Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

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 >

NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >
FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER by Susan Spann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Like earlier series entries, this one is most likely to interest readers with tastes for political intrigue in 16th-century Japan and red herrings."
Hattori Hiroand his partner in crime-solving take on the case of a murdered brewer. Read full book review >
ONE BOY MISSING by Stephen Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sweetly told tale of fatherhood and loss, but American readers may have difficulty trying to deduce the meaning of a 'footy club' and other expressions peculiar to Australia."
A small-town detective fights demons from his past as he scrambles to find a kidnapped child in this Australian import. Read full book review >
AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Castillo (The Dead Will Tell, 2014, etc.) poses another teasing puzzle whose solution is rooted in the past and another look at the secretive Amish lifestyle."
A small-town Ohio police chief is stressed to her limit by the aftermaths of a violent tornado and a crisis in her personal life. Read full book review >
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by Terrence McCauley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Not one of the genre's great yarns, but it's still a fun read for fans of classic espionage."
A fast-moving noir spy thriller featuring a hard-ass protagonist who's great with a gun. Read full book review >
NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type."
In between rounds of pie-in-the-sky international intrigue, Stone Barrington takes time out to help a San Antonio brewer find a new New York distributor—and inherits all the brewer's enemies. Read full book review >
DEADLY ELECTION by Lindsey Davis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Flavia's third case (Enemies at Home, 2014, etc.) benefits from the heroine's combination of archness and vulnerability and the author's deep knowledge of the period."
In ancient Rome, elections can be murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >