Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

KILLER DEAL by Sofie Sarenbrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The house-of-cards structure, piling one disaster atop another, lacks the remorseless logic of the best Nordic procedurals. There's no denying, though, that the climactic revelation is a shocker."
Sarenbrant's first English translation introduces to crime-ridden Scandinavia a Swedish police detective whose third recorded case strikes uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
LAWYER FOR THE CAT by Lee Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution."
Now that she's represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat's counsel. Read full book review >

COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A TREAT by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015)."
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Read full book review >

KILLER COCKTAIL by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kiely's modern-day Nick and Nora Charles provide plenty of clever repartee as they delve into a mystery full of Hollywood heavyweights with motives for murder."
A glamorous night at the Academy Awards ends in tragedy. Read full book review >
DECANTING A MURDER by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Not all of Katie's charm and wine savvy can compensate for Nettmann's complete disregard for police procedure. Here's hoping that further series entries lavish as much attention on detection as on cabernet sauvignon."
A young wine steward helps a friend facing murder charges. Read full book review >
THE FINAL TAP by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kelsey's second appearance reviews the past and present of maple sugar, adds some romantic complications, and tosses in perhaps too many suspects for a truly cohesive story."
Who knew maple sugar could provide a motive for murder? Read full book review >
NANTUCKET GRAND by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A beautiful island made ugly by class warfare makes a convincing backdrop for Chief Kennis' third case (Nantucket Five-Spot, 2015, etc.)."
An intricate chain of crimes set off during Nantucket's avowedly quiet season leaves the shrewd poet/police chief little time for versification. Read full book review >
EVIL TURNS by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mac's fifth adventure is just as quirky as its predecessors (A Bad Reputation, 2014, etc.), with the bonus of a stronger, more complex mystery."
Covens, centennial celebrations, and murders rock a small North Carolina town. Read full book review >
A FRONT PAGE AFFAIR by Radha Vatsal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation."
A budding journalist fights for her place in a world full of disturbing changes. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN BLUE by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Griffiths (The Ghost Fields, 2015, etc.) always provides a clever mystery and a wealth of historical detail. But it's her complex characterizations that put her in the forefront of the current mystery field."
A murderer stalks the streets of a medieval town known for its religious fervor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >