Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

SCAM CHOWDER by Maya Corrigan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"The appended five-ingredient recipes vie for pride of place with the simple mystery."
A good cook makes an even better detective when her grandfather is suspected of murder. Read full book review >
BLACK VALLEY by Charlotte Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"For someone trained in reading subtle cues, Jess seems oblivious to the warning signs all around her. But her sleuthing does get her out of her office and into a complex puzzle that keeps you reading in spite of the plot contrivances."
The psychotherapist heroine of The House on the Cliff (2014) entangles herself in the dangerous world of fine arts.Read full book review >

DEATH IN BRITTANY by Jean-Luc Bannalec
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"Dupin's debut, published first in Germany and then in Britain, holds the promise of more pleasant puzzlers from the scenic north of France."
Commissaire Georges Dupin scratches his head over the death of a 91-year-old Breton hotelier. Read full book review >
MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing—and only gets better at what he does."
A follow-up to Tucker's debut, The Ways of the Dead (2014), that's leaner and (much) meaner than its predecessor.Read full book review >
DEVIL'S HARBOR by Alex Gilly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Gilly's debut is a real page-turner filled with thrills, chills, and unexpected surprises."
A routine patrol turns into a nightmare for alcoholic Marine Interdiction Agent Nick Finn. Read full book review >

DEATH AT GILLS ROCK by Patricia Skalka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"The second installment of this first-rate series (Death Stalks Door County, 2014) provides plenty of challenges for both the detective and the reader."
A Wisconsin sheriff lets his conscience be his guide. Read full book review >
VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >
BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Fina's third adventure follows the pattern of the first two: fashion, fat, and sugar. But Thoft (Identity, 2014, etc.) is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist's the equal of any male gumshoe."
A whirlwind of a Boston-based detective with a fluid sense of ethics finds answers for a grieving mother. Read full book review >
THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around."
A missing con artist proves the catalyst for intrigue, revenge, and romance in this latest novel by the prolific Clark. Read full book review >
MARRY, KISS, KILL by Anne Flett-Giordano
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"The dialogue is the high point of TV writer Flett-Giordano's debut, though the fast-paced banter does make characters blend together and make you wonder if everyone in Santa Barbara is the same brand of smartass."
Smart cop Nola needs a Skinnygirl™ Margarita to get through a series of seemingly unrelated murders.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"As scenically evocative as Bowditch's first four cases but not nearly as dense, conclusive, or interesting."
The disappearance of two Georgia women hiking the Appalachian Trail gives Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch a welcome reprieve from the persistent personal problems that keep intruding into his cases, or serving as their foundations (The Bone Orchard, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >