Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

CUSTOM BAKED MURDER  by Liz Mugavero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A trimmer plotline might help Mugavero's future entries, but in this one, the tail definitely wags the dog."
A baker of doggie treats turns detective. Read full book review >
DEATH AT ST. VEDAST by Mary Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Although the novel may be freighted with too much research for its own good, its no-nonsense heroine (Death of an Alchemist, 2016, etc.), like so many others of her ilk, propels the action very successfully by refusing to mind her own business."
Madness and death follow in quick order in 16th-century England. Read full book review >

ICED UNDER by Barbara Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Ross (Fogged Inn, 2016, etc.) knows her Maine coast and her snowstorms. Both provide an atmospheric backdrop for a cozy that, though a little heavy on genealogy, picks up its pace when its focus returns to the living and the newly dead."
A costly necklace and a feuding family make for a murderous reunion in New England. Read full book review >
DISAPPEAR OUR DEAD by Gin Mackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 23, 2016

"Goes beyond a cozy, small-town mystery to consider some immense and difficult matters."
A widow's efforts to become a home-funeral guide entangle her in a murder case in this novel. Read full book review >
BATTLEGROUND STATE by Owen Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 22, 2016

"A preposterously entertaining thriller about a Southern conspiracy."
A double murder investigation uncovers a secessionist plot in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE CAT SITTER AND THE CANARY by John Clement
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"The Clements' blending of accessible procedural facts with their heroine's love of animals and the cozy small-town setting makes their latest a fun and breezy read."
A cop-turned-catsitter can't help but investigate when she finds a body at her newest client's place. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF CARDS MURDER by Jesse A. Hester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2016

"An engaging mystery that's sure to please fans of the series and bound to attract new ones."
In Hester's (The Open Window Murder, 2015, etc.) fourth Jonas Lauer mystery, old con artists don't fade away—they're horribly murdered. Read full book review >
AT WHAT COST by James L'Etoile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"The milieu, suspects, and supporting characters are all forgettable, and the killer scarcely puts in an appearance before he's unmasked as a bogeyman. The results are best suited to nail-biters in search of something to read in a single breathless sitting, though presumably not in a doctor's waiting room."
L'Etoile's first novel pits a Sacramento police detective against a killer who's mutilated corpses for the worst possible reason. Read full book review >
THE EDIT by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Jones (A Matter of Breeding, 2014, etc.) brings deliciously dark humor to his psychological thriller, a worthy cousin to John Fowles' classic The Collector."
A Nazi war criminal who fled his homeland shares his story with a young journalist he's kidnapped. Read full book review >
BURIED IN THE COUNTRY by Carola Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Ideal for those on a walking tour of Cornwall or anyone looking for a twist or two on the familiar cozy formula."
Intrigue comes to 1960s Cornwall in this fourth case for the sensible, keenly observant widow Eleanor Trewynn (The Valley of the Shadow, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
ILL MET BY MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Duncan's second Catskills mystery (Untimely Death, 2015, etc.) is a delightful cozy with plenty of interesting characters and a touch of midlife romance."
A Shakespeare play, a pre-wedding party, and a murder are all in a day's work for a clever costume mistress in upstate New York. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Lucy Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An accomplished debut that combines mystery, medicine, family angst, and a touch of romance."
A nurse's visit to her hometown quickly lands her in trouble. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >