Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

DEATH OF A BRIDE AND GROOM by Allan J. Emerson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 20, 2015

"Emerson's kickoff to the Honeymoon Falls series is both surfeit and famine, providing altogether too many characters with allegedly charming quirks and not nearly enough development of people or plot."
In a place marketing itself as a honeymoon paradise, a murder staged as a wedding makes citizens fear for the town's reputation and their own livelihoods. Read full book review >
THE HARVEST MAN by Alex Grecian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Grecian has the chops to create a novel that engages and disturbs and has proved it before. Not here."
The fourth in a series of historical thrillers about the squad of detectives formed to rid London of Jack the Ripper. Read full book review >

ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme."
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. Read full book review >
SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Hall outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler."
When a house goes up in flames in the dead of the night with a woman and her two children inside, is it accident or murder? Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >

When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF EVIL by Will Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The latest rehash of the Ripper case is packed with historical detail and is interesting enough as a police procedural but contains no surprises."
In 1888, two private inquiry agents become involved in one of Scotland Yard's most infamous cases. Read full book review >
BURNT RIVER by Karin Salvalaggio
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The dense web of characters contrasts with the spare style in this sequel to Bone Dust White (2014). Salvalaggio devotes as much attention to personalities as to the events that pull people together and drive them apart."
The complex case of a back-alley murder and a coverup raises the low crime rate of a remote Montana town. Read full book review >
THE FATAL FLAME by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next."
Concluding volume in Faye's gritty, atmospheric trilogy (Seven for a Secret, 2013, etc.) about New York City's fledgling police force.Read full book review >
DRY BONES by Craig Johnson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"Johnson's crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case."
Something old and something new spell big problems for Sheriff Walt Longmire. Read full book review >
MURDER WITH A TWIST by Tracy Kiely
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Even teetotalers will enjoy these Martinis. Here's hoping Kiely will treat readers to another round."
Kiely (Murder Most Austen, 2012, etc.) updates her jam with the tale of a couple of LA sophisticates hoping for a quiet holiday in the Big Apple.Read full book review >
THE FINAL REVEILLE by Amanda Flower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"In kicking off her Living History Museum series, Flower (Maid of Murder, 2010, etc.) combines a plethora of suspects, a soupçon of history, and a dash of romance."
A living history museum teeters on the brink of extinction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >