Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS by Eve Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Although it's clear that many characters in the story are there only to serve the plot, the conceit of Seymour's debut is intriguing."
A stalking victim is convinced that she's the only one who can catch the perp—even when the police wonder if she's doing the stalking. Read full book review >
THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM by Kirsten Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"A clever combination of characters you care about despite the silliness and absurd situations that hook you even though Weiss (The Hermetic Detective, 2015, etc.) clearly doesn't take them very seriously."
The Paranormal Museum gets uncomfortably close to its avowed mission when it becomes the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

GOODBYE TO THE DEAD by Brian Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"If you're looking for a full docket, Freeman pays off in spades. But the felonies are only loosely linked, and the solutions are less compelling than the setups. Below average for this accomplished, ambitious series."
Nine years after his late wife's friend was convicted of killing her husband, Lt. Jonathan Stride of the Duluth Police Department finds new evidence that reopens the case and tears him up as well. Read full book review >
RAIN DOGS by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Duffy (Gun Street Girl, 2015, etc.) is taking no better care of himself than he ever did. But his copper's instincts are as sharp as ever in this fifth installment."
During the Irish Troubles, a discouraged detective tackles a murder oddly similar to a past crime. Read full book review >
ST ERNAN'S BLUES by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Charles (Down on Cyprus Avenue, 2014, etc.) makes Starrett's third case leisurely, literate, ingenious, improbable, and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality."
Murder comes to a Donegal home for priests about whom the Irish Catholic Church has decided that, as one of them says, "it wasn't working for us elsewhere." Read full book review >

THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater."
Venice might be sinking into the sea, but as long as Commissario Guido Brunetti is around, there will be someone to make sure the city doesn't become a total swamp of cynicism and corruption. Read full book review >
DEADLY JEWELS by Jeannette de Beauvoir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Martine's second (Asylum, 2015) cleverly weaves real events into a mystery/thriller whose flashbacks contain the clues to solve the puzzle."
The crown jewels, neo-Nazis, and Holocaust survivors play their parts in a Montreal mystery. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2016

"This charming mystery feels as companionable as a leisurely afternoon trawling the vintage shops with a good friend."
A London record hunter finds himself hunted when he's hired to track down a rare jazz LP in the first installment of this new series. Read full book review >
HAP AND LEONARD by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale."
Seven laid-back adventures, one of them brand new, for "freelance troubleshooter" and good old boy Hap Collins and his gay black Republican partner Leonard Pine. Read full book review >
THE ELOQUENCE OF THE DEAD by Conor Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The second case for the talented, complicated Swallow (A June of Ordinary Murders, 2015) again spins a fine mystery out of political corruption in 1880s Dublin."
A police detective in Victorian-era Dublin catches another case with political ramifications, in a novel by a former editor of the Irish Times. Read full book review >
THE MIDWIFE AND THE ASSASSIN by Sam Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Thomas supplies an informed look at the English civil war from the viewpoint of everyday people while providing a mystery filled with red herrings and a surprising denouement."
A midwife is a most reluctant recruit for Oliver Cromwell's ruthless spymaster. Read full book review >
JURY OF ONE by Charlie Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A writer of both mysteries and romances, Cochrane (The Best Corpse for the Job, 2014, etc.) strikes a fine balance between the two in story of professional meets personal—which should please those who don't want to take either one too seriously."
A copper has to investigate a crime that connects his boyfriend to a potential new flame. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >