Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE FOURTH FIGURE by Pieter Aspe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The Satanists remain unsatisfyingly shadowy to the bitter end, but Aspe provides both a wholly unexpected culprit and the perfect setup for the moment in which his police hero finally becomes a father."
The fourth case of Bruges Commissioner Pieter Van In to reach these shores, originally published in Belgium in 1998, pins the raffish cop between a covey of Satanists and a very pregnant wife. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The plummy prose of Casarett (Shocked, 2015, etc.) has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery. Piquantly titled chapters add verve. The measured introduction of colorful supporting players slows the story down but bodes well for the future of the proposed series."
A Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch the serial killer plaguing her hospital. Read full book review >

THE DETECTIVE'S GARDEN by Janyce Stefan-Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"Stefan-Cole (Hollywood Boulevard, 2012) has produced a parable that's less a detective story than a story about a detective—dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer."
Half a lifetime after a formative encounter with evil on a dark street in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a retired New York cop sees it bookend his life when it catches up with him. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS FRIEND  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"The ways of the neurotypical continue to perplex this unusual protagonist, much to the delight of readers of all cognitive stripes."
Still eschewing detective work, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.), proprietor of Questions Answered, finds that a client's query leads perilously close to a murder investigation. Read full book review >
CLOSE CALL by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Though lacking the banter typical of DiSilverio's series (The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, 2016, etc.), this stand-alone has a fast-moving plot that's so engrossing you may not notice its failure to delve into the complexity of D.C. politics."
After accidentally exchanging phones with a killer for hire, a woman must rely on her estranged sister's help to recover her phone and her life. Read full book review >

SALEM'S CIPHER by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Fans of Lourey's mysteries featuring a librarian heroine (February Fever, 2015, etc.) will scarcely recognize this series debut. The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike."
Circumstances force a pair of best friends to take on a dangerous quest. Read full book review >
LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE  by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Smart, atmospheric fun, with enough loose ends left dangling to assure fans there will be more entries in this enjoyable series."
Constance Kopp's real-life adventures as "New Jersey's first lady deputy sheriff" again make savory grist for Stewart's fictional mill (Girl Waits with Gun, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DREAD LINE by Bruce DeSilva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Though all three cases are wound up less convincingly than they're laid out, fans of DeSilva's cleareyed, heartfelt anatomy of crime and punishment in Rhode Island won't mind a bit."
Getting fired from the Providence Dispatch has done nothing to lighten Liam Mulligan's workload; the first chronicle of his work as a part-time private eye piles no fewer than three cases on his back. Read full book review >
STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Baker (Tattered Legacy, 2015, etc.) serves up a ballsy heroine, a colorful backdrop, and a surprising ending."
A Nebraska ranch woman's life is turned upside down by a murder. Read full book review >
THE DEAD HAND by Michael A. Kahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A high-water mark in this inventive, ebullient series."
St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold lands not one but two cases that feature trouble arising from beyond the grave. Read full book review >
THE METHODS OF SERGEANT CLUFF by Gil North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Martin Edwards' brief but informative Introduction notes that the Cluff stories inspired a BBC television series, and you can see why: North's elliptical scene-setting and clipped dialogue are perfect for brief, understated segments on the telly, and they're strikingly modern to boot."
Sgt. Caleb Cluff, the no-nonsense Yorkshire copper created by pseudonymous Geoffrey Horne (1916-88), is resurrected by the British Library Crime Classics. Read full book review >
SANTORINI CAESARS by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The eighth case for Siger's police hero (Devil of Delphi, 2015, etc.) has a timely plot and a handful of engaging back stories about its detective team."
When the black-sheep daughter of a high-ranking Greek military officer is brutally murdered, the motive is murky and the array of suspects immense. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >