Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

DEAD MEN'S BONES by James Oswald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Oswald's fourth (House of Silence, 2016, etc.) is a house of horrors that adds an above-par mystery to the usual supernatural touches."
A Scottish police officer is handed a case he's not supposed to solve. Read full book review >
WAKE THE DEVIL by Robert Daniels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Synthetic but highly effective thrills for fans who wish Jeffery Deaver, whose strengths and weaknesses Daniels follows as faithfully as the footprints in a dance lesson, would turn them out faster."
Another serial killer, this time a professional assassin ready to murder anyone standing between him and his target, calls Atlanta profiler Jack Kale back to the FBI. Read full book review >

STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Equally packed with mystery and plot development for the series characters, Mizushima's second is heavy in animal interest if not always specifically dog drama."
A K-9 cop and her canine partner track down the killer of a colleague's girlfriend in a case that hits close to home. Read full book review >
BLOOD CRIME by Sebastià Alzamora
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"If you've ever wondered what it's like to feel simultaneously bored and nauseous, this is the book for you."
A veteran police inspector in Barcelona must hunt down a vampire amid the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. Honest to God. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH FIGURE by Pieter Aspe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The Satanists remain unsatisfyingly shadowy to the bitter end, but Aspe provides both a wholly unexpected culprit and the perfect setup for the moment in which his police hero finally becomes a father."
The fourth case of Bruges Commissioner Pieter Van In to reach these shores, originally published in Belgium in 1998, pins the raffish cop between a covey of Satanists and a very pregnant wife. Read full book review >

AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson (Dry Bones, 2015, etc.) never disappoints."
The collision of biker gangs, a millionaire, numerous belligerent drunks, and an aging biker chick stirs up one nasty mess. Read full book review >
SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Spectacular as a Caribbean sunset, Keyse-Walker's debut is a well-paced puzzler no one should miss."
Murder rocks the tiny Caribbean island of Anegada. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date."
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is obliged to repay a debt he incurred to Boston mobster Gino Fish in the most precious coin of all. Read full book review >
BLUE MADONNA  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Benn's 11th Billy Boyle mystery has snappy dialogue, satisfying action scenes, and much interesting history about D-Day."
The Normandy invasion serves as backdrop for an army detective's toughest assignment yet: proving he's innocent of a trumped-up charge while rescuing a brave group of Resistance fighters. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN AVID READER by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Brody (Murder on a Summer's Day, 2016, etc.) has the style of the classic British cozy down pat. Plenty of distinctive characters, charming animals, and twists and turns add up to a delightful, though not particularly taxing, mystery."
A socially superior private detective seeks a child long ago given up for adoption. Read full book review >
MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Readers of Gordon's charming debut can rest easy about the outcome of the All-County competition. But there's more honest detection here than you'd expect, even if the murderer, whose career continues into the present, is a disappointingly marginal presence."
An African-American violinist suddenly stranded in Ireland faces two daunting tasks: preparing the village school's orchestra for a high-stakes competition they can't possibly win and solving a pair of murders now celebrating their 25th anniversaries. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The plummy prose of Casarett (Shocked, 2015, etc.) has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery. Piquantly titled chapters add verve. The measured introduction of colorful supporting players slows the story down but bodes well for the future of the proposed series."
A Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch the serial killer plaguing her hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >