Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

SNOOK WALLOW by Janet Heijens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Heijens, whose earlier foray into the topic (Wrongful Conviction, 2015) featured criminal defender Jean Jankowski, presents another heroine who's equally smart, resourceful, and empathetic—and more than worthy of an encore appearance."
A retired lawyer hopes to prove a death row inmate innocent before his time runs out. Read full book review >
THE LAST TO DIE by Kelly Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Garrett's failure to produce any sympathetic characters makes her debut tough going."
Burglaries turn deadly for a group of spoiled teenagers. Read full book review >

A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. Read full book review >
THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers who can tolerate the clunky exposition, cartoon bogeymen, and snippets of Scientologist jargon will find the Alaskan finale a highly entertaining piece of payback."
The Dead Detective pursues miscreants attached to the Church of Scientology from their Florida headquarters to the Yukon State. Read full book review >
BABY, TAKE A BOW  by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The fifth in Tesh's psychic series (Just You Wait, 2015, etc.) is again more enjoyable for the odd mix of characters than the meager mystery."
It will take more than one North Carolina psychic to solve a detective's tangle of cases. Read full book review >

OAKLAND NOIR by Jerry Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Thompson and Muller have taken such pains to choose stories highlighting Oakland's diversity and history that the result is a volume rich in local culture as well as crime."
San Francisco's grittier next-door neighbor gets her day in the sun in 16 new stories in this tightly curated entry in Akashic's Noir series. Read full book review >
OF BOOKS AND BAGPIPES by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"This sequel to The Cracked Spine (2016) is rich in Scottish dialect and eccentric characters, including a well-meaning heroine who brings on most of her own troubles."
A murder at a Scottish castle reveals a murky past. Read full book review >
DATE WITH DEATH by Julia Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"An engaging cast of characters and a cleverly clued puzzle move Chapman's debut to the top of the English village murder list."
A prodigal son returns to the Yorkshire Dales to thwart a murderer. Read full book review >
WHERE THE DEAD LIE by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Harris (When Falcons Fall, 2016, etc.) is as determined as her lead couple to explore London's underbelly. Hold onto your carriage strap: the tangle of familial, criminal, and political conflict makes for bleak reading."
In Regency England, a viscount pursues the sadistic killer of London's most vulnerable denizens. Read full book review >
DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The second in this cozy series (Terror in Taffeta, 2016) offers both a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the perfect wedding and a surprisingly tricky mystery."
Who knew wedding planning could be such a dangerous job? Read full book review >
A CLASH OF SPHERES by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As usual, Chisholm moves effortlessly from fascinating historical background to philosophical musings to violent action. Although this latest installment can be read as a stand-alone, untutored readers might want to start the series from the beginning."
The court of Elizabeth I once more outpaces today's politicians for cunning, effrontery, and vengeful machinations. Read full book review >
EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Perhaps the most minimal of all Leon's mysteries, with no suspects to speak of and few details of the Commissario's domestic life or his eternal professional tussles at the Questura. Think of this barely-a-case as a vacation for your own soul."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, taking two weeks away from the Venetian Questura for complete rest and solitude, gets both more and less solitude than he bargained for and about the same amount of rest as when he's home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >