Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

THE WOMEN OF THE SOUK by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you're ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they're captured. Fans of this long-running series, however, will find all the accustomed gravely loopy charm."
The Mamur Zapt brings his very specialized set of skills to bear on a kidnapping, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >
RAT RUN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Don't bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed."
DCI Colin Anderson, welcomed back to work 14 months after his last case sent him spiraling into post-traumatic stress disorder, lands a doozy: a nightmare that enmeshes him as tightly as the neighbors he questions in a Glasgow suburb. Read full book review >

REBELLION'S MESSAGE  by Michael Jecks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Jecks inaugurates his new series by moving from medieval times (The Deadliest Sin, 2014, etc.) to the turbulent Tudor period. His unlikely detective is neither brave nor wise nor very bright, but he's often quite funny as he doggedly tracks down an unexpected killer."
A pickpocket's latest haul comes with a dangerous curse. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DISGUISE by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Even a routine procedural isn't quite so routine in Spencer's deft hands."
It takes more than a village to solve a murder when an American visitor is killed in her suite at Whitebridge's posh Royal Victoria. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Deryn Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The 16th entry in Lake's series (Death on the Rocks, 2014, etc.) is slow to fulfill the promise of its title. But period detail and quirky characters help make up for the leisurely pace."
A voyage to the New World is anything but smooth sailing for an 18th-century sleuth. Read full book review >

DUST TO DUST  by Margaret Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Nonstop action and tangled clues make this one of the best cases for the seldom daunted husband-and-wife team."
Patrick Gillard and his wife, Ingrid Langley, take on what may be their most difficult and dangerous case. Read full book review >
RAGE by Zygmunt Miloszewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gripping, lyrical, brutally honest, and cruelly funny—a terrific crime novel and better character study."
Prosecutor Teodor Szacki makes it personal in a bleakly stylish mystery. Read full book review >
A MAIDEN WEEPING by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Once again Guest's past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence."
A young apprentice must use every skill he's learned to free his master from prison. Read full book review >
TREASON IN THE SECRET CITY by Diane Fanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This sequel to Scandal in the Secret City (2014), which has some basis in fact, is faster-paced than Fanning's debut while maintaining the 1940s atmosphere and emphasizing the difficulties of wartime life, especially for educated women."
The secret World War II-era nuclear experiments carried on at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, provide ample incentives for spying—and ample opportunities for amateur sleuths. Read full book review >
MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT  by Mary Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A pleasant cozy, more romance than mystery, with inspirational overtones."
A quartet of private detectives has their hands full with cases in two different cities. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH BOYS by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2016

"Thomas' finely drawn characters more than make up for some clumsy plotting in her eminently readable debut."
A rising film star is murdered on the morning of her wedding. Read full book review >
MURDER ON BRITTANY SHORES by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Like his debut (Death in Brittany, 2015), the hero's second adventure is judicious in parceling out attention to character, setting, and, most of all, plot."
A triple murder opens a new world to Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Concarneau police. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >