Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Despite its epic length, Higashino keeps his world remarkably claustrophobic, scattering just enough references to movies, current events, and first-generation home computers to let you know where the lead characters, aging but powerless to change, stand as the story rolls toward its bleakly preordained end."
Higashino leaves behind the increasingly weighty cases of Detective Galileo (A Midsummer's Equation, 2016, etc.) for an even more daunting stand-alone that traces the fallout of an unsolved murder through nearly two decades. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING by D.A. Mishani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Once again, Mishani offers a case in which the pleasure lies not in the destination but in the journey."
Opportunities also provide challenges for Superintendent Avraham Avraham (A Possibility of Violence, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

A FINE HOUSE IN TRINITY by Lesley Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Told in a series of flashbacks and fast-forwards, Kelly's tartan noir debut is less a mystery than a shaggy dog story with a hero well worthy of the starring role."
A ne'er-do-well Scot inherits a mansion. Read full book review >
Fetch Us Some Water by Wendi Christner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A gripping, subtle, and page-turning mystery."
Christner's (The Water Bearer, 2008) family drama set in the American South tells the story of a daughter returning home to care for her terminally ill mother and of past violent crimes that shook the close-knit community to its core.Read full book review >
THE GREAT IMPERSONATION by E. Phillips Oppenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each other's nations, and their women importunate but unfailingly discreet. Genre buffs shouldn't miss it; fans who read it years ago will be surprised how well it holds up."
A welcome reprinting of a classic 1920 spy tale, the most celebrated of the 100-plus novels by Oppenheim (1866-1946). Read full book review >

ASH ISLAND by Barry Maitland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you'd expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter."
DS Harry Belltree ruffled and singed so many feathers in Sydney Homicide in his explosive first appearance (Crucifixion Creek, 2014, etc.) that he's been rusticated to far-off Newcastle. It's not nearly far enough to ensure the safety of himself, his blind, pregnant wife, Jenny, or assorted well-connected lowlifes. Read full book review >
MURDER UNDERGROUND by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"How this band of halfwits will solve a murder will surprise, and perhaps amuse, readers of this reprint of Hay's 1934 classic."
An unpleasant spinster meets her end on the stairs of the Belsize Park Tube station. Read full book review >
RETURN TO UMBRIA by David P. Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Wagner's setting battles his plot for the reader's attention, leaving detection in Orvieto's soft volcanic dust."
Orvieto is the latest stop for translator Rick Montoya (Murder Most Unfortunate, 2015, etc.), who stumbles across corpses in every hidden corner of Italy Read full book review >
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Ryan shows a greater assurance in handling her multitiered plot through the use of multiple points of view. The device works so well it should become a regular part of her winning format."
Boston's smartest, sexiest investigative couple returns, and, even more so than usual, they find themselves entwined in each other's cases. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY by Ellen Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Crosby's cases featuring the sleuthing winemaker and her troubled romantic partner (The Sauvignon Secret, 2011, etc.) are always good value. Even mystery mavens who miss the clue to who's pulling the strings will savor the spicy family relationships."
A dress found in an attic is the first clue in a mystery spanning decades. Read full book review >
SUDDENLY AT HOME by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Witty repartee rules in this procedural, though some of it may require a British-slang dictionary."
A police duo investigating a dead man with no past can't trust the two people who seem to know the most about the crime. Read full book review >
INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Presenting investigations into two different worlds gives Littlejohn, in her mystery debut, an opportunity to show her skills in drawing real characters and presenting them from the viewpoint of her appealing protagonist."
The shocking identity of a murdered clown leads an investigator to wonder how much she really knows about the town she calls home. 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 >