Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

RED LIGHT by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Although Masterton continues to grow in this crime-focused series, his horror themes can seem rote and routine, while his romantic episodes are tinged with soft-core pornography."
A rash of sex trafficking murders leads an Irish detective to suspect that someone's out for revenge. Read full book review >
Exam Room Confidential: The Wellborne Files by Louis Siegel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"A somewhat bitter pill but a vital prescription for readers who want to know what really goes on in the critical-care ward."
Siegel, a doctor, uses fiction (inspired by an actual case he encountered as an internist) to air fetid linen in the medical profession. Read full book review >

DEATH COMES TO LONDON by Catherine Lloyd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Lucy's second case (Death Comes to the Village, 2013) is a pleasant combination of Regency romance and mystery that evokes fond memories of Georgette Heyer, even if it can't match her charm or depth of characterization."
The London season promises more than husband-hunting for an accomplished amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
A BILLION WAYS TO DIE by Chris Knopf
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"After the brilliance of his debut (Dead Anyway, 2012), Cathcart's third adventure shows an increasing tropism toward proficient but forgettable rounds of cat-and-mouse byplay punctuated by the occasional action scene."
What is it with people? Whoever it is that's trying to kill Arthur Cathcart just won't quit. Read full book review >
WEST by Lizzy Ford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Confusing sci-fi elements within an unconvincing romance."
Josie finds herself embroiled in a time-travel mystery in Ford's (Black Moon Draw, 2014, etc.) latest series. Read full book review >

FORGET YOU EVER KNEW ME by Judy Dailey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"Despite a general lack of mystery, this sophomore case from Dailey (Animal, Vegetable, Murder, 2013) depicts the good old days in a way that may make your blood boil as you ask how much things have really changed."
A 1950s doctor finds her considerable talents unappreciated in Zillah, Indiana. Read full book review >
THREE MAY KEEP A SECRET by Susan Van Kirk
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"Van Kirk's debut novel, following a memoir of her own days as a teacher, offers a promising new heroine who's clever, observant and smart enough to admit when she's been fooled."
A small Midwestern town is shaken when its investigative reporter is killed in a fire. Read full book review >
WANT YOU DEAD by Peter James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Bryce's ruthless proficiency as an arsonist guarantees the requisite number of pulse-pounding set pieces, but the whole affair feels a bit mechanical, right down to the climactic sequence in which he and Red are locked together inside the panic room she's installed to keep him at bay."
While he counts down the days till he marries pathology technician Cleo Morey, the mother of his baby son, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace tangles with a dangerously unbalanced jack-of-all-trades who just won't let his ex-lover go. Read full book review >
THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"The continuing sleuth easily substitutes for Clark's interchangeable damsels in distress, and Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. This serendipitous series launch, or continuation, will satisfy Clark's legion of fans and may well win her some new ones."
The team behind Clark's reality TV show Under Suspicion (I've Got You Under My Skin, 2014) returns to dramatize—all right, solve—another cold case, with welcome help from co-author Burke (All Day and a Night, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
A SONG TO DIE FOR by Mike Blakely
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A little dark to be a comic caper, but with an original plot and Texas-true characterizations, it's a top-notch mystery."
In his modern Texas whodunit, Blakely melds a Las Vegas Mafioso tale into the Austin music scene. Read full book review >
WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A compelling debut for a private investigator—part Old West, part modern techie—whose code of honor is all his own."
Leaving Las Vegas just steps ahead of an angry mobster, a private eye runs into equally big trouble back home in Willis' (The Rising, 2013, etc.) latest mystery. Read full book review >
A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Dandy's fourth (Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses, 2013, etc.) gives the delightful heroine an unusual mystery to solve as she ponders the workings of a period health spa."
A Scottish border spa hides deadly secrets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >