Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THANKSGIVING ANGELS by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2015

"Duncan's decision to combine the talents of Daisy (Spirits Revived, 2014, etc.) and Mercy (Fallen Angels, 2011, etc.) doesn't strengthen the mystery, but the period details are charming."
A Boston Brahmin-turned-woman of the people helps solve a murder. Read full book review >
DEADLY DESIRES AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Even if Dennison had pared down the number of frenetic adventures to make a more plausible story, the twee alarm would still squawk. Thank goodness for Kat's common sense."
Deception, theft, and death disrupt the Devonshire village of Little Dipperton. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S MAKING by Seán Haldane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Haldane's first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period."
A naïve young Englishman learns much about love, life, and death when he travels to British Columbia in 1868. Read full book review >
THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
CAFÉ EUROPA by Ed Ifkovic
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Apart from one gratingly predictable plot twist, Ifkovic (Final Curtain, 2014, etc.) successfully blends homicide with a loving homage to Budapest on the eve of World War I."
Edna Ferber's sixth case takes her back in time to a cosmopolitan city and a late-night murder. Read full book review >

COLLAR ROBBER by Hillary Bell Locke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Locke, who's too clever for her own good, would have done better to unfold a more straightforward plot than to concentrate on nudging the reader with needlessly highbrow references. Readers enticed by Locke's title should prepare for some confusion."
An insurance loss specialist and a lawyer work opposite sides of a case of potential art fraud, bringing danger into both of their lives. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A sharp and satisfying conclusion to one of the most unique hard-boiled arcs in recent memory."
In post-apocalyptic Manhattan, antihero Dewey Decimal comes to the end of the stacks. Read full book review >
NEIGHING WITH FIRE by Kathryn O'Sullivan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fans will be pleased by the way O'Sullivan's third (Foal Play, 2013, etc.) builds the relationship between characters, but the mystery is uninspiring."
A fire chief and a sheriff on North Carolina's Outer Banks combine their sleuthing talents and local knowledge to solve two murders. Read full book review >
SEE ALSO MURDER by Larry D. Sweazy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"A distinctive bonus, however, is that Marjorie, an indexer to the tips of her fingers, includes a draft index to her own first case. That's got to be unique in the annals of the genre."
A North Dakota farm wife-turned-indexer who's cared for her husband ever since an accident left him unable to take care himself takes on still another job—amateur sleuth—when someone begins cutting her neighbors' throats. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >