Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

THE CHILDREN RETURN by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 2015

"Former journalist Walker's seventh Bruno entry is as prescient as it is terrifying."
French police face down jihadis in Dordogne. Read full book review >
Snowy Elixir by Roberto de Haro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A heavily detailed but flawed crime thriller."
In De Haro's (Alejandro's Story, 2013, etc.) thriller, Mexican drug lords lock horns with an American military hero, drug enforcement agencies, a Dutch hacker, and occasionally with one another.Read full book review >

GRAVE CONSEQUENCES by David  Thurlo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"A fast-paced thriller that's not very mysterious but has plenty of local color."
A valuable item in a pawnshop provides a motive for murder. Read full book review >
BLACK RUN by Antonio Manzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco's detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone's funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste."
Manzini's first English translation presents an irascible policeman who'd rather be back among the fleshpots of his beloved Rome than clambering over a piste in an Alpine resort collecting evidence in a snowy murder case.Read full book review >
OH SAY CAN YOU FUDGE by Nancy Coco
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Allie's third (To Fudge or Not to Fudge, 2014, etc.) offers plenty of plausible suspects and mouthwatering fudge recipes. But enough already with the detailed descriptions of every character's hair and clothing."
Beautiful Mackinac Island provides the setting for a puzzling series of crimes. Read full book review >

GATHERING PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas' wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: 'Don't get shot; it'd be really inconvenient for everybody.'"
Lucas Davenport, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, celebrates his 25th appearance by crossing state and jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a killer who's made the pursuit personal. Read full book review >
A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Brady's powerful first mystery novel is evocative of the period. The many aspects of life in 19th-century Dublin are cleverly woven through a baffling mystery."
A police detective lands a case that could ruin his career. Read full book review >
THRESHOLD by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"If you can accept the hook of Grace's extraordinary powers, Ford strings the rest of the tale expertly between extended chases and moments of unexpected compassion the characters show each other and eventually themselves."
A beleaguered big-city cop works with and against an equally troubled young woman with the uncanny ability to help long-comatose patients return to life. Read full book review >
REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Indridason's prequel unfolds with the same precision, economically depicted characters and authenticity as his Inspector Erlendur novels, but a livelier energy replaces the middle-aged Erlendur's noir melancholy."
Haunted by the inexplicable death of a vagabond he befriended, a young Icelandic cop vows to learn the truth. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A cautionary tale that argues powerfully against handgonnes and their modern descendants."
Second installment in Holsinger's series starring medieval detective John Gower. Read full book review >
PLEASANTVILLE by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth."
Race, politics and petty grievances muddy the quest for justice when a young election volunteer is kidnapped and murdered. Read full book review >
GHOST IMAGE by Ellen Crosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"The second in Crosby's new series (Multiple Exposure, 2013) is a quick-moving mystery with a wealth of fascinating material on gardening in Colonial times and the value of plants in sustaining life on Earth."
A photojournalist searches for clues to a suspicious death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >