Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

DEVIL'S HARBOR by Alex Gilly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Gilly's debut is a real page-turner filled with thrills, chills, and unexpected surprises."
A routine patrol turns into a nightmare for alcoholic Marine Interdiction Agent Nick Finn. Read full book review >
DEATH AT GILLS ROCK by Patricia Skalka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"The second installment of this first-rate series (Death Stalks Door County, 2014) provides plenty of challenges for both the detective and the reader."
A Wisconsin sheriff lets his conscience be his guide. Read full book review >

VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >
BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Fina's third adventure follows the pattern of the first two: fashion, fat, and sugar. But Thoft (Identity, 2014, etc.) is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist's the equal of any male gumshoe."
A whirlwind of a Boston-based detective with a fluid sense of ethics finds answers for a grieving mother. Read full book review >
THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around."
A missing con artist proves the catalyst for intrigue, revenge, and romance in this latest novel by the prolific Clark. Read full book review >

MARRY, KISS, KILL by Anne Flett-Giordano
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"The dialogue is the high point of TV writer Flett-Giordano's debut, though the fast-paced banter does make characters blend together and make you wonder if everyone in Santa Barbara is the same brand of smartass."
Smart cop Nola needs a Skinnygirl™ Margarita to get through a series of seemingly unrelated murders.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"As scenically evocative as Bowditch's first four cases but not nearly as dense, conclusive, or interesting."
The disappearance of two Georgia women hiking the Appalachian Trail gives Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch a welcome reprieve from the persistent personal problems that keep intruding into his cases, or serving as their foundations (The Bone Orchard, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rees and Lydia would have made better progress if they hadn't stopped to eat every few pages and Kuhns (Cradle to Grave, 2014, etc.) hadn't described every bite, along with numerous other historical details. Still, the Reeses make an amiable sleuthing team in a post-Revolutionary War setting."
An 18th-century weaver/detective steps into a wasp's nest of family intrigue when he takes on his fourth case. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD by Tom Wright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noir crime with a distinct Southern accent."
In Wright's second novel (What Dies in Summer, 2012), Texarkana Police Detective Lt. Jim Bonham investigates the death of psychologist Deborah Gold, found mutilated and crucified.Read full book review >
THE NIGHTMARE PLACE by Steve Mosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Despite some awkward plot contrivances and secondary characters who are little better than outlines, Mosby (The Murder Code, 2013, etc.) has the talent to build both physical and psychological suspense. And he proves once again that he really knows how to work the strings."
A detective with bad dreams and a young volunteer trying to overcome her fears pit themselves against a serial rapist. Read full book review >
HARD LATITUDES by Baron R. Birtcher
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Birtcher's latest is an agreeable but undercooked mystery about the sex trade."
In Birtcher's fourth Mike Travis novel, the Hawaii-based PI, reluctantly answering a cry for help from his brother, finds himself threatened by a Hong Kong sex-trafficking ring. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >