Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

SEE ALSO MURDER by Larry D. Sweazy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"A distinctive bonus, however, is that Marjorie, an indexer to the tips of her fingers, includes a draft index to her own first case. That's got to be unique in the annals of the genre."
A North Dakota farm wife-turned-indexer who's cared for her husband ever since an accident left him unable to take care himself takes on still another job—amateur sleuth—when someone begins cutting her neighbors' throats. Read full book review >
KILLING FROST by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Deets winds up the case in routine but satisfying fashion. The real prize here is the tone, which Tierney keeps expertly hovering between compassionate valediction and civic outrage."
Tierney celebrates the 25th anniversary of Indianapolis shamus Deets Shanahan's debut with an autumnal 11th case whose subject is its biggest mystery. Read full book review >

A GOOD WAY TO GO by Peter Helton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"The McLusky series manages to be both hilarious and dead serious, adding yet another string to Helton's impressive bow."
DI Liam McLusky (Four Below, 2012, etc.) returns in time for serial mayhem.Read full book review >
PATTERN OF BETRAYAL by Mae Fox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"More suspects, more red herrings, and more historical tidbits than Julie's debut."
A murder-mystery weekend goes awry. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"There's much, much more, and readers with the patience to watch as Burke (Crime Always Pays, 2014, etc.) peels back layer after layer will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box."
A Donegal novelist and freelance journalist is offered a ghostwriting assignment bound to change his life, if it doesn't end it first. Read full book review >

DISENGAGED by Mischa Hiller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Hiller's third thriller (Shake Off, 2012, etc.), written with quiet authority, simmers with unexpected twists until the final chapter."
Buried secrets resurface to threaten the lives and careers of four Londoners whose interlocking relationships are strained to the breaking point. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN RETURN by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 2015

"Former journalist Walker's seventh Bruno entry is as prescient as it is terrifying."
French police face down jihadis in Dordogne. Read full book review >
Snowy Elixir by Roberto de Haro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A heavily detailed but flawed crime thriller."
In De Haro's (Alejandro's Story, 2013, etc.) thriller, Mexican drug lords lock horns with an American military hero, drug enforcement agencies, a Dutch hacker, and occasionally with one another.Read full book review >
GRAVE CONSEQUENCES by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"A fast-paced thriller that's not very mysterious but has plenty of local color."
A valuable item in a pawnshop provides a motive for murder. Read full book review >
BLACK RUN by Antonio Manzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco's detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone's funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste."
Manzini's first English translation presents an irascible policeman who'd rather be back among the fleshpots of his beloved Rome than clambering over a piste in an Alpine resort collecting evidence in a snowy murder case.Read full book review >
OH SAY CAN YOU FUDGE by Nancy Coco
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Allie's third (To Fudge or Not to Fudge, 2014, etc.) offers plenty of plausible suspects and mouthwatering fudge recipes. But enough already with the detailed descriptions of every character's hair and clothing."
Beautiful Mackinac Island provides the setting for a puzzling series of crimes. Read full book review >
GATHERING PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas' wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: 'Don't get shot; it'd be really inconvenient for everybody.'"
Lucas Davenport, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, celebrates his 25th appearance by crossing state and jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a killer who's made the pursuit personal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >