Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

FATAL MUSIC by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lacking the political overtones of Morfoot's terrorist-tinged fiction debut, this more strictly domestic case seems overlong, more padded, fussier, smacking of much ado about nothing until the author detonates a string of fireworks at its tail."
Capt. Paul Darac's second recorded case begins with an elderly woman found dead in her hot tub and then gets into deeper and deeper waters. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF LA FONTAINE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix's Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life."
A chef's plan to expand his restaurant ignites a furor in a wealthy quarter of Aix-en-Provence. Read full book review >

ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The mixture is as before, with a bit less of everything except suspects and red herrings."
The latest from Clark (The Sleeping Beauty Killer, 2016, etc.) is retro even for her: the maiden voyage of a trans-Atlantic ship crammed with more beautiful people, gossips, thieves, and killers than Death on the Nile—or her own daughter Carol Higgins Clark's 1992 debut, Decked. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S FOOL by Albert A. Bell Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"Bell knows his colorful main cast so well that this sixth installment hits the ground running. A nimble sex farce sets the table for a clever and highly readable whodunit. The use of classical tags to introduce each chapter adds another layer of antiquity to the tale."
Pliny the Younger (The Eyes of Aurora, 2014, etc.) engages in a high-stakes ruse that inadvertently triggers a murder spree. Read full book review >
WATER SIGNS by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"The amiable heroine (Cold Trail, 2015, etc.) is easy to like, but Dawson hasn't given her much of a mystery this time, and the minutely detailed look at Oakland, which considerably slows the story's pace, is most likely to interest house hunters."
An Oakland PI works to discover whether a former fellow worker's death was accident or murder. Read full book review >

GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors uncork their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."
A fortuneteller gets the surprise of her life. Read full book review >
CALLED TO JUSTICE by Edith Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."
A 19th-century Quaker midwife faces daunting complications when a young woman is murdered. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF GASLIGHT LANE by M.R.C. Kasasian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Kasasian faithfully imitates the tale's Gothic forbears in both bloody horror and florid prose. Readers might be better served by digging into the original Victoriana."
A fourth case for pre-eminent personal detective Sidney Grice and his ward and assistant, Miss March Middleton (Death Descends on Saturn Villa, 2016, etc.), delves into grisly murders old and fresh in Victorian London. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S BREATH by G.M. Malliet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though dedicated readers may miss local favorites (The Haunted Season, 2015, etc.), it's great to see the return of Malliet's wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life."
A former MI5 agent who's taken Holy Orders is recruited to investigate a murder on the high seas that's brought Hollywood to the English coast. Read full book review >
A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BYLINE by Jill Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though not every line rings true, Orr is #soclose with her debut mystery, with interspersed emails from Click.com's Personal Romance Concierge as the #cherryontop."
For a small-town girl in over her head, finding love is hard enough without having to find a murderer. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE LION by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers."
Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb—or is the motive something closer to home? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >