Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"In this crime tale, the author shows an imaginative knack for combining old-fashioned thrills with high-tech capers."
A New York City undercover detective investigates a gang that specializes in breaking into skyscrapers. Read full book review >
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A cozy replete with antiques lore, likable characters, and a more complex mystery than usual."
An antiques appraiser get scammed, gets mad, and gets even. Read full book review >

STORM RISING by Douglas Schofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Schofield continues the unlikely merger of hard-boiled and fantasy he launched in Time of Departure (2015, etc.). There's probably more here for detective fans than paranormal buffs but still enough for both camps."
A cop's widow tries to clear her late husband's name. Read full book review >
STORM CELL by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Though the plot eventually bogs down in details of civic malfeasance, nobody is better than DuBois at kicking his reluctant hero into action or at rooting every complication in something that feels disconcertingly like the normal rhythms of life outside the justice system."
His 10th case drives a deep wedge—make that several wedges—between former government research analyst Lewis Cole and his long-standing comrade in arms Felix Tinios. Read full book review >
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Eriksson's seventh (Black Lies, Red Blood, 2015, etc.) is full of twists, three-dimensional characters, quiet authority, and heart."
When a speeding car kills a young mother and daughter, complications indicate much more than a simple hit-and-run. Read full book review >

SECRETS AND SHAMROCKS  by Phyllis Gobbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"The second in Gobbell's travel series is filled with delightful descriptions of Ireland and offbeat characters, though some judicious pruning could have kept the story moving more smartly along."
A visit to the verdant Irish countryside is marred by murder. Read full book review >
MARRY IN HASTE  by Susan Van Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"Van Kirk (Three May Keep a Secret, 2014, etc.) balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection."
A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Read full book review >
A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR DIAMONDS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Even though the privileged status of her leads may be hard to take, Chase, who's already published as Julie Anne Lindsey (A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice, 2016, etc.), puts her experience to good use in this well-crafted series kickoff."
Returning to New Orleans signally fails to make life easier for the owner of a pet boutique accused of killing a man she's never met. Read full book review >
DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Once the murder is connected to the Nazis, everyone becomes a potential suspect—except, of course, Hunt's improbably virtuous hero, whom readers are likely to either love or loathe."
A Mormon police officer's beliefs about good and evil are tested when the murder of a race car driver appears related to the rising Nazi party. Read full book review >
WHEN SHE'S GONE by Jane Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A straightforward, fast-paced series kickoff in which character development is limited to whatever qualities most directly drive the plot."
Is the mysterious past of a wealthy family's bodyguard behind the kidnapping of their teenage daughter? Read full book review >
THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU by Neil S.  Plakcy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Not every thread here is equally successful; it's Plakcy's characters, not his plot, that charm."
A rookie FBI agent is determined to show his worth when he's tapped for his very personal connections to Fort Lauderdale's gay community. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >