Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

FINAL ACT by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An appealing cast of characters both on set and off makes Gregson's latest outing a pleasure for procedural buffs."
Lambert and Hook (A Necessary End, 2015, etc.) are stymied by an array of suspects who all make their living by deception. Read full book review >
A LESSON IN LOVE AND MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Although the premises and some of the banter are enjoyable, McMillan is less successful with character and plot development, which will have to wait for later entries in the series (The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, 2016)."
Two adventurous female detectives travel from Toronto to Chicago in the 1910s to investigate a Mountie who may have gone rogue. Read full book review >

DEATH AT THE PARIS EXPOSITION by Frances McNamara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Historical detail, intriguing real-life characters, and a complex mystery are nearly overwhelmed by detailed descriptions of period attire that only a hard-core fashionista could love."
The 1900 Paris Exposition provides a glittering backdrop for murder, theft, and high fashion. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE STARS by Barbara Fradkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2016

"Launching a new series, Fradkin (The Night Thief, 2015, etc.) scores low for mystery, high for wilderness adventure, and off the charts for her portrait of the bleak, beautiful Newfoundland landscape."
A Canadian aid worker returns from a deeply traumatic experience in Nigeria to find even more challenging adventures awaiting her in the wilds of Newfoundland. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE BRIDAL CHAMBER by Hunter Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2016

"The heroine's second outing (Imogene in New Orleans, 2014), packed with zany characters, nicely captures the feeling of a Florida water park. But the mystery is scattershot, and it takes forever to unveil the killer."
A road trip to a Florida mermaid theme park goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >

THE DEAD HAND by Michael A. Kahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A high-water mark in this inventive, ebullient series."
St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold lands not one but two cases that feature trouble arising from beyond the grave. Read full book review >
THE METHODS OF SERGEANT CLUFF by Gil North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Martin Edwards' brief but informative Introduction notes that the Cluff stories inspired a BBC television series, and you can see why: North's elliptical scene-setting and clipped dialogue are perfect for brief, understated segments on the telly, and they're strikingly modern to boot."
Sgt. Caleb Cluff, the no-nonsense Yorkshire copper created by pseudonymous Geoffrey Horne (1916-88), is resurrected by the British Library Crime Classics. Read full book review >
WHAT GOLD BUYS by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Once again, the fifth from Parker (Iron Ties, 2013, etc.) is much better history than mystery, drawing the reader into the stunning beauty and harsh realities of life in 1880s Colorado."
A feuding couple returns to Colorado only to become embroiled in several murders. Read full book review >
SANTORINI CAESARS by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The eighth case for Siger's police hero (Devil of Delphi, 2015, etc.) has a timely plot and a handful of engaging back stories about its detective team."
When the black-sheep daughter of a high-ranking Greek military officer is brutally murdered, the motive is murky and the array of suspects immense. Read full book review >
LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE  by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Smart, atmospheric fun, with enough loose ends left dangling to assure fans there will be more entries in this enjoyable series."
Constance Kopp's real-life adventures as "New Jersey's first lady deputy sheriff" again make savory grist for Stewart's fictional mill (Girl Waits with Gun, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
CHAPEL OF EASE by Alex Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Bledsoe may be overselling readers' curiosity about what lies beneath the chapel's grounds."
An actor travels to a rural town in Appalachia to learn more about the heritage, and the mystery, of his talented, recently deceased writer/director friend's final play. Read full book review >
THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The second appearance for Hart's hero (Jade Dragon Mountain, 2015) rests firmly on romantic notions of the solitary scholar and intellectual curiosity. Elegantly written, though not to all tastes."
The discovery of a murdered monk prompts a scholar to defer an odyssey of self-discovery to search for justice, unearthing even deeper truths. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >