Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE DROWNING GROUND by James Marrison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In his fiction debut, Marrison leaves just enough unexplained about his shrewd, moody protagonist to make you hope he'll return in a sequel."
A grisly death reopens past crimes in the Cotswolds. Read full book review >
GODLESS COUNTRY by Alaric Hunt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Hunt's meandering second novel (Cuts Through the Bone, 2013) is nevertheless well-written, bloody, exciting, and believable."
A hard-boiled detective and his self-doubting assistant refuse to give up on a complicated case. Read full book review >

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller (Summer of the Dead, 2014, etc.) explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears."
A West Virginia prosecutor has an uneasy feeling about her latest case. Read full book review >
CANDY CORN MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"All this musing and fretting pushes the murder, when it finally arrives, into the back pages of Meier's 25th, and the solution is barely a footnote."
The Tinker's Cove Giant Pumpkin Fest turns into a giant pain in the squash for The Pennysaver's intrepid reporter Lucy Stone (Christmas Carol Murder, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THOREAU IN PHANTOM BOG by B.B. Oak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although the story could use some pruning, it provides plenty of vividly presented historical information on the Underground Railroad and Thoreau's world in the 1840s."
A philosopher, a physician, and a free-spirited woman work together to solve a mystery in the 19th century. Read full book review >

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
X by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series (W Is for Wasted, 2013, etc.), graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre."
What does X stand for? Xanakis, XLNT, maybe even Father Xavier, all features of Kinsey Millhone's dense, meaty 24th case. Read full book review >
GONE COLD by Douglas Corleone
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Densely plotted, replete with violent incident, and strenuously uncomplicated in its moral sympathies from beginning to end."
Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk goes in search of the daughter whose abduction 12 years ago started his second career as the Finder. Read full book review >
THE INTRUDER by Håkan Östlundh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Middling among the endless crop of Scandinavian procedurals but a distinct improvement over Fredrik's debut (The Viper, 2012)."
Returning from their summer vacation to their desecrated home in Gotland, a Swedish family can't imagine how things could be worse. But Östlundh can. Read full book review >
HANGMAN'S GAME by Bill Syken
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Syken does so well with small-scale matters that you can't help rooting for him to master the business of unfolding a story that's more than a succession of effective scenes."
Sportswriter Syken's fiction debut takes you inside the world of a pro football punter. Read full book review >
A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Despite uneven pacing and a couple of creaky plot devices, Bess' seventh case (An Unwilling Accomplice, 2014, etc.) does its strong, determined heroine credit."
A nursing sister in the last days of World War I tries to help a man belatedly accused of murder. Read full book review >
THE THREE-NINE LINE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Logan's fourth adventure is a nifty detective story with juicy writing and a very likable hero."
A wry spy goes undercover in modern-day Vietnam to solve a murder with roots in the failed war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >