Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fat Bob is, too. And where did that head go, anyway? A lively, laugh-out-loud winner."
Another darkly comic whodunit from veteran novelist Dobyns (The Burn Palace, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
HOLLOW MAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In a departure from his Hugo Marston series (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), Pryor has produced an audacious stand-alone that dares the reader to sympathize with a coldblooded killer whose lack of empathy allows his cunning to run free."
Austin's music scene provides the backdrop for a creepy psychological thriller. Read full book review >

DARK PLACES by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Once again, Wortham supplies something for everyone—especially fans of summer movies who love chase sequences so much that they don't care who's chasing whom."
1967: a fifth trip back to Center Springs, Texas, focuses on one regular's attempt to bust out of the place for good. Read full book review >
NEVER LOOK DOWN by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Alternating between Cal's first-person narrative and the third-person story of Kelly, Easley (Dead Float, 2014, etc.) keeps the story simple and easy to unravel while engaging readers in more long-term relationships with the characters."
A do-gooder lawyer wants to track down the sole witness to the murder of a friend's fiancee before the friend takes matters into his own hands. Read full book review >
THE KISKADEE OF DEATH by Jan Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The avian details in Bob's adventures (Swift Justice, 2014, etc.) make them a treat for birdwatchers or, in this case, anyone interested in South Texas. This one provides enough credible suspects for a mystery that keeps you guessing."
Even when he leaves his native Minnesota, a die-hard birdwatcher keeps finding bodies along with the birds he seeks. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Carl Brookins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In truth, the essential lack of mystery makes it not much of a case and gives Sean, despite his unruffled self-confidence, very little to do as a detective. But readers who prefer mildly facetious non sequiturs to challenging puzzles and strenuous action may just find that this modest little tale hits the spot."
Pint-sized Minneapolis private eye Sean Sean tangles with the shadowy forces who want to stop Jocelyn Bartelme's search for her great uncle, missing and presumed dead since 1944. Read full book review >
UNATTACHED by Kristin Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Johnson (Unprotected, 2012) draws on 20 years' experience as a child protection worker in this chilling look at the darker side of childhood."
A social worker's troubled past threatens her livelihood. Read full book review >
A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >
LIFE FOR A LIFE by T. Frank Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Grueling yet routine, with a detective whose amours are more interesting than his detective work and a lineup of criminals who have a hard time, once they're unmasked, living up to their intimidating advance notices."
Just in time for Christmas, sex trafficking comes to St. Andrew's, along with a mounting body count. Read full book review >
THE WHITE GHOST by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Billy's 10th case (The Rest Is Silence, 2014, etc.) features a delicious premise, a full-bodied portrait of young JFK, and a beautifully textured look at military life in World War II."
When young Jack Kennedy stands accused of murder, it falls to Billy Boyle to exonerate the future president of the U.S. and find the real killer. Read full book review >
STRENGTH TO STAND by Sheyna Galyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Galyan's inside look at clerical life offers an eight-page glossary to help readers understand her characters' Hebrew but little help navigating the tangle of stereotypes (why do men become progressively more physically unattractive as their level of observance increases?) that inhabit her Jewish world."
Pressures both professional and personal test a Twin Cities rabbi. Read full book review >
THE CAVEMAN by Jorn Lier Horst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"After a case in which he was very much the main story (The Hunting Dogs, 2014), it's good to see Wisting cast once more as the dogged detective in this solid, unspectacular procedural."
Veteran Chief Inspector William Wisting of the Larvik Police Department is faced with a pair of unusual cases: two men who were dead for four months before anyone so much as missed them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >