Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

FROM BRUGES WITH LOVE by Pieter Aspe
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Van In's third features less of his complicated domestic life (The Midas Murders, 2013, etc.) and more head butting with higher-ups. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Now that his wife, deputy public prosecutor Hannelore Martens, is pregnant, Bruges' Inspector Pieter Van In can stop skirt-chasing and settle down to what he does best: antagonizing the powers that be. Read full book review >
THE FRAUD by Brad Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Less funny and more deeply felt than Carter's first five cases (The Player, 2014, etc.): reliable entertainment that'll make you think twice about your next trip to Newark."
A series of not-so-random carjackings investigated by Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross ends up as a race between the paddy wagon, the shotgun, and the stork.Read full book review >

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The conscientious mystery is satisfying enough, but it's the increasingly complicated relationship between Georgina and Diamond (The Stone Wife, 2014, etc.) that's most memorable."
An offer he can't refuse takes Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond from his accustomed perch at the Avon and Somerset Police to a seaside town in Sussex, all in the worst company he can imagine. Read full book review >
FAST SHUFFLE by David Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Black (The Extinction Event, 2010, etc.) supplies a sweetly moving fable for nostalgia buffs and anyone who thinks the movie Harvey (1960) would have been improved if its imaginary rabbit had been a damsel in distress. An epilogue retailing anecdotes from the author's Hollywood days is quite as entertaining as the main event."
A delusional private eye stumbles onto a case that will test him to the max. Read full book review >
POTTER'S FIELD by Chris Dolan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Although native Glaswegians will have a decided advantage in parsing the dialect and local color, outsiders will find plenty to keep them guessing in Dolan's complex, perceptive crime debut."
A flawed but feisty Glasgow prosecutor goes her own way to find a serial killer. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S SHARE by Wallace Stroby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though Stroby (Shoot the Woman First, 2013, etc.) doesn't exactly break new ground, readers hungry for an old-fashioned double-strength heist gone wrong could hardly do better."
Crissa Stone's fourth caper involves stealing some priceless antiquities from an owner so obliging that he offers to pay her and helps her plan the job. Read full book review >
LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the plot is straightforward and predictable despite the obligatory twists, Rader-Day (The Black Hour, 2014) writes absorbingly enough to make you look forward to a sequel."
An investigation into a childhood friend's death leads a small-town girl to discover that her own early years may not have been as they seemed. Read full book review >
HOUSE RIVALS by Mike Lawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"After DeMarco's unwontedly personal stake in finding his father's murderer (House Reckoning, 2014), it's nice to see him go up against some fixers as impersonal as him. Everything here, from the hard-case characters to the headlong pace, is professional-grade."
D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco, posted to the wilds of North Dakota, schemes to avenge the death of a young woman he was sent there to protect. Read full book review >
HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >
GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Mogford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The first half of Spike's fourth rolls slowly. Once its focus shifts to treating its fully drawn characters as suspects, however, it has the satisfying flavor of a classic whodunit."
A high-powered Gibraltarian lawyer cuts short an idyllic vacation to defend a hapless man accused of a brutal murder. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >