Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Fleet, conscientious, and utterly true to its carefully wrought formula."
Laurie Moran and the staff of Under Suspicion reopen a cold case almost everyone else is convinced was closed tight 15 years ago. Read full book review >

JUDGMENT OF MURDER  by C.S. Challinor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"The denouement is only the latest of many twists, turns, and surprises. One of Challinor's best."
No good-deed condolence call goes unpunished. Read full book review >
Fetch Us Some Water by Wendi Christner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A gripping, subtle, and page-turning mystery."
Christner's (The Water Bearer, 2008) family drama set in the American South tells the story of a daughter returning home to care for her terminally ill mother and of past violent crimes that shook the close-knit community to its core.Read full book review >
THE GREAT IMPERSONATION by E. Phillips Oppenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each other's nations, and their women importunate but unfailingly discreet. Genre buffs shouldn't miss it; fans who read it years ago will be surprised how well it holds up."
A welcome reprinting of a classic 1920 spy tale, the most celebrated of the 100-plus novels by Oppenheim (1866-1946). Read full book review >

SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Ryan shows a greater assurance in handling her multitiered plot through the use of multiple points of view. The device works so well it should become a regular part of her winning format."
Boston's smartest, sexiest investigative couple returns, and, even more so than usual, they find themselves entwined in each other's cases. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch."
In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament-turned-private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend. Read full book review >
GRACE by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Owen uses his reflective, self-destructive hero to illuminate both the racial problems of his hometown and the ongoing death of the newspaper he loves, even though it doesn't love him back."
Proof positive that despite the title of police reporter Willie Black's fifth appearance (The Bottom, 2015, etc.), things can indeed get worse for both the city of Richmond and its daily newspaper. Read full book review >
SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Blake's meticulous research makes his latest account of crime and medicine in the mid-1700s (The Hidden Man, 2015, etc.) a pleasure to read even though mystery mavens will have no trouble unmasking the killer."
The discovery of a baby's body in a tanner's pit has the 18th-century English town of Preston in an uproar. Read full book review >
IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"For fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral."
What if the word's most famous (and eccentric) Victorian detective were a young gentlewoman in the midst of a scandal? Read full book review >
The Daemoniac by Kat Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"An unexpected treat of a detective novel with a strong heroine, making Ross a name to look out for."
A mystery invokes New York City streets, serial killer thrills, and the creator of Sherlock Holmes himself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >