Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD by Stephen Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Perhaps too many subplots for Kelly to knit together with complete success but by no means too many to keep readers absorbed to the end."
Bombing runs by the Luftwaffe are only the most obvious sign of lethal conflict in journalist Kelly's fine-grained first novel. Read full book review >
MURDER IN ELY by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Nelson (Murder On Insel Poel, 2014, etc.) combines another fine modern-day mystery with historical information, this time adding action sequences from international thrillers to the mix."
A writer's visit to Britain lands her in multiple difficulties. Read full book review >

A PALETTE FOR MURDER by Vanessa A. Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Although its denouement is more 'way out' than some of the abstract canvases Carone handles, Lana's debut is still good fun."
An insurance claims agent is drafted to play detective, first by her own company and later by the owner of a tony art gallery. Read full book review >
A STITCH IN CRIME by Ann Yost
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Yost (For Better or Hearse, 2012) provides an entertaining combination of mystery and romance with a dose of Finnish tradition."
Being the temporary police chief of Red Jacket, Michigan, is no sinecure. Read full book review >
THE RAVENS by Vidar Sundstøl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"The last in Sundstøl's Minnesota Trilogy is the most like a traditional mystery while continuing the mystical images and stunning descriptions that make for a superb reading experience."
A man's life crumbles as he desperately seeks a solution to his problems. Read full book review >

SLATED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth J. Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"But the tutorial on slate mining and plenty of local color make for an entertaining entry in this long-running series."
A murder in a Welsh slate mine challenges an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
THE MISSING PIECE by Kevin Egan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Not as brilliantly focused as Egan's nightmarish debut (Midnight, 2013) but just as welcome in its more ambitious, wide-ranging way."
The New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St. becomes the site of a world-class legal and extralegal struggle for a priceless group of antiquities. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"As usual, not much happens to Lori (Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, 2014, etc.), but the slight story is gracefully told."
Once again, something strange is going on in a lovely Cotswold village. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Lisa Lieberman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Cara's debut reads as if it had been written by a committee. Here's hoping Lieberman can keep her eye on the prize in any sequel."
A second-generation movie star roams the world in search of something. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >