Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"The mystery this time is no more than a pendant to a frantic, funny, unsparing account of the corrosive power of big money on print journalism, state government and the fragile souls who fill out the cast. Enjoy it on those terms, and you'll be sorry when it's over."
A fourth chapter in the race to the bottom between the state of Rhode Island and Providence Dispatch reporter Liam Mulligan (Providence Rag, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
BLOOD SWEEP by Steven F. Havill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"The family-secrets angle makes this leisurely episode most likely to appeal to fans less invested in the nominal mystery than in the long narrative arc supplied by the extended family of Posadas County, in which everyone seems to be related to everyone else by blood or spirit."
This 20th chapter in the crime annals of Posadas County, New Mexico, brings Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman (One Perfect Shot, 2012, etc.) up against demons past and present.Read full book review >

BYE, BYE LOVE by K.J. Larsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"With less emphasis on the characters around Cat to provide romantic intrigue or comic relief (which is Cleo's whole raison d'être), Larsen's latest (Some Like It Hot, 2013, etc.) falls a little flat."
A PI reports a murder to the police only to find the victim is missing once they get there. Read full book review >
A DEADLY AFFAIR AT BOBTAIL RIDGE by Terry Shames
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Although you may beat the detective to the solution in Samuel's fourth case (Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, 2014, etc.), getting there is a heck of a ride."
A semiretired lawman helps a friend and finds a murderer. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >

PRIDE V. PREJUDICE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Even a dreamboat husband and a dream house don't seem to satisfy Claire, whose sulky sense of amour-propre makes her teenage daughter, Caron, seem mature."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (Murder as a Second Language, 2013, etc.) gets pissed off at a local prosecutor. Read full book review >
FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >
THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >
The Mystery at Sag Bridge by Pat Camalliere
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 2015

"A lively twist on the historical fiction genre by a promising author."
Cold Case meets Ghost Whisperer in Camalliere's debut mystery. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THIEF by Barbara Fradkin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Child psychologist Fradkin (None So Blind, 2014, etc.) supplies a promising setup and a touching conclusion but not much of a story in between."
A sneak thief poses an unusual series of moral dilemmas for a Canadian handyman/farmer in rural Madrid County. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S TENTH by Brian Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Scientist Harvey (The End of the River, 2008, etc.) provides all the ingredients of a novel a lot shorter than a Beethoven symphony: one crime, one mystery, one threat to the hero's life, one near-death situation, one twist at the end. The perfect gift for mystery fans with short attention spans."
A piano tuner—sorry, make that piano technician—happens on the find of a lifetime, which may also be the price he pays for it.Read full book review >
EDGE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"The fat, jaded Christie is far from the eager rookie of Judgement Call (2014). And this time, Oldham (Low Profile, 2014, etc.) seems bent on upping the bloodshed in a grim Keystone Kops gavotte of capture and escape."
Henry Christie returns to face a psychopathic killer and a serious contemplation of retirement. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >