Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE WICKED by Liv Spector
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fun, nubile, seductive Agatha Christie-meets-The Love Boat, promising twists and turns for everyone."
Given the chance to clear her sister's name, time-traveling detective Lila Day returns to the scene of the crime. Read full book review >
SCORCHED EGGS by Laura Childs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The clutch of suspects and appended recipes aren't quite enough to bring this up to the standard of Childs' other series, especially the Tea Shop series (Steeped in Evil, 2014, etc.)."
Three 40-something gal pals pool their resources to solve another local crime. Read full book review >

IRÈNE by Pierre Lemaitre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A book that no matter how fast the reader connects the dots still produces a bombshell that's both brilliant and diabolical."
Though this isn't the first of Lemaitre's books to be translated into English—that would be Alex (2013)—this was the first he wrote, and it introduces his unique and unforgettable police investigator, Commandant Camille Verhœven.Read full book review >
THE FIREBIRD'S FEATHER by Marjorie Eccles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Eccles (After Clare, 2012, etc.) once again combines history and romance with a clever mystery filled with a wide array of suspects."
An Edwardian family's quiet life is shattered by murder. Read full book review >
BLUE AVENUE by Michael Wiley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Repeated doses of strong sexual violence make this one definitely not for the kiddies. First of a series, though you have to wonder who's left in Jacksonville for the sequels."
Wiley moves south from his three tales of Chicago shamus Joe Kozmarski (A Bad Night's Sleep, 2011, etc.) to Florida, where an even less heroic sleuth faces an even seamier mystery.Read full book review >

CRIMSON ANGEL by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"The mystery is the least of this adventurous tale."
A former slave must return to Haiti to uncover a dark secret. Read full book review >
BROKEN ANGELS by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"The author's penchant for horror shines through in the gruesome details, but Masterton's crime writing is more detailed, character-driven and carefully plotted than his other recent work."
Typically known for horror (Forest Ghost, 2014, etc.), Masterton crams plenty of revulsion and repulsion into this crime tale, which focuses on someone taking a monstrous revenge on the Catholic Church.Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE SHADOWS by Diane Janes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

" Janes (Why Didn't You Come for Me?, 2011) sets up a clever puzzle only to trash it with a solution as improbable as it is long-winded."
A runaway wife finds her new life threatened when the murder of a schoolgirl brings the police to her doorstep. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE CHASE by Eric Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Donald's second mystery (Murder by the Book, 2013) takes place in 1955 but reads like a country-house whodunit from the golden age, packed with fascinating characters, each boasting a motive for murder."
A mystery writer and an assistant literary agent delve into crime in the country. Read full book review >
DISCLOSURES by Bill James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Not much more plot than a guide to Zen, but dozens of wonderfully precise passages distinguishing merely philistine lawbreakers like Stayley ('Il y a des lacunes, as the French would say') from truly clueless hopefuls like Panicking Ralph ('he thought the people he was with…would be familiar with the lagoons')."
Full disclosure: DCS Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles' 31st case contains very little Harpur and not much more Iles. Read full book review >
GODS OF GOLD by Chris Nickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Although Nickson's tales of Richard Nottingham (Fair and Tender Ladies, 2014, etc.) take place more than 100 years earlier, Harper faces the same disturbing inequalities in this police procedural with a social conscience."
A detective inspector's wedding takes second, or third, place to several complicated cases. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT LIES by Lyndon Stacey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Stacey seems ready to merge his dog and horse franchises in a pleasing puzzler. Will Shinju and Yasu join in, as rivals to Midnight Louie and Joe Grey?"
An ex-cop finds himself in the soup when he helps an old friend protect his fiancee. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >