Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE HEAVENS MAY FALL by Allen Eskens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A previously secondary character, Eskens' broken-hearted hero finally has the spotlight the third time out. It's too bad he has to fight his way through so much back story to get there."
A grieving detective and a self-doubting lawyer face off in a courtroom. Read full book review >
HELL BAY by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Thomas (Anatomy of Evil, 2015, etc.) supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best."
A Victorian mystery that rewrites And Then There Were None with a very different ending. Read full book review >

A SPRING BETRAYAL  by Tom Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"After an effective noir opening, Callaghan's second thriller apes the blunt men's action novels of the 1970s and '80s. But the provocative chemistry between the hero and his scorned lover-turned-sidekick keeps that action interesting."
A grisly multiple murder cuts close to the bone for a dogged maverick detective. Read full book review >
A MEMORY OF MUSKETS by Kathleen Ernst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"Veteran Ernst (Death on the Prairie, 2015, etc.) provides a new perspective on the Civil War woven together with a compelling mystery."
The strange atmosphere in an old cabin almost ruins a relationship. Read full book review >
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A pleasant reminder of golden-age mysteries that keep you guessing until the denouement."
A cousin's call for help seriously complicates a wealthy society sleuth's holiday. Read full book review >

THE LOST BOY by Camilla Läckberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The resolute avoidance of anything that smacks of exposition slows the pace to a crawl and makes it hard to sift the wheat from the chaff but also gives this glum tale a certain majesty."
Under all the massive weight of circumstance and suffering, the latest case for the sorely tried Tanumshede police is a tale of mothers and their children. Read full book review >
PERMANENT SUNSET by C. Michele Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Diminished interaction between the two leads reduces some of the fun in this installment (No Virgin Island, 2015, etc.), though Dorsey's plot has the requisite twists, turns, and everything else."
Murder strikes in paradise when a bride's refusal to sign a prenuptial agreement is followed by her premarital demise. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This well-turned mystery, first in a new cozy series, is filled with interesting characters, old-fashioned gaming lore, and a million puns."
A retired police chief still has a nose for crime. Read full book review >
DEATH AMONG RUBIES by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Though its stereotypes and set pieces are sometimes presented with a heavy hand, Koreto's second case for his titled heroine (Death on the Sapphire, 2016) is devilishly clever and written with unmistakable verve."
A suffragette sleuth solves a baffling murder, to the chagrin of Scotland Yard. Read full book review >
SOMETHING BURIED, SOMETHING BLUE by Wendy Corsi Staub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"By playing down Lily Dale's residents, Staub misses an opportunity to flesh out more of Bella's everyday life (Nine Lives, 2015). But the introduction of more ongoing characters is a rousing success."
Turning an upstate New York bed-and-breakfast into a destination-wedding spot is made even harder by a troublesome bride whose life may be in danger. Read full book review >
EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER by Karen Lee Street
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A bit like the newly imagined Sherlock Holmes movies: a dose of drama, a dash of darkness, and a little bit of humor ultimately liven up the journey."
1840: Edgar Allan Poe and Auguste Dupin race to uncover the truth about a violent scandal involving Poe's actor grandparents and a notorious London criminal in Street's debut novel. Read full book review >
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Not Alexander's best mystery, but its continuing focus on the problems of mistaken identity (The Adventuress, 2016, etc.) provides many opportunities for information on Greece's glorious past along with some difficult choices for her intrepid heroine."
An unlikely visitor from the past throws the lives of an aristocratic couple into disarray. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >