Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A cozy replete with antiques lore, likable characters, and a more complex mystery than usual."
An antiques appraiser get scammed, gets mad, and gets even. Read full book review >
STORM RISING by Douglas Schofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Schofield continues the unlikely merger of hard-boiled and fantasy he launched in Time of Departure (2015, etc.). There's probably more here for detective fans than paranormal buffs but still enough for both camps."
A cop's widow tries to clear her late husband's name. Read full book review >

STORM CELL by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Though the plot eventually bogs down in details of civic malfeasance, nobody is better than DuBois at kicking his reluctant hero into action or at rooting every complication in something that feels disconcertingly like the normal rhythms of life outside the justice system."
His 10th case drives a deep wedge—make that several wedges—between former government research analyst Lewis Cole and his long-standing comrade in arms Felix Tinios. Read full book review >
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Eriksson's seventh (Black Lies, Red Blood, 2015, etc.) is full of twists, three-dimensional characters, quiet authority, and heart."
When a speeding car kills a young mother and daughter, complications indicate much more than a simple hit-and-run. Read full book review >
EXILES by Lawrence J. Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2016

"A flavorful Lost Generation-era confection with a promising protagonist."
A haunted American World War I veteran stumbles into a murder mystery among the 1920s Paris literary set in this first installment of a planned series. Read full book review >

SECRETS AND SHAMROCKS  by Phyllis Gobbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"The second in Gobbell's travel series is filled with delightful descriptions of Ireland and offbeat characters, though some judicious pruning could have kept the story moving more smartly along."
A visit to the verdant Irish countryside is marred by murder. Read full book review >
MARRY IN HASTE  by Susan Van Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"Van Kirk (Three May Keep a Secret, 2014, etc.) balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection."
A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Read full book review >
A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR DIAMONDS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Even though the privileged status of her leads may be hard to take, Chase, who's already published as Julie Anne Lindsey (A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice, 2016, etc.), puts her experience to good use in this well-crafted series kickoff."
Returning to New Orleans signally fails to make life easier for the owner of a pet boutique accused of killing a man she's never met. Read full book review >
DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Once the murder is connected to the Nazis, everyone becomes a potential suspect—except, of course, Hunt's improbably virtuous hero, whom readers are likely to either love or loathe."
A Mormon police officer's beliefs about good and evil are tested when the murder of a race car driver appears related to the rising Nazi party. Read full book review >
WHEN SHE'S GONE by Jane Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A straightforward, fast-paced series kickoff in which character development is limited to whatever qualities most directly drive the plot."
Is the mysterious past of a wealthy family's bodyguard behind the kidnapping of their teenage daughter? Read full book review >
THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU by Neil S.  Plakcy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Not every thread here is equally successful; it's Plakcy's characters, not his plot, that charm."
A rookie FBI agent is determined to show his worth when he's tapped for his very personal connections to Fort Lauderdale's gay community. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >