Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts."
Ali Reynolds and her friend Sister Anselm are back, this time to rescue an elderly widow and a runaway teen. Read full book review >
ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"An afterword by de Beauvoir roots the mystery in real-life events that sound just as depressing, though a good deal less improbable and melodramatic."
An unlikely sleuth seeks to protect Montreal's cachet as a tourist destination by tracking down a killer whose handiwork is trashing the city's reputation. Read full book review >

ENDANGERED by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"All the action and suspense of Box's long string of high-country adventures, with a solution that's considerably tighter and more satisfying than most of them. One of Joe's best."
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's 15th case takes him through some of the darkest days of his checkered career. Read full book review >
TATTERED LEGACY by Shannon Baker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2015

"Nora's third (Broken Trust, 2014, etc.) is filled with enough plotlines for several more installments. The heroine's decisions are annoyingly bad for such an allegedly intelligent woman, but the denouement still packs a punch."
An accountant risks her life as she works to protect an area of great beauty. Read full book review >
WITCH UPON A STAR by Jennifer Harlow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2015

"Lacking Harlow's usual humor or any strong roots in her home base, the town of Goodnight, this story works more as a stand-alone for readers who prefer Vampire Romance Lite."
True love turns into great danger for a witch who chooses a domestic life over one of vampire drama. Read full book review >

DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Step aside, Nancy Drew; this dark mystery holds nothing back. (Historical mystery. 13 & up)"
A privileged girl turns detective in a gritty noir thriller about the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood in the 1940s. Read full book review >
GUN STREET GIRL by Adrian McKinty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Alert readers won't need McKinty's afterword to see the many motifs ripped from last generation's headlines. Nor will they be surprised to see Duffy's grim, lively fourth case remain defiantly inconclusive to the last drop of gallows humor."
DI Sean Duffy (In the Morning I'll Be Gone, 2014, etc.), stuck in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1985, struggles to close a murder case that keeps opening wider and wider.Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An engagingly detailed look at good and ill in the 1700s that's cleverly entwined with several perplexing mysteries."
THE HOUSE OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Slightly less violent and slower paced than Blake's last look at the Wolfe family (The Rules of Wolfe, 2013), this installment is an absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit."
Even for criminals, there's no such thing as a perfect plan. Read full book review >
WHAT THE FLY SAW by Frankie Y. Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The distracting alternate future seems like the kind of thing that might have been dreamed up by someone writing about 2020 in 1970, not 2015. The plot is confusingly unrelated to the setting and is standard procedural fare, though a hook at the end portends better developments in the future."
A pseudo-futuristic world features two detectives investigating the death of a man no one had reason to kill. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT GAME by Leslie Dana Kirby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Kirby delivers a debut that's trickier than an R.A. Dickey knuckleball."
A trauma doctor finds her own life on the critical list when her glamorous older sister is murdered. Read full book review >
LETHAL BEAUTY by Lis Wiehl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Fans of Mia Quinn (A Deadly Business, 2014, etc.) will find this a well-considered addition to the series."
A prosecutor focused on the murder of a young prostitute uncovers what could be a human trafficking ring. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >