Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

ROCK-A-BYE BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"As usual, Haines crams a lot into her latest cozy (Bone to Be Wild, 2015, etc.), aiming at readers with a taste for levity rather than restraint."
A Mississippi detective must dig down deep into the roots of a town when a newborn is left on her doorstep even though her business partner may want to keep the baby for herself. Read full book review >
MURDER FRAMES THE SCENE by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"Despite some sharp exchanges between the fiances, Kneubuhl (Murder Leaves its Mark, 2011) evokes Charlie Chan more than Nick and Nora, with exotic locale and period setting at the forefront."
Even in paradise, murder can disrupt the lives of the upper class. Read full book review >

THE STRINGS OF MURDER by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"De Muriel's debut offers nonviolinists ghostly, ghastly apparitions, unappealing accounts of unspeakable pub meals, and a steady drip of Had-I-But-Known foreshadowing and backshadowing. A series seems inevitable."
As Jack the Ripper plies his sanguinary trade in 1888 Whitechapel, Inspector Ian Frey, his boss and patron ousted from Scotland Yard, is dispatched to Edinburgh to help solve what turns out to be an equally gruesome series of murders. Read full book review >
Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2016

"This novel, packed with action, intrigue, sexual chemistry, and a lot of archaeological research, gets its series off to a promising start."
This first volume of a new fantasy series sees a renowned scientist looking into the mysterious death of his archaeologist uncle. Read full book review >
The Place Where The Giant Fell by John Henry Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2016

"Aficionados of Arizona and World War I history will particularly enjoy this story, which offers a wide scope of action."
In Hardy's (Whisper in My Ear, 2015, etc.) historical crime novel, an ambitious judge in pre-statehood Arizona sacrifices life and love while his daughter stays true to her own heart.Read full book review >

SEE ALSO DECEPTION by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"In truth, Sweazy gets by on the merest wisp of mystery, along with a severe economy of incidents of any kind."
Now that she's lost her nearest neighbors, the Knudsens, to a killer (See Also Murder, 2015), it's time for North Dakota indexer Marjorie Trumaine to lose her closest professional connection—the local librarian she constantly calls to check facts—the same way. Read full book review >
WALLEYE JUNCTION by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A dedicated detective and a grieving daughter find strength in teamwork in this bleak procedural."
Abduction, murder, and scandal mar the beauty of cherry-blossom season in a small Montana town. Read full book review >
KILLER DEAL by Sofie Sarenbrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The house-of-cards structure, piling one disaster atop another, lacks the remorseless logic of the best Nordic procedurals. There's no denying, though, that the climactic revelation is a shocker."
Sarenbrant's first English translation introduces to crime-ridden Scandinavia a Swedish police detective whose third recorded case strikes uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
LAWYER FOR THE CAT by Lee Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution."
Now that she's represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat's counsel. Read full book review >
COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >
Plain Brown Wrapper by Greg Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A promising, often entertaining debut soaked through with Texas flavors."
A closeted local politician, a beautiful college student with serious financial problems, a "fixer" with connections, and a mob goon race for treasure in this tense, Dallas-based novel by Lynch (Babylon 5, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >