Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

SOUTH VILLAGE by Rob Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Hart takes a good deal off the intensity of his hero's first two adventures. The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable but never exactly compelling."
Sometime detective Ash McKenna, not exactly on the run but once again headed away from stuff rather than toward it, finds that you really can't go home again if your home is a Georgia commune. Read full book review >
PRECIOUS AND GRACE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront."
Three new problems, only one involving an actual client, for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

BLONDE ICE by R.G. Belsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"If you can overlook the comic-strip prose and by-the-numbers plotting, the hero is appealingly fallible—he's still carrying a torch for his ex, and he spends a fair amount of time temporizing and procrastinating—and there are some effective twists toward the end."
Daily News reporter Gil Malloy's third outing pits him against a serial killer who's also a member of the fairer sex. Read full book review >
IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though the falling action never rises to the level of the setup, Rosenfelt's canine-loving hero is always good company—especially when he deals with someone who's gone to the dogs even more completely than him."
Rosenfelt, who continues to write some of the best hooks in the genre, saddles attorney Andy Carpenter (Outfoxed, 2015, etc.) with a client who's got only six months to brighten her Paterson neighborhood—if a guilty verdict doesn't remove her from her home first. Read full book review >

A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"For fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral."
What if the word's most famous (and eccentric) Victorian detective were a young gentlewoman in the midst of a scandal? Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DALI  by Sandra Orchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Orchard (A Fool and His Monet, 2016, etc.) creates a likable, enviable heroine who knows art inside out but seems a tad short on common sense."
An art expert takes on a case of theft, forgery, and loopy family dynamics. Read full book review >
SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Blake's meticulous research makes his latest account of crime and medicine in the mid-1700s (The Hidden Man, 2015, etc.) a pleasure to read even though mystery mavens will have no trouble unmasking the killer."
The discovery of a baby's body in a tanner's pit has the 18th-century English town of Preston in an uproar. Read full book review >
EGGNOG MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Heavy on cream and light on plot, this trio is most likely to appeal to fans of eggnog and coastal Maine."
Three tales of mayhem-by-eggnog penned by Maine boosters Ross, Hollis, and Meier. Read full book review >
HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Howe (City of Mirrors, 2013, etc.) sets her story in Tinseltown, but her characters lack the pop of classic Hollywood despite hints throughout at her ability to do more."
An aging actress turns amateur investigator after word gets out that she knows more than she's telling about the pedestrian victim of a car accident. Read full book review >
GRACE by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Owen uses his reflective, self-destructive hero to illuminate both the racial problems of his hometown and the ongoing death of the newspaper he loves, even though it doesn't love him back."
Proof positive that despite the title of police reporter Willie Black's fifth appearance (The Bottom, 2015, etc.), things can indeed get worse for both the city of Richmond and its daily newspaper. Read full book review >
MURDER UNDERGROUND by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"How this band of halfwits will solve a murder will surprise, and perhaps amuse, readers of this reprint of Hay's 1934 classic."
An unpleasant spinster meets her end on the stairs of the Belsize Park Tube station. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >