Reviews

Mother-Daughter Murder Night – The BOLO Books Review

Picking up a debut novel is always an exciting gamble. Readers are hoping to discover their next favorite author at the inception of their career or a book they can confidently recommend to all their friends. When that happens, it is almost like magic. Based on...

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City of Vengeance – The BOLO Books Review

City of Vengeance launches D. V. Bishop’s series set in sixteenth century Florence. With this first case, his main character—Cesare Aldo—instantly joins the ranks of iconic historical crime fiction protagonists. Aldo is a former soldier and is now an officer in the...

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The Christmas Appeal – The BOLO Books Review

Janice Hallett’s The Christmas Appeal is a holiday-themed novella that returns readers to Lower Lockwood and updates them on the goings-on with The Fairway Players roughly three years after the action of Hallett’s debut novel, The Appeal. First it must be said that...

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The Spy Coast – The BOLO Books Review

There is a feeling readers get when they know they are in the hands of one of their favorite consummate storytellers. It is a bond built on trust influenced by past success. So even if the current novel is quite different from what has come before, the end result of a...

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Midnight is the Darkest Hour – The BOLO Books Review

It is rare when a novel that is virtually impossible to classify succeeds on all levels, but that is exactly what Ashley Winstead accomplishes with Midnight is the Darkest Hour. This book works as a mystery, as a thriller, as a romance, as a serial killer exposé, as a...

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Penance – The BOLO Books Review

Eliza Clark burst onto the literary landscape with her debut novel, Boy Parts. When your first book is so full of vitality and freshness, the pressure on the follow-up must feel overwhelming; but not for Eliza Clark, she seems to take it in stride and ups her game...

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The Death of Us – The BOLO Books Review

When cracking the spine of a Lori Rader-Day book, readers know they are about to embark on an emotional excursion where the precarious path is lit by a compelling central mystery that leads to a destination that is as satisfying as the journey getting there. Her...

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The Interpreter – The BOLO Books Review

Brooke Robinson is a playwright who used the downtime during the pandemic to write her first novel, The Interpreter. While it is quite a dense book, Robinson executes it with skill and style—entertaining while also educating. As readers will no doubt guess from the...

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Viper’s Dream – The BOLO Books Review

When a highly respected blogger raves about a novel, readers (and other reviewers) take notice. Such is the case with Ayo Onatade when it comes to Jake Lamar’s Viper’s Dream. Viper’s Dream was released earlier this year in the United Kingdom, where Onatade resides....

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The Taken Ones – The BOLO Books Review

Over her varied career, Jess Lourey has amassed a loyal fanbase who not only devour her books the moment they appear, but who will also tell everyone they know to read her work. After a stellar run of standalones in which her profile in the crime fiction community...

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A Collection of Reviews 2023

Murder at the Residence by Stella Blómkvist The mystery behind this series is just as intriguing as the books themselves. Stella Blomkvist is not just the character in the novels but is also the nom-de-plume used by the mysterious author no one has been able to...

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Truth Be Told – The BOLO Books Review

With each book, Kia Abdullah continues to highlight her willingness to tell the difficult stories, the ones that most writers would conjure in their mind before kindly telling themselves “there’s no way in hell I’m going there.” Because of her bravery, each novel...

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Reykjavik – The BOLO Books Review

Reykjavík is the new novel from Icelandic crime fiction superstar, Ragnar Jónasson, written in collaboration with the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. With that pedigree, anticipation for this new thriller is understandably high and thankfully, this...

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Just Another Missing Person – The BOLO Books Review

Gillian McAllister has been writing quite successful suspense novels for years now, but last year’s Wrong Place, Wrong Time appears to have elevated her to another level. She is now following that bestseller with Just Another Missing Person—a more traditional domestic...

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Happiness Falls – The BOLO Books Review

With the enigmatic sentence “We didn’t call the police right away,” Angie Kim’s Happiness Falls is off and running—luring the reader into an unforgettable journey through this epic new novel that is quite unlike anything else on the market. Happiness Falls is a...

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Sun Damage – The BOLO Books Review

For many US readers, the name Sabine Durrant is likely an unfamiliar one. It is a real shame as she has been writing some of the strongest psychological suspense novels for years now. This reviewer is partial to Lie With Me, but fans of the subgenre will be more than...

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An Honest Man – The BOLO Books Review

Michael Koryta is one of those consistently excellent authors who seem virtually incapable of letting their readers down. This is most surprising because every Michael Koryta book is different than the previous. He has written series and standalones, thrillers,...

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Good Bad Girl – The BOLO Books Review

The name Alice Feeney should be at the top of every domestic suspense fan’s “must buy” list. With five books released, Feeney has proven that she is both skilled at devising complex plots and has a knack for developing characters readers truly care about. That Alice...

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The Mistress of Bhatia House – The BOLO Books Review

Historical fiction is at its best when it can both educate the reader about the past and elucidate something about our present at the same time. This is a tricky balance, but Sujata Massey has made it look easy across the first three novels in her historical India...

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