COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >
BITE THE BISCUIT by Linda O. Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Kicking off a cozy new series, prolific Johnston (Lost Under a Ladder, 2014, etc.) blends mystery and romantic intrigue. Though the violence that occurs is brief, its abruptness may put off some readers."
A pet lover's expansion of her bakery to feature dog-friendly treats sparks the ire of her small California town's wealthiest family. Read full book review >

MURDER WITH A TWIST by Tracy Kiely
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Even teetotalers will enjoy these Martinis. Here's hoping Kiely will treat readers to another round."
Kiely (Murder Most Austen, 2012, etc.) updates her jam with the tale of a couple of LA sophisticates hoping for a quiet holiday in the Big Apple.Read full book review >
THE FINAL REVEILLE by Amanda Flower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"In kicking off her Living History Museum series, Flower (Maid of Murder, 2010, etc.) combines a plethora of suspects, a soupçon of history, and a dash of romance."
A living history museum teeters on the brink of extinction. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF EVIL by Will Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The latest rehash of the Ripper case is packed with historical detail and is interesting enough as a police procedural but contains no surprises."
In 1888, two private inquiry agents become involved in one of Scotland Yard's most infamous cases. Read full book review >

BURNT RIVER by Karin Salvalaggio
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The dense web of characters contrasts with the spare style in this sequel to Bone Dust White (2014). Salvalaggio devotes as much attention to personalities as to the events that pull people together and drive them apart."
The complex case of a back-alley murder and a coverup raises the low crime rate of a remote Montana town. Read full book review >
THE FATAL FLAME by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next."
Concluding volume in Faye's gritty, atmospheric trilogy (Seven for a Secret, 2013, etc.) about New York City's fledgling police force.Read full book review >
DRY BONES by Craig Johnson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"Johnson's crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case."
Something old and something new spell big problems for Sheriff Walt Longmire. Read full book review >
When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >
SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Hall outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler."
When a house goes up in flames in the dead of the night with a woman and her two children inside, is it accident or murder? Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme."
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >