Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

DARK ROAD HOME by Anna Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Though Carlisle's series debut is a bit too pat to hit the mark, there's room for her writing to grow even if the same can't be said for her characters."
A medical examiner returns to her small-town home to investigate the death of her sister, a task as personally as professionally demanding. Read full book review >
MEDEA'S CURSE  by Anne Buist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Overplotted and overdramatic; Buist's heroine never seems to have a normal half-hour. But readers who aren't put off by the unsparing accounts of women placed in extremis by themselves or wicked men will cheer the arrival of an authentic dragon slayer."
Australian mental health specialist Buist's first novel features (wait for it) an Australian mental health specialist whose caseload, it's to be hoped, is a lot more volatile than her author's. Read full book review >

THE INNOCENTS  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails law officers and the place they love provides plenty of action, well-developed characters, and an ending that will more likely leave you disgusted than surprised."
Even snakes are straighter than many of the denizens of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Read full book review >
ARSENIC WITH AUSTEN by Katherine Bolger Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Although first-time novelist Hyde's middle-aged heroine has wretched instincts about whom to trust, she and her lost-and-found lover make an amiable team."
A legacy turns deadly in a series debut. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Davis' fourth case for her heroine (Deadly Election, 2015, etc.) is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal."
An ancient Roman sleuth balances a tricky murder investigation with the new challenges of her approaching nuptials. Read full book review >

VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. Read full book review >
Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >
Shot to Pieces by Michael O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A murder case becomes the springboard for a striking tale of a man coming to terms with his chaotic past."
A Brooklyn detective works a vicious homicide while striving to bring his ruptured family together in this debut police procedural. Read full book review >
Drone by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"A brisk detective novel sequel that packs a punch."
Private eye Eli Quinn returns to track down the person controlling a drone used in a political assassination attempt in Britt's (Closure, 2015) latest mystery.Read full book review >
Closure by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"Short but pleasantly enthusiastic, as a newbie works out his investigative kinks."
An Arizona reporter tries moving past his wife's murder a year ago by becoming an amateur gumshoe and probing another killing in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
ROOTS OF MURDER by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"Reid's exciting debut, filled with action and philosophical musings about the enduring weight of the past, will make you both sad and mad."
Bigotry, hate, avarice, murder: it's all front-page news for a little weekly paper in Mississippi. Read full book review >
ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Zoe Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2016

"Sharp pays meticulous attention to detail, but this novella reads as though the author's grown weary of her own heroine's adventures."
Close protection specialist Charlie Fox finds herself south of the border in a country devastated by a massive earthquake in Sharp's latest (Die Easy, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >