Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

HOUR OF THE WOLF by Håkan Nesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"No frills, no subplots, no unnecessary moving parts: an autumnal procedural that illustrates what superior results you can get by stripping away the extras."
Now that he's retired from the Maardam CID, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Münster's Case, 2012, etc.) gets to try on an unwelcome new role: grieving father.Read full book review >
EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"From less than promising material, Black fashions a meticulously written installment notable for its palpable sense of place, a slate of fully drawn characters, and a meaningful denouement."
Solving a case has a profound effect on its investigator in this Dublin-set thriller. Read full book review >

THE NECESSARY MURDER OF NONIE BLAKE by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Shames does it again, providing the wise, likable Craddock (A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, 2015, etc.) with yet another quirky mystery with a surprising ending."
A small-town Texas sheriff faces a most peculiar murder case. Read full book review >
FALSE WALL by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Indomitable Bea barely wilts in the face of adversity and even finds time to give the police a hand."
Provider of domestic services Bea Abbot (False Impression, 2015 etc.) suffers domestic problems aplenty when a neighbor knocks his garden wall into her yard. Read full book review >
SOFT SUMMER BLOOD by Peter Helton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Helton's complications are more inventive than his resolution, as he leads McLusky down a labyrinthine path to a fairly pedestrian solution."
DI Liam McLusky (A Good Way to Go, 2015, etc.) tracks a serial killer whose motive is just a bit obscure. Read full book review >

Manhattan Blues by Edward Cline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A mystery thriller about an enticing diva that lacks fully developed characters and a dynamic plot."
While on a visit to New York City, a detective attracted to an opera singer finds himself targeted by a jealous rival. Read full book review >
KARMA'S A KILLER by Tracy Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Kate's third explores the roots of her psychological problems while providing a better mystery than her first two outings."
A yoga instructor with issues is embroiled in another murder. Read full book review >
DYING TO TELL by TJ O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"The third outing for the Gumshoe Ghost is just as complicated as the last entry (Dying for the Past, 2015, etc.) and even slower-moving. But the dynamic between Tuck and Angel keeps up the interest."
Oliver Tucker may be dead, but he's still a heck of a homicide detective. Read full book review >
THE MASQUERADING MAGICIAN by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Though many of the same charming characters return from the series debut (The Accidental Alchemist, 2015), the plot this time is little more than an excuse to trot them out again. Pandian hints that the next installment will focus once more on her main characters, which is what she does best."
An alchemist doing research on a visiting magician suspects he may share her talent, though with less pure motives. Read full book review >
THE GUARDIAN STONES by Eric Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A fascinating look at a small town mired in the past and confronting the future—with a bombshell ending."
A remote Shropshire town is beset by wartime demons even more insidious than the Third Reich. Read full book review >
NOTHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN by Kathleen Hale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While this sequel is not up to the standard set by its predecessor, it provides amusement enough. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
After discovering her best friend's killer in No One Else Can Have You, Kippy finds revenge is sweet—until she becomes the victim of revenge in another humorous mystery.Read full book review >
FORTY THIEVES by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"It's still entertaining and suspenseful to watch Sid and Ronnie and Ed and Nicole hatch plots to protect themselves by eliminating the shadowy figures who've been calling the shots, but their alliance strains belief, and 40 thieves turn out to be too many even for a writer as gifted as Perry to bring to life."
Is Perry mellowing with age? Just as he took off the edge in his latest case for disappearance specialist Jane Whitefield (A String of Beads, 2014, etc.), he almost relaxes in this tale of a husband-and-wife detective duo pursuing a husband-and-wife pair of killers.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >