Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE MOUTH OF THE CROCODILE by Michael Pearce
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"A curiosity among Owen's 17 decorous period cases (The Bride Box, 2013, etc.): half high-risk adventure, half low-impact sleuthing, with the Mamur Zapt overshadowed by his hireling's investment-minded wife, the Pasha's sheltered but charming lady, and the alarmingly precocious Aisha."
1913. The Mamur Zapt escorts a nervous pasha home from a small town in the Sudan, where life is as predictably unpredictable as it is in Egypt. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE QUEEN'S WARDROBE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"Emerson's headstrong sleuth, first introduced in her Lady Appleton series, begins a diverting series of her own with lots of twists and turns and Tudor tidbits."
A lady of strong character is recruited as a spy in 1582 England. Read full book review >

STAR FALL by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though the answers aren't nearly as interesting as the questions themselves, Harrod-Eagles (Hard Going, 2014, etc.) is never less than expert in presenting suspects, combing through the evidence, varying the tone and showing new ways that Egerton was even more of a bounder than you suspected."
DI Bill Slider asks why the thief who killed West London television personality Rowland Egerton in his home ignored his wallet and most of his treasures and made off with exactly two items. Read full book review >
THE TOMB IN TURKEY by Simon Brett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"The sitcom humor is anodyne but gently effective. There are so few suspects that you'll spot the killer early on, unless of course you're Jude, preoccupied with the men staring at her cleavage, or Carole, checking to make sure she's remembered to take along her Imodium."
Vacationing in Turkey, amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and Jude Nichol bring their unique combination of lightweight Fethering conflicts and murder most foul with them. Read full book review >
DEAD TO THE WORLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"A mystery told on several levels, each of them both tricky and amusing until the diverse sleuths prevail."
A romantic 20th-anniversary weekend turns into a dangerous ghost hunt. Read full book review >

FALSE IMPRESSION by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"The no-nonsense exposition leads to endless distracting eruptions, a Rube Goldberg-esque finale and an uncharacteristically overextended postlude. Not Bea's finest hour."
Bea Abbot and her suburban London domestic employment agency get caught in the middle of a pitched battle over who's going to control the corporation Holland Holdings. Read full book review >
HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Tess' constant worry about whether she's a good mother dovetails ironically with Dawes' fight to win her daughters back. Lippman dives deep not only into the ways women tend to question their choices and abilities, but also into whether all mothers, and kids, are a little crazy."
Lippman's latest installment in the Tess Monaghan series weaves an exploration of the joys and frustrations of motherhood with a clever and engaging mystery. Read full book review >
MURDER WITH FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES by A.L. Herbert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"This first in a planned series, complete with recipes, is funny and refreshingly straightforward."
A restaurant owner puts her cooking aside long enough to do some sleuthing. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GATES by Parker Bilal
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.
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A seasoned Cairo detective finds himself out of his element and immersed in personal peril in the hunt for a priceless painting. Read full book review >
DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue."
An ocean voyage to Japan lands Sherlock Holmes and his amanuensis and wife, Mary Russell (Garment of Shadows, 2012, etc.), in the middle of a tangled web of blackmail.Read full book review >
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Spellbinding and surprising."
From beyond the grave, a brutally murdered woman watches as her killer's accidental survivor begins to piece together disturbing clues. Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >