Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

BURNT RIVER by Karin Salvalaggio
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"The dense web of characters contrasts with the spare style in this sequel to Bone Dust White (2014). Salvalaggio devotes as much attention to personalities as to the events that pull people together and drive them apart."
The complex case of a back-alley murder and a coverup raises the low crime rate of a remote Montana town. Read full book review >
THE FATAL FLAME by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next."
Concluding volume in Faye's gritty, atmospheric trilogy (Seven for a Secret, 2013, etc.) about New York City's fledgling police force.Read full book review >

DRY BONES by Craig Johnson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015

"Johnson's crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case."
Something old and something new spell big problems for Sheriff Walt Longmire. Read full book review >
When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >

SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Hall outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler."
When a house goes up in flames in the dead of the night with a woman and her two children inside, is it accident or murder? Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme."
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. Read full book review >
THE HARVEST MAN by Alex Grecian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2015

"Grecian has the chops to create a novel that engages and disturbs and has proved it before. Not here."
The fourth in a series of historical thrillers about the squad of detectives formed to rid London of Jack the Ripper. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A BRIDE AND GROOM by Allan J. Emerson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 20, 2015

"Emerson's kickoff to the Honeymoon Falls series is both surfeit and famine, providing altogether too many characters with allegedly charming quirks and not nearly enough development of people or plot."
In a place marketing itself as a honeymoon paradise, a murder staged as a wedding makes citizens fear for the town's reputation and their own livelihoods. Read full book review >
FARMED AND DANGEROUS by Edith Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam's best outing yet."
An organic farmer is a magnet for murder. Read full book review >
THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal."
After a farm couple is murdered in Montreal in the wake of a blizzard, newly retired DS Émile Cinq-Mars is asked by an FBI agent to look into possible connections with similar killings in New Orleans. Read full book review >
DEAD RAPUNZEL by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"Houston's frigid but beautiful winter portrait of Loon Lake (Dead Lil' Hustler, 2014, etc.) can't make up for the tepid mystery."
Murder by logging truck. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >