Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

THE DEVIL'S COLD DISH by Eleanor Kuhns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Kuhns' fifth dispatch from the early days of a new nation, faster paced than the last installment (Death in Salem, 2015), builds mounting sympathy for its beleaguered leading couple."
In the 1790s, a New England weaver tries to solve a murder made to look like his handiwork. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE QUAI by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Rolling back the clock gives Black the chance to recast her heroine unencumbered by the baggage she's accumulated over the course of the series. It's not clear, though, where this prequel will take the franchise in the long run."
Black (Murder on theChamp de Mars, 2015, etc.) looks backward to discover the origins of Aimée Leduc, detective. Read full book review >

BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
STEALING FIRE by Win Blevins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"The Blevinses continue this series (The Darkness Rolling, 2015, etc.) by expanding on some surrealistically weird details of Wright's actual life while adding a spiritual dimension they would like readers to take seriously. Few will accept this invitation."
Hired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a Jewish/Navajo detective must protect the famous architect from everyone, even himself, while identifying the villain who's out to steal the plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >

Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2016

"Amateur gumshoes bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business."
In this debut thriller, a Canadian man purchases a Costa Rican beachside bar, but cops are more interested in him as a suspect in the previous owner's murder. Read full book review >
THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by Connie di Marco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This smartly written debut from di Marco (who wrote the Soup Lover's Mystery series as Connie Archer) sets the stage for a promising series, though future installments would benefit from developing the heroine's personal details more appealingly."
An astrologer wishes she were also a psychic when she's targeted as a practitioner of witchcraft and forced into sticking with a client who may be in danger. Read full book review >
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Hopefully, this is just the first adventure of many Steiner (Homecoming, 2013) will write for DS Bradshaw and her team."
A new and complex police heroine tries to solve a high-profile missing persons case while seeking domestic fulfillment in Cambridge. Read full book review >
BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The fifth case for McCafferty's fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can't help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes."
An animal sacrifice is prelude to human murder in Montana. Read full book review >
MURDER HAS NINE LIVES by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Jaine's flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives."
A writer thinks she's found a ticket to fame and fortune when her cat gets tapped for a TV ad shoot. Read full book review >
FINAL FONDUE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven just a little too long to be truly tasty."
Paying guests are a major headache for a small-town cook and her grandfather. Read full book review >
ENGAGED IN DEATH by Stephanie Blackmoore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Blackmoore's debut, first in a planned series, provides the usual cozy combination of mystery, romance, and recipes, with a little extra bite supplied by the timely fracking controversy."
Canceling the wedding from hell may turn out to be the best decision a harried lawyer ever made. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >