Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

TO CATCH A TREAT by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015)."
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Read full book review >
KILLER COCKTAIL by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kiely's modern-day Nick and Nora Charles provide plenty of clever repartee as they delve into a mystery full of Hollywood heavyweights with motives for murder."
A glamorous night at the Academy Awards ends in tragedy. Read full book review >

DECANTING A MURDER by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Not all of Katie's charm and wine savvy can compensate for Nettmann's complete disregard for police procedure. Here's hoping that further series entries lavish as much attention on detection as on cabernet sauvignon."
A young wine steward helps a friend facing murder charges. Read full book review >
THE FINAL TAP by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kelsey's second appearance reviews the past and present of maple sugar, adds some romantic complications, and tosses in perhaps too many suspects for a truly cohesive story."
Who knew maple sugar could provide a motive for murder? Read full book review >
NANTUCKET GRAND by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A beautiful island made ugly by class warfare makes a convincing backdrop for Chief Kennis' third case (Nantucket Five-Spot, 2015, etc.)."
An intricate chain of crimes set off during Nantucket's avowedly quiet season leaves the shrewd poet/police chief little time for versification. Read full book review >

EVIL TURNS by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mac's fifth adventure is just as quirky as its predecessors (A Bad Reputation, 2014, etc.), with the bonus of a stronger, more complex mystery."
Covens, centennial celebrations, and murders rock a small North Carolina town. Read full book review >
A FRONT PAGE AFFAIR by Radha Vatsal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation."
A budding journalist fights for her place in a world full of disturbing changes. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN BLUE by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Griffiths (The Ghost Fields, 2015, etc.) always provides a clever mystery and a wealth of historical detail. But it's her complex characterizations that put her in the forefront of the current mystery field."
A murderer stalks the streets of a medieval town known for its religious fervor. Read full book review >
BLOODROOT by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Riggs, who describes the beauties of her acerbic sleuth's island home as lovingly as ever, provides a more satisfying conclusion than usual this time around."
Think you don't enjoy your dental visits? Imagine how you'd feel if you didn't survive them! Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Not much energy or conviction in the larger rhythms of this case, but the scene-by-scene, line-by-line pleasures are authentic enough."
Spenser fiddles while Boston burns. Read full book review >
AN OLD-FASHIONED MURDER by Carol Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Daisy's third is less of a romp than its forbears (A Nip of Murder, 2014, etc.), partly because the man she loves to hate is largely absent. But Miller's twist on the classic country-house murder, including bootleg whisky and rooms named after Confederate generals, is still enjoyable."
Unexpected weather and a deadly antique turn a Virginia house party into a nightmare. Read full book review >
A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The third in Dennison's series of zany country cozies veers even closer to farce than its predecessors (Desire at Honeychurch Hall, 2015, etc.). It's still enjoyable if you don't think too hard."
A decades-old costume event brings new trouble for a titled family and its tenants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >