Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

CLAMOUR OF CROWS by Ray Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Often funny, always light, this one will appeal to mystery buffs who don't require sex and gore—and to those harboring fond memories of reading J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll."
A tightly plotted debut mystery that mixes foul play, wordplay, and humor. Read full book review >
THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by Connie di Marco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This smartly written debut from di Marco (who wrote the Soup Lover's Mystery series as Connie Archer) sets the stage for a promising series, though future installments would benefit from developing the heroine's personal details more appealingly."
An astrologer wishes she were also a psychic when she's targeted as a practitioner of witchcraft and forced into sticking with a client who may be in danger. Read full book review >

ENGAGED IN DEATH by Stephanie Blackmoore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Blackmoore's debut, first in a planned series, provides the usual cozy combination of mystery, romance, and recipes, with a little extra bite supplied by the timely fracking controversy."
Canceling the wedding from hell may turn out to be the best decision a harried lawyer ever made. Read full book review >
FINAL FONDUE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven just a little too long to be truly tasty."
Paying guests are a major headache for a small-town cook and her grandfather. Read full book review >
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Hopefully, this is just the first adventure of many Steiner (Homecoming, 2013) will write for DS Bradshaw and her team."
A new and complex police heroine tries to solve a high-profile missing persons case while seeking domestic fulfillment in Cambridge. Read full book review >

MURDER HAS NINE LIVES by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Jaine's flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives."
A writer thinks she's found a ticket to fame and fortune when her cat gets tapped for a TV ad shoot. Read full book review >
BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The fifth case for McCafferty's fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can't help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes."
An animal sacrifice is prelude to human murder in Montana. Read full book review >
Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2016

"Amateur gumshoes bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business."
In this debut thriller, a Canadian man purchases a Costa Rican beachside bar, but cops are more interested in him as a suspect in the previous owner's murder. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >
BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
STEALING FIRE by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The Blevinses continue this series (The Darkness Rolling, 2015, etc.) by expanding on some surrealistically weird details of Wright's actual life while adding a spiritual dimension they would like readers to take seriously. Few will accept this invitation."
Hired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Jewish/Navajo detective must protect the famous architect from everyone, even himself, while identifying the villain who's out to steal the plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
Color of Blood by Keith Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A scary, smart, sweet, sexy CIA tale."
Returning to work after his wife's death, a CIA investigator leaves on assignment for Australia, where he encounters danger, romance, and, unexpectedly, poetry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >