Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing."
A sheltered young woman comes out of her cocoon—and her transformation ends with murder. Read full book review >
INCENSED  by Ed Lin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers who go the distance, recognizing Lin's greater interest in worldbuilding than storytelling, will be rewarded, as in Ghost Month (2014), with a richly detailed insider's tour of contemporary Taiwan."
Chen Jing-nan is reunited with his uncle, colorful Taiwanese gangster Big Eye, just in time to get saddled with an impossible task. Read full book review >

UNRAVELED by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite the high body count and obligatory peeks inside the killer's mind, both mystery and suspense are subordinated to a leisurely survey of the locals, whose numbers seem only to increase as they're killed off."
A sixth journey back in time to Center Springs, Texas, in 1968 reveals a family feud ready to claim more victims. Read full book review >
A MOST EXTRAORDINARY PURSUIT by Juliana Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Surprisingly little happens, and even less is explained. The lack of closure doubtless signals the next installment in the series (The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match, 2016)."
Forced to join a search for a noble heir, a secretary with impeccable character refuses to let herself be dragged into dishonor by the man she's meant to assist. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There isn't enough Xanax in anyone's medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these 20 skillful stories will unleash on a worried world."
Turning away from the spooky and toward the psychologically fraught, the latest edition of this venerable series offers variations on themes that may well be uppermost in Americans' minds. Read full book review >

THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Characteristically well plotted, with plenty of complex characters to enjoy."
A series of murders in a rural area has the neighbors on edge. Read full book review >
THE CANDIDATE by Lis Wiehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though it's easy to enter and savor the wholly fictional world of politicians driving, and driven by, the media, Wiehl's plot is well-worn and derivative, with a predictable ending unworthy of her plucky heroine."
A senator's wife may have more invested in the campaign than just her good name. Can a reporter uncover the truth before she becomes the next target? Read full book review >
FIREWALK by Chris Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Roberson's expertise as a television and comic-book writer adds a cinematic flair to his story, though readers expecting a resolution will have to wait for later series entries."
Two investigators struggle to understand the effects of a new drug on Recondito residents. Read full book review >
ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN WHITE by J. Jefferson Farjeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Farjeon (1883-1955) provides a superior example of the Old Dark House genre, this time with snow, that will remind readers with long memories of his play No. 17, impudently filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1932."
A train carrying an ill-assorted collection of passengers runs into a snowbank in a fantasy-world 1930s, and—but wait, this isn't Murder on the Orient Express, though it was originally published only three years later. Read full book review >
THIS ISN'T A GAME by David Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"It may not be a game, but Moss' debut isn't really an adventure either, since the owner of VegasVegas turns out to be BoringBoring."
An offshore online casino is caught between bankruptcy and blacklisting when a long shot pays off. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE CHERWELL by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Light on puzzle and detection, this reprint of Hay's 1935 tale is probably of greatest interest as a historical totem."
Four high-spirited undergrads investigate the death of their school's bursar. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >