Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
THE BEIGE MAN by Helene Tursten
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Effectively puzzling till the final pages, rewardingly logical in its conclusion: One of Irene's best."
The seventh case for DI Irene Huss (The Golden Calf, 2013, etc.) gives Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit still another chance to show why it's so well-named.Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This first installment of a new trilogy for Louise and the Special Search Staff is perhaps the most tightly knit of Blaedel's grim procedurals."
Taking charge of Copenhagen's Special Search Agency, detective Louise Rick (Farewell to Freedom, 2012, etc.) catches the case of a young woman who's been found dead more than 30 years after her death certificate was issued.Read full book review >
BEHIND GOD'S BACK by Harri Nykänen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Perhaps the oddest Scandinavian mystery to have crossed the ocean yet, a mixture of Jo Nesbø's portraits of Nordic political corruption with Jerome Charyn's waggish Borscht Belt tales of Isaac Sidel, the Pink Commish of New York."
A Helsinki businessman apparently murdered by the most awkward suspect possible launches Detective Ariel Kafka, of the Violent Crimes Unit, on his second case (Nights of Awe, 2012).Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Gregson's lively portraits of suspects don't quite make up for slapdash plotting and an unforeseeable solution."
A book club gets off to a rocky start when one of its members is murdered. Read full book review >
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOLLY BLOOM? by Jessica Stirling
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Whatever Joyce scholars may think of one of the world's most ambitious novels being spun off into a whodunit, Stirling's (The Marrying Kind, 1996, etc.) clever, bawdy mystery-cum-court case stands up well in its own right. Picking up the pace would have made it even better."
Characters from James Joyce's Ulysses enjoy new life—except for the unfortunate soul who suffers a bloody death.Read full book review >
CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME by Carlene Thompson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"The solution, requiring an extended confession to the obligatory hostages and some additional explanation afterward, may tax fans of imperiled heroines. Along the way, though, Thompson (To the Grave, 2012, etc.) produces enough blood and thunder to satisfy the most demanding of them."
Returning to her Chesapeake hometown 18 years after her father was posthumously identified as the Genessa Point Killer, a daughter who's coped with her demons by writing supernatural fantasy novels finds there's plenty of malice left in the old Point. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >