Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

JUMP CUT by Libby Fischer Hellmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"After a long hiatus (A Shot to Die For, 2010, etc.) Hellmann returns to her Chicago-based sleuth with a chilling tale that may be all too close to the truth."
Curiosity darn near kills a filmmaker. Read full book review >
SERPENTS IN EDEN by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A volume that may not persuade readers that there's menace in every meadow but certainly shows that English crime isn't confined to the Smoke."
Thirteen short stories, mostly written between the two world wars, reveal the dark side of life in the English countryside. Read full book review >

COLD MORNING by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Perhaps the finest hour yet for a fictionalized heroine who defends herself against undue prejudice in favor of a supremely unpopular defendant by saying, 'I have taken no position—except doubt.'"
Now that he's seen her through six murder cases (Café Europa, 2015, etc.), Ifkovic turns sleuthing novelist/playwright Edna Ferber loose on the biggest game of all: the Lindbergh kidnapping.Read full book review >
SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD by J. Aaron Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Squeamish readers will probably want to skip first-timer Sanders' many loving descriptions of dissection. Further attention to detail and setting, the historical characters, and the hero's string of perils unfortunately don't quite add up to a compelling narrative."
A young Walt Whitman battles conspiracy, corruption, and wrongful execution. Read full book review >
STOCKHOLM NOIR by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Stockholm may not be Marseille, but Larson and Edenborg's contributors show that even a verdant place with socialized medicine can have its seamy side."
Larson and Edenborg manage to unearth a dark side to a city that "is verdant, clean, and surrounded by crystalline water." Read full book review >

ON A DESERT SHORE by S.K. Rizzolo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2016

"This fourth outing for Chase (Die I Will Not, 2014, etc.) blends thwarted love, class and racial issues, partly convincing historical details, and solid sleuthing."
A Bow Street Runner helps solve a murder at a manor in this Regency tale. Read full book review >
LESSER EVILS by Joe Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Enough skullduggery for a TV series; you have to wonder what Flanagan is saving for the sequel. But the author creates a truly hopeless sense of menace, even if the most menacing figures are with the state police."
Flanagan's ironically titled debut, set in 1957, pits a Cape Cod cop against a murderous child molester, a murderous gambling ring, and the scarcely less murderous Massachusetts State Police. Read full book review >
NEW ORLEANS NOIR by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"All this misery makes for a bleak read, and readers looking for a typical noir experience had better fortify themselves."
Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy.Read full book review >
WHEN FALCONS FALL by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another complex, well-researched tale shows that the protagonist and his progressive wife don't suffer the boredom of everyday domesticity."
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, takes on his 11th case when he and his wife investigate an apparent suicide. Read full book review >
SKIN LIKE SILVER by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Not the best of Nickson's Victorian mysteries (Two Bronze Pennies, 2015, etc.) but still full of engaging characters as the author continues to intertwine social problems with murder."
Suffragettes and serial killers have the populace of Victorian Leeds on edge. Read full book review >
TIME OF FOG AND FIRE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Mystery takes a back seat to history in Molly's 16th adventure (Away in a Manger, 2015, etc.), in which real-life tragedies jostle with lucky escapes for our heroine."
An amateur sleuth goes the extra mile to aid her police officer husband. Read full book review >
IN VINO VERITAS by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Turnbull's fast-paced procedural should appeal to fans of the dogged-determination puzzler."
A tipsy conversation leads DI Harry Vicary's team (Denial of Murder, 2015, etc.) to reopen a cold case.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >