Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"In the wake of rage and sorrow, ordinary people respond by going crazy and screwing up. In this far-from-ordinary novel, Price/Brandt explores the hows and whys. Fasten your seat belt."
Old tragedies combine with fresh ones in Brandt's steely-jawed, carefully constructed procedural. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Unusual material for a mystery, but Sigurdardóttir handles it deftly through Thóra, who is as compassionate as she is intelligent and dogged."
A suspicious fire in a home for the severely disabled leads to an investigation of the Icelandic social safety net in Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's fifth outing (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

PLAGUE LAND by S.D. Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Sykes' debut, the first of a planned series, immerses the reader in the filth and ignorance of medieval Kent, presents a puzzling mystery and introduces a hero who grows in stature as his problems increase.
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In 1350s England, the bubonic plague has killed thousands and disrupted the feudal system.
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THE KILLING SEASON by Mason Cross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills you'd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail."
A freelance soldier of fortune signs on with the FBI to catch an escaped convict, a Marine-trained sniper who's picked up where he left off five years ago, in Cross' slam-bang debut. Read full book review >
A WOMAN UNKNOWN by Frances Brody
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Brody (Murder in the Afternoon, 2014, etc.) continues to show why she's one of the best at re-creating the atmosphere and language of classic golden-age British mysteries."
Divorce, murder and hanky-panky in post-World War I England. Read full book review >

DREAMLESS by Jørgen Brekke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not the most gripping mystery around, but fans of Nordic noir with a historical bent might enjoy its combination of present and past."
This second installment of the Chief Inspector Odd Singsaker series weaves the murder of a Swedish balladeer in 1767 with a contemporary plot about a serial killer who pursues girls with beautiful singing voices. Read full book review >
PHANTOM ANGEL by David Handler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Veteran Handler (The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb, 2014, etc.) has a knack for lively plots and quirky yet believable characters. Despite one hint too many about the murderer, Benji's second adventure is no exception."
A legendary Broadway producer's attempts to fund a musical ring down the curtain on his own life in a sequel to Runaway Man (2013).Read full book review >
DEATH AND THE REDHEADED WOMAN by Loretta Ross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Ross' debut features a likable pair of sleuths, some local Missouri history and a nice little mystery. First of a planned series."
An auctioneer and a former Marine make a formidable pair of sleuths. Read full book review >
FEBRUARY FEVER by Jess Lourey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"The best outing yet for Mira (January Thaw, 2014, etc.). There's still a surfeit of eccentric characters, but the mystery keeps you guessing and sets up the sequel nicely."
Librarian/freelance reporter/budding private eye/corpse-finder Mira James is at it again. Read full book review >
DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Deirdre Verne
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Verne's mystery is a winner, with plenty of twists and turns, an intriguing heroine and an ending that shocks in more ways than one."
A freegan and a cop make an oddly effective sleuthing team. Read full book review >
THE CHESSMEN by Peter May
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"May's poetic descriptions in this final installment of his Lewis trilogy alternate with the loutish behavior of the characters, who are constantly slapping, slugging and coshing each other. The mystery—really, the mysteries—are untidy, but the atmosphere is altogether magical."
Back on Lewis Island, the quiet Hebrides outpost where he was born (The Lewis Man, 2013, etc.), murder keeps stalking Fin McLeod, late of the Edinburgh CID—this time accompanied by harrowing revelations about his own early years.Read full book review >
CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions."
A New Hampshire cop tries to piece together a mysterious woman's life following a car accident and discovers nothing is as it seems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >