Reviews

The Overnight Guest – The BOLO Books Review

The winter months are the perfect time to read The Overnight Guest, Heather Gudenkauf’s newest thriller teeming with suspense, shocks, and plenty of snow. Throughout her career, Gudenkauf has proven herself adapt at crafting complex storylines that rarely proceed in...

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Burying the Newspaper Man – The BOLO Books Review

Thousands of books are published every year and yet the reading public only becomes aware of a small cross-section of those titles. Marketing teams at the big publishers and the limited space at mainstream media outlets often dictate how widespread knowledge of a...

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Real Tigers – A BOLO Books Surveillance Review

Real Tigers is the third full-length novel in Mick Herron’s Slough House series. While the first two books in the series laid the important groundwork, it is in Real Tigers where all the various elements come together to create a near-perfect spy novel. Real Tigers...

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The Sorority Murder – The BOLO Books Review

Looking at the description of Allison Brennan’s The Sorority Murder, readers will notice a number of crime fiction tropes are in play – the death of a young (female) college student, a podcast hoping to solve this cold case, a missing diary, a plot that unspools...

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The Quiet People – The BOLO Books Review

I have long said the New Zealand-based crime writer Paul Cleave is one of the most under-appreciated authors in the crime fiction community. From his first book to the latest, every entry in his oeuvre is worthy of bestseller status and critical acclaim. And yet while...

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Top Reads of 2021 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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Do I Know You? – The BOLO Books Review

Sarah Strohmeyer amassed many loyal fans years ago with her quirky and unique mystery series starring Bubbles Yablonsky, so when it was announced that she was returning to the crime fiction fold with a new suspense novel, much rejoicing ensued. That book, Do I Know...

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The Corpse with the Granite Heart – The BOLO Books Review

Fans of Cathy Ace’s Cait Morgan Mystery Series will be delighted that for the eleventh book in this series, the author has provided readers with a holiday outing called The Corpse with the Granite Heart. That is, as long as one do not mind their festive mood tempered...

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Reykjavik Nights – The BOLO Books Review

After writing nine novels featuring Inspector Erlendur, Arnaldur Indriðason took an unexpected detour with Reykjavik Nights and gave readers a glimpse back at the origins of his now iconic lead character. As Reykjavik Nights opens, it is the late sixties or early...

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Cold As Hell – The BOLO Books Review

Everyone knows that Iceland is a nation that has a very low crime rate and homicides are the rarest of all, but as readers have seen through their excellent crime fiction output, that does not mean that there are not mysteries to be solved. One of the true dangers of...

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All Her Little Secrets – The BOLO Books Review

Following the success of diverse writers coming out of smaller presses, it is so refreshing to see that the bigger publishing houses are now opening their doors to more diverse authors as well. It is a shame to think that just a few years ago, Wanda M. Morris might...

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The Commandments – The BOLO Books Review

Crime fiction readers who have experienced the works of Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson, and/or Eva Björg Ægisdóttir will have noticed that these Icelanders seem to have an innate ability to write about the darkest of subject matters without...

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Where the Shadows Lie – The BOLO Books Review

Readers of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings know the legend of the “One Ring” and its destruction on Mordor, but what if those legends were inspired by actual events? What if they were based on the lore of a long-lost Icelandic Saga? That is the premise of Where...

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Gallows Rock – The BOLO Books Review

In Gallows Rock, the fourth book in Yrsa Sigurdardoittir’s "Children’s House" series, a traditional site for executions during ancient times becomes the harrowing location for a modern-day Icelandic murder. For this outing, the main character is Detective Huldar, but...

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Hold Me Down – The BOLO Books Review

A former music journalist (and musician, for that matter), Clea Simon successfully wove that milieu into her 2017 stand-alone crime novel, World Enough, set in Boston’s underground club scene. Now four years later, Simon is releasing Hold Me Down, another stand-alone...

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Mango, Mambo, and Murder – The BOLO Books Review

Like all corners of the crime fiction community, the cozy mystery sub-genre has recently seen an influx of new, diverse voices creating a sense of vitality and freshness that will hopefully bring more readers to the entire breadth of this incredibly multi-faceted...

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The Mother Next Door – The BOLO Books Review

With The Mother Next Door, a novel of suburban suspense, Tara Laskowski has gifted readers with the most addictively readable book of the season. It is virtually impossible to stop reading The Mother Next Door until the entirety of it has been consumed, and even then,...

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State of Terror – The BOLO Books Review

     “A metaphor walks into a bookstore…” “State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny is like a traditional Robert Ludlum political thriller crossed with a John le Carré character study only with women at the center of the...

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Last Girl Ghosted – The BOLO Books Review

When it comes to dependable writers, Lisa Unger is very near the top of the list. While it is impossible to predict what she will write next, readers can always count on it being a gripping narrative with complex characters and plenty of unexpected developments. Her...

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Death at Greenway – The BOLO Books Review

Writers take risks every time they put pen to paper – or well, fingers to keyboard. Balancing reader expectations with the desire to grow as an artist can be tricky. Lori Rader-Day has never been an author who was content with the status quo – each of her books is...

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