Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

SEE ALSO MURDER by Larry D. Sweazy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"A distinctive bonus, however, is that Marjorie, an indexer to the tips of her fingers, includes a draft index to her own first case. That's got to be unique in the annals of the genre."
A North Dakota farm wife-turned-indexer who's cared for her husband ever since an accident left him unable to take care himself takes on still another job—amateur sleuth—when someone begins cutting her neighbors' throats. Read full book review >
CAFÉ EUROPA by Ed Ifkovic
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Apart from one gratingly predictable plot twist, Ifkovic (Final Curtain, 2014, etc.) successfully blends homicide with a loving homage to Budapest on the eve of World War I."
Edna Ferber's sixth case takes her back in time to a cosmopolitan city and a late-night murder. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S MAKING by Seán Haldane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Haldane's first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period."
A naïve young Englishman learns much about love, life, and death when he travels to British Columbia in 1868. Read full book review >
NEIGHING WITH FIRE by Kathryn O'Sullivan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fans will be pleased by the way O'Sullivan's third (Foal Play, 2013, etc.) builds the relationship between characters, but the mystery is uninspiring."
A fire chief and a sheriff on North Carolina's Outer Banks combine their sleuthing talents and local knowledge to solve two murders. Read full book review >
DEADLY DESIRES AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Even if Dennison had pared down the number of frenetic adventures to make a more plausible story, the twee alarm would still squawk. Thank goodness for Kat's common sense."
Deception, theft, and death disrupt the Devonshire village of Little Dipperton. Read full book review >

THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING ANGELS by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2015

"Duncan's decision to combine the talents of Daisy (Spirits Revived, 2014, etc.) and Mercy (Fallen Angels, 2011, etc.) doesn't strengthen the mystery, but the period details are charming."
A Boston Brahmin-turned-woman of the people helps solve a murder. Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >
BITE THE BISCUIT by Linda O. Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Kicking off a cozy new series, prolific Johnston (Lost Under a Ladder, 2014, etc.) blends mystery and romantic intrigue. Though the violence that occurs is brief, its abruptness may put off some readers."
A pet lover's expansion of her bakery to feature dog-friendly treats sparks the ire of her small California town's wealthiest family. Read full book review >
MURDER WITH A TWIST by Tracy Kiely
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Even teetotalers will enjoy these Martinis. Here's hoping Kiely will treat readers to another round."
Kiely (Murder Most Austen, 2012, etc.) updates her jam with the tale of a couple of LA sophisticates hoping for a quiet holiday in the Big Apple.Read full book review >
THE FINAL REVEILLE by Amanda Flower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"In kicking off her Living History Museum series, Flower (Maid of Murder, 2010, etc.) combines a plethora of suspects, a soupçon of history, and a dash of romance."
A living history museum teeters on the brink of extinction. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF EVIL by Will Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The latest rehash of the Ripper case is packed with historical detail and is interesting enough as a police procedural but contains no surprises."
In 1888, two private inquiry agents become involved in one of Scotland Yard's most infamous cases. 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 >