Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

DEAD MEN'S BONES by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Oswald's fourth (House of Silence, 2016, etc.) is a house of horrors that adds an above-par mystery to the usual supernatural touches."
A Scottish police officer is handed a case he's not supposed to solve. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Without hitting readers over the head (as she does with many of her characters), Saunders (The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, 2015, etc.) launches a well-written series with all the hallmarks of a classic British cozy."
Poking into a family matter on behalf of the family in question throws a novice investigator into more of an investigation than she bargained for. Read full book review >

DEATH OF AN AVID READER by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Brody (Murder on a Summer's Day, 2016, etc.) has the style of the classic British cozy down pat. Plenty of distinctive characters, charming animals, and twists and turns add up to a delightful, though not particularly taxing, mystery."
A socially superior private detective seeks a child long ago given up for adoption. Read full book review >
BODY ON THE BAYOU by Ellen Byron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron's second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read."
Bridezilla and murder keep an unlucky maid of honor hopping. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date."
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is obliged to repay a debt he incurred to Boston mobster Gino Fish in the most precious coin of all. Read full book review >

BLOOD CRIME by Sebastià Alzamora
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"If you've ever wondered what it's like to feel simultaneously bored and nauseous, this is the book for you."
A veteran police inspector in Barcelona must hunt down a vampire amid the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. Honest to God. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH FIGURE by Pieter Aspe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The Satanists remain unsatisfyingly shadowy to the bitter end, but Aspe provides both a wholly unexpected culprit and the perfect setup for the moment in which his police hero finally becomes a father."
The fourth case of Bruges Commissioner Pieter Van In to reach these shores, originally published in Belgium in 1998, pins the raffish cop between a covey of Satanists and a very pregnant wife. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The plummy prose of Casarett (Shocked, 2015, etc.) has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery. Piquantly titled chapters add verve. The measured introduction of colorful supporting players slows the story down but bodes well for the future of the proposed series."
A Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch the serial killer plaguing her hospital. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE'S GARDEN by Janyce Stefan-Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"Stefan-Cole (Hollywood Boulevard, 2012) has produced a parable that's less a detective story than a story about a detective—dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer."
Half a lifetime after a formative encounter with evil on a dark street in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a retired New York cop sees it bookend his life when it catches up with him. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS FRIEND  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"The ways of the neurotypical continue to perplex this unusual protagonist, much to the delight of readers of all cognitive stripes."
Still eschewing detective work, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.), proprietor of Questions Answered, finds that a client's query leads perilously close to a murder investigation. Read full book review >
CLOSE CALL by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Though lacking the banter typical of DiSilverio's series (The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, 2016, etc.), this stand-alone has a fast-moving plot that's so engrossing you may not notice its failure to delve into the complexity of D.C. politics."
After accidentally exchanging phones with a killer for hire, a woman must rely on her estranged sister's help to recover her phone and her life. Read full book review >
SALEM'S CIPHER by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Fans of Lourey's mysteries featuring a librarian heroine (February Fever, 2015, etc.) will scarcely recognize this series debut. The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike."
Circumstances force a pair of best friends to take on a dangerous quest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >