Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

WHEN FALCONS FALL by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another complex, well-researched tale shows that the protagonist and his progressive wife don't suffer the boredom of everyday domesticity."
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, takes on his 11th case when he and his wife investigate an apparent suicide. Read full book review >
SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD by J. Aaron Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Squeamish readers will probably want to skip first-timer Sanders' many loving descriptions of dissection. Further attention to detail and setting, the historical characters, and the hero's string of perils unfortunately don't quite add up to a compelling narrative."
A young Walt Whitman battles conspiracy, corruption, and wrongful execution. Read full book review >

NEW ORLEANS NOIR by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"All this misery makes for a bleak read, and readers looking for a typical noir experience had better fortify themselves."
Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy.Read full book review >
SKIN LIKE SILVER by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Not the best of Nickson's Victorian mysteries (Two Bronze Pennies, 2015, etc.) but still full of engaging characters as the author continues to intertwine social problems with murder."
Suffragettes and serial killers have the populace of Victorian Leeds on edge. Read full book review >
ON A DESERT SHORE by S.K. Rizzolo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2016

"This fourth outing for Chase (Die I Will Not, 2014, etc.) blends thwarted love, class and racial issues, partly convincing historical details, and solid sleuthing."
A Bow Street Runner helps solve a murder at a manor in this Regency tale. Read full book review >

Girl Soldier by T.R. Horne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A fast-moving tale of a spy who, much like the novel itself, is a little ragged around the edges."
A farm girl enters a world of danger in Horne's (Breaking Mobius, 2013) military thriller.Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BLUES by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Less whodunit than odyssey, as Salt—clearly bent, as Wills observes, on fixing the world one sociopath at a time—navigates anti-woman prejudice in her unit, anti-cop sentiment in her hometown, and the steaming corruption that reaches from Atlanta's lower depths to its very top."
A veteran Atlanta cop's debut novel presents a newly minted homicide detective who's struggling to keep her sights trained on the cold case she's been assigned while Atlanta seethes around her. Read full book review >
THE BIG FEAR by Andrew Case
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The case is slow to gather momentum but rises to an improbable, rousing finale in which the bad guys, who've been consistently more clever and resourceful than the good guys, finally get theirs."
Playwright Case's first novel plunges a New York cop and the man charged with investigating him into a world of trouble. Read full book review >
WEDDING CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes."
Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. Read full book review >
A MIDSUMMER'S EQUATION by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Less playful and more labored than its predecessors but just as ingenious in working one twist after another in a case that seems absolutely twist-proof."
The third case for Tokyo homicide detective Shunpei Kusanagi and professor Manabu Yukawa, who teaches physics at Imperial University, takes them far away from Tokyo—and far back from the present day as well. Read full book review >
MONTALBANO'S FIRST CASE by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Series fans will especially enjoy learning the origins of Montalbano and company. Though the title story is a bit low-stakes, newcomers may be sufficiently intrigued by Camilleri's droll humor and nifty storytelling to check out the rest of the series."
In the long title story that opens this collection, Camilleri shows sardonic Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, years before he became rumpled and stricken by a perpetual midlife crisis, with vigor and swag. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The latest appearance by the charming Scot (Death of a Liar, 2015, etc.) provides all the quirky characters and striking Highlands scenery you could want, along with one of Beaton's most successful mysteries."
Beaton's unambitious but talented police hero continues to be attracted to all the wrong women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >