Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

A MAIDEN WEEPING by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Once again Guest's past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence."
A young apprentice must use every skill he's learned to free his master from prison. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DISGUISE by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Even a routine procedural isn't quite so routine in Spencer's deft hands."
It takes more than a village to solve a murder when an American visitor is killed in her suite at Whitebridge's posh Royal Victoria. Read full book review >

RAT RUN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Don't bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed."
DCI Colin Anderson, welcomed back to work 14 months after his last case sent him spiraling into post-traumatic stress disorder, lands a doozy: a nightmare that enmeshes him as tightly as the neighbors he questions in a Glasgow suburb. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN OF THE SOUK by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you're ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they're captured. Fans of this long-running series, however, will find all the accustomed gravely loopy charm."
The Mamur Zapt brings his very specialized set of skills to bear on a kidnapping, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Deryn Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The 16th entry in Lake's series (Death on the Rocks, 2014, etc.) is slow to fulfill the promise of its title. But period detail and quirky characters help make up for the leisurely pace."
A voyage to the New World is anything but smooth sailing for an 18th-century sleuth. Read full book review >

REBELLION'S MESSAGE  by Michael Jecks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Jecks inaugurates his new series by moving from medieval times (The Deadliest Sin, 2014, etc.) to the turbulent Tudor period. His unlikely detective is neither brave nor wise nor very bright, but he's often quite funny as he doggedly tracks down an unexpected killer."
A pickpocket's latest haul comes with a dangerous curse. Read full book review >
TREASON IN THE SECRET CITY by Diane Fanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This sequel to Scandal in the Secret City (2014), which has some basis in fact, is faster-paced than Fanning's debut while maintaining the 1940s atmosphere and emphasizing the difficulties of wartime life, especially for educated women."
The secret World War II-era nuclear experiments carried on at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, provide ample incentives for spying—and ample opportunities for amateur sleuths. Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST  by Margaret Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Nonstop action and tangled clues make this one of the best cases for the seldom daunted husband-and-wife team."
Patrick Gillard and his wife, Ingrid Langley, take on what may be their most difficult and dangerous case. Read full book review >
A SCREAM IN SOHO by John G. Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Given the proportions of the main ingredients—unbridled criminal mayhem, stolid and limited detection, striking but disposable characters, a smidgen of mysterymongering—in the stew he's served, Brandon's matter-of-fact hero may represent a missing link between Bulldog Drummond and Jack Reacher."
Another trip to the vaults of the British Library Crime Classics discloses this decidedly nonclassic story of gangsters, espionage, and murder most frequent in 1940 London. Read full book review >
RAGE by Zygmunt Miloszewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gripping, lyrical, brutally honest, and cruelly funny—a terrific crime novel and better character study."
Prosecutor Teodor Szacki makes it personal in a bleakly stylish mystery. Read full book review >
MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT  by Mary Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A pleasant cozy, more romance than mystery, with inspirational overtones."
A quartet of private detectives has their hands full with cases in two different cities. Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by Michael Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The high-speed exposition leads to a brightly disillusioned tour of D.C. institutions that shine more vividly than the people who represent them in Bowen's ebullient antidote to election-season blues."
Bowen, who knows a thing or two about how the sausage is made (Service Dress Blues, 2009, etc.), follows 30 tumultuous days in the life of a Washington fundraiser who's been put on the spot. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >