that are posed to members of our community -...

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Recent Articles

John Copenhaver – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

Let's close out November with one more Composite Sketch. I've been a fan of John Copenhaver's books since his debut, Dodging & Burning. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, his stories always reflect that viewpoint, but from a historical prospective without ever...

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Curtis Ippolito – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

I was fortunate to meet Curtis Ippolito at the 2022 Left Coast Crime where I was the fan Guest of Honor. I had recently read and reviewed his excellent crime fiction debut, Burying the Newspaper Man, so I was very happy to have a few moments to chat with Curtis,...

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Tammy Barker – A Bolo Books Composite Sketch

There are fans and then there are Fans, with a capital F. Tammy Barker most certainly belongs in the latter category. Along with her own writing, Tammy is a devoted reader, loyal to the authors she loves, always willing to go above and beyond to make someone's day...

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Welcome to BOLO Books. The blog name comes from the common police acronym meaning “be on the look out.” (or “be on the lookout” – depending on your source). This is especially appropriate in this case, as this blog will focus on books in the mystery and thriller genre. Crime fiction is my passion and I want to share that with you.

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