Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Hart (The Grave Soul, 2015, etc.) connects the events of the main story to a brief opening chapter presenting a savage murder, leading readers up to the attack and beyond while revealing the potential murderer's motive."
A video gone viral forces a couple to confront one member's past and decide whether it means they can still have a future together. Read full book review >
RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If the word 'dour' hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases."
A rogue cop who won't stay retired has even less incentive to follow the rules when an old murder leads to a new crime. Read full book review >

A DEATH AT THE YOGA CAFÉ by Michelle Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Yoga poses are interspersed with chapters, and a set of vegetarian recipes is added to the epilogue in this simple tale of small-town murder-cum-life cycle events."
The proprietor of a cafe and yoga studio seeks justice when a longtime acquaintance is falsely accused of murder. Read full book review >
THE TRAPPED GIRL by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Dugoni (In the Clearing, 2016, etc.) drills so deep into the troubled relationships among his characters that each new revelation shows them in a disturbing new light. The dizzying descent from a solid, unspectacular procedural to an unholy tangle of crimes makes this his best book to date."
Seattle Police Detective Tracy Crosswhite's fourth case takes her out of her hometown, out of her jurisdiction, and out of her comfort zone. Read full book review >
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The 11th from Jones (The Curse of Tenth Grave, 2016, etc.) is densely packed with supernatural problems, sex scenes not for the timid, and assorted complicated mysteries. Boning up on the 10 proceeding installments may be a prerequisite for making sense of this one."
Now that the Grim Reaper has become a god, she's having a hard time dealing with her new powers. Read full book review >

ALTAR OF RESISTANCE by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"A gripping and densely packed thriller dramatizing the Allied Italian campaign."
A sprawling historical novel examines the occupation and liberation of Rome during World War II. Read full book review >
BLIND MAN'S BLUFF by Sadie Cuffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"The prolific Cuffe sisters (Maine's White Pine Cone Conspiracy, 2015, etc.) have produced another character-driven Christian cozy better enjoyed for its romance than its slight mystery."
An inheritance and a threat turn a teacher's world upside down. Read full book review >
COLD HEART by Karen Pullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A complex case with a surfeit of red herrings that still marks a distinct improvement over Pullen's uninspiring debut (Cold Feet, 2013)."
A North Carolina cop lands her dream job with the Homicide Division only to risk becoming a victim herself. Read full book review >
A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER by Parnell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"The Puzzle Lady, who seems to improve with each new adventure (Presumed Puzzled, 2016, etc.), spreads red herrings with reckless abandon this time out."
A loyal Yankees fan does everything in her power to save the wife of a promising pitcher from a murder charge. Read full book review >
SCHEDULED TO DEATH by Mary Feliz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An engaging but not complex mystery that moves forward quickly with freshness, a few surprises, and a couple of real scares."
In this California-based cozy, a professional organizer sorts through suspects in the mysterious death of a client's fiancee. Read full book review >
RACING THE DEVIL by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"Despite the high body count, the pacing feels a bit slow. A perfectly competent but unexceptional entry in the crowded niche of interwar English village mysteries."
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge battles his own shell shock and a rector's murderer in an English coastal hamlet. Read full book review >
WHERE I CAN SEE YOU by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Versatile Sweazy (See Also Deception, 2016, etc.) punctuates the lawman's quest, laid-back yet urgent, with snatches of flash-forward dialogue that warn you not to expect a series. Well, we'll see."
A police detective returning to his Midwestern hometown is confronted by an unending stream of new crimes when he'd rather be investigating an old mystery close to his heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >