Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

PRIDE V. PREJUDICE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Even a dreamboat husband and a dream house don't seem to satisfy Claire, whose sulky sense of amour-propre makes her teenage daughter, Caron, seem mature."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (Murder as a Second Language, 2013, etc.) gets pissed off at a local prosecutor. Read full book review >
SCENT OF MURDER by James O. Born
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Born (Burn Zone, 2008, etc.) pitches this one at readers who like law enforcement infighting better than detection and who love dogs most of all."
A sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County fights for the respect due his unit and their canine colleagues as they go after the creep who's been kidnapping and assaulting local teenagers. Read full book review >

FOX IS FRAMED by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Fans will be rewarded not by the solution, which is considerably more muddled than the mystery itself, but by some of the sharpest courtroom cut-and-thrust since Presumed Innocent (1986)."
San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell (Lion Plays Rough, 2014, etc.) faces another round of all-in-the-family murder when his father, convicted years ago of killing his wife, gets a shot at another trial that could turn him free—or put him away for keeps.Read full book review >
MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Can Julia, now in her 16th installment (Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover, 2014, etc.), possibly be as naïve as she continues to appear? Die-hard fans will brush this question aside and relish the surprise ending."
A Southern gentlewoman's nerves are shredded after she finds a body—and not for the reason you'd expect. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >

FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >
THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >
LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Lisa Lieberman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Cara's debut reads as if it had been written by a committee. Here's hoping Lieberman can keep her eye on the prize in any sequel."
A second-generation movie star roams the world in search of something. Read full book review >
SNAKE PASS by Colin Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."
A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble. Read full book review >
SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >
INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >