Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

MURDER 101 by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"It's nice to see small-town homicide get Decker's pulse pounding again, though the investigation is routine and the resolution, supplied mostly by Rina Lazarus, Decker's wife, is from hunger."
Retired from the LAPD to be closer to his kids on the East Coast, Detective Peter Decker (The Beast, 2013, etc.), now attached to the Greenbury Police Department, finds just as many felonies in the Five Colleges region of upstate New York. Read full book review >
THE DROP by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Even one of the novelist's lesser efforts has the signature style, edge and heart to delight fans."
The bard of blue-collar Boston crime returns with a sleight-of-hand novel tinged with sin and redemption. Read full book review >

THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Everyone is this meticulously crafted novel might be playing—or being played by—everyone else."
A hint of the supernatural spices the latest from a mystery master as two detectives try to probe the secrets teenage girls keep—and the lies they tell—after murder at a posh boarding school. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Milt's adventures often feature interesting characters and twisty plots. This one, though, crams in so much activity that the impact of any one storyline is lost."
Prophesy County, Oklahoma, has a sudden spate of dangerous cases. Read full book review >
DAY OF VENGEANCE by Jeanne M. Dams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Anglophile Dams adds another comfortable cozy to her collection of paeans to all things British."
The Church of England has a major public relations problem when a candidate for bishop is murdered. Read full book review >

ABOUT THAT NIGHT by Norah McClintock
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A classic whodunit. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
The discovery of two bodies yields numerous suspects. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO FEEL NOTHING by Peter Guttridge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Guttridge brings back several favorite characters from earlier installments (The Devil's Moon, 2013, etc.) in a clever puzzle that links more of Brighton's secrets to the ongoing dilemma of protecting cultural treasures from theft or destruction by armed conflict."
The Brighton police discover a connection between a scandal at the Royal Pavilion and looting at Angkor Wat. Read full book review >
HIT AND RUN by Sandra Balzo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"AnnaLise continues her bracing run in Balzo's third Main Street Murders entry."
A Lothario's reunion with his former lovers is spoiled by his murder. Read full book review >
MURDER IN TIME by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Improbabilities aside—would a British solicitor really put in writing an offer to withhold evidence from the police?—Ellie's latest outing turns out to be a tempest in a teapot."
Ellie Quicke (Murder With Mercy, 2013, etc.) fights to preserve her do-it-yourself family.Read full book review >
AS RED AS BLOOD by Salla Simukka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"Limned in stark red, white and black, this cold, delicate snowflake of a tale sparkles with icy magic. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
This trilogy opener from a talented young author has a bracing energy that stands up to the most muscular of Scandinavian thrillers and a heroine more than equal to her competition. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"In her powerfully written third appearance, Bell (Bitter River, 2013, etc.) emerges as a compelling heroine with an especially vexing mystery to solve."
Even though her life seems to be spiraling out of control, Bell Elkins still has to care for her family members and do her job as a West Virginia county prosecutor. Read full book review >
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Gamache's 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they'll have new wounds to mend."
Armand Gamache, former chief inspector of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, is settling into retirement in the idyllic village of Three Pines—but Gamache understands better than most that danger never strays far from home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lawrence Wright
September 15, 2014

Lawrence Wright has written books that investigate Scientology, al-Qaida, religion in America and the psychology of twinship, among other topics. He received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Looming Tower. His new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is about “one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century,” when an unpopular president was able behind the scenes to convince two proud, intransigent leaders of the Middle East to compromise. We ask Wright about uncovering the details of the story in this Kirkus TV interview. View video >