Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

SHADOW OF THE RAVEN by Tessa Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The opening of Harris' (The Lazarus Curse, 2014, etc.) latest 18th-century romantic mystery nearly bogs down in back story. Once it gains momentum, however, one disaster relentlessly follows another for the lovelorn doctor from the Colonies."
Deception, murder and land wars thwart Dr. Thomas Silkstone's latest attempt to find happiness with his beloved Lydia. Read full book review >
SHARK SKIN SUITE by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual."
Florida's premier vigilante may have met his match. Read full book review >

THE KINGS OF LONDON by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shaw (She's Leaving Home, 2014) makes the gritty English capital come alive, and while the action is slow-burning, it's worth waiting for the inevitable explosion."
Corruption and deception run rampant in 1960s London as a detective struggles to balance a recent loss and a stalled homicide investigation. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH WILD BLOOD by Gerrie Ferris Finger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"A heady mixture of thriller and mystery with so many red herrings that you'll need a trawler to catch them all."
A tracer of missing children investigates a murder involving an outlaw motorcycle gang. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE by Mike Befeler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Taking a break from his Geezer series (Nursing Homes Are Murder, 2014, etc.), Befeler introduces an appealing new hero while maintaining his quirky sense of humor."
A police detective's retirement turns out to be a lot briefer than he'd expected. Read full book review >

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Levinson's (Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers, 2014, etc.) herky-jerky narration alternates between suspenseful buildups and elaborate back stories in a ruthless world in which no one is to be trusted, the author least of all."
A relentless prosecutor, a power-loving political aide and a desperate record producer form a dangerous triangle. Read full book review >
FATAL FEAST by Jay Ruud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Strong in neither historical intrigue nor investigative suspense, Ruud's debut is at its best in providing its characters with sassy if questionably accurate personalities."
An Irish knight's death puts King Arthur's kingdom in peril when the accused culprit is Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >
DEAD RED by Tim O'Mara
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ray's third case (Crooked Numbers, 2013, etc.) presents another tangled mystery and another forgettable killer. But the acrid, knowing Brooklyn atmosphere is strong enough to bottle."
What did you do over your summer vacation? Brooklyn schoolteacher Raymond Donne uses the last two weeks of his to get in way over his head when a shooting much too close to home pulls him into a case of smuggling and murder. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE HOUSE OF FOSKETT by M.R.C. Kasasian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Kasasian's sequel is as witty and imaginative as his debut (The Mangle Street Murders, 2014), if you like your humor dark and your delights grotesque. Animal lovers may not be the only readers taking refuge in Beatrix Potter if they make it past the first few chapters."
Members of a death club each hoping to be the last one standing meet gruesome ends, and only Sidney Grice and his ward can stop the slaughter. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Khan's stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters who force readers to join them in dealing with ugly truths."
Two Toronto detectives are handed a politically sensitive case. Read full book review >
THE HONEST FOLK OF GUADELOUPE by Timothy Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Anne Marie's second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Pietro Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine."
Two disturbing murders unsettle the residents of a tropical paradise. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >