Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

HANGMAN'S GAME by Bill Syken
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Syken does so well with small-scale matters that you can't help rooting for him to master the business of unfolding a story that's more than a succession of effective scenes."
Sportswriter Syken's fiction debut takes you inside the world of a pro football punter. Read full book review >
A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Despite uneven pacing and a couple of creaky plot devices, Bess' seventh case (An Unwilling Accomplice, 2014, etc.) does its strong, determined heroine credit."
A nursing sister in the last days of World War I tries to help a man belatedly accused of murder. Read full book review >

THE THREE-NINE LINE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Logan's fourth adventure is a nifty detective story with juicy writing and a very likable hero."
A wry spy goes undercover in modern-day Vietnam to solve a murder with roots in the failed war. Read full book review >
99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Will leave readers hungry for more from quick-witted, cool-headed Lucky."
In Richardson's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) thriller, the first in a planned series, an LA sheriff's detective moonlighting as a PI scours the murky city streets for a runaway teenage girl.Read full book review >
THE MUSUBI MURDER by Frankie Bow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"Molly's debut is a smart and welcome addition to the teaching-college-is-murder genre."
Murder complicates a college professor's already stressful life. Read full book review >

MOONSHADOWS by Julie Weston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"This debut mystery from Weston (The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death, and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town, 2009) authentically portrays the gritty mining towns and the wild beauty of Idaho while presenting a challenging puzzle."
A photographer's aspirations take her West in the 1920s, right into a mysterious murder case. Read full book review >
THE STOCKHOLM CASTLE MYSTERY by Joyce Elson Moore
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"While there's nary a 'forsooth' or 'prithee' in the dialogue, the modern vernacular that Moore (The Tapestry Shop, 2010) uses is just as grating. And the hero, an amiable fellow with the requisite tragic past, just isn't a memorable presence in the castle or on the page."
In the debut of The Lute Player series, a Polish musician does more sleuthing than plucking in the court of Queen Christina of Sweden. Read full book review >
SLICED VEGETARIAN by Liesa Malik
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"Sensitive readers may have trouble with the treatment of special needs characters even though Malik's intentions in this series (Faith on the Rocks, 2013) seem more focused on a character-driven mystery aimed at women who can relate to Daisy's imperfections."
Proving the innocence of a special needs young man turns an amateur writer into an even more amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
IN THE DARK PLACES by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Too diffuse in both its crimes and its coppers to rank among Robinson's finest work (Children of the Revolution, 2014, etc.). But if malfeasance in Yorkshire is what you crave, you won't hesitate, and you won't go wrong."
A case no one in Eastvale HQ wants to work—a gentleman farmer's stolen tractor—leads to all the homicidal twists and turns beloved of Robinson's many fans. Read full book review >
THE UNINVITED by Cat Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An intriguing yet thin paranormal read."
In the last days of Word War I, influenza ravages the town of Buchanan, Illinois. But a more menacing plague endangers the town: hatred of Germans. Read full book review >
DEAD SOON ENOUGH by Steph Cha
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Once more, Cha often sacrifices suspense and plot twists for a more philosophical approach to mystery, though she clearly knows where she wants to go."
Tracking the surrogate mother for a high-maintenance client leads a bright young shamus to delve into Armenian cultural history and the meaning of closure. Read full book review >
THE PATRIARCH by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"The mystery, though eminently predictable, is as conscientious as ever. As usual (The Children Return, 2015, etc.), however, it's the details of the good life in the Dordogne that linger longest in the memory."
An apparently natural death at a distinguished World War II veteran's 90th birthday celebration turns out to have roots as deep and distant as the war itself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >