Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >
SENT TO THE DEVIL by Laura Lebow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"This sequel to The Figaro Murders (2015) continues to supply counterparts for Da Ponte's operatic characters. Although the device seems a little more contrived a second time out, it adds extra zest to this 18th-century whodunit."
Life imitates art imitating life in a celebrated librettist's second detective assignment. Read full book review >

PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sturdy, studly historical cop drama that's not as smooth or playful as Elmore Leonard but a good deal more accomplished than Max Allan Collins."
Taylor's criminal traversal of the 1950s leaves behind J. Edgar Hoover (Night Life, 2015) to focus on an assassination plot against newly hatched dictator Fidel Castro.Read full book review >
CURTAINS FOR MISS PLYM by Kathleen Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mary and Millie are such engaging characters that the time spent with them makes up for some of the weaknesses in this pleasant cozy."
A retired California schoolteacher and her cocker spaniel help solve several murders. Read full book review >

THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Despite the leads' enjoyable banter and the engaging premise, McMillan (A Singular and Whimsical Problem, 2015, etc.) tries to shoehorn so many different kinds of material into a single adventure that some of her most promising ideas end up insufficiently or imperfectly realized."
Two women form a detective agency and try to solve a murder in 1910 Toronto. Oh my! Read full book review >
SKELETON BLUES by Paul Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"The plot, which is even more labyrinthine than usual, will challenge the ingenuity, not to say the memory, of the staunchest readers. But Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory long after the plot is forgotten."
Beneath the skin of Johnston's seventh dystopian whodunit is the threat of a revolution so virulent it could bring the whole series to an end. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SIREN by William S.  Schaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Schaill, who's spun compelling stories of maritime intrigue (Sea Glow, 1998, etc.), seems out past his depth in a 1938 Galápagos peopled with suspects as muffled as they are menacing. Here's hoping he grows into his land legs in the strongly implied series."
While the rest of the world breathlessly waits for Hitler to start World War II, a fugitive member of the NYPD finds danger and intrigue on the other side of the world. Read full book review >
BITTER POISON by Margaret Mayhew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mayhew's good-natured tale of rural village friendships will delight fans of the English countryside while proving a trial to anyone in want of a good puzzle."
An amateur theatrical production has deadly consequences for the village of Frog End. Read full book review >
ONSLAUGHT by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flynn's action-packed debut will tempt fans of the rock 'em, sock 'em school even if it disappoints Oldham's more staid followers."
Oldham unleashes a solo Steve Flynn on an unsuspecting world. Read full book review >
COLD FLORIDA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Those who are able to roll with Foggy will get an unholy kick out of the characters' flexible allegiances and the hero's colorful descriptions."
A tough Jewish car thief's attempts to pay back a debt he feels he owes lands him in a fight over—wait for it—Seminole lands. Read full book review >
LONDON RAIN by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although Upson (The Death of Lucy Kyte, 2014, etc.) keeps her readers anticipating action nearly as long as British subjects wait for the crowning of their king, the complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make her fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors."
Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry in the fictional adventures of a real-life author. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >