Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Not much state-of-the-fantasy-art high-tech this time, and no wonder: shaken readers will instantly recognize the contemporary American landscape, filled with trigger-happy vigilantes and the firepower they need to make themselves famous, beneath the futuristic trappings."
Lt. Eve Dallas, of the New York Police Security Department, celebrates January 2061 by tangling with an unusually well-organized mass murderer. Make that murderers. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS FRIEND  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"The ways of the neurotypical continue to perplex this unusual protagonist, much to the delight of readers of all cognitive stripes."
Still eschewing detective work, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.), proprietor of Questions Answered, finds that a client's query leads perilously close to a murder investigation. Read full book review >

CLOSE CALL by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Though lacking the banter typical of DiSilverio's series (The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, 2016, etc.), this stand-alone has a fast-moving plot that's so engrossing you may not notice its failure to delve into the complexity of D.C. politics."
After accidentally exchanging phones with a killer for hire, a woman must rely on her estranged sister's help to recover her phone and her life. Read full book review >
SALEM'S CIPHER by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Fans of Lourey's mysteries featuring a librarian heroine (February Fever, 2015, etc.) will scarcely recognize this series debut. The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike."
Circumstances force a pair of best friends to take on a dangerous quest. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE'S GARDEN by Janyce Stefan-Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"Stefan-Cole (Hollywood Boulevard, 2012) has produced a parable that's less a detective story than a story about a detective—dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer."
Half a lifetime after a formative encounter with evil on a dark street in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a retired New York cop sees it bookend his life when it catches up with him. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Without hitting readers over the head (as she does with many of her characters), Saunders (The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, 2015, etc.) launches a well-written series with all the hallmarks of a classic British cozy."
Poking into a family matter on behalf of the family in question throws a novice investigator into more of an investigation than she bargained for. Read full book review >
BODY ON THE BAYOU by Ellen Byron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron's second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read."
Bridezilla and murder keep an unlucky maid of honor hopping. Read full book review >
DEAD MEN'S BONES by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Oswald's fourth (House of Silence, 2016, etc.) is a house of horrors that adds an above-par mystery to the usual supernatural touches."
A Scottish police officer is handed a case he's not supposed to solve. Read full book review >
WAKE THE DEVIL by Robert Daniels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Synthetic but highly effective thrills for fans who wish Jeffery Deaver, whose strengths and weaknesses Daniels follows as faithfully as the footprints in a dance lesson, would turn them out faster."
Another serial killer, this time a professional assassin ready to murder anyone standing between him and his target, calls Atlanta profiler Jack Kale back to the FBI. Read full book review >
STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Equally packed with mystery and plot development for the series characters, Mizushima's second is heavy in animal interest if not always specifically dog drama."
A K-9 cop and her canine partner track down the killer of a colleague's girlfriend in a case that hits close to home. Read full book review >
BLOOD CRIME by Sebastià Alzamora
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"If you've ever wondered what it's like to feel simultaneously bored and nauseous, this is the book for you."
A veteran police inspector in Barcelona must hunt down a vampire amid the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. Honest to God. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH FIGURE by Pieter Aspe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The Satanists remain unsatisfyingly shadowy to the bitter end, but Aspe provides both a wholly unexpected culprit and the perfect setup for the moment in which his police hero finally becomes a father."
The fourth case of Bruges Commissioner Pieter Van In to reach these shores, originally published in Belgium in 1998, pins the raffish cop between a covey of Satanists and a very pregnant wife. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >