Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

THE GILDED CAGE by Lucinda Gray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fast-paced, satisfying historical novel with a gutsy heroine and an intriguing 19th-century mystery at its core. (Historical mystery. 12 & up)"
Newfound family wealth draws a teenage Virginia farm girl into a murder mystery set in upper-crust England in the 1820s. Read full book review >
A SCREAM IN SOHO by John G. Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Given the proportions of the main ingredients—unbridled criminal mayhem, stolid and limited detection, striking but disposable characters, a smidgen of mysterymongering—in the stew he's served, Brandon's matter-of-fact hero may represent a missing link between Bulldog Drummond and Jack Reacher."
Another trip to the vaults of the British Library Crime Classics discloses this decidedly nonclassic story of gangsters, espionage, and murder most frequent in 1940 London. Read full book review >

THE WOMEN OF THE SOUK by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you're ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they're captured. Fans of this long-running series, however, will find all the accustomed gravely loopy charm."
The Mamur Zapt brings his very specialized set of skills to bear on a kidnapping, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >
RAT RUN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Don't bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed."
DCI Colin Anderson, welcomed back to work 14 months after his last case sent him spiraling into post-traumatic stress disorder, lands a doozy: a nightmare that enmeshes him as tightly as the neighbors he questions in a Glasgow suburb. Read full book review >
REBELLION'S MESSAGE  by Michael Jecks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Jecks inaugurates his new series by moving from medieval times (The Deadliest Sin, 2014, etc.) to the turbulent Tudor period. His unlikely detective is neither brave nor wise nor very bright, but he's often quite funny as he doggedly tracks down an unexpected killer."
A pickpocket's latest haul comes with a dangerous curse. Read full book review >

DEATH IN DISGUISE by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Even a routine procedural isn't quite so routine in Spencer's deft hands."
It takes more than a village to solve a murder when an American visitor is killed in her suite at Whitebridge's posh Royal Victoria. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Deryn Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The 16th entry in Lake's series (Death on the Rocks, 2014, etc.) is slow to fulfill the promise of its title. But period detail and quirky characters help make up for the leisurely pace."
A voyage to the New World is anything but smooth sailing for an 18th-century sleuth. Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST  by Margaret Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Nonstop action and tangled clues make this one of the best cases for the seldom daunted husband-and-wife team."
Patrick Gillard and his wife, Ingrid Langley, take on what may be their most difficult and dangerous case. Read full book review >
RAGE by Zygmunt Miloszewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gripping, lyrical, brutally honest, and cruelly funny—a terrific crime novel and better character study."
Prosecutor Teodor Szacki makes it personal in a bleakly stylish mystery. Read full book review >
A MAIDEN WEEPING by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Once again Guest's past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence."
A young apprentice must use every skill he's learned to free his master from prison. Read full book review >
TREASON IN THE SECRET CITY by Diane Fanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This sequel to Scandal in the Secret City (2014), which has some basis in fact, is faster-paced than Fanning's debut while maintaining the 1940s atmosphere and emphasizing the difficulties of wartime life, especially for educated women."
The secret World War II-era nuclear experiments carried on at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, provide ample incentives for spying—and ample opportunities for amateur sleuths. Read full book review >
MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT  by Mary Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A pleasant cozy, more romance than mystery, with inspirational overtones."
A quartet of private detectives has their hands full with cases in two different cities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >