The Resort – The BOLO Books Review

Readers would be forgiven for having burn-out from the proliferation of destination mysteries. There have certainly been more than a few of them in the past few years, often without much variation. The trouble with this type of fatigue is that sometimes there really...

Deal with the Devil – The BOLO Books Review

From the Booking Desk: In case you haven’t heard, Crippen & Landru are celebrating their 30th anniversary this week. To celebrate the milestone, they are offering 30% off until tomorrow (February 15th). I decided to mark the occasion with a review of Elaine Viets’...

The Year of the Locust – The BOLO Books Review

With social media, movies, television, and more vying for readers attention, the days of those massively long epic novels are mostly a thing of the past, and yet, occasionally, a work that defies the odds comes along, determined to remind us that there is nothing like...

I am an Agatha Award Nominee!

From the Booking Desk: For those that did not hear, yesterday the board of Malice Domestic announced the nominations for this year’s Agatha Awards. It is a stellar list all around, but I am thrilled to say that “Ticket to Ride” the short story I...

The Teacher – The BOLO Books Review

Readers picking up a Freida McFadden novel should go in knowing they are going to have to suspend disbelief—as this is an author who loves to craft the most twisted plots—but should also prepare to be glued to the page until the final moments of the book. In some...

Hurt for Me – The BOLO Books Review

Heather Levy’s debut novel, Walking Through Needles, made clear that she was an author determined to write mysteries that push boundaries—without worry about the delicate sensibilities of the Old Guard—forging virgin ground and embracing new readers to the genre with...

We Are What We Read – Episode Nine available

Episode Nine of my new YouTube vlog WE ARE WHAT WE READ is now available for you to enjoy. In this special episode, the focus is on short stories, with some very talented practitioners of the form who also happen to know a lot about the history of the short story. On...

The Wharton Plot – The BOLO Books Review

The Gilded Age is currently all the rage, so it is to be expected that this vibrant historical time would find its way into crime fiction. Readers should be delighted that their guide for this latest foray will be celebrated and award-winning author Mariah Fredericks....