Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >
SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >

SNAKE PASS by Colin Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."
A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble. Read full book review >
SCENT OF MURDER by James O. Born
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Born (Burn Zone, 2008, etc.) pitches this one at readers who like law enforcement infighting better than detection and who love dogs most of all."
A sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County fights for the respect due his unit and their canine colleagues as they go after the creep who's been kidnapping and assaulting local teenagers. Read full book review >
MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Can Julia, now in her 16th installment (Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover, 2014, etc.), possibly be as naïve as she continues to appear? Die-hard fans will brush this question aside and relish the surprise ending."
A Southern gentlewoman's nerves are shredded after she finds a body—and not for the reason you'd expect. Read full book review >

FOX IS FRAMED by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Fans will be rewarded not by the solution, which is considerably more muddled than the mystery itself, but by some of the sharpest courtroom cut-and-thrust since Presumed Innocent (1986)."
San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell (Lion Plays Rough, 2014, etc.) faces another round of all-in-the-family murder when his father, convicted years ago of killing his wife, gets a shot at another trial that could turn him free—or put him away for keeps.Read full book review >
COLD TRAIL by Janet Dawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gentle murder mystery, if there is such a thing. Dawson's series continues with a softer side to Jeri and the Oakland scene (Bit Player, 2011, etc.)."
When there's evidence that a PI's brother has disappeared, her professional world turns personal as she uses her skills to uncover the truth about his life. Read full book review >
MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE by Margaret Grace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Not much of a puzzle, but the interaction between Gerry and Maddie is as charming as the nostalgic look at New York."
Retired English teacher and miniature aficionado Gerry Porter returns to New York City to solve a mystery. Read full book review >
THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT by David Corbett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Corbett (Blood of Paradise, 2007, etc.) doesn't stint on either narrative or psychological complications, and readers who can stick with Jacqi and Tierney and Skellenger will feel that they've been expertly put through a particularly foul-smelling wringer."
Ten years after her childhood escape from a homicidal rapist, a star-crossed teenager is in deep trouble once more. Read full book review >
ASK THE DARK by Henry Turner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Flawed but observant and courageous, Billy and his taut storytelling will engage readers of all stripes. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
An unlikely hero saves missing boys in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
COMPULSION by Allison Brennan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"While Max's original bitchy attitude needed adjusting, this incarnation makes for some embarrassingly maudlin moments."
Brennan gives Maxine "Max" Revere a makeover, though she's still a rich, beautiful and brilliant TV host and true-crime crusader. Read full book review >
HOT PURSUIT by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Once again, tossing Stone (Paris Match, 2014, etc.) into international intrigue produces a kind of negative image of James Bond, with a lot less menace, action and suspense, and a lot more bling."
Who will Stone Barrington have to deal with first: the terrorists determined to assassinate his old friend, President Katherine Rule Lee, or the disgruntled ex-boyfriend of his latest conquest? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >