Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

COLD FLORIDA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Those who are able to roll with Foggy will get an unholy kick out of the characters' flexible allegiances and the hero's colorful descriptions."
A tough Jewish car thief's attempts to pay back a debt he feels he owes lands him in a fight over—wait for it—Seminole lands. Read full book review >
LONDON RAIN by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although Upson (The Death of Lucy Kyte, 2014, etc.) keeps her readers anticipating action nearly as long as British subjects wait for the crowning of their king, the complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make her fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors."
Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry in the fictional adventures of a real-life author. Read full book review >

KILLER REUNION by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The trip home has a dampening effect on the usually sanguine Savannah, who can't seem to keep her eyes on the prize."
Private eye Savannah Reid (Killer Gourmet, 2015, etc.) gets to relive every single trauma of her childhood at her high school reunion. Read full book review >
THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Prolific Shelton (If Onions Could Spring Leeks, 2015) kicks off a new series featuring a sleuth who'll delight book lovers, a so-so mystery, and Edinburgh in the starring role."
Taking a leap of faith, an archivist moves to Scotland for an exciting job opportunity. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MUNICH by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Winspear elegantly balances Maisie's emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war."
On an undercover mission for the British Secret Service in Nazi Germany, Maisie Dobbs must face not only the horrors of the Third Reich, but very real reminders of her own tragic past. Read full book review >

THE INFIDEL STAIN by M.J. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacking the freshness and exoticism of the earlier story, this new Avery and Blake episode offers solid yet wordier, more predictable entertainment."
An unconventional detective duo reunites to solve a series of gory murders in Dickensian London, a city where privilege dwells alongside grievous inequality. Read full book review >
DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A neatly crafted whodunit that drips with diamonds, titles, and scandals."
A countess takes time from her lavish social whirl to solve a murder. Read full book review >
SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The mystery actually gets less and less interesting as it limps along to the final hollow surprise. As usual in this series, Dial's precise eye for the carrots and sticks of the LA justice system is the standout feature."
Capt. Josie Corsino's fourth case is a prequel to her first three (Unnatural Murder, 2014, etc.) set so far back in the past that she isn't even Josie Corsino yet.Read full book review >
HIGH JINX by Shannon Esposito
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2016

"Too many new ancillary characters and an incongruously violent climax only muddle the second installment in this series, which will hopefully return to form next time."
Doga yoga instructor Elle Pressley's latest high-maintenance client turns out to be the least of her worries when she's the last to see a dead man alive. Read full book review >
Ghost Hampton by Ken McGorry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2016

"A powerful tale about family, forgiveness, and, ultimately, salvation."
In McGorry's Hamptons-based debut mystery, the first in a trilogy, an unlikable lawyer attempts to save a crumbling Victorian house, rumored to be a haunted former brothel, after experiencing deeply troubling visions. Read full book review >
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"This cozy debut introduces a competent new amateur sleuth whose profession is sure to provide myriad problems along with a cast of quirky characters and plenty of motives and red herrings that keep you guessing."
Last-minute jitters and a mother-of-the-bride-zilla are the least of a wedding planner's problems. Read full book review >
JURY OF ONE by Charlie Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A writer of both mysteries and romances, Cochrane (The Best Corpse for the Job, 2014, etc.) strikes a fine balance between the two in story of professional meets personal—which should please those who don't want to take either one too seriously."
A copper has to investigate a crime that connects his boyfriend to a potential new flame. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >