Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

CATWALK by Sheila Webster Boneham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"Janet, like her animal companions, continues to evolve in Boneham's series (The Money Bird, 2013, etc.) even if the mystery is too slight and silly to warrant much notice."
When an anti-animal agitator is murdered, it's unclear who wanted him dead badly enough to commit the crime. Read full book review >
DICK FRANCIS'S DAMAGE by Felix Francis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Francis (Dick Francis's Refusal, 2013, etc.) expertly choreographs Jeff's extended cat-and-mouse duel with the resourceful Leonardo. Fans of both thrillers and horse racing will be on tenterhooks until Jeff unmasks his opponent, who turns out to have been a lot more memorable in disguise."
A professional horse-racing investigator has to ride three unruly mounts at once in the fourth and most ambitious of the younger Francis' suspensers. Read full book review >

GHOST WANTED by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Hart's amusing and vivacious ghostly sleuth (Ghost Gone Wild, 2013, etc.) puts her invisibility, her gusto and her sharp mind to good use in her latest outing."
The heavenly Department of Good Intentions relies on one of its best, but least obedient, sleuths to solve a puzzling case. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRL by David Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Personal relationships are critical in this satisfying read, which is in the same class as Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter.
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Dark secrets emerge from a man's long-ago high school days in this strong and moody novel. Read full book review >
MALICE by Keigo Higashino
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler."
The creator of Detective Galileo (Salvation of a Saint, 2012, etc.) returns with another fiendishly clever Chinese—make that Japanese—box of a whydunit.Read full book review >

THE MURDER MAN by Tony Parsons
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The resolution feels both hurried and tacked on to what is otherwise a very readable novel."
Veteran novelist Parsons' first police thriller introduces Max Wolfe, a detective raising a young child alone, who's on a quest to find a vicious serial killer. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2014 by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lippman and series editor Penzler set a sumptuous and surprisingly varied table for those who like their thrills short, sweet and creepy."
The 20 top picks this year span the globe in setting and cross the spectrum in tone. Read full book review >
TEL AVIV NOIR by Etgar Keret
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Editors Keret and Gavron stress not what makes Tel Aviv unique but what it has in common with other cities: its people's endless, often fruitless struggle to cash in on a losing hand."
Even in the Holy Land, people find ingenious ways to screw up their own lives, as the latest entry in Akashic's Noir series proves. Read full book review >
An Intimate Murder by Stacy Verdick Case
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An entertaining addition to an enjoyable series."
In this third installment of Case's (A Luring Murder, 2012, etc.) series, tough but likable detective Catherine O'Brien must solve the grisly double murder of an affluent suburban couple in a quiet neighborhood.As Catherine and her partner, Louise Montgomery, try to solve the shocking murder, a number of suspects arise, including the victims' son and the wife's mentally unstable cousin. Read full book review >
DEAD FOR A SPELL by Raymond Buckland
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers hoping for a glimpse behind the scenes of the Lyceum won't get much in Buckland's (Cursed in the Act, 2014) second Bram Stoker adventure. Nor will they see much of Stoker. The spotlight is deservedly on Harry, who does all the legwork and spends more time on the road than backstage."
Bram Stoker's personal assistant helps solve two ritualistic murders and races to prevent a third in this Victorian tale combining real-life actors and fictional characters. Read full book review >
THE OLD DEEP AND DARK by Ellen Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The Deere family has to carry much of the weight of the narrative. That's great for readers who buy into their family gossip but less great for those who'll miss the sharp wit Cordelia displays in Hart's ongoing Jane Lawless series (Taken By the Wind, 2013, etc.)."
Two old friends work together to make connections between a historic mystery emerging from a theater renovation and a modern-day murder. Read full book review >
THE HUNTING DOGS by Jorn Lier Horst
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"While not on par with other established Norwegian crime writers, Horst delivers an enjoyable if not entirely original read."
New information on an old case comes back to haunt seasoned Norwegian detective William Wisting in Horst's somewhat plodding but intriguing series installment (Closed for Winter, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >