THE CORNISH COAST MURDER  by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A golden-age mystery reminiscent of Freeman Wills Crofts and Ronald Knox that's guaranteed to keep you guessing and second-guessing, though the final payoff falls well short of the buildup."
The British Library Crime Classics' latest blast from the past—this time more of a light squall—is this decorous, conscientiously plotted 1935 whodunit by pseudonymous Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-1957). Read full book review >
AGAINST THE LIGHT by Marjorie Eccles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Eccles (Heirs and Assigns, 2015, etc.) starts out with a strong storyline and plenty of interesting characters, but her weak ending is a distinct letdown."
The Irish Home Rule Bill unnerves many politicians in 1912. But could it be a motive for murder? Read full book review >

CRIME SCENES by Zane Lovitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Even fans of longer-form fiction should give this nifty collection a look."
Lovitt (The Midnight Promise, 2013, etc.) presents 12 examples from Down Under that show why the first rule of fiction is "Don't Be Boring." Read full book review >
A DREADFUL PAST by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A quirky change from the usual sifting through the suspects most likely to have wanted the victim dead, with only the ritual recounting of each detective's domestic arrangements to remind readers of the customary Turnbull formula."
A cold case suddenly heats up for DCI George Hennessey (Gift Wrapped, 2013, etc.) and his colleagues. Read full book review >
ASSASSINS by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Besides providing interesting nuggets of history, Eldridge depicts his lead characters with complexity and compassion, auguring well for this series kickoff."
Against a backdrop of political unrest, a multiple murderer wreaks havoc in post-World War I Britain. Read full book review >

CASTING BONES by Don Bruns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Although Bruns (Reel Stuff, 2013, etc.) supplies all the necessary characters, plot twists, and motives for murder, they don't entirely come together. Concentrating on one of the many threads he seeks to weave into this tale would have produced a tighter story."
A New Orleans detective who seems to be the only one more interested in justice than a collar must rely on instinct over information. Read full book review >
THE IDOL OF MOMBASA by Annamaria Alfieri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The mystery is buried beneath a shoal of red herrings and a colorful but disturbing look at Africa in 1912, home to many problems—slavery, racial inequality, conflicts between Muslim sects—that persist today."
A white policeman in British East Africa is uneasy with the inequality of the law. Read full book review >
Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >
FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"French's strikingly mature prose purrs along as smoothly as ever, but the mystery is a mess from beginning to end, and the heroine's tough/imperiled shtick is beginning to wear thin. For loyalists only."
Can psychotherapist Frieda Klein possibly get in any worse with the members of London's Metropolitan Police whose patience with her has already worn thin? Yes, she can—when the evidence marks her as a murderer. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the level of inspiration in individual stories varies widely, every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they'll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives."
"Inspired" is the key word here, for contributors have been encouraged to interpret their remit even more broadly than in the editors' previous two collections (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S ACCOMPLICE by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Maggie (Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, 2015, etc.) is a thoughtful spy whose dangerous escapades never disappoint."
An accomplished young woman fights hate and misogyny in World War II Britain. Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR MAX by John Lawrence Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The latest entry in the Rapid Reads series is a neat little mystery Reynolds (Beach Strip, 2012) and his intrepid heroine wrap up within a single day."
A small-town police chief is determined to solve a murder without help from the big boys. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >