Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

A NIP OF MURDER by Carol Miller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Miller puts Daisy squarely center stage in her second outing—not that she doesn't belong there, but even her sexy nemesis remains in her shadow in this entertaining sequel."
Daisy, the Balsam boys and the other likker-sipping characters from Murder and Moonshine (2013) are back for another round.Read full book review >
KILL 'EM WITH CAYENNE by Gail Oust
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Serving up another seasoning-themed cozy complete with a guide to peppers and a rub recipe, Oust excels when she concentrates on her leading lady's friendships and other relationships, even though a little more spice would up the ante."
A spice shop owner teams up with her BFF to clear a friend suspected of murder in the lead-up to the local Barbecue Festival. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL IN MONTMARTRE by Gary Inbinder
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Essayist Inbinder's mystery debut shows Montmartre at its atmospheric best—inhabited by characters as diverse and devious as Paris can offer."
A police detective uses science to solve a grisly murder in 19th-century Paris. Read full book review >
PERFECT SINS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"The briefer framing case is touching but otherwise unsatisfying. But the main course of old bones is a humdinger."
A second case—call it a case and a fraction—for Constable Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash, the much-tried man she befriended in Deadly Virtues (2013).Read full book review >
FIVE by Ursula Archer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Though Bea and Florin often seem to be phoning it in, Archer makes up for their lack of energy with an inventive plot."
Archer, an Austrian writer of teen novels, has created a series of gruesome killings in her Salzberg-based first thriller for adults. Read full book review >

YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Modest, tidy and fast-moving: a pleasing lesser entry in Walker's dossier."
Amos Walker's 24th case takes him from Detroit to the suburban wilds of Iroquois Heights, where the natives are just as restless. Read full book review >
ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A treat for mystery fans who enjoy variety in their whodunit settings—or who simply savor a good yarn."
A taut, engaging Israeli murder mystery from the author of Lineup (2013).Read full book review >
MORIARTY by Anthony Horowitz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers who aren't put off by the Hollywood pacing, with action set pieces less like Conan Doyle than the Robert Downey Jr. movies, are in for a rare treat, a mystery as original as it is enthralling."
A Sherlockian pastiche without Holmes and Watson? Yes indeed, and it's a tour de force quite unlike any other fruit from these densely plowed fields. Read full book review >
THE BIG FINISH by James W. Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The John D. MacDonald of The Green Ripper meets the Upton Sinclair of The Jungle. Better get your fill of ham and bacon before you start this one."
Florida fly-tier/soldier of fortune Thorn, who's already tangled with his newly discovered son's attachment to eco-terrorists (Going Dark, 2013), gets another chance to rescue him—from some people even worse.Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE LAMB by Frederick Ramsay
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Ramsay's fourth Jerusalem novel (Holy Smoke, 2013, etc.) links another challenging mystery to some intriguing answers to age-old questions surrounding the death of Jesus."
A series of mishaps and machinations change the course of history. Read full book review >
BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not to worry: Everything is wrapped up logically, if not exactly convincingly, in the end. Sleep well, Your Majesty."
As if London didn't provide enough live citizens to worry about, the Peculiar Crimes Unit (The Invisible Code, 2013, etc.) is presented with one at least briefly returned from the dead.Read full book review >
THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE by Paulus Hochgatterer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Despite some beautifully written passages, Hochgatterer's (The Mattress House, 2012, etc.) short book has too many digressions and dead ends to be enlightening as philosophy or satisfying as a mystery."
The brutal murder of an old man in an Austrian village is one of many interlocking plot threads in this dense psychological mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >