Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

The Hunting Ground by Jean Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A sometimes-effective mystery that suffers from some distracting affectations."
Journalist Heller (The Someday File, 2014) returns to Chicago for another gritty and complicated Deuce Mora mystery.Read full book review >
LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE  by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Smart, atmospheric fun, with enough loose ends left dangling to assure fans there will be more entries in this enjoyable series."
Constance Kopp's real-life adventures as "New Jersey's first lady deputy sheriff" again make savory grist for Stewart's fictional mill (Girl Waits with Gun, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

THE DREAD LINE by Bruce DeSilva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Though all three cases are wound up less convincingly than they're laid out, fans of DeSilva's cleareyed, heartfelt anatomy of crime and punishment in Rhode Island won't mind a bit."
Getting fired from the Providence Dispatch has done nothing to lighten Liam Mulligan's workload; the first chronicle of his work as a part-time private eye piles no fewer than three cases on his back. Read full book review >
STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Baker (Tattered Legacy, 2015, etc.) serves up a ballsy heroine, a colorful backdrop, and a surprising ending."
A Nebraska ranch woman's life is turned upside down by a murder. Read full book review >
THE DEAD HAND by Michael A. Kahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A high-water mark in this inventive, ebullient series."
St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold lands not one but two cases that feature trouble arising from beyond the grave. Read full book review >

THE METHODS OF SERGEANT CLUFF by Gil North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Martin Edwards' brief but informative Introduction notes that the Cluff stories inspired a BBC television series, and you can see why: North's elliptical scene-setting and clipped dialogue are perfect for brief, understated segments on the telly, and they're strikingly modern to boot."
Sgt. Caleb Cluff, the no-nonsense Yorkshire copper created by pseudonymous Geoffrey Horne (1916-88), is resurrected by the British Library Crime Classics. Read full book review >
SANTORINI CAESARS by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The eighth case for Siger's police hero (Devil of Delphi, 2015, etc.) has a timely plot and a handful of engaging back stories about its detective team."
When the black-sheep daughter of a high-ranking Greek military officer is brutally murdered, the motive is murky and the array of suspects immense. Read full book review >
CHAPEL OF EASE by Alex Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Bledsoe may be overselling readers' curiosity about what lies beneath the chapel's grounds."
An actor travels to a rural town in Appalachia to learn more about the heritage, and the mystery, of his talented, recently deceased writer/director friend's final play. Read full book review >
THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A humdinger of a first novel that brings together several gripping storylines, an appealingly flawed hero, and an intimate sense of life in small-town America."
A star athlete whose life has fallen apart finds that there's still no place like home. Read full book review >
CLOSED CASKET by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"As in The Monogram Murders (2014), Hannah provides both less and more than Agatha Christie ever baked into any of her tales. But the climactic revelation that establishes the killer's motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie's own decorous thunderclaps."
A famous Irish author of children's mysteries announces that she's just disinherited her family before a gathering that includes those very family members—along with Hercule Poirot. Read full book review >
THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The second appearance for Hart's hero (Jade Dragon Mountain, 2015) rests firmly on romantic notions of the solitary scholar and intellectual curiosity. Elegantly written, though not to all tastes."
The discovery of a murdered monk prompts a scholar to defer an odyssey of self-discovery to search for justice, unearthing even deeper truths. Read full book review >
WHAT GOLD BUYS by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Once again, the fifth from Parker (Iron Ties, 2013, etc.) is much better history than mystery, drawing the reader into the stunning beauty and harsh realities of life in 1880s Colorado."
A feuding couple returns to Colorado only to become embroiled in several murders. 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 >