Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

Broken Symmetries by H.A. Ormizar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Despite lackluster dialogue, this book expertly manages a sci-fi conceit that is as bizarre as it is ultimately plausible."
Scientists using suspicious technology may be seeking to trigger an apocalypse in this novel from debut author Ormziar. Read full book review >
SCALP DANCE by Lu Clifton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2015

"This fine procedural debut by Clifton, who's published several teen novels (Immortal Max, 2014, etc.), is made even more interesting by its detailed information on Native American ceremonies."
A tribal police officer fights inner demons as he investigates a series of killings. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE RED-HANDED RHESUS by Jessie Bishop Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2015

"Even returning readers will need the refresher course that Powell offers in aid of a criminal plot that's inextricably tangled with that of its predecessor. The complementary plot involving the children, while touching, means a long, slow buildup that leaves you expecting either a family drama or a whimsical whodunit."
A pair of post-honeymoon primatologists faces unexpected domestic challenges along with a couple of corpses. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEST LIE by Kennedy Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2015

"Quinn's series debut is full of action, clever twists, sexual tension, and a likable heroine who sounds like a less tough but more academically accomplished Stephanie Plum."
A brainy novice private eye tries to solve a tricky case without any help from her boss. Read full book review >
AWAY IN A MANGER by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Although this heartwarming story of the Christmas spirit doesn't rank with Molly's best cases, it details the deplorable conditions poor children suffered a century ago."
As Christmas 1905 approaches in New York City, the fates of two children hang in the balance. Read full book review >

ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Methodical, efficient, brand-name genre thrills guaranteed not to frighten the horses."
Laurie Moran and the crew of Under Suspicion (The Cinderella Murder, 2014, etc.) revisit the 5-year-old case of the bride who vanished hours before she was supposed to walk down the aisle.Read full book review >
THE GRANITE MOTH by Erica Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"More concentrated than Kathleen's debut, Wright's second entry begins to develop a detective who can shine through all those costume changes."
Private eye Kathleen Stone (The Red Chameleon, 2014) gives her wigs a workout trying to figure out who's menacing New York's drag queens.Read full book review >
Gallery Pieces by Larry Witham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"A thoughtful, well-written, and well-developed novel about the art world that's an exuberant, satisfying read."
In this mystery/thriller set in New York City, an art restoration consultant stumbles upon clues pointing to his grandfather's possible association with World War II looting. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE SWITZERLAND TRAIL by Mike Befeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"In this second departure (Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse, 2015, etc.) from Befeler's comic Geezer series, the characters lack depth, and the pedantic professor Sager manages to make the history of the area unforgivably boring."
In 1919, a Colorado police officer must solve a murder on one of his rare days off. Read full book review >
BURNING HEAT by David Burnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"This second case for Brack (Southern Heat, 2014) is marked by a challenging mystery, quirky characters, and nonstop action."
A South Carolina veteran who recently brought his uncle's killer to justice has another murder to solve. Read full book review >
A TALENT FOR MURDER by Teresa LaRue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"This easy-reading first in a planned series is full of Southern charm, a touch of romance, and the usual suspects."
When her aunt comes under suspicion in a murder case, a devoted niece turns sleuth. Read full book review >
SLAY BELLS by Annette Mahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"Mahon (Bright Hopes, 2014, etc.) provides a trickier ending for the ladies of St. Rose but is still interminably slow in getting to it."
Murder may mar a merry Christmas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >