Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

The Beguiled by James Masters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2016

"An occult thriller that creates a lasting sense of mystery, though it also contains some speed bumps."
Debut author Masters offers a novel about a mysterious kidnapping in northern England. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD STRAND by Chris Ould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"In this first of a planned trilogy, Ould introduces a complicated if perhaps excessively prickly hero whose faults are mostly redeemed by the locked-room allure of the locale."
Returning to the Faroe Islands of his birth, a British police detective seeks to unravel his complicated family history and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The haunted detective is as thorough as usual, though he's dealing with faster-moving events than in some of his previous adventures (A Fine Summer's Day, 2015, etc.). There's no peace for the man and only a teaser of romantic feelings he scarcely admits."
A pleasure expedition in Cornwall turns deadly in Inspector Rutledge's 18th case. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that 'it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.'"
The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. Read full book review >
APRICOT'S REVENGE by Song Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Rooting contemporary crimes in government-sanctioned corruption is nothing new for American writers, but Ying's tale marks something new and welcome in Chinese fiction."
Chinese writer Ying's first appearance in English challenges the Y District Criminal Division to uncover the disturbing motive for the murder of a real estate tycoon. Read full book review >

THE SAMARITAN by Mason Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Fans of Jeffery Deaver—that other thrill-master who can't resist piling on the climactic twists even as the lights are coming up and you're looking for your umbrella—should be enthralled."
Carter Blake, the "locating consultant" who made such a splash in his debut (The Killing Season, 2015), returns to help locate a bad boy who's been awfully busy for an awfully long time. Read full book review >
Done with Crazy by D.K. Brusaschetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Structural issues aside, the story's characters, human or otherwise, gleefully soak up the spotlight."
An Alabama cop, living with ghosts and a family of mediums, may have found a link between jewelry stolen from her home and a recent murder case in this supernatural debut. Read full book review >
B.U.G. by T.J. Slee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2016

"An auspicious introduction to an unconventional new character in the spy game.
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A Kurdish traffic cop hiding out in Australia may be the key to finding a long-missing Delta Force soldier in this thriller that introduces Australian Security Service officer Charlie Jones. Read full book review >
PACIFIC BURN by Barry Lancet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The third Jim Brodie thriller is a solid, action-filled effort but lacks the edgy excitement of the first and best installment, Japantown (2013)."
In the third big case taking him from his home in San Francisco to his native Japan, antiques dealer-cum-detective Jim Brodie tracks down the killers who have been knocking off the members of a friend's family. Read full book review >
CITY OF ROSE by Rob Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A novel in which a woman announces 'This is the most I've smoked since I found out I was pregnant' is one to warm the hard-bitten cockles of a noir fan's heart."
A strip-club bouncer sets out to find a dancer's missing child in the second novel featuring the detective Ash McKenna. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO DEATH by Leigh Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"The picturesque setting can't make up for a plot that depends on the characters' keeping too much to themselves, living in denial, and generally behaving stupidly. Pray that the heroine's a little more sensible next time out."
A family vacation turns into a nightmare in this series debut. Read full book review >
INTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Indridason's quiet authority and moody prose are beautifully at play in Erlendur's 11th case (Reykjavik Nights, 2015, etc.), another pitch-perfect procedural from a master."
An unidentified body found in a lagoon triggers dark memories for a veteran detective. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >