Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

QUICKSAND by Carolyn Baugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Baugh (The View from Garden City, 2008) launches a new series featuring a strong heroine and plenty of action."
An Egyptian-American police officer fights for respect. Read full book review >
THE DUNGEON HOUSE by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"Despite the gap of all those years, Edwards works exceptionally close to his characters. So every complication he piles on so generously comes with a fresh sting, even if many readers will be left more bemused than challenged by this intricate puzzler."
In his seventh Lake District mystery (The Frozen Shroud, 2013, etc.), Edwards shows that a troubled local family can rename the Dungeon House as Ravenglass Knoll, but they can't erase its violent past or prevent a recurrence of the same fatal passions. Read full book review >

BLOOD RED by Wendy Corsi Staub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"While the subject matter may seem gruesome, the violence is fairly muted and Staub mostly maintains the suspense throughout, despite a few too many coincidences."
A quiet town's dark past and a serial killer's quest for his ideal victim create a perfect storm in Staub's (The Perfect Stranger, 2014, etc.) frothy new thriller.Read full book review >
SCRAPBOOK OF THE DEAD by Mollie Cox Bryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This latest entry in the plethora of crafty cozies features several interesting characters and enough suspects to keep you guessing. And, of course, there's the scrapbook lore."
Small-town Virginia scrapbookers are involved in a double murder. Read full book review >
SWAG BAGS AND SWINDLERS by Dorothy Howell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A lightweight beach read for like-minded fashionistas convinced that since Howell's accidental detective has solved so many murders (Beach Bags and Burglaries, 2014, etc.), she can't be a dumb as she seems."
A fashion-obsessed California girl is involved in yet another murder. Read full book review >

DANGEROUSLY DARK by Colette London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A minor mystery supplemented with romance, a brace of recipes, and a loving description of the food scene in Portland."
A chocolate expert tries her hand once more as an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
A BEELINE TO MURDER by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A series debut with plenty of tips and recipes and a modest mystery that takes a back seat to the details of the heroine's private life."
A former police officer can't turn down a chance to investigate a murder. Read full book review >
COP JOB by Chris Knopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"The fog gets so thick, in fact, that some readers will doubt Knopf can cut through it all. But he does, with a keen, deadly final stroke that makes this sixth case one of Sam's best."
After several years following his two other series sleuths, Jackie Swaitkowski and Arthur Cathcart (A Billion Ways to Die, 2014, etc.), Knopf returns to Hamptons executive-turned-cabinetmaker Sam Acquillo, the hero who launched his fictional career.Read full book review >
RUN BABY RUN by Michael Allen Zell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Despite the rising body count, Zell (Errata, 2012) keeps this shaggy series debut as mellow as a pipe dream. Only the torrent of local geographical detail will threaten your blood pressure."
A criminologist lately returned to New Orleans finds that the criminals he's supposed to identify are the least of his problems in this sweetly wrought fable of criminal consequences. Read full book review >
MURDER BY SUSPICION by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Heley offers another solid outing for Ellie, who isn't slowed down a bit by the passage of time."
British minister's wife Ellie Quicke (Murder in Time, 2014, etc.) struggles to keep her housekeeper safe from a religious cult. Read full book review >
ANADARKO by Tom Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A nasty picture of how far the Klan reached into everyday life, reflections on Native American culture and religion, and a gallery of fascinating characters are all woven into a complex mystery."
An Irish private eye and his Cherokee assistant step into a hotbed of racism and crime when they look for a missing person in Prohibition-era Oklahoma. Read full book review >
THE WHITE SHEPHERD by Annie Dalton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Surprisingly entertaining in spite of the predictable plot, Dalton's adult mystery debut is filled with amusing characters, each with her or his own imperfections."
A reclusive young dog owner is forced out of her shell when she finds a body in the woods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >