Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

FOX IS FRAMED by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Fans will be rewarded not by the solution, which is considerably more muddled than the mystery itself, but by some of the sharpest courtroom cut-and-thrust since Presumed Innocent (1986)."
San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell (Lion Plays Rough, 2014, etc.) faces another round of all-in-the-family murder when his father, convicted years ago of killing his wife, gets a shot at another trial that could turn him free—or put him away for keeps.Read full book review >
COLD TRAIL by Janet Dawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gentle murder mystery, if there is such a thing. Dawson's series continues with a softer side to Jeri and the Oakland scene (Bit Player, 2011, etc.)."
When there's evidence that a PI's brother has disappeared, her professional world turns personal as she uses her skills to uncover the truth about his life. Read full book review >

MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE by Margaret Grace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Not much of a puzzle, but the interaction between Gerry and Maddie is as charming as the nostalgic look at New York."
Retired English teacher and miniature aficionado Gerry Porter returns to New York City to solve a mystery. Read full book review >
THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT by David Corbett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Corbett (Blood of Paradise, 2007, etc.) doesn't stint on either narrative or psychological complications, and readers who can stick with Jacqi and Tierney and Skellenger will feel that they've been expertly put through a particularly foul-smelling wringer."
Ten years after her childhood escape from a homicidal rapist, a star-crossed teenager is in deep trouble once more. Read full book review >
ASK THE DARK by Henry Turner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Flawed but observant and courageous, Billy and his taut storytelling will engage readers of all stripes. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
An unlikely hero saves missing boys in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

COMPULSION by Allison Brennan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"While Max's original bitchy attitude needed adjusting, this incarnation makes for some embarrassingly maudlin moments."
Brennan gives Maxine "Max" Revere a makeover, though she's still a rich, beautiful and brilliant TV host and true-crime crusader. Read full book review >
HOT PURSUIT by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Once again, tossing Stone (Paris Match, 2014, etc.) into international intrigue produces a kind of negative image of James Bond, with a lot less menace, action and suspense, and a lot more bling."
Who will Stone Barrington have to deal with first: the terrorists determined to assassinate his old friend, President Katherine Rule Lee, or the disgruntled ex-boyfriend of his latest conquest? Read full book review >
FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Callie has never been more appealing than in this sensitive exploration of love and loss."
A trip to her old college offers deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters, 2009, etc.) both challenges and opportunities.Read full book review >
BITTERSWEET by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Not the best of China's many cases (Cat's Claw, 2012, etc.) but a compelling look at the ethics of canned hunting."
An herbal expert and a game warden pool their knowledge to solve a crime. Read full book review >
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"The mystery this time is no more than a pendant to a frantic, funny, unsparing account of the corrosive power of big money on print journalism, state government and the fragile souls who fill out the cast. Enjoy it on those terms, and you'll be sorry when it's over."
A fourth chapter in the race to the bottom between the state of Rhode Island and Providence Dispatch reporter Liam Mulligan (Providence Rag, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
BLOOD SWEEP by Steven F. Havill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"The family-secrets angle makes this leisurely episode most likely to appeal to fans less invested in the nominal mystery than in the long narrative arc supplied by the extended family of Posadas County, in which everyone seems to be related to everyone else by blood or spirit."
This 20th chapter in the crime annals of Posadas County, New Mexico, brings Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman (One Perfect Shot, 2012, etc.) up against demons past and present.Read full book review >
BYE, BYE LOVE by K.J. Larsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"With less emphasis on the characters around Cat to provide romantic intrigue or comic relief (which is Cleo's whole raison d'être), Larsen's latest (Some Like It Hot, 2013, etc.) falls a little flat."
A PI reports a murder to the police only to find the victim is missing once they get there. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >