Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

NEW YORKED by Robert Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Though Ash's arch world-weariness and the freak-show fleshpots are bound to attract tourists, you can't help feeling that Hart's making it all up as he goes along."
An unlicensed private eye prowls New York in search of the man who murdered his nasty girlfriend. Read full book review >
EAT CROW AND DIE by Maris Soule
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"P.J.'s third (As the Crow Flies, 2011, etc.) provides plenty of suspects and motives while delving deeper into a fraught romantic relationship."
An accountant with sleuthing experience works to prove her boyfriend innocent of murder. Read full book review >

A PROMISE TO DIE FOR by Jacqueline Pelham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"The predictability of this follow-up to Under the Rose 2003) doesn't detract from the charmingly drawn characters, with extra plot complications thrown in for good measure."
An art investigation turns into a dangerous personal quest for a woman resolved to fulfill a deathbed promise to her grandmother even after being disinherited by her family. Read full book review >
BUBBA DONE IT by Maggie Toussaint
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"Toussaint's second Dreamwalker entry (Gone and Done It, 2014) is a walk on the paranormal side with a gritty heroine and plenty of Bubbas."
A Georgia single mother with psychic powers races to find a killer before she's next on the list. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTMARE PLACE by Steve Mosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Despite some awkward plot contrivances and secondary characters who are little better than outlines, Mosby (The Murder Code, 2013, etc.) has the talent to build both physical and psychological suspense. And he proves once again that he really knows how to work the strings."
A detective with bad dreams and a young volunteer trying to overcome her fears pit themselves against a serial rapist. Read full book review >

HARD LATITUDES by Baron R. Birtcher
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Birtcher's latest is an agreeable but undercooked mystery about the sex trade."
In Birtcher's fourth Mike Travis novel, the Hawaii-based PI, reluctantly answering a cry for help from his brother, finds himself threatened by a Hong Kong sex-trafficking ring. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD by Tom Wright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noir crime with a distinct Southern accent."
In Wright's second novel (What Dies in Summer, 2012), Texarkana Police Detective Lt. Jim Bonham investigates the death of psychologist Deborah Gold, found mutilated and crucified.Read full book review >
DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rees and Lydia would have made better progress if they hadn't stopped to eat every few pages and Kuhns (Cradle to Grave, 2014, etc.) hadn't described every bite, along with numerous other historical details. Still, the Reeses make an amiable sleuthing team in a post-Revolutionary War setting."
An 18th-century weaver/detective steps into a wasp's nest of family intrigue when he takes on his fourth case. Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"As scenically evocative as Bowditch's first four cases but not nearly as dense, conclusive, or interesting."
The disappearance of two Georgia women hiking the Appalachian Trail gives Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch a welcome reprieve from the persistent personal problems that keep intruding into his cases, or serving as their foundations (The Bone Orchard, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
MARRY, KISS, KILL by Anne Flett-Giordano
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"The dialogue is the high point of TV writer Flett-Giordano's debut, though the fast-paced banter does make characters blend together and make you wonder if everyone in Santa Barbara is the same brand of smartass."
Smart cop Nola needs a Skinnygirl™ Margarita to get through a series of seemingly unrelated murders.Read full book review >
VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >