Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

DEATH DEALS A HAND by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2016

"Dawson creates a charming and intelligent heroine, but the mystery is almost an afterthought to the atmospheric descriptions of this chapter in the 21-year reign of the Zephyr, whose famous Vista-Dome cars delighted passengers with unparalleled views."
A storied train rushes toward a date with death. Read full book review >
COME DARK by Steven F. Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans will shrug and enjoy the family-reunion vibe, which seems increasingly dominant in this long-running series despite all those promises of dark doings."
A rash of low-octane mysteries for undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her sorely tried colleagues in the Posadas County Sheriff's Department. Read full book review >

THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get."
King forswears the foreign intrigue that's increasingly dominated her Sherlock-ian pastiches (Dreaming Spies, 2015, etc.) to return to the great man's roots, which are surprisingly intertwined with those of his longtime landlady.Read full book review >
MISS JULIA INHERITS A MESS by Ann B. Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Slow as molasses, Miss Julia's 16th (Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, 2015, etc.) barely qualifies as a mystery, counting instead on Southern charm to delight the fan base."
No good deed goes unpunished for Miss Julia. Read full book review >
RED FLAGS by Tammy Kaehler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"In the fourth in this character-driven series, Kaehler (Avoidable Contact, 2014, etc.) complements its exploration of Kate's problems and triumphs with a better mystery and plenty of suspects you love to hate."
Another racetrack, another murder for a driver who'd rather be racing than sleuthing. Read full book review >

AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 5, 2016

"Aunty Lee's third outing (Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, 2013, etc.) has the structural virtues of an old-fashioned whodunit but adds a sassy comic edge."
Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you: beneath the matronly manner is a steely sleuth. Read full book review >
RECKONING AND RUIN by Tina Whittle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Readers new to Tai's adventures (Deeper than the Grave, 2014, etc.) may be put off by all the back story. Those enamored of her will enjoy the way it drives the plot, which is most likely to appeal to those with a strong investment in the heroine."
Headstrong and determined, a woman trying to leave her past behind is forced back to her Savannah home to confront her biggest adversaries: her family. Read full book review >
THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >
SENT TO THE DEVIL by Laura Lebow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"This sequel to The Figaro Murders (2015) continues to supply counterparts for Da Ponte's operatic characters. Although the device seems a little more contrived a second time out, it adds extra zest to this 18th-century whodunit."
Life imitates art imitating life in a celebrated librettist's second detective assignment. Read full book review >
PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sturdy, studly historical cop drama that's not as smooth or playful as Elmore Leonard but a good deal more accomplished than Max Allan Collins."
Taylor's criminal traversal of the 1950s leaves behind J. Edgar Hoover (Night Life, 2015) to focus on an assassination plot against newly hatched dictator Fidel Castro.Read full book review >
Behind The Mask by Dana Ridenour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"A vivid, suspenseful story about a torn agent on a complex covert mission."
An FBI agent working on her first undercover assignment becomes too close to one of the domestic terrorists she seeks to expose in this debut crime novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >