Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get."
King forswears the foreign intrigue that's increasingly dominated her Sherlock-ian pastiches (Dreaming Spies, 2015, etc.) to return to the great man's roots, which are surprisingly intertwined with those of his longtime landlady.Read full book review >
MISS JULIA INHERITS A MESS by Ann B. Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Slow as molasses, Miss Julia's 16th (Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, 2015, etc.) barely qualifies as a mystery, counting instead on Southern charm to delight the fan base."
No good deed goes unpunished for Miss Julia. Read full book review >

RED FLAGS by Tammy Kaehler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"In the fourth in this character-driven series, Kaehler (Avoidable Contact, 2014, etc.) complements its exploration of Kate's problems and triumphs with a better mystery and plenty of suspects you love to hate."
Another racetrack, another murder for a driver who'd rather be racing than sleuthing. Read full book review >
AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 5, 2016

"Aunty Lee's third outing (Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, 2013, etc.) has the structural virtues of an old-fashioned whodunit but adds a sassy comic edge."
Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you: beneath the matronly manner is a steely sleuth. Read full book review >
RECKONING AND RUIN by Tina Whittle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Readers new to Tai's adventures (Deeper than the Grave, 2014, etc.) may be put off by all the back story. Those enamored of her will enjoy the way it drives the plot, which is most likely to appeal to those with a strong investment in the heroine."
Headstrong and determined, a woman trying to leave her past behind is forced back to her Savannah home to confront her biggest adversaries: her family. Read full book review >

THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >
SENT TO THE DEVIL by Laura Lebow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"This sequel to The Figaro Murders (2015) continues to supply counterparts for Da Ponte's operatic characters. Although the device seems a little more contrived a second time out, it adds extra zest to this 18th-century whodunit."
Life imitates art imitating life in a celebrated librettist's second detective assignment. Read full book review >
PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sturdy, studly historical cop drama that's not as smooth or playful as Elmore Leonard but a good deal more accomplished than Max Allan Collins."
Taylor's criminal traversal of the 1950s leaves behind J. Edgar Hoover (Night Life, 2015) to focus on an assassination plot against newly hatched dictator Fidel Castro.Read full book review >
CURTAINS FOR MISS PLYM by Kathleen Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mary and Millie are such engaging characters that the time spent with them makes up for some of the weaknesses in this pleasant cozy."
A retired California schoolteacher and her cocker spaniel help solve several murders. Read full book review >
THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Despite the leads' enjoyable banter and the engaging premise, McMillan (A Singular and Whimsical Problem, 2015, etc.) tries to shoehorn so many different kinds of material into a single adventure that some of her most promising ideas end up insufficiently or imperfectly realized."
Two women form a detective agency and try to solve a murder in 1910 Toronto. Oh my! Read full book review >
SKELETON BLUES by Paul Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"The plot, which is even more labyrinthine than usual, will challenge the ingenuity, not to say the memory, of the staunchest readers. But Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory long after the plot is forgotten."
Beneath the skin of Johnston's seventh dystopian whodunit is the threat of a revolution so virulent it could bring the whole series to an end. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >