Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE STOCKHOLM CASTLE MYSTERY by Joyce Elson Moore
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"While there's nary a 'forsooth' or 'prithee' in the dialogue, the modern vernacular that Moore (The Tapestry Shop, 2010) uses is just as grating. And the hero, an amiable fellow with the requisite tragic past, just isn't a memorable presence in the castle or on the page."
In the debut of The Lute Player series, a Polish musician does more sleuthing than plucking in the court of Queen Christina of Sweden. Read full book review >
THE MUSUBI MURDER by Frankie Bow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2015

"Molly's debut is a smart and welcome addition to the teaching-college-is-murder genre."
Murder complicates a college professor's already stressful life. Read full book review >

THE THREE-NINE LINE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Logan's fourth adventure is a nifty detective story with juicy writing and a very likable hero."
A wry spy goes undercover in modern-day Vietnam to solve a murder with roots in the failed war. Read full book review >
99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Will leave readers hungry for more from quick-witted, cool-headed Lucky."
In Richardson's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) thriller, the first in a planned series, an LA sheriff's detective moonlighting as a PI scours the murky city streets for a runaway teenage girl.Read full book review >
A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Despite uneven pacing and a couple of creaky plot devices, Bess' seventh case (An Unwilling Accomplice, 2014, etc.) does its strong, determined heroine credit."
A nursing sister in the last days of World War I tries to help a man belatedly accused of murder. Read full book review >

HANGMAN'S GAME by Bill Syken
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Syken does so well with small-scale matters that you can't help rooting for him to master the business of unfolding a story that's more than a succession of effective scenes."
Sportswriter Syken's fiction debut takes you inside the world of a pro football punter. Read full book review >
THE INTRUDER by Håkan Östlundh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Middling among the endless crop of Scandinavian procedurals but a distinct improvement over Fredrik's debut (The Viper, 2012)."
Returning from their summer vacation to their desecrated home in Gotland, a Swedish family can't imagine how things could be worse. But Östlundh can. Read full book review >
GONE COLD by Douglas Corleone
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Densely plotted, replete with violent incident, and strenuously uncomplicated in its moral sympathies from beginning to end."
Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk goes in search of the daughter whose abduction 12 years ago started his second career as the Finder. Read full book review >
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller (Summer of the Dead, 2014, etc.) explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears."
A West Virginia prosecutor has an uneasy feeling about her latest case. Read full book review >
GODLESS COUNTRY by Alaric Hunt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Hunt's meandering second novel (Cuts Through the Bone, 2013) is nevertheless well-written, bloody, exciting, and believable."
A hard-boiled detective and his self-doubting assistant refuse to give up on a complicated case. Read full book review >
THE DROWNING GROUND by James Marrison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In his fiction debut, Marrison leaves just enough unexplained about his shrewd, moody protagonist to make you hope he'll return in a sequel."
A grisly death reopens past crimes in the Cotswolds. Read full book review >
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >