Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ASTONISHING MISTAKES OF DAHLIA MOSS by Max Wirestone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Endorsed by Charlaine Harris, another author in love with her feisty female lead, Wirestone's franchise will appeal to those willing to fall for his heroine as hard as he has."
A decidedly twitchy personality finds herself investigating the geek-gamer world of a video game tournament, with only her roommate's boyfriend and some highly questionable followers to give her support. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A gritty detective story as unflinching as its heroine, rich in well-researched period detail."
An intrepid female medical student stumbles on a conspiracy in Victorian-era Edinburgh. Read full book review >

ONE BY ONE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cain plots furiously enough for three installments and adds a remarkably florid climax and a series of downbeat epilogues for good measure. The payoff is some quality time with a hero whose 'brain wasn't working because his heart was broken beyond repair.'"
Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan (The 8th Circle, 2016), reluctantly agreeing to help an old friend who was never even much of a friend, lives to regret it, which is more than you can say for the friend. Read full book review >
SARATOGA PAYBACK by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans who come for the tangled, forgettable mystery will stay for the hero. The man's most mundane problems continue to be way more interesting than the criminal intrigues in which Dobyns (Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?, 2015, etc.) entangles him."
Shorn of the PI license and handgun permit that saw him through 10 variously loopy cases (Saratoga Strongbox, 1998, etc.), Charlie Bradshaw, whose business card now simply reads "Consultant," fights to get a piece of the action after he stumbles over a corpse outside his house. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE RED RIVER by Marcie R. Rendon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The plot in Rendon's adult debut never exactly thickens—this is more coming-of-age story than mystery—but the spare prose-poetry of her descriptions and dialogue is a lot more interesting than anything she has to say about crime or detection."
A wild child uneasily transplanted from the White Earth Reservation to a rented house in Fargo meets murder. Read full book review >

SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Pattison's ninth installment provides an important history lesson little understood in the West with authority, nuance, and genuine suspense."
Inspector Shan struggles to separate implausible myth from verifiable fact in probing a murky murder scene. Read full book review >
ELEMENTARY, SHE READ by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The heroine isn't quite likable enough to support such a lengthy debut with such an extended cast of undistinguished characters. The result is more likely to appeal to small-town-sleuth fans than true Holmes aficionados."
The owner of a Massachusetts bookstore investigates the murder of a private-duty nurse. Read full book review >
CRUEL WINTER by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Connolly's (A Turn for the Bad, 2016, etc.) heroine clearly has a gift for solving mysteries, and the interesting characters she presents warts and all make for a fine read in the classic style."
Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"After all that's been written about the ark in countless adventure stories, it's hard to find any new ground to cover. But there are action and thrills aplenty in Coulter and Ellison's new addition to their Brit in the FBI series (The End Game, 2015, etc.)."
FBI agents hunt for the Ark of the Covenant. Read full book review >
IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Winspear teeters on the brink of stating the emotionally obvious at times but largely pulls back and weaves a convincing historical drama together with a rocky journey for her heroine."
As World War II dawns for Britain, investigator Maisie Dobbs takes on a case involving murdered Belgian refugees with shadowy ties to the Great War. Read full book review >
MURDER IS NO ACCIDENT by A.H. Gabhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Gabhart's third Hidden Springs entry doesn't quite have the bite of Joan Hess' Maggody mysteries but is edgier than Meier's Tinker's Cove series, leaving it a serious contender in the ever growing field of small-town murder."
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane (Murder Comes by Mail, 2016, etc.) investigates a maybe-murder. Read full book review >
A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Arlen (Death Sits down to Dinner, 2016, etc.) follows up on her two previous Downton Abbey-era tales with the requisite stately mansion and quirky dramatis personae, although this third entry feels more labored than cozy."
A compassionate countess and her levelheaded housekeeper brave the thorns among the roses at a horticultural house party. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >