Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

SAYONARA SLAM by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Written with heart, depth, and pace, Hirahara's sixth case (Strawberry Yellow, 2013, etc.) is hard to put down."
LA's most unassuming and underestimated amateur sleuth investigates a sportswriter's death. Read full book review >
A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS by Christine Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Although her stories are billed as bird-watchers' mysteries, Goff's writing is accessible, and her plot—cozy and predictable yet enjoyable—may well appeal to a wider audience."
A special agent focused on protecting nature looks for clues there when a local detective won't share any information that might help her solve the murder of a woman found in her park. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT WANDERER by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Once more, Clare (Blood of the South, 2015, etc.) deftly combines a vexing mystery with paranormal activity and earthly romance."
Cambridge is terrified by a series of inexplicable killings in 1094. Read full book review >
TEA WITH JAM AND DREAD by Tamar Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sarcasm and wacky humor overwhelm the underwhelming mystery in Magdalena's ninth (The Death of Pie, 2014, etc.)."
Downton Abbey meets the Penn Dutch Inn. Read full book review >
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"MacDonald (I See You, 2014, etc.) presents a story of love gone wrong that avoids black and white, letting the reader appreciate its many shades of gray."
A book editor is forced to work with the author who ruined her life. Read full book review >

MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Lehane (Death at the Old Hotel, 2007, etc.) awards his previous detective, bartender Brian McNulty, a cameo but focuses on the complicated Ray, who looks like a promising newcomer in the talented-amateur ranks."
A biographer is killed inside one of the world's premier research libraries. Read full book review >
KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Jack Batten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Vodka-sipping, jazz-loving Crang is a clever fellow who adds welcome humor to this sixth noir-light case."
A Toronto lawyer accepts another of the unusual cases (Take Five, 2013, etc.) he enjoys.Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE by Katherine Hall Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A paean to the beauties of Savannah with more romantic suspense than true mystery, but it's still a charming tale filled with lively characters and mouthwatering descriptions of local food."
Two cultures gently clash. Read full book review >
GOLD OF OUR FATHERS by Kwei Quartey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Despite some serious problems with pacing—successive mysteries and solutions seem to pop up and recede at the author's whim—Quartey presents tonic news for Americans who assume that Europeans were the most calamitous force ever to strike Ghana."
Darko Dawson (Murder at Cape Three Points, 2014, etc.) is seconded to Obuasi, far from his home base in Accra, just in time to catch a particularly brutal murder. Read full book review >
COLD GIRL by R.M. Greenaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Greenaway brings a keen understanding of love, loyalty, frailty, and greed to her multilayered series debut."
An uneasily matched police team searches for a young singer who's disappeared in a remote region of British Columbia. Read full book review >
IMPURE BLOOD by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A sprawling, ambitious series debut especially noteworthy for its attention to minor characters, its mix of byways and felonies, and its determination to throw every crime in the book at the Brigade Criminelle—except, presumably, the ones reserved for the sequels."
Morfoot launches a new series by mixing international terrorism with threats much closer to home—and the home is Nice. Read full book review >
HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A must for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels."
Hand explores the darker side of the human psyche in this gripping urban suspense novel, a sequel to Available Dark (2013).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >