Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE MISSING AND THE DEAD by Stuart MacBride
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"McRae's ninth appearance packs a potent punch, blending gritty police procedural with surprising grace notes of the hero's humanity."
Even in exile, a veteran detective can't escape the lure of a major crime. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Despite hints to the contrary, the crime and the investigation are routine, and the killer is a cipher. What lingers in the memory is the group portrait of the Polesford locals brutally closing ranks against a man they're certain deserves to die."
DI Tom Thorne and his lover, DS Helen Weeks, return to Helen's hated hometown in Warwickshire to confront some ugly accusations and some even uglier secrets. Read full book review >

A FATAL CHAPTER by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the series (Book Clubbed, 2014, etc.) will welcome this tenth installment, which fleshes out its weak mystery by continuing to develop the many returning characters."
A fire may have closed Tricia Miles' New Hampshire mystery bookstore, but it can't stop Tricia from her amateur sleuthing. Read full book review >
CORRUPTED MEMORY by Ray Daniel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"In just two adventures, Tucker's managed to lose his job, his wife, his mother, and a half brother he didn't even know he had. You have to wonder what losses remain for the next installment."
A second case for computer programmer Aloysius Tucker (Terminated, 2014) continues to chop away at all he holds near and dear.Read full book review >
FALLEN SPARROW by D.A. Keeley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"Although Keeley (Bitter Crossing, 2014, etc.) clearly hoped to outdo himself in Peyton's second adventure, he gets in his own way with a monotonous style and a cluster of extraneous characters. Still, his tough but compassionate heroine triumphs against the odds."
Childhood friendships and personal needs complicate a border agent's life when she takes on a homicide-suicide case in her hometown in northern Maine. Read full book review >

THE BOMB MAKER'S SON by Robert Rotstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to nostalgia buffs who can't forget their activist days and fans of courtroom drama who demand surprise after surprise and don't mind seeing multiple cast members unmasked as radicals or undercover cops or killed off to provide them."
Defending an aging former radical who's turned himself in for a 1975 bombing proves to be a blast from the past for LA attorney Parker Stern (Reckless Disregard, 2014, etc.) in more ways than one.Read full book review >
SUPERFLUOUS WOMEN by Carola Dunn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Fans of classic British mysteries and Dunn's clever heroine will find plenty of local color and red herrings in her latest charmer."
The wife of a high-ranking Scotland Yard detective finds herself involved in yet another murder case. Read full book review >
NO PLACE TO DIE by Clare Donoghue
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"A first-rate procedural that builds on the characters in Donoghue's debut and includes a shocking denouement."
A police detective is stretched to her limits by a baffling case. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN RAMPAGE by Scott Graham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Graham's clever tale is tailor-made for those who prefer their mysteries under blue skies, though it's a bit more gruesome, with less sympathetic characters, than the works of Nevada Barr or C.J. Box."
An archaeologist trying to clear his brother-in-law's name is distracted by the possibility of treasure. Read full book review >
SECOND STREET STATION by Lawrence H. Levy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"A promising series kickoff that presents a morally strong heroine with a mystery that cleverly intertwines fact and fiction."
A tough Brooklyn girl battles some titans of industry in late-19th-century New York. Read full book review >
THE ASTROLOGER'S DAUGHTER by Rebecca Lim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out. (Mystery. 15 & up)"
A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery. Read full book review >
CRAZY MOUNTAIN KISS by Keith McCafferty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Stranahan's fourth case blends humor with heartbreak, all flavors of eccentricity with a struggle for normalcy, and a natural backdrop that can make even the most powerful humans and their deeds look small."
A missing teen requires the special talents of Sean Stranahan—fishing guide, watercolorist, former boxer, and occasional private eye (Dead Man's Fancy, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >