Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2016

"Amateur gumshoes bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business."
In this debut thriller, a Canadian man purchases a Costa Rican beachside bar, but cops are more interested in him as a suspect in the previous owner's murder. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >

BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
STEALING FIRE by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The Blevinses continue this series (The Darkness Rolling, 2015, etc.) by expanding on some surrealistically weird details of Wright's actual life while adding a spiritual dimension they would like readers to take seriously. Few will accept this invitation."
Hired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Jewish/Navajo detective must protect the famous architect from everyone, even himself, while identifying the villain who's out to steal the plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE DANGERS OF TEMPTATION by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"The Swinging '60s give Runcie's sleuth in a cassock plenty of opportunity to stick his memorable nose in where it isn't wanted."
Six interrelated new stories about the crime-solving priest who struggles with his own frailties. Read full book review >

CHARCOAL JOE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less cluttered than Rose Gold (2014), though that's not saying much. But then you don't read Mosley for the throughline but for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories."
Fasten your seat belts. It's time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read full book review >
WRITTEN OFF by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Despite its quirky premise, this new series debut from Copperman (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.) doesn't make its fictional/real-life hero compelling enough to warrant the double dose he offers the reader."
A mystery writer is flummoxed by a hero who just doesn't know his place. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE STANDOFF by Scott Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A book by the numbers, balancing potential danger and shady characters without any great surprises."
Bears and wolves in Yellowstone's backcountry don't hold a candle to the danger posed by the people sent there to study them. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE QUAI by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Rolling back the clock gives Black the chance to recast her heroine unencumbered by the baggage she's accumulated over the course of the series. It's not clear, though, where this prequel will take the franchise in the long run."
Black (Murder on theChamp de Mars, 2015, etc.) looks backward to discover the origins of Aimée Leduc, detective. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S COLD DISH by Eleanor Kuhns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Kuhns' fifth dispatch from the early days of a new nation, faster paced than the last installment (Death in Salem, 2015), builds mounting sympathy for its beleaguered leading couple."
In the 1790s, a New England weaver tries to solve a murder made to look like his handiwork. Read full book review >
CHILD NOT FOUND by Ray Daniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2016

"As usual, Daniel (Corrupted Memory, 2015, etc.) is more than generous with the violence, guilt, tweets, craft brews, and compassion."
A child's disappearance triggers a high-stakes mob turf war that Boston programmer Aloysius Tucker can only wish he had no part of. Read full book review >
NOT DEAD ENOUGH by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Since so many characters have skin in the game, it's virtually impossible to invest heavily in any of the players: too many suspects leaves little room for human connection."
A freelancing lawyer investigates a cold case involving a new friend's grandfather, who disappeared after a dispute over Native American lands. 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 >