Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

The Painter of Time by Matthew O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Pretty absurd in the end but a fun novel that art history buffs will enjoy."
A young woman digs into her mysterious co-worker's past while learning the craft of art restoration. Read full book review >
A BODY TO SPARE by Sue Ann Jaffarian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2015

"Jaffarian explores both the dark side and the sunnier side of family ties in the 10th installment of her signature series."
Even a trip to the carwash can bring Odelia Grey (Hell on Wheels, 2014, etc.) into contact with sudden death. Read full book review >

SWEETHEART DEAL by Linda Joffe Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2015

"Hull's third Frugalicious entry does for shopping what Joanne Fluke does for pastry, making sure the busy reader doesn't have to choose between a mystery, a wedding planning manual, and a guide to timeshare investments by putting everything into one volume."
Maddie Michaels, reality TV's Mrs. Frugalicious (Eternally 21, 2013, etc.), takes her show south of the border to teach America how to plan a destination wedding, complete with corpse.Read full book review >
A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"Readers may guess the ending, but the sheriff's diligent investigation is worthy of cheers."
In Mucci's thriller, a sheriff in a Philadelphia suburb surmises that a string of missing people is actually the work of a serial killer. Read full book review >
MURDER MOST UNFORTUNATE by David P. Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Like many overseas regionals, Wagner's latest is part puzzle, part travelogue, likely to appeal most to readers who want a proxy visit to Italy."
Interpreter Rick Montoya (Death in the Dolomites, 2014, etc.) earns an unexpected vacation when an art conference ends in murder.Read full book review >

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A delightful debut, tender and funny. The mystery takes on the worldwide problem of abused women while revealing both the beauties and problems of South Africa. And the recipes will make you want to drop everything and start cooking."
A South African woman cooks out of love while hoping for the real thing. Read full book review >
ALL MEN FEAR ME by Donis Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Casey's skill at making you care about the injustices of a time and place not often covered in history books is second to none. The admirable mystery is the cherry on top."
When the U.S. enters World War I, hate and suspicion triumph over rational thought. Read full book review >
YAPPY HOUR by Diana Orgain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Though an anti-canine heroine might ruffle some fur in this genre, the resulting conflicts allow Orgain (Nursing a Grudge, 2013, etc.) to put a new spin on some of its conventions. The true winner in this tale, however, is Yolanda, the overbearing friend who chooses you."
A new small-town resident has to save her sister's skin by investigating a murder in which everyone and no one seems to have a role. Read full book review >
MISS RUFFLES INHERITS EVERYTHING by Nancy Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The prairie wind brings a welcome change for Martin, author of the ultra-arch Philadelphia-based Blackbird sisters mysteries, promising a series with real heart in the craziest small town since Maggody, Arkansas."
A wealthy widow stymies a Texas town by leaving her vast fortune to her dog. Read full book review >
THE PUFFIN OF DEATH by Betty Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Plenty of animal lore and descriptions of Iceland's unearthly beauty and culture make up for a mystery that, although filled with red herrings, is not hard to solve."
A zookeeper is sent to Iceland to bring home new animals only to find herself involved in yet another murder case. Read full book review >
DUST AND DESIRE by Conrad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The investigator's sections are often compelling, but the violence that accompanies the killer's perspective doesn't produce enough of a payoff."
A tough loner private eye gets stuck investigating a case that he senses is tied to his terrible past. Read full book review >
A SPECTER OF JUSTICE by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Sam's fifth case (A Murder in Passing, 2013, etc.) is an entertaining whodunit with colorful characters, swift-footed plotting, and a confident narrative voice."
A pair of creepy killings seems right up North Carolina shamus Sam Blackman's alley, especially when it looks as if a good friend is being framed for the crimes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >