Recent Reviews

Arsenic and Adobo – The BOLO Books Review

While it is not the work for which she received the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for unpublished writers, Mia P. Manansala’s Arsenic and Adobo feels so authentically from her soul, readers will recognize how this is the novel Manansala was destined...

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The Appeal – The BOLO Books Review (UK Edition)

Voracious readers know there are many excellent books released every year, but that finding something that has never been done before is rare. Janice Hallett’s The Appeal may fit that bill. Certainly we have seen epistolary novels and works that incorporate email...

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The Last Thing to Burn – The BOLO Books Review

The Last Thing to Burn is not Will Dean’s first novel, but it is likely to be the book that breaks him out to a wider, worldwide audience. This is the type of book that shakes readers to the core and becomes a touchstone reference in the years that follow. Jane – not...

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Recent Interviews

Patti Abbott – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: I am thrilled to welcome Patricia Abbott here to BOLO Books today to discuss her new short story collection: I Bring Sorrow and Other Stories of Transgression. The book is available now and you all are going to want to experience these stories...

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Alafair Burke – The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Hopefully, at this point you have already pre-ordered Alafair Burke's new book, The Wife. Critical praise of this novel has been very strong and I even called it "an instant classic," so it should be no surprise that I invited Alafair here to...

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Kristopher Zgorski – Behind the Blogger

From the Booking Desk: Depending on what device you are viewing BOLO Books on, you may notice over the next few weeks that we are changing up the look of the blog.  I am working with someone who knows much more about these things than I do - more on that later - but...

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Recent Articles

Cover Reveal – The Great Filling Station Holdup

Over the last few years, the crime fiction community has seen a trend of short story anthologies inspired by the works of various musicians. The collections allow for a cross-pollination of fans that help to keep the genre vibrant and timely. What makes these...

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Cover Reveal – Done Gone

From the Booking Desk: Sing it to Her Bones is one of my favorite debut mysteries. In that novel, Marcia Talley introduced readers to Hannah Ives and that character has continued to thrive ever since. Marcia also happens to be one of the biggest supporters of her...

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Cover Reveal – Bitterroot Lake

From the Booking Desk: Leslie Budewitz has won three Agatha Awards: Best First Novel, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Short Story in her career to-date. Never one to rest on her laurels, Leslie is taking on a pen-name to release her first suspense novel in April of 2021....

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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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