Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >
FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER by Susan Spann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Like earlier series entries, this one is most likely to interest readers with tastes for political intrigue in 16th-century Japan and red herrings."
Hattori Hiroand his partner in crime-solving take on the case of a murdered brewer. Read full book review >

ONE BOY MISSING by Stephen Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sweetly told tale of fatherhood and loss, but American readers may have difficulty trying to deduce the meaning of a 'footy club' and other expressions peculiar to Australia."
A small-town detective fights demons from his past as he scrambles to find a kidnapped child in this Australian import. Read full book review >
AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Castillo (The Dead Will Tell, 2014, etc.) poses another teasing puzzle whose solution is rooted in the past and another look at the secretive Amish lifestyle."
A small-town Ohio police chief is stressed to her limit by the aftermaths of a violent tornado and a crisis in her personal life. Read full book review >
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by Terrence McCauley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Not one of the genre's great yarns, but it's still a fun read for fans of classic espionage."
A fast-moving noir spy thriller featuring a hard-ass protagonist who's great with a gun. Read full book review >

NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type."
In between rounds of pie-in-the-sky international intrigue, Stone Barrington takes time out to help a San Antonio brewer find a new New York distributor—and inherits all the brewer's enemies. Read full book review >
DEADLY ELECTION by Lindsey Davis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Flavia's third case (Enemies at Home, 2014, etc.) benefits from the heroine's combination of archness and vulnerability and the author's deep knowledge of the period."
In ancient Rome, elections can be murder. Read full book review >
SO NUDE, SO DEAD by Ed McBain
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Although Ray's wild adventures seem to get less stressful as they go along, McBain already has voice and tone well in hand in this treasurable blast from the past, which looks forward in fascinating ways to the first part of Candyland (2001). Disgraced private eye Matt Cordell headlines a bonus story focusing on another hopeless addict."
This pulpy 1952 first novel by the future creator of the 87th Precinct (Fiddlers, 2005, etc.) traces three nightmare days in the life of an addict on the run.Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE BUCKET LIST by Elizabeth Perona
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Bubbly characters keep this cozy debut lively as you search through the red herrings for the big fish."
A group of 70-ish bridge buddies gets together to help check off an item on one member's bucket list. Read full book review >
RODEO RANCH by Max Brand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Brand's stock in trade is superlatives: every gunslinger is the fastest, every woman the most beautiful, every villain the blackest, every horse the finest mount imaginable. A quaint version of the king's English is respected throughout."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear for another two doses of thrills from monumentally prolific Western chronicler Brand (1892-1944) never reprinted since their first appearances in Western Story Magazine in 1923 and 1926.Read full book review >
HIDDEN VICES by C.J. Carpenter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"A nice blend of characters props up a moderately interesting but tired plot, though what's often most intriguing is Megan's disconcertingly frequent use of the F-bomb."
A planned vacation offers no relief for a detective recovering from the trauma of her last case who's thrust unexpectedly back into the field. Read full book review >
BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. 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 >