Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue."
An ocean voyage to Japan lands Sherlock Holmes and his amanuensis and wife, Mary Russell (Garment of Shadows, 2012, etc.), in the middle of a tangled web of blackmail.Read full book review >
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Spellbinding and surprising."
From beyond the grave, a brutally murdered woman watches as her killer's accidental survivor begins to piece together disturbing clues. Read full book review >

THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >
CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Inventive Swierczynski, author of the popular Charlie Hardie trilogy (Point and Shoot, 2013, etc.), breathes fresh life into a familiar plot with shifting perspectives, sly humor, puckish chapter titles and a crackerjack pace."
When police coerce a whip-smart college student into being a confidential informant, they get more than they bargained for. Read full book review >
SHADY CROSS by James Hankins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Even with a child in jeopardy, the tension here is entirely manufactured, and any sense of urgency is deflated early on when Hankins fails to render Stokes beyond tired stereotypes."
A low-level crook finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and must choose whether to save a child or his own neck. Read full book review >

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The first novel by historian Flanders (The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, 2014, etc.), though a bit frazzled, is full of charm and characters worth visiting again."
Even in the insular world of book publishing, murder has its place. Read full book review >
STIFF PENALTY by Annelise Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Ryan's climbed on board the latest version of the will-she/won't-she mystery romance: the case of the knocked-up gumshoe. At 400-plus pages, Mattie's latest might take you through an entire labor and delivery."
Pregnancy hormones and anonymous calls do little to mellow Assistant Medical Examiner Mattie Winston (Scared Stiff, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition."
A trip to Las Vegas brings an unexpected twist to Hannah Swensen's love life. Read full book review >
SUPPOSED TO DIE by Hugh Dutton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Dutton's debut packs so many minor characters into his opening chapters that it's hard to connect to the hero, but her storytelling has grit and the sleuthing trio has nice chemistry."
Can't an innocent ex-con catch a break? Read full book review >
TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER by Jen. J. Danna
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Leigh's fourth (A Flame in the Wind of Death, 2014, etc.) is a complex case loaded with forensic and historical detail, the authors' best so far."
An ice-cold case heats up when a new murder discloses an old one. Read full book review >
DON'T BE A STRANGER by John D. Nesbitt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Nesbitt (Across the Cheyenne River, 2014, etc.) spins a leisurely sagebrush romance with the mystery crowded into the closing chapters, after the serious gunplay has already begun."
A suspiciously low cattle count is the least of the problems for Lawrence Elwood and his fellow cowpunchers—or, as they may well be, rustlers—at the Crown Butte Ranch. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN DETAIL by Michael Guillebeau
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"The mystery, which involves rumors of forgery and fraud along with the widespread assumption that Marta faked her own death, is as thin as it is broad and genial. But Paul is just as endearing as the unwilling detective hero who anchored Josh Whoever (2013), Guillebeau's bright debut."
The disappearance of his artist wife pulls the owner of an Oregon kayak store seriously outside his comfort zone. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >