Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE THIRD HELL by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Both the tale and the landscape against which it unfolds are so glum that the glimpse of promised happiness at the end is almost too much to bear."
Dial takes a break from her six tours of La-La-Land's mean streets with Detective Josie Corsino (Set the Night on Fire, 2016, etc.) for an even deeper descent into the city's dark side as a retired LAPD detective searches frantically for his 13-year-old son. Read full book review >
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah's new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery."
Newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016, etc.) is disconcerted to find that her husband Ross' favorite dessert is a clue in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

DEAD WEIGHT by Frank Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A bundle of loose ends dulls the impact of what begins as a brisk and unusual puzzler."
DCI Neil Paget (Night Fall, 2012, etc.) leads his team into an increasingly murky investigation of a matter that may not even be criminal. Read full book review >
BEST SERVED COLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Despite the high body count, Cooper's newest (Countdown, 2014, etc.) is loaded with sly humor, delightfully awkward characters, and a surprising denouement."
The sheriff's department of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is under attack. Read full book review >
VERY IMPORTANT CORPSES by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Green (Dead Man Walking, 2016, etc.) presents a lightweight mystery featuring incoherent worldbuilding, pathetically childish attempts at machismo, and a glaringly obvious solution. Juvenile schlock."
Ishmael Jones, a space alien who never ages and whose secret weapon for solving problems is punching, investigates brutal, potentially supernatural attacks in an isolated Scottish manor house. Read full book review >

RETRIBUTION by Anthea Fraser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Fraser showcases a delightful heroine whose own life, along with the lives of her friends and family, is consistently more interesting than the circuitous murder cases she is asked to solve."
A biographer inherits an interesting challenge that may have led to murder. Read full book review >
THREE SHOT BURST by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"The second in DePoy's new series (Cold Florida, 2016, etc.) is packed with humor, philosophical musings, fascinating characters, and his hero's palpable passion for his job."
An unlikely sleuth battles drug lords to rescue two sisters in big trouble. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS COOK by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Ace (The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, 2016, etc.) reveals too much too soon but still delivers a pleasant mélange with a garnish of death and danger."
An all-female Welsh detective agency takes on a case of reverse robbery. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's refreshing to see Holmes be Holmes. Fans and neophytes alike should cheer Faye's reinvigoration of Conan Doyle's hero and his panoramic world."
Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) adds two new stories to 13 she's previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. Read full book review >
FRACTURED FAMILIES by Charlotte Hinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Hinger does a wonderful job connecting a young boy's grim life with a horrific crime spree and the knotty problem of for-profit prisons."
The planned Northwestern Kansas regional police department is just coming to birth when its very first case puts the whole concept in jeopardy. Read full book review >
BURIALS by Mary Anna Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Evans' signature archaeological lore adds even more interest to this tale of love, hate, and greed."
An archaeologist picks up an unexpectedly mysterious job on a visit to her father-in-law. Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Obregon's full-bodied prose is by turns gritty and poetic, and it's consistently energetic. Given the terrific chemistry between the two lead detectives, here's hoping this debut novel kicks off a new series."
A tough Tokyo detective faces resistance in his new post as he faces off against a brutal and taunting serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >