Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

THE LAWS OF MURDER by Charles Finch
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Finch's clever hero (An Old Betrayal, 2013, etc.) overcomes despair and calumny to solve one of his author's thorniest puzzles."
A Victorian private investigator teams up with Scotland Yard to solve a case that involves one of their own. Read full book review >
DEADLY RUSE by E. Michael Helms
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Studly Mac (Deadly Catch, 2013) and the bevy of available beauties who swarm around him should provide red meat for fans who still miss Travis McGee."
While he's working toward his private eye's license, ex-Marine Mac McClellan takes on a case to oblige his girlfriend after she sees a ghost. Read full book review >

TRAPLINE by Mark Stevens
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"Allison's third adventure (Buried by the Roan, 2011, etc.) combines a loving portrait of a beautiful area with an ugly, all-too-believable conspiracy that could have been ripped from today's headlines."
Colorado's stunningly beautiful Flat Tops Wilderness hides some nasty secrets. Read full book review >
TRADITION OF DECEIT by Kathleen Ernst
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"The latest case for Chloe (Heritage of Darkness, 2013, etc.) provides informative historical facts, two good mysteries, and the trials and tribulations of a difficult relationship."
A police officer and a museum curator each try to solve a separate murder case while maintaining their romantic relationship. Read full book review >
HELL ON WHEELS by Sue Ann Jaffarian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"Jaffarian deftly juggles three franchises—Odelia's, plus that of Granny Apples and the Madison Rose vampire series—but Odelia does better when she can focus more detection on fewer puzzles."
This time it's personal, as paralegal Odelia Grey (Secondhand Stiff, 2013, etc.) investigates the murder of a quadriplegic rugby player.Read full book review >

OLYMPUS CONFIDENTIAL by Robert B. Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"In his second caper (Murder on Olympus, 2013) Plato plays Bob Hope to Felix's Bing Crosby, keeping the plot rattling blissfully along with cartoonish action and wisecracks aplenty."
Olympian shamus Plato Jones faces his toughest assignment yet: breaking out of prison. Read full book review >
PATH OF NEEDLES by Alison Littlewood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Tied together by bird sightings, both the main characters spend page after page contemplating what they've seen, said and done, making for a frustrating story that will please neither fans of crime nor fans of horror."
The death of a young girl brings together a dull female police officer and an equally dull professor who specializes in sorting through classic versions of fairy tales in Littlewood's lackluster sophomore effort. Read full book review >
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The sedate pace and sociological focus of Rendell's recent work (No Man's Nightingale, 2013, etc.) are quickened here by the capacity of her golden agers to act, and act out, in ways as surprising as they are logical."
Rendell's 65th novel shows the incalculable effects of a 70-year-old crime on a group of friends—schoolchildren when it happened, alarmingly unpredictable retirees now. Read full book review >
BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An outstanding first novel written with clarity and authority and featuring a Southwest whose spare beauty covers unspeakable crimes and a detective who's tough, honorable and authentic to the core."
A former Arizona rodeo star-turned-private eye takes on a plateful of cases that turn out to be different courses in the same criminal banquet. Read full book review >
BED OF NAILS by Antonin Varenne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Varenne creates characters more compelling than his plot. Readers who hang in till the final page, however, will be rewarded with an almost unbearably sad ending."
Verenne's seamy debut takes you on a tour of the parts of Paris most tourists never see. Lucky them. Read full book review >
CAUGHT DEAD by Andrew Lanh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The first entry in a planned series features a complex detective whose background as an Amerasian orphan born in Vietnam profoundly influences everything he does."
Amerasian private detective Rick Van Lam is hired to look into the deaths of beautiful Vietnamese twins. Read full book review >
BLACK KARMA by Thatcher Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Bai's second appearance (White Ginger, 2013) provides nonstop action and characters you care about despite their dubious lifestyles."
Taking people at their word puts a souxun, a people finder, at risk. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >