Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

CURTAINS FOR MISS PLYM by Kathleen Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mary and Millie are such engaging characters that the time spent with them makes up for some of the weaknesses in this pleasant cozy."
A retired California schoolteacher and her cocker spaniel help solve several murders. Read full book review >
THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Despite the leads' enjoyable banter and the engaging premise, McMillan (A Singular and Whimsical Problem, 2015, etc.) tries to shoehorn so many different kinds of material into a single adventure that some of her most promising ideas end up insufficiently or imperfectly realized."
Two women form a detective agency and try to solve a murder in 1910 Toronto. Oh my! Read full book review >

SKELETON BLUES by Paul Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"The plot, which is even more labyrinthine than usual, will challenge the ingenuity, not to say the memory, of the staunchest readers. But Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory long after the plot is forgotten."
Beneath the skin of Johnston's seventh dystopian whodunit is the threat of a revolution so virulent it could bring the whole series to an end. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SIREN by William S.  Schaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Schaill, who's spun compelling stories of maritime intrigue (Sea Glow, 1998, etc.), seems out past his depth in a 1938 Galápagos peopled with suspects as muffled as they are menacing. Here's hoping he grows into his land legs in the strongly implied series."
While the rest of the world breathlessly waits for Hitler to start World War II, a fugitive member of the NYPD finds danger and intrigue on the other side of the world. Read full book review >
BITTER POISON by Margaret Mayhew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mayhew's good-natured tale of rural village friendships will delight fans of the English countryside while proving a trial to anyone in want of a good puzzle."
An amateur theatrical production has deadly consequences for the village of Frog End. Read full book review >

ONSLAUGHT by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flynn's action-packed debut will tempt fans of the rock 'em, sock 'em school even if it disappoints Oldham's more staid followers."
Oldham unleashes a solo Steve Flynn on an unsuspecting world. Read full book review >
COLD FLORIDA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Those who are able to roll with Foggy will get an unholy kick out of the characters' flexible allegiances and the hero's colorful descriptions."
A tough Jewish car thief's attempts to pay back a debt he feels he owes lands him in a fight over—wait for it—Seminole lands. Read full book review >
LONDON RAIN by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although Upson (The Death of Lucy Kyte, 2014, etc.) keeps her readers anticipating action nearly as long as British subjects wait for the crowning of their king, the complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make her fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors."
Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry in the fictional adventures of a real-life author. Read full book review >
KILLER REUNION by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The trip home has a dampening effect on the usually sanguine Savannah, who can't seem to keep her eyes on the prize."
Private eye Savannah Reid (Killer Gourmet, 2015, etc.) gets to relive every single trauma of her childhood at her high school reunion. Read full book review >
THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Prolific Shelton (If Onions Could Spring Leeks, 2015) kicks off a new series featuring a sleuth who'll delight book lovers, a so-so mystery, and Edinburgh in the starring role."
Taking a leap of faith, an archivist moves to Scotland for an exciting job opportunity. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MUNICH by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Winspear elegantly balances Maisie's emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war."
On an undercover mission for the British Secret Service in Nazi Germany, Maisie Dobbs must face not only the horrors of the Third Reich, but very real reminders of her own tragic past. Read full book review >
THE INFIDEL STAIN by M.J. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacking the freshness and exoticism of the earlier story, this new Avery and Blake episode offers solid yet wordier, more predictable entertainment."
An unconventional detective duo reunites to solve a series of gory murders in Dickensian London, a city where privilege dwells alongside grievous inequality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >