Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

KILLING FROST by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Deets winds up the case in routine but satisfying fashion. The real prize here is the tone, which Tierney keeps expertly hovering between compassionate valediction and civic outrage."
Tierney celebrates the 25th anniversary of Indianapolis shamus Deets Shanahan's debut with an autumnal 11th case whose subject is its biggest mystery. Read full book review >
A GOOD WAY TO GO by Peter Helton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"The McLusky series manages to be both hilarious and dead serious, adding yet another string to Helton's impressive bow."
DI Liam McLusky (Four Below, 2012, etc.) returns in time for serial mayhem.Read full book review >

PATTERN OF BETRAYAL by Mae Fox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"More suspects, more red herrings, and more historical tidbits than Julie's debut."
A murder-mystery weekend goes awry. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"There's much, much more, and readers with the patience to watch as Burke (Crime Always Pays, 2014, etc.) peels back layer after layer will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box."
A Donegal novelist and freelance journalist is offered a ghostwriting assignment bound to change his life, if it doesn't end it first. Read full book review >
DISENGAGED by Mischa Hiller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Hiller's third thriller (Shake Off, 2012, etc.), written with quiet authority, simmers with unexpected twists until the final chapter."
Buried secrets resurface to threaten the lives and careers of four Londoners whose interlocking relationships are strained to the breaking point. Read full book review >

THE CHILDREN RETURN by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 2015

"Former journalist Walker's seventh Bruno entry is as prescient as it is terrifying."
French police face down jihadis in Dordogne. Read full book review >
GRAVE CONSEQUENCES by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"A fast-paced thriller that's not very mysterious but has plenty of local color."
A valuable item in a pawnshop provides a motive for murder. Read full book review >
BLACK RUN by Antonio Manzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco's detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone's funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste."
Manzini's first English translation presents an irascible policeman who'd rather be back among the fleshpots of his beloved Rome than clambering over a piste in an Alpine resort collecting evidence in a snowy murder case.Read full book review >
OH SAY CAN YOU FUDGE by Nancy Coco
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Allie's third (To Fudge or Not to Fudge, 2014, etc.) offers plenty of plausible suspects and mouthwatering fudge recipes. But enough already with the detailed descriptions of every character's hair and clothing."
Beautiful Mackinac Island provides the setting for a puzzling series of crimes. Read full book review >
GATHERING PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas' wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: 'Don't get shot; it'd be really inconvenient for everybody.'"
Lucas Davenport, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, celebrates his 25th appearance by crossing state and jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a killer who's made the pursuit personal. Read full book review >
A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Brady's powerful first mystery novel is evocative of the period. The many aspects of life in 19th-century Dublin are cleverly woven through a baffling mystery."
A police detective lands a case that could ruin his career. Read full book review >
THRESHOLD by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"If you can accept the hook of Grace's extraordinary powers, Ford strings the rest of the tale expertly between extended chases and moments of unexpected compassion the characters show each other and eventually themselves."
A beleaguered big-city cop works with and against an equally troubled young woman with the uncanny ability to help long-comatose patients return to life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >