Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

A MURDEROUS MIND by Jane A. Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Combining police procedural with elements of psychological suspense and spy thrillers produces a murky mess likely to please aficionados of none of the above."
A band of amateurs competes with numerous police officers to solve a grisly crime. Read full book review >
BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sam's second appearance (A Murder of Magpies, 2015, etc.) is a joy to read, filled with diverting characters, a socially clumsy but clever heroine, and a mystery filled with dubious characters."
A book editor's esoteric knowledge helps solve a crime. Read full book review >
SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning."
A folksy New Hampshire town's one straight-laced former citizen can't dodge the murder charge someone's trying to pin on her. Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN by Maureen Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sarah grows from an idea to a more fully realized character in this fourth installment of a series (Child's Play, 2014, etc.) that may just be hitting its stride."
A detective investigating a string of sex crimes senses that the key may be found in understanding her own biases against the perpetrators. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS by Eve Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Although it's clear that many characters in the story are there only to serve the plot, the conceit of Seymour's debut is intriguing."
A stalking victim is convinced that she's the only one who can catch the perp—even when the police wonder if she's doing the stalking. Read full book review >
THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM by Kirsten Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"A clever combination of characters you care about despite the silliness and absurd situations that hook you even though Weiss (The Hermetic Detective, 2015, etc.) clearly doesn't take them very seriously."
The Paranormal Museum gets uncomfortably close to its avowed mission when it becomes the scene of a murder. Read full book review >
GOODBYE TO THE DEAD by Brian Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"If you're looking for a full docket, Freeman pays off in spades. But the felonies are only loosely linked, and the solutions are less compelling than the setups. Below average for this accomplished, ambitious series."
Nine years after his late wife's friend was convicted of killing her husband, Lt. Jonathan Stride of the Duluth Police Department finds new evidence that reopens the case and tears him up as well. Read full book review >
RAIN DOGS by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Duffy (Gun Street Girl, 2015, etc.) is taking no better care of himself than he ever did. But his copper's instincts are as sharp as ever in this fifth installment."
During the Irish Troubles, a discouraged detective tackles a murder oddly similar to a past crime. Read full book review >
ST ERNAN'S BLUES by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Charles (Down on Cyprus Avenue, 2014, etc.) makes Starrett's third case leisurely, literate, ingenious, improbable, and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality."
Murder comes to a Donegal home for priests about whom the Irish Catholic Church has decided that, as one of them says, "it wasn't working for us elsewhere." Read full book review >
THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater."
Venice might be sinking into the sea, but as long as Commissario Guido Brunetti is around, there will be someone to make sure the city doesn't become a total swamp of cynicism and corruption. Read full book review >
DEADLY JEWELS by Jeannette de Beauvoir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Martine's second (Asylum, 2015) cleverly weaves real events into a mystery/thriller whose flashbacks contain the clues to solve the puzzle."
The crown jewels, neo-Nazis, and Holocaust survivors play their parts in a Montreal mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >