Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

DEAD RAPUNZEL by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"Houston's frigid but beautiful winter portrait of Loon Lake (Dead Lil' Hustler, 2014, etc.) can't make up for the tepid mystery."
Murder by logging truck. Read full book review >
Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >

Second-Class Sailors by Lance Garland
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"A courageous exploration of the power of love and sexuality to transcend institutional boundaries."
A crime novel about the aftermath of a brutal act that examines sexuality's uneasy place within the strictures of military life. Read full book review >
THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal."
After a farm couple is murdered in Montreal in the wake of a blizzard, newly retired DS Émile Cinq-Mars is asked by an FBI agent to look into possible connections with similar killings in New Orleans. Read full book review >
FARMED AND DANGEROUS by Edith Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam's best outing yet."
An organic farmer is a magnet for murder. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A BRIDE AND GROOM by Allan J. Emerson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 20, 2015

"Emerson's kickoff to the Honeymoon Falls series is both surfeit and famine, providing altogether too many characters with allegedly charming quirks and not nearly enough development of people or plot."
In a place marketing itself as a honeymoon paradise, a murder staged as a wedding makes citizens fear for the town's reputation and their own livelihoods. Read full book review >
THE HARVEST MAN by Alex Grecian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Grecian has the chops to create a novel that engages and disturbs and has proved it before. Not here."
The fourth in a series of historical thrillers about the squad of detectives formed to rid London of Jack the Ripper. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme."
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. Read full book review >
SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Hall outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler."
When a house goes up in flames in the dead of the night with a woman and her two children inside, is it accident or murder? Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >
When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
Exquisite Folly by Jonathan Carriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"An engaging, suspenseful novel that combines an intriguing murder mystery with heaps of historical information."
A riveting mystery set in New York City in 1765 on the eve of the Stamp Act. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >