Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE DIME by Kathleen Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman."
Kent (The Outcasts, 2013, etc.) introduces a tough and engaging new detective in this police thriller set in Dallas. Read full book review >
AUGUST SNOW by Stephen Mack  Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series."
An ex-cop comes home to Detroit and finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a local business magnate's death. Read full book review >

THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned but steadily absorbing account of a decent man's descent into corruption and murder. One of Crofts' best."
Crofts (1897-1957), best known for breaking airtight alibis often involving English railroads, tries his hand at an inverted detective story whose killer is known from the beginning and never hops aboard a train. Read full book review >
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee  de Hahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A well-constructed mystery that will leave readers pleasantly anticipating a sequel."
Inspector Agnes Lüthi investigates a violent death among the Swiss aristocracy in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive."
A married couple of London detectives investigates parallel cases of murder and corruption. Read full book review >

CRUEL MERCY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"To call Mark's novels (Taking Pity, 2015, etc.) police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet."
A British policeman blunders into gang warfare and worse in New York City. Read full book review >
OLD BONES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Slow to get started—the opening chapters seem driven by a determination to indicate what every single member of the Shepherd's Bush constabulary is up to—but steadily increasing in momentum until the placidly ugly payoff: one of the author's best."
Still smarting from the anonymous news leak that pitted him against his superiors (One Under, 2015), DCI Bill Slider lands a case so ancient that it "won't put anyone's toes out of joint." Well, yes and no. Read full book review >
HIDDEN GRAVES by Jack Fredrickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The criminals are clever and the detective, after his initial benightedness, even more clever, making Fredrickson's sixth case one of his best."
A transparently phony case sends Dek Elstrom chasing phantoms down a long road just when he's most needed in the Windy City. Read full book review >
An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >
COCO BUTTERNUT by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This bite-sized addition to Lansdale's droll franchise gives his two heroes little room for their trademark back-and-forth banter. But the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard."
What could be more featherweight than a tale of dognapping? How about a dognapping whose victim is already dead and buried? Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Hart (The Grave Soul, 2015, etc.) connects the events of the main story to a brief opening chapter presenting a savage murder, leading readers up to the attack and beyond while revealing the potential murderer's motive."
A video gone viral forces a couple to confront one member's past and decide whether it means they can still have a future together. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >