Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

A DEATH IN THE DALES by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An excellent British cozy less notable for its plethora of not-very-challenging mysteries than for its atmospheric setting, its interesting characters, and a twist with unexpected bite."
A private investigator's pleasure trip turns into a murder hunt. Read full book review >
AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrically written look into a country many think of as war-torn and bleak reveals many sides to the place and its people."
A Muslim Canadian detective's instinct for trouble follows him to Iran. Read full book review >

PRAYER FOR THE DEAD by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Yet another police procedural on steroids, a case made even more bizarre by Oswald's trademark hints of the supernatural; impossible to put down."
Several seemingly unrelated Edinburgh murders just need a little creative thinking to link them. Read full book review >
A MEASURE OF MURDER by Leslie Karst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Karst (Dying for a Taste, 2016), who's done many of the things she gives her heroine to do, provides a mystery that rings true and features several unexpected twists along with the appended recipes that are de rigueur for culinary cozies."
A restaurant owner with a reputation as a sleuth reluctantly adds murder to her plate. Read full book review >
HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale's most charming character."
Child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware (Breakdown, 2016, etc.) deals with his oldest client yet, a deceptively sweet old lady who gently importunes him to provide his services but dies without explaining why. Read full book review >

LAS VEGAS TURNAROUND by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2017

"A finely drawn, menacing tale that effectively understates its flashy locale."
In Johnson's debut thriller, a sizable, hidden stash of cash triggers greed, deceit, and murder among a group of Las Vegans in the mid-1980s. Read full book review >
COMPROMISED by James R. Scarantino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"Scarantino's tireless heroine, who laments, 'New Mexico, I love you…Goddamn, why make it so hard?' is definitely progressing in making her hometown fit for human beings, but there's plenty of work left for the next installment."
Detective Denise Aragon returns for another caustic round of cleaning Santa Fe's reeking streets and courthouses. Read full book review >
THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned but steadily absorbing account of a decent man's descent into corruption and murder. One of Crofts' best."
Crofts (1897-1957), best known for breaking airtight alibis often involving English railroads, tries his hand at an inverted detective story whose killer is known from the beginning and never hops aboard a train. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU BREAK by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"'Knowledge of the dead changes nothing,' announces the shop-soiled hero in resignation. Maybe not, but it does add a soulful depth to his investigation while readers wait for his two cases to collide."
Two new cases threaten to break an unofficial Long Island private eye who really doesn't need to be broken. Read full book review >
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee  de Hahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A well-constructed mystery that will leave readers pleasantly anticipating a sequel."
Inspector Agnes Lüthi investigates a violent death among the Swiss aristocracy in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
COPPER KETTLE by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Though this sort-of prequel to Ramsay's Ike Schwartz series (The Vulture, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, it's memorable for its powerful portrayal of the difficult lives of proud but poorly educated people too set in their ways to change."
A decorated World War I veteran returns to Buffalo Mountain, Virginia, dissatisfied with the life he finds there after he's seen Gay Paree and a whole lot more. Read full book review >
THE PROUD SINNER by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Royal's 13th medieval murder (Land of Shadows, 2016, etc.) takes a page from The Mousetrap, forcing the detective to think outside the box imprisoning her and her suspects."
A medieval prioress with a talent for solving murders suddenly has far too many for comfort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >