Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
HIGH COUNTRY NOCTURNE by Jon Talton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bit of mystery, some hints of adultery, a dose of gun (well, holster) lore, and the requisite macho posturing. Somehow, though, the ingredients of Mapstone's eighth never add up to much more than a miscellany."
What could come between the partners of Peralta & Mapstone, Phoenix's most active firm of private investigators (The Night Detectives, 2013, etc.)? A cache of stolen diamonds, that's what.Read full book review >

LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS by Lori Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir."
Roy (Bent Road, 2011, etc.) draws a Faulkner-ian tale of sex and violence from the Kentucky hills.Read full book review >
THE KILL by Jane Casey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Casey has devised both an intricate puzzle and an intriguing partnership for her detective's fifth outing. Tough, reckless Maeve and the charismatic Derwent both have something to prove, especially that they aren't as attracted to each other as they obviously are."
The murder of a police officer is only the first of a rash of killings that devastates London's police force. Read full book review >
RESORTING TO MURDER by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"One truth emerges unchallenged: when English detectives go on holiday, they really do seem to relax a bit, or at least their creators do."
Fourteen reprints from England's golden age of detection (here, 1910-1953) show that although favorite sleuths may go on vacation, murder never does. Read full book review >

THE RELUCTANT MATADOR by Mark Pryor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Pryor lays it on thick: Hugo and Tom act out with frat-boy glee, the Rioja flows, and the Spanish authorities assign only English-speaking detectives for the convenience of their American chums. Strictly for those who think espionage is like Club Med without the beads."
The head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris explores Barcelona in search of a wannabe model. Read full book review >
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #15 by David Housewright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Even so, the first movement is by far the most interesting part of this otherwise routine tale."
Rushmore McKenzie's 15th case begins when he agrees to babysit a young woman he's saved from death and then goes downhill from there. Read full book review >
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising debut whose ending doesn't quite live up to the rest of the story."
A Florida police officer and a nurse tackle a cold case. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >
THE MISSING AND THE DEAD by Stuart MacBride
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"McRae's ninth appearance packs a potent punch, blending gritty police procedural with surprising grace notes of the hero's humanity."
Even in exile, a veteran detective can't escape the lure of a major crime. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Despite hints to the contrary, the crime and the investigation are routine, and the killer is a cipher. What lingers in the memory is the group portrait of the Polesford locals brutally closing ranks against a man they're certain deserves to die."
DI Tom Thorne and his lover, DS Helen Weeks, return to Helen's hated hometown in Warwickshire to confront some ugly accusations and some even uglier secrets. Read full book review >
A FATAL CHAPTER by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the series (Book Clubbed, 2014, etc.) will welcome this tenth installment, which fleshes out its weak mystery by continuing to develop the many returning characters."
A fire may have closed Tricia Miles' New Hampshire mystery bookstore, but it can't stop Tricia from her amateur sleuthing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >