Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The diverse sleuths are charming enough to raise WISE's latest adventure above the rather mundane mystery."
Wedding plans are made even more difficult when a man goes missing. Read full book review >
BLOOD WILL TELL by Jeanne M. Dams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Cambridge science takes center stage in this latest cozy in Dams' traveling series (Days of Vengeance, 2014, etc.). It's an average mystery saved, especially for Anglophiles, by an atmospheric look at the famous university."
A visit to Cambridge University is educational in more ways than one. Read full book review >

ONE UNDER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"No prizes for the dogged detective work by Slider and his colleagues (Star Fall, 2015, etc.), who mostly examine phone records and keep interviewing the same forbidden subjects. But if you're looking for moral outrage in the face of unabashed evil, Shepherd's Bush is your kind of place."
Digging into an architect's suicide reveals all manner of felonious perversion in London. Read full book review >
ROUGH JUSTICE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A slow-burning tale of vigilante justice leading to a satisfying ending that relies equally on convenient coincidence and the audience's wishes."
The creator of sleuthing farmer Virgil Cain (Shoot the Dog, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that tosses a hard-used rape victim and her father into a sea of civic corruption in small-town Ontario.Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Although Spencer's path is a familiar one, she treads it with authority. It's good to have Monika back, doing what she does best."
DCI Monika Paniatowski (Best Served Cold, 2015, etc.) returns with passion from maternity leave.Read full book review >

THE SILENCE OF STONES by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Westerson (Shadow of the Alchemist, 2013, etc.) may not exhibit the depth of research other medieval mystery writers display, but her tortured protagonist is never dull, and his newest adventure leads to a swift and satisfying conclusion."
An unfortunate coincidence brings a disgraced knight to the attention of the king he once plotted against. Read full book review >
A BARROW BOY'S CADENZA by Pete Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"All credit to Adams (Irony in the Soul, 2013, etc.) for his fertile imagination but not for knowing when his muddle of bathroom jokes, sentimentality, slap and tickle, violence, and Jane Austen quotations gets tiresome."
A third adventure for an aging cockney copper and his colorful colleagues. Read full book review >
THE MAJOR CRIMES TEAM by Graham Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This neo-pulp series debut from Smith reads like a cycle of short stories, a brisk, gritty, entirely apt way to introduce his cop squad."
A squad of Scottish detectives probes diverse cases while working under a cloud of well-earned suspicion for their maverick methods. Read full book review >
TUNDRA KILL by Stan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The delightfully off-speed Alaska lore—the authorities offer two free nights in jail for information about the missing snowblower—is supplemented this time by a compelling portrait of a female Alaskan governor too monstrous to be anything but wholly fictitious."
Murder is the least of Nathan Active's problems when he tangles with Alaska's high-maintenance governor. Read full book review >
DETECTIVE FICTION by William Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"Waggish Jack is good company, and he's appealingly aware of how deeply unoriginal a vehicle Wells (Ride Away Home, 2014) has given him. Maybe next year."
A Chicago cop retired to Fort Myers Beach lands a consulting contract with a neighboring police force that's a pipe dream from the first puff to the last. Read full book review >
A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Ebullient persiflage spiced with high-level intrigue, a covey of double and triple agents, and enough action scenes for a summer movie. Eat your heart out, James Bond."
The chronicler of Georgia folklorist Fever Devilin (December's Thorn, 2013, etc.) turns to the dawn of Christopher Marlowe's espionage career.Read full book review >
BROOKLYN ON FIRE by Lawrence H. Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Again Levy does a fine job of mixing historical characters and situations with his feisty, liberated detective."
A turn-of-the-20th-century Brooklyn detective must find a killer to save her brother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >