Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

THE BABE RUTH DECEPTION  by David O. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The third from Stewart (The Wilson Deception, 2015, etc.) cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans."
In the aftermath of World War I, two unlikely partners reunite to protect those they love. Read full book review >
A MARCH TO REMEMBER  by Anna Loan-Wilsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The weak mystery is offset by fascinating period detail and some illegal, immoral, and just plain outrageous political shenanigans."
March 1894 finds the nation's capital anxiously anticipating the arrival of Coxey's Army. Read full book review >

PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >
BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A peek into British country life provides a nice break, offering enough local color to excuse a rather tepid puzzle."
Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone's trip across the pond. Read full book review >
DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A well-wrought procedural that takes a hard look at the old South's influence on the new."
A police officer's past relationship with a wealthy family poses problems for a murder case. Read full book review >

A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Ward (In Bitter Chill, 2015) is an excellent police procedural that shows how psychological damage from the past casts shadows over the present."
The present always owes a debt to the past. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF A QUEEN BEE  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Lester (A Beeline To Murder, 2016) is long on romance, sweet tips, and honey recipes. There's a thin little mystery, too."
A beekeeper gets a second chance at love and solving a murder. Read full book review >
Circus Girl by Elizabeth Carter Wellington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Animates 1970s circus life via a sharp-eyed but unsympathetic lead."
A young woman rebels against her privileged upbringing during the summer of 1971. Read full book review >
Genuinely Dangerous by Mike McCrary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"An energetic tale that will make readers root for its disreputable characters."
In McCrary's (Remo Went Rogue, 2013, etc.) latest crime novel, an out-of-work screenwriter decides to trail criminals documentary-style, with expectedly violent results.Read full book review >
The Monteverdi Manuscript by Joseph Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"A whodunit that starts off with an intriguing premise but makes its way to an unsatisfying conclusion."
A mystery novel from Allen (Rocky Point Road, 2016, etc.), set in late-1990s New York City, about the death of a famous harpsichordist. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLOOD AND ASHES by Jaden Terrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"After a tense prologue, Terrell settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat."
A suspicious fire that claims two of a trainer's 14 horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. Read full book review >
PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Fans of this long-running series will enjoy the continuing drama of the private eye's romances, which, as so often before (Dishing The Dirt, 2016, etc.), overshadow the mystery."
Agatha Raisin continues to struggle, though not very hard, against her predilection for unsuitable men. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >