Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

MURDER WITH FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES by A.L. Herbert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"This first in a planned series, complete with recipes, is funny and refreshingly straightforward."
A restaurant owner puts her cooking aside long enough to do some sleuthing. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GATES by Parker Bilal
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.
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A seasoned Cairo detective finds himself out of his element and immersed in personal peril in the hunt for a priceless painting. Read full book review >

DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue."
An ocean voyage to Japan lands Sherlock Holmes and his amanuensis and wife, Mary Russell (Garment of Shadows, 2012, etc.), in the middle of a tangled web of blackmail.Read full book review >
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Spellbinding and surprising."
From beyond the grave, a brutally murdered woman watches as her killer's accidental survivor begins to piece together disturbing clues. Read full book review >
THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >

CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Inventive Swierczynski, author of the popular Charlie Hardie trilogy (Point and Shoot, 2013, etc.), breathes fresh life into a familiar plot with shifting perspectives, sly humor, puckish chapter titles and a crackerjack pace."
When police coerce a whip-smart college student into being a confidential informant, they get more than they bargained for. Read full book review >
SHADY CROSS by James Hankins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Even with a child in jeopardy, the tension here is entirely manufactured, and any sense of urgency is deflated early on when Hankins fails to render Stokes beyond tired stereotypes."
A low-level crook finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and must choose whether to save a child or his own neck. Read full book review >
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The first novel by historian Flanders (The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, 2014, etc.), though a bit frazzled, is full of charm and characters worth visiting again."
Even in the insular world of book publishing, murder has its place. Read full book review >
STIFF PENALTY by Annelise Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Ryan's climbed on board the latest version of the will-she/won't-she mystery romance: the case of the knocked-up gumshoe. At 400-plus pages, Mattie's latest might take you through an entire labor and delivery."
Pregnancy hormones and anonymous calls do little to mellow Assistant Medical Examiner Mattie Winston (Scared Stiff, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition."
A trip to Las Vegas brings an unexpected twist to Hannah Swensen's love life. Read full book review >
SO MANY REASONS TO DIE by Carole Sojka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"A fine, explosive sophomore effort."
Small-town cops Andi Battaglia and Greg Lamont investigate the murder of Greg's ex-lover from Miami in this second installment of a Florida-set mystery. Read full book review >
SUPPOSED TO DIE by Hugh Dutton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Dutton's debut packs so many minor characters into his opening chapters that it's hard to connect to the hero, but her storytelling has grit and the sleuthing trio has nice chemistry."
Can't an innocent ex-con catch a break? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >