Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

STOPPING INJUSTICE by Diana Taylor Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A vivid and earnest story about the terrible ways children can be violated that lacks fully developed characters."
A novel examines unspeakable crimes, consequences, and punishments affecting children and young teens in an Arizona barrio. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT OF MURDER  by C.S. Challinor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"The denouement is only the latest of many twists, turns, and surprises. One of Challinor's best."
No good-deed condolence call goes unpunished. Read full book review >

RHYTHM & CLUES  by Sue Ann Jaffarian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"More corpses surely lie in wait for the heroine of A Body to Spare (2015). But it's fun to see her ditzy niece share the spotlight this time around."
Odelia Grey temporarily surrenders her title as Corpse Magnet to her niece, Lorraine. Read full book review >
MORAL DEFENSE by Marcia Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Teen angst, dueling conspirators, human smugglers, cops of every moral stripe, and a lawyer heroine whose behavior ranges from the naively credulous to the downright criminal. Whatever you read legal fiction for, it's here, along with quite a bit of other stuff."
A murdered family leaves only one survivor in this second roller-coaster case for Los Angeles attorney Samantha Brinkman. Read full book review >
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Despite its epic length, Higashino keeps his world remarkably claustrophobic, scattering just enough references to movies, current events, and first-generation home computers to let you know where the lead characters, aging but powerless to change, stand as the story rolls toward its bleakly preordained end."
Higashino leaves behind the increasingly weighty cases of Detective Galileo (A Midsummer's Equation, 2016, etc.) for an even more daunting stand-alone that traces the fallout of an unsolved murder through nearly two decades. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING by D.A. Mishani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Once again, Mishani offers a case in which the pleasure lies not in the destination but in the journey."
Opportunities also provide challenges for Superintendent Avraham Avraham (A Possibility of Violence, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
A FINE HOUSE IN TRINITY by Lesley Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Told in a series of flashbacks and fast-forwards, Kelly's tartan noir debut is less a mystery than a shaggy dog story with a hero well worthy of the starring role."
A ne'er-do-well Scot inherits a mansion. Read full book review >
Fetch Us Some Water by Wendi Christner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A gripping, subtle, and page-turning mystery."
Christner's (The Water Bearer, 2008) family drama set in the American South tells the story of a daughter returning home to care for her terminally ill mother and of past violent crimes that shook the close-knit community to its core.Read full book review >
THE GREAT IMPERSONATION by E. Phillips Oppenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each other's nations, and their women importunate but unfailingly discreet. Genre buffs shouldn't miss it; fans who read it years ago will be surprised how well it holds up."
A welcome reprinting of a classic 1920 spy tale, the most celebrated of the 100-plus novels by Oppenheim (1866-1946). Read full book review >
ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you'd expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter."
DS Harry Belltree ruffled and singed so many feathers in Sydney Homicide in his explosive first appearance (Crucifixion Creek, 2014, etc.) that he's been rusticated to far-off Newcastle. It's not nearly far enough to ensure the safety of himself, his blind, pregnant wife, Jenny, or assorted well-connected lowlifes. Read full book review >
MURDER UNDERGROUND by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"How this band of halfwits will solve a murder will surprise, and perhaps amuse, readers of this reprint of Hay's 1934 classic."
An unpleasant spinster meets her end on the stairs of the Belsize Park Tube station. Read full book review >
RETURN TO UMBRIA by David P. Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Wagner's setting battles his plot for the reader's attention, leaving detection in Orvieto's soft volcanic dust."
Orvieto is the latest stop for translator Rick Montoya (Murder Most Unfortunate, 2015, etc.), who stumbles across corpses in every hidden corner of Italy Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >