Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >
SHADOW RITUAL by Éric Giacometti
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2015

"Though far from subtle, Giacometti and Ravenne's series kickoff has abundant visceral appeal."
An international odd couple tracks a cabal of neo-Nazi assassins. Read full book review >

NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details."
A 1963 celebrity murder has a violent aftermath as its secrets bubble to the surface decades later. Read full book review >
CUBA STRAITS by Randy Wayne White
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Cuba provides the perfect setting for White's recent fondness for episodic, hallucinatory quests (Bone Deep, 2014). The next few months' headlines will determine whether his view of contemporary Cuba is remarkably prophetic or yesterday's news."
A trove of revealing private documents, rumors concerning a political assassination, a trip to Cuba—it's either today's newspaper or Dr. Marion Ford's 22nd adventure. Read full book review >
INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A propulsive, richly imagined yarn that never loses steam or insults the reader's intelligence."
God save the queen—or failing that, send in the opium sot. Read full book review >

THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent."
Another one of Coben's got-it-all New Jersey dads finds out that his wonderful wife has been hiding a whopper of a secret from him—a secret whose trail leads to even more monstrous revelations. Read full book review >
PURSUIT IN PROVENCE by Phyllis Gobbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"Gobbell's debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters with just a few too many red herrings."
A vacation in Provence turns deadly. Read full book review >
BIGGER by Aaron Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"A funny, yet earnest mystery story."
In Brown's debut novel, a man must solve a mystery involving his friend in order to reset his own life. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON OF HANDALE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"A dramatic mystery lavishly studded with period details: Clark's best to date."
Sister Hildegard has a momentous decision to make as soon as she solves some murders. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own."
Still reeling from personal tragedies, intrepid nurse-turned-private investigator Maisie Dobbs becomes embroiled in a murder case in Gibraltar on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
THE KILLER OF CANCER RISING by Torena O'Rorke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2015

"Some delightfully astute sleuthing runs through this tightly written second case, fully stocked with menacing villains, tireless investigators and romantic intrigue."
Prolific author O'Rorke (Gemini Girl Murders, 2013, etc.), a former probation officer and youth counselor, offers the second installment in her Astrology Mysteries series. Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >