Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE BEAT GOES ON by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Rankin's (Saints of the Shadow Bible, 2014, etc.) canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he's in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes."
Rebus fans, rejoice: here are one novella, two new stories, and 28 reprinted tales about veteran detective John Rebus. Read full book review >
MURDER COMES CALLING by C.S. Challinor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Rex's seventh (Murder at Midnight, 2014, etc.) reveals too much early on to offer much of a puzzle, but it's still fun to follow the clues."
Helping an old pal puts a Scottish barrister in danger. Read full book review >

FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >
WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Hannah, who plots rings around most of the competition, shares Ruth Rendell's shivery conviction that there are still darker secrets than whodunit, how, and why."
The murder of a heat-seeking online columnist provides DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer, with perhaps too many suspects—including a leading suspect so overburdened with guilt that she's almost too convenient. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Minimalist but compelling work from the author who seems to have inherited the late Ruth Rendell's gift of spinning the darkest complications out of what might seem like nothing at all."
Norway's Inspector Konrad Sejer, back from his hiatus (I Can See in the Dark, 2014, etc.) and feeling his mortality more acutely than ever, leads the inquiry into the death of a toddler with Down syndrome.Read full book review >

A CHORUS OF INNOCENTS by P.F. Chisholm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"One of Chisholm's best Elizabethan mysteries (An Air of Treason, 2014, etc.), combining all the historical information readers have come to expect with a swiftly moving story featuring a strong woman whose romantic aspirations have yet to be fulfilled."
This time out, it's Sir Robert Carey's unhappily married love, Elizabeth, who solves a murder steeped in political intrigue. Read full book review >
DANTE'S DILEMMA by Lynne Raimondo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Although Mark is either distracted or benighted in his third case, Raimondo (Dante's Poison, 2014, etc.) has invested him with all his customary wit, courage, and honesty."
A battered wife finds an ally in a visually challenged expert witness. Read full book review >
UNLEASHED by Eileen Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Kate's second (Muzzled, 2014) is a treat for animal lovers. The plethora of suspects keeps you guessing."
Now that curiosity has killed the cat, will it kill the veterinarian? Read full book review >
PUREBRED DEAD by Kathleen Delaney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"The many characters imported from Delaney's food-based cozies (And Murder For Dessert, 2007, etc.) are supplemented by plenty of suspects and a charming cast of canines."
The murder of a disgraced veterinarian opens a Pandora's box of iniquities. Read full book review >
BEST SERVED COLD by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Spencer's lively take on the old victim-everyone-hated chestnut isn't Monika's best outing but still has enough thrills to please fans of the franchise."
Paniatowski's in a pickle when the Whitebridge Players' reunion performance turns deadly. Read full book review >
TWO BRONZE PENNIES by Chris Nickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Another of Nickson's excellent police procedurals with a social conscience."
The Christmas Eve killing of a Jew exposes the depth of anti-Semitism in 1890s Leeds. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MONK by Sara Fraser
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Although Fraser (The Drowned Ones, 2010, etc.) continues to provide social commentary and vivid descriptions of the harsh realities of the early 1800s, the mystery this time is weak."
A village constable is nothing less than a bloodhound on the trail of murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >