Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

BITE THE BISCUIT by Linda O. Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"Kicking off a cozy new series, prolific Johnston (Lost Under a Ladder, 2014, etc.) blends mystery and romantic intrigue. Though the violence that occurs is brief, its abruptness may put off some readers."
A pet lover's expansion of her bakery to feature dog-friendly treats sparks the ire of her small California town's wealthiest family. Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >

THANKSGIVING ANGELS by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2015

"Duncan's decision to combine the talents of Daisy (Spirits Revived, 2014, etc.) and Mercy (Fallen Angels, 2011, etc.) doesn't strengthen the mystery, but the period details are charming."
A Boston Brahmin-turned-woman of the people helps solve a murder. Read full book review >
DEADLY DESIRES AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Even if Dennison had pared down the number of frenetic adventures to make a more plausible story, the twee alarm would still squawk. Thank goodness for Kat's common sense."
Deception, theft, and death disrupt the Devonshire village of Little Dipperton. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MAKING by Seán Haldane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Haldane's first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period."
A naïve young Englishman learns much about love, life, and death when he travels to British Columbia in 1868. Read full book review >

THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
CAFÉ EUROPA by Ed Ifkovic
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Apart from one gratingly predictable plot twist, Ifkovic (Final Curtain, 2014, etc.) successfully blends homicide with a loving homage to Budapest on the eve of World War I."
Edna Ferber's sixth case takes her back in time to a cosmopolitan city and a late-night murder. Read full book review >
COLLAR ROBBER by Hillary Bell Locke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Locke, who's too clever for her own good, would have done better to unfold a more straightforward plot than to concentrate on nudging the reader with needlessly highbrow references. Readers enticed by Locke's title should prepare for some confusion."
An insurance loss specialist and a lawyer work opposite sides of a case of potential art fraud, bringing danger into both of their lives. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A sharp and satisfying conclusion to one of the most unique hard-boiled arcs in recent memory."
In post-apocalyptic Manhattan, antihero Dewey Decimal comes to the end of the stacks. Read full book review >
NEIGHING WITH FIRE by Kathryn O'Sullivan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fans will be pleased by the way O'Sullivan's third (Foal Play, 2013, etc.) builds the relationship between characters, but the mystery is uninspiring."
A fire chief and a sheriff on North Carolina's Outer Banks combine their sleuthing talents and local knowledge to solve two murders. Read full book review >
SEE ALSO MURDER by Larry D. Sweazy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"A distinctive bonus, however, is that Marjorie, an indexer to the tips of her fingers, includes a draft index to her own first case. That's got to be unique in the annals of the genre."
A North Dakota farm wife-turned-indexer who's cared for her husband ever since an accident left him unable to take care himself takes on still another job—amateur sleuth—when someone begins cutting her neighbors' throats. Read full book review >
KILLING FROST by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Deets winds up the case in routine but satisfying fashion. The real prize here is the tone, which Tierney keeps expertly hovering between compassionate valediction and civic outrage."
Tierney celebrates the 25th anniversary of Indianapolis shamus Deets Shanahan's debut with an autumnal 11th case whose subject is its biggest mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >