Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A Long Way Back by J. Everett  Prewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2015

"A fresh re-examination of race in the military."
Prewitt's (Snake Walkers, 2005) mystery confronts the wages of both war and racial conflict. Read full book review >
BADLANDS by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"A suspenseful, professional-grade north country procedural whose heroine, a deft mix of compassion and attitude, would be welcome to return and tie up the gaping loose end Box leaves. The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read."
Box takes another break from his highly successful Joe Pickett series (Stone Cold, 2014, etc.) for a stand-alone about a police detective, a developmentally delayed boy, and a package everyone in North Dakota wants to grab.Read full book review >

BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed. The results will be especially appealing to baseball fans, who'll appreciate the punning chapter titles and learn more than they ever imagined about Wrigley Field."
V.I. Warshawski (Critical Mass, 2013, etc.) takes on the most thankless task of her career: reopening a 25-year-old murder case on behalf of a convicted defendant who hates the sight of her.Read full book review >
A DECEPTIVE HOMECOMING by Anna Loan-Wilsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Hattie's fourth adventure (A Sense of Entitlement, 2014, etc.) provides just enough colorful historical details to compensate for a jumble of implausible plotlines."
A sad reunion and a case of dubious identity in turn-of-the-20th-century Missouri. Read full book review >
MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Sadly, attaching a murder mystery to what otherwise would have been a touching tale of a woman's adjustment to single life makes Eckel's debut novel muddier than the Chesapeake."
A discarded wife seeks solace on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read full book review >

THE RHYTHM OF THE AUGUST RAIN by Gillian Royes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Less mystery than soap opera and less soap opera than chronicle of life-cycle events that cross national, cultural, and generational borders."
Wedding bells ring for Jamaican bartender Shadrack Myers (The Sea Grape Tree, 2014, etc.). Or do they?Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S SEAL by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 28, 2015

"Not for the first time, Tremayne (Atonement of Blood, 2015, etc.) packs the case with historical information that threatens to overwhelm what in this installment is a very good mystery indeed."
Sister Fidelma of Cashel, nonpareil advocate of medieval Ireland's law courts, faces one of the hardest cases in her illustrious career. Read full book review >
THE BAD ACTOR by Glen Ebisch
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 22, 2015

"Laura's return in the role of Auntie Mabel (The Blank Canvas, 2014, etc.) further develops the ongoing characters and relationships, though the culprit is a throwaway."
An advice columnist is threatened when she warns a woman against being taken advantage of by a young playboy. Read full book review >
THE REDEEMERS by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 21, 2015

"Colson's fifth (The Forsaken, 2014, etc.) is another wild ride for a flawed, valiant hero who's impossible to dislike."
The sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, is out of a job but not out of trouble. Read full book review >
WHO LET THE DOG OUT? by David Rosenfelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 21, 2015

"As in Andy's other recent adventures (Unleashed, 2013, etc.), the mystery is neatly turned, the detection authentic, the legal back and forth expertly judged, the wisecracks amusing, and the dog-love stuff nicely modulated. Only the international intrigue fails to catch fire—and a good thing, as Andy would say."
After taking a dollar to represent a client for an hour, Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter ends up signing on for the tour: multiple murder, a fortune in suspect diamonds, and international terrorism. Read full book review >
BELIEVE NO ONE by A.D. Garrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 21, 2015

"Shifts in time, place, and point of view make this Simms-Fennimore case harder to follow than its predecessor. But the two authors writing as Garrett evoke not only the suspense of serial killings, but an emotional triangle and a tantalizingly unresolved crime that keep the pages flying."
U.S. crime-fighting units get much-needed help from the U.K. Read full book review >
THE BLOODING by James McGee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2015

"Captivating action, page upon page, from a Regency-era Bond or Bourne."
Matthew Hawkwood of the Bow Street Runners, the British crown's special police unit, finds himself stuck in America, trying to wend his way home to London while the Yankees are at war with Britain. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >