Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE STRIVERS' ROW SPY by Jason Overstreet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Overstreet's debut novel could use a little more pace and a little less embellishment, but he successfully immerses the reader in a fascinating and little understood era in the nation's history."
During the days of the Harlem Renaissance, the nascent FBI's first African-American agent gets a daunting and dangerous assignment. Read full book review >
HELL FIRE  by Karin Fossum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fossum traces the parallels between the mothers and sons so patiently, precisely, and compassionately that even fans who know all too well what's bound to happen when their paths converge will be shocked into fresh grief themselves."
Inspector Konrad Sejer investigates an apparently pointless double murder while the interspersed flashbacks that make up the greater part of this sad tale show the victims inching ever closer to a remorseless fate. Read full book review >

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS by Barbara Nickless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Nickless' writing admirably captures the fallout from a war where even survivors are trapped, forever reliving their trauma."
Leaving Iraq has never really meant leaving the battlefield for a veteran whose ghosts still follow her in her new role as a railroad cop. Read full book review >
ONLY THE HUNTED RUN by Neely Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Tucker raises the stakes and ramps up the darkness in this series and makes you wonder, and even worry a little about, what's coming next."
A mass slaughter in the Capitol building sets off this third tense and twitchy installment in the adventures of investigative reporter Sully Carter. Read full book review >
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark."
Within a police force, some members must be trained in the science, and art, of solving murders. But does this training create people highly capable of committing them? Read full book review >

TOKYO GIRL by Brian Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Even if the hero's Tokyo fling ends on a decidedly downbeat note, this little prose poem is as pellucid and finely wrought as a haiku."
Piano technician Frank Ryan, having fled his hometown in British Columbia after things got too hot there (Beethoven's Tenth, 2015), finds Tokyo just as dangerous in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake. Read full book review >
SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Although this isn't the best of Keller's deeply nuanced, beautifully written examinations of life and death in hardscrabble coal country (Last Ragged Breath, 2015, etc.), its exploration of the ravages of Alzheimer's is deeply moving."
A deadly accident in 1938 West Virginia is the impetus for several modern murders. Read full book review >
WEDDING BELL BLUES by Ruth Moose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Plenty of quirky characters and Southern charm don't quite make up for a scattered plot and a weak mystery."
Murder and mayhem visit a little North Carolina town. Read full book review >
WISHFUL SEEING by Janet Kellough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An appealing look at life in mid-1800s Canada, full of historical detail, engaging characters, and a murder investigation that takes many surprising twists and turns before it can be solved."
In 1851, a Canadian minister with a penchant for solving mysteries is suddenly involved in one that will change his life. Read full book review >
BASQUE MOON by Julie Weston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2016

"Weston's second is a rip-roaring yarn that enchants with beguiling descriptions of the beauty of the Idaho wilderness."
Cowboys, sheepherders, and moonshiners form a volatile mix in 1920s Idaho. Read full book review >
WHISPERS IN THE MIST by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A worthy successor to Kilmoon (2014) in tone, mood, complexity, and keen insight into human failures and triumphs."
Murder comes in threes to a village in County Clare. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF SAINTS by Maegan Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As in her striking debut (Carved in Darkness, 2013), Beaumont ladles on the overwrought prose and tougher-than-thou attitudinizing. None of it is good for you, but you'll want to read it anyway."
Four years after faking her own death and vanishing into a wilderness fortress with her lover, professional killer Michael O'Shea, ex-homicide cop Sabrina Vaughn comes out of hiding when a monstrous figure from her past makes her an offer she can't refuse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >