Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

UNREASONABLE DOUBT by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Delany's excellent new procedural (Under Cold Stone, 2014, etc.) is a real page-turner, ratcheting up the tension as each secret from the past is painfully revealed."
A man cleared of murder charges returns to his British Columbia hometown to get some answers. Read full book review >
LAND OF SHADOWS by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Readers entranced by Royal's vivid historical descriptions will have an altogether easier time than Eleanor with its elementary mystery."
Death lurks behind every door in medieval England. Read full book review >

MURDER AT THE MANOR by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The more gracious the home, the worse the crime in this anthology by a who's who of mostly golden-age writers."
Let the guest beware in these 16 reprinted stories, spanning roughly 65 years, set in British country houses. Read full book review >
FUNERAL HOTDISH by Jana Bommersbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Like the eponymous hotdish, Bommersbach's debut novel contains a little of everything but nothing that spells haute literary cuisine. The author of The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd: The Truth About an American Crime Legend Revealed at Last (1992) might be better off sticking with true crime."
An Arizona transplant chases the scoop of the century while folks back in her Minnesota hometown discover club drugs. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A smart, measured, immersive dive into a poorly understood, terrifyingly relevant subculture of violent extremism."
Khan's winning Canadian cops return—and this time, it's really personal.Read full book review >

JANE AND THE WATERLOO MAP by Stephanie Barron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Barron, who's picked up the pace since Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014), portrays an even more seasoned and unflinching heroine in the face of nasty death and her own peril."
A royal summons embroils veteran Regency sleuth Jane Austen. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE VENUS ISLAND FETISH by Tim Flannery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The detection is nominal, and the mystery takes a back seat to the comic bedlam that reigns throughout. But readers who have never before encountered sentences like 'He knew he must get his foreskin back' will cheer Archie's debut and hope for more."
This first novel from Australian science writer Flannery (Atmosphere of Hope, 2015, etc.) travels back in time to 1932-1933—and back in cultural mores a lot further—when intrigue swirls around an aboriginal mask enshrined in the Sydney Museum. Read full book review >
SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Koenig's second is a breathless dash from start to finish. Tough, prickly Julia is a noir heroine sure to take a prominent place among female detectives."
A woman with a rough past and an iffy future fights inner and outer demons. Read full book review >
A DEADLY TAIL by Dixie Lyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fourth outing for Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot (Marked Fur Murder, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, but it's a witty, zany story whose delightful animals are vastly entertaining."
Scene-stealing animals are the stars of this ghostly mystery. Read full book review >
MURDER OF A LADY by Anthony Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This classic British mystery, first published in 1931, has enough complex plotting and red herrings to win a new generation of fans for the largely forgotten Wynne."
A talented amateur sleuth takes on a locked-room murder in this golden age whodunit. Read full book review >
HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >
AND IS THERE HONEY STILL FOR TEA? by Peter Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Even though this complex legal thriller is advertised as Ben Schroeder's third case, Murphy (A Matter for the Jury, 2014, etc.) doesn't give him center stage. Digby, the real protagonist, will keep you guessing until the very end."
A distinguished British solicitor brings action against an American professor in this Cold War drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >