Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

BLACKMAIL, MY LOVE by Kate Gilmartin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Though all the moving parts are present and functioning, the heavy reliance on genre tropes makes the plot eminently predictable and especially suitable for readers who want to know exactly what they're getting into."
This noir tale, illustrated with the author's own relief prints and set in the 1950s, pits a cross-dressing girl against police as well as, at times, the gay community where she feels at home. Read full book review >
ACTS OF FAITH by Patricia Wynn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Mystery fans, history buffs and romance aficionados alike will devour this fast-paced adventure, which is packed with goodies for everyone."
An addictively readable mystery steeped in the history of 18th-century England. Read full book review >

THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"This spirited novel, a rollicking mystery and sweet romance rolled into one, is the perfect vehicle for a wild joy ride."
This laugh-out-loud mystery narrated by a word-clever repo man in Kalkaska, Michigan, will convince readers to keep on (tow) trucking. Read full book review >
CHAOS IN KABUL by Gérard de Villiers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As for the thrills in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, if you want to know whether Malko succeeds in assassinating Karzai, or whether de Villiers kills off his long-running series hero, you'll just have to read the whole story to find out."
How hard could it be to assassinate an inconvenient Afghan head of state? If you haven't seen any newspapers over the past few years, de Villiers, late (1929-2013) veteran of hundreds of spy thrillers, wants to tell you. Read full book review >
THE BLACK LIZARD BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"However fast or slow they go, however, connoisseurs of this eccentric, demanding form will find this an indispensable resource, a pearl beyond price."
Purists be warned: This latest XXXL-sized anthology from veteran editor Penzler (The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, 2013, etc.) should really be titled The Black Lizard Big Book of Impossible Crimes.Read full book review >

A VIRTUOUS DEATH by Christine Trent
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Filled with informative historical tidbits on some of the less salubrious aspects of Victorian times and plenty of red herrings but sadly in need of some judicious pruning."
The cards say murder in Queen Victoria's court. Read full book review >
JANE AND THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Barron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Barron (Jane and the Canterbury Tale, 2011, etc.) has clearly done her homework in the language and manners of Austen's time. Even though she's no match for her literary idol and her pacing is leisurely at best, her latest venture edges out competing authors of Regency whodunits."
Treason, murder and a whiff of international intrigue add spice to the Austen family holidays in the 11th book of Barron's series. Read full book review >
THE FINAL SILENCE by Stuart Neville
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Neville's gritty tale sets a man barely holding onto his personal worth loose in a city still recovering from the Troubles."
A woman with a family secret turns to a wounded cop with a weakness for women in trouble. Read full book review >
THE HANDSOME MAN'S DELUXE CAFÉ by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Thanks to that sturdy deus ex machina, Orphan Farm matron Mma Potokwane, all's well that ends well in perhaps the most tranquil and unruffled entry in this renowned series."
A slow mystery season in Botswana—there's only one proper case for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency—leaves its employees free to pursue all manner of adventures on their own. Read full book review >
FAIL by Rick Skwiot
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 27, 2014

"Well-executed but not all that original."
A St. Louis police detective investigates a missing person case and finds the man's disappearance linked to local political corruption. Read full book review >
AND GRANT YOU PEACE by Kate Flora
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"As usual, Flora pours on the intensity for both her police detective and his fans in this criminal, legal and moral maze whose center is clearly a locked closet in a burning mosque but whose boundaries remain frustratingly hazy even at the fade-out."
A fire in a mosque provides new ways to put the sorely tried Sgt. Joe Burgess of the Portland Police Department to ever more challenging tests. Read full book review >
OLDER THAN GOODBYE by Richard Helms
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"Helms' third Judd Wheeler procedural (Thunder Moon, 2011, etc.) has an appealing transparency and an easy rhythm, turning the reader into a sidekick in Judd's methodical probe."
In his first official assignment as a detective, a small-town lawman is jolted way out of his comfort zone with a complex case that stretches halfway across the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >