Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >
THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >

LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Lisa Lieberman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Cara's debut reads as if it had been written by a committee. Here's hoping Lieberman can keep her eye on the prize in any sequel."
A second-generation movie star roams the world in search of something. Read full book review >
SNAKE PASS by Colin Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."
A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble. Read full book review >

SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >
INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >
THE MISSING PIECE by Kevin Egan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Not as brilliantly focused as Egan's nightmarish debut (Midnight, 2013) but just as welcome in its more ambitious, wide-ranging way."
The New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St. becomes the site of a world-class legal and extralegal struggle for a priceless group of antiquities. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >
SLATED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth J. Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"But the tutorial on slate mining and plenty of local color make for an entertaining entry in this long-running series."
A murder in a Welsh slate mine challenges an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"As usual, not much happens to Lori (Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, 2014, etc.), but the slight story is gracefully told."
Once again, something strange is going on in a lovely Cotswold village. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >