Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Methodical, efficient, brand-name genre thrills guaranteed not to frighten the horses."
Laurie Moran and the crew of Under Suspicion (The Cinderella Murder, 2014, etc.) revisit the 5-year-old case of the bride who vanished hours before she was supposed to walk down the aisle.Read full book review >
THE GRANITE MOTH by Erica Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"More concentrated than Kathleen's debut, Wright's second entry begins to develop a detective who can shine through all those costume changes."
Private eye Kathleen Stone (The Red Chameleon, 2014) gives her wigs a workout trying to figure out who's menacing New York's drag queens.Read full book review >

Gallery Pieces by Larry Witham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"A thoughtful, well-written, and well-developed novel about the art world that's an exuberant, satisfying read."
In this mystery/thriller set in New York City, an art restoration consultant stumbles upon clues pointing to his grandfather's possible association with World War II looting. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE SWITZERLAND TRAIL by Mike Befeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"In this second departure (Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse, 2015, etc.) from Befeler's comic Geezer series, the characters lack depth, and the pedantic professor Sager manages to make the history of the area unforgivably boring."
In 1919, a Colorado police officer must solve a murder on one of his rare days off. Read full book review >
BURNING HEAT by David Burnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"This second case for Brack (Southern Heat, 2014) is marked by a challenging mystery, quirky characters, and nonstop action."
A South Carolina veteran who recently brought his uncle's killer to justice has another murder to solve. Read full book review >

A TALENT FOR MURDER by Teresa LaRue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"This easy-reading first in a planned series is full of Southern charm, a touch of romance, and the usual suspects."
When her aunt comes under suspicion in a murder case, a devoted niece turns sleuth. Read full book review >
SLAY BELLS by Annette Mahon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"Mahon (Bright Hopes, 2014, etc.) provides a trickier ending for the ladies of St. Rose but is still interminably slow in getting to it."
Murder may mar a merry Christmas. Read full book review >
UNTIMELY DEATH by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"In a departure from Wales and her Penny Brannigan series (Slated For Death, 2015, etc.), Duncan introduces a charming new sleuth and plenty of quirky characters sure to appeal to her base and to cozy fans in general."
A costume mistress helps solve a dastardly murder. Read full book review >
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"First of a series. Though you'll wonder early and often how Harry can possibly survive for any sequels, you'll hope again and again to be proved wrong."
The creator of DS Kathy Kolla and DCI David Brock, those ornaments of the Met (The Raven's Eye, 2013, etc.), goes Down Under to feature an even more hard-used cop. Read full book review >
THE SUNDOWN SPEECH by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Since the expansion of his earlier novella doesn't require new plotting or character development, Estleman puts his energy into wisecracks ('If he weren't my only friend I wouldn't like him at all') and fulminations against motel rooms. Fans won't mind a bit."
Truth in labeling commendation: an Author's Note identifies this 25th full-length case for Detroit shamus Amos Walker (You Know Who Killed Me, 2014, etc.) as an expansion of Attitude, a 2004 novella first serialized in the Ann Arbor News.Read full book review >
WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM by Shelley Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"The last in Grey's Chicago World's Fair mysteries (Deception on Sable Hill, 2015, etc.) uses an anemic mystery and a far-fetched love story to explore her continuing theme of mismatched couples."
An unlikely pair finds love in the shadows of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Read full book review >
Evil Among Us by Kirk Spangler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A flawed but fast-paced novel that reads like a blockbuster action movie."
A mystery/thriller that's brimming with action. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >