Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A smart, measured, immersive dive into a poorly understood, terrifyingly relevant subculture of violent extremism."
Khan's winning Canadian cops return—and this time, it's really personal.Read full book review >
JANE AND THE WATERLOO MAP by Stephanie Barron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Barron, who's picked up the pace since Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014), portrays an even more seasoned and unflinching heroine in the face of nasty death and her own peril."
A royal summons embroils veteran Regency sleuth Jane Austen. Read full book review >

THE MYSTERY OF THE VENUS ISLAND FETISH by Tim Flannery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The detection is nominal, and the mystery takes a back seat to the comic bedlam that reigns throughout. But readers who have never before encountered sentences like 'He knew he must get his foreskin back' will cheer Archie's debut and hope for more."
This first novel from Australian science writer Flannery (Atmosphere of Hope, 2015, etc.) travels back in time to 1932-1933—and back in cultural mores a lot further—when intrigue swirls around an aboriginal mask enshrined in the Sydney Museum. Read full book review >
SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Koenig's second is a breathless dash from start to finish. Tough, prickly Julia is a noir heroine sure to take a prominent place among female detectives."
A woman with a rough past and an iffy future fights inner and outer demons. Read full book review >
A DEADLY TAIL by Dixie Lyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fourth outing for Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot (Marked Fur Murder, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, but it's a witty, zany story whose delightful animals are vastly entertaining."
Scene-stealing animals are the stars of this ghostly mystery. Read full book review >

MURDER OF A LADY by Anthony Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This classic British mystery, first published in 1931, has enough complex plotting and red herrings to win a new generation of fans for the largely forgotten Wynne."
A talented amateur sleuth takes on a locked-room murder in this golden age whodunit. Read full book review >
HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >
AND IS THERE HONEY STILL FOR TEA? by Peter Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Even though this complex legal thriller is advertised as Ben Schroeder's third case, Murphy (A Matter for the Jury, 2014, etc.) doesn't give him center stage. Digby, the real protagonist, will keep you guessing until the very end."
A distinguished British solicitor brings action against an American professor in this Cold War drama. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The diverse sleuths are charming enough to raise WISE's latest adventure above the rather mundane mystery."
Wedding plans are made even more difficult when a man goes missing. Read full book review >
BLOOD WILL TELL by Jeanne M. Dams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Cambridge science takes center stage in this latest cozy in Dams' traveling series (Days of Vengeance, 2014, etc.). It's an average mystery saved, especially for Anglophiles, by an atmospheric look at the famous university."
A visit to Cambridge University is educational in more ways than one. Read full book review >
ONE UNDER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"No prizes for the dogged detective work by Slider and his colleagues (Star Fall, 2015, etc.), who mostly examine phone records and keep interviewing the same forbidden subjects. But if you're looking for moral outrage in the face of unabashed evil, Shepherd's Bush is your kind of place."
Digging into an architect's suicide reveals all manner of felonious perversion in London. Read full book review >
ROUGH JUSTICE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A slow-burning tale of vigilante justice leading to a satisfying ending that relies equally on convenient coincidence and the audience's wishes."
The creator of sleuthing farmer Virgil Cain (Shoot the Dog, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that tosses a hard-used rape victim and her father into a sea of civic corruption in small-town Ontario.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >