Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The ambling plot makes room for a few sharp deductions and the usual mild humor—nothing to frighten the horses or raise fans' blood pressure."
A string of low-level burglaries plagues Blacklin County, Texas, spelling trouble for Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies (Between the Living and the Dead, 2015, etc.) and two dead men. Read full book review >
THESE HONORED DEAD by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Putnam combines the historical fact of a lifelong friendship with lively fiction in a debut set on the edge of the American frontier."
A lovesick storekeeper and a newly minted Illinois lawyer pool their talents in a murder case. Read full book review >

THE DAMASCUS THREAT by Matt Rees
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This series kickoff by the author of the Omar Yussef thrillers (The Fourth Assassin, 2010, etc.) keeps the action and the close calls coming and tucks colorful characters into unexpected corners. Crackerjack entertainment, even if it mostly feels familiar."
In a race against the clock, an American special agent crisscrosses New York and travels to Syria to prevent a devastating chemical attack. Read full book review >
THRILL KILL by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"No surprises here, but Thiem's tough-but-tender hero's dedication to a routine so grueling it feels authentic puts the procedure back in procedural."
The second case for Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair (Red Line, 2015) hits a little closer to home than he'd like. Read full book review >
THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Full of memorable character portraits and incisive observations on wealth and social class, this stylish departure by the author of the long-running Jim Stringer series (Night Train to Jamalpur, 2014, etc.) is full of droll humor."
When a veteran detective is shot while on special assignment, uncovering the truth involves layers of deceit and secrets that might be best left unrevealed. Read full book review >

THE PARIS LIBRARIAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More cerebral than Pryor's earlier cases (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), but fans will still find plenty of action."
A Paris librarian's death is just the start of a series of mysterious occurrences. Read full book review >
THE ST. LUCIA ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The mystery poses little challenge for Le Brun (The Manhattan Island Clubs, 2003, etc.) or the reader. But armchair travelers will enjoy the history and lyrical descriptions of St. Lucia, which has become the tourist paradise the planters were hoping for."
A 1910 honeymoon on an exotic island is rudely interrupted by multiple murders. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE LIGHT by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Unresolved situations, especially Becca's missing mother, leave the door open for at least one more entry in the Whidbey Island saga. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
The fourth entry in the bestselling mystery author's series for teens continues the story of a group of young people living on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by Gary Inbinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A case every bit as baffling as the hero's debut. Here's hoping for another entry in this atmospheric series."
His latest case could be Inspector Achille Lefebvre's finest hour, if it isn't his last. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF DESIRE by Stephen Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Kelly adds something perversely novel, and potentially divisive, to the decorous conventions of his golden-age models: abrupt shifts in point of view, sometimes within a single scene, between characters who seem right out of Agatha Christie and those with considerably darker doings on their minds."
This second round of crime and detection in a homefront English village for DCI Thomas Lamb and a crew that now includes his daughter is mostly retro but with some disconcerting additions. Read full book review >
WHISPERS IN THE MIST by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A worthy successor to Kilmoon (2014) in tone, mood, complexity, and keen insight into human failures and triumphs."
Murder comes in threes to a village in County Clare. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF SAINTS by Maegan Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As in her striking debut (Carved in Darkness, 2013), Beaumont ladles on the overwrought prose and tougher-than-thou attitudinizing. None of it is good for you, but you'll want to read it anyway."
Four years after faking her own death and vanishing into a wilderness fortress with her lover, professional killer Michael O'Shea, ex-homicide cop Sabrina Vaughn comes out of hiding when a monstrous figure from her past makes her an offer she can't refuse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >