Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Mogford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The first half of Spike's fourth rolls slowly. Once its focus shifts to treating its fully drawn characters as suspects, however, it has the satisfying flavor of a classic whodunit."
A high-powered Gibraltarian lawyer cuts short an idyllic vacation to defend a hapless man accused of a brutal murder. Read full book review >

TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The mystery, as it is so often in this high-flying series, is a throwaway. But fans will rush through the forgettable plot double-quick in order to savor every moment of Dexter's final hour."
Dexter's last hurrah. Read full book review >
THE CONFESSORS' CLUB by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The most densely woven of Dek's five cases to date, even though you may lose track of who's dead and who's not long before Fredrickson sounds the last trumpet."
Unlicensed Chicago shamus Dek Elstrom struggles to protect a man all too close to him who does his very best to fight any trace of protection. Read full book review >

BUM RAP by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The answer, of course, is all of the above in this lightweight but ebulliently seamless melding of Levine's two legal-eagles series."
Levine brings ex-Dolphin Jake Lassiter, Esq., (State vs. Lassiter, 2013, etc.) together with his other series regulars Solomon and Lord, of the Florida bar (Habeas Porpoise, 2014, etc.), under the most trying circumstances possible when Lord asks Lassiter to defend Solomon on a murder charge.Read full book review >
DEATH AT DOVECOTE HATCH by Dorothy Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in Florence's second case, a charming reminder of all the country house murders of Britain's golden age."
A quiet British village hardly seems the place for a murder, much less two. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER by Cathy Ace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"In a change from her Cait Morgan series (The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, 2014, etc.), Ace introduces a pleasantly quirky set of detectives who have their own diverse methods of crime-solving."
A stately home provides the backdrop for a modern mystery. Read full book review >
ELIMINATION by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The political intrigue seems barely to keep up with real-life electioneering in the Land of Lincoln this season. The best gift to series fans is the hope that Dev will end up with a woman who accepts him warts and all."
An Illinois Congresswoman caught in a tough re-election campaign narrowly survives what's clearly an attempt on her life. Or is it? Read full book review >
SILENT RUNNING by Pauline Rowson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Rowson's series debut is action-packed, but not different enough from the Horton oeuvre to provide any new take on crime on England's south seacoast."
The creator of DI Andy Horton (Shroud of Evil, 2014, etc.) launches a new series straight into the River Solent.Read full book review >
SCAM CHOWDER by Maya Corrigan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"The appended five-ingredient recipes vie for pride of place with the simple mystery."
A good cook makes an even better detective when her grandfather is suspected of murder. Read full book review >
BLACK VALLEY by Charlotte Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"For someone trained in reading subtle cues, Jess seems oblivious to the warning signs all around her. But her sleuthing does get her out of her office and into a complex puzzle that keeps you reading in spite of the plot contrivances."
The psychotherapist heroine of The House on the Cliff (2014) entangles herself in the dangerous world of fine arts.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >