Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

SLATED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth J. Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"But the tutorial on slate mining and plenty of local color make for an entertaining entry in this long-running series."
A murder in a Welsh slate mine challenges an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
THE MISSING PIECE by Kevin Egan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Not as brilliantly focused as Egan's nightmarish debut (Midnight, 2013) but just as welcome in its more ambitious, wide-ranging way."
The New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St. becomes the site of a world-class legal and extralegal struggle for a priceless group of antiquities. Read full book review >

AUNT DIMITY AND THE SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"As usual, not much happens to Lori (Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, 2014, etc.), but the slight story is gracefully told."
Once again, something strange is going on in a lovely Cotswold village. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >

LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Lisa Lieberman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Cara's debut reads as if it had been written by a committee. Here's hoping Lieberman can keep her eye on the prize in any sequel."
A second-generation movie star roams the world in search of something. Read full book review >
INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >
SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >
SNAKE PASS by Colin Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."
A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble. Read full book review >
SCENT OF MURDER by James O. Born
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Born (Burn Zone, 2008, etc.) pitches this one at readers who like law enforcement infighting better than detection and who love dogs most of all."
A sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County fights for the respect due his unit and their canine colleagues as they go after the creep who's been kidnapping and assaulting local teenagers. Read full book review >
MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Can Julia, now in her 16th installment (Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover, 2014, etc.), possibly be as naïve as she continues to appear? Die-hard fans will brush this question aside and relish the surprise ending."
A Southern gentlewoman's nerves are shredded after she finds a body—and not for the reason you'd expect. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >