Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Winspear teeters on the brink of stating the emotionally obvious at times but largely pulls back and weaves a convincing historical drama together with a rocky journey for her heroine."
As World War II dawns for Britain, investigator Maisie Dobbs takes on a case involving murdered Belgian refugees with shadowy ties to the Great War. Read full book review >
SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Pattison's ninth installment provides an important history lesson little understood in the West with authority, nuance, and genuine suspense."
Inspector Shan struggles to separate implausible myth from verifiable fact in probing a murky murder scene. Read full book review >

MURDER ON THE RED RIVER by Marcie R. Rendon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The plot in Rendon's adult debut never exactly thickens—this is more coming-of-age story than mystery—but the spare prose-poetry of her descriptions and dialogue is a lot more interesting than anything she has to say about crime or detection."
A wild child uneasily transplanted from the White Earth Reservation to a rented house in Fargo meets murder. Read full book review >
SERPENTINE by Peter Parkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Parkin and Darby can't write a memorable sentence between them, but they do keep the paranoid complications coming fast and furious. Be warned: every explanation of how a particularly impressive bit of technology is supposed to work indicates that this time it won't."
A roller coaster run amok is only the curtain raiser in this blood-and-thunder tale of Americans doing what they do best: neutralizing domestic saboteurs who also happen to be Americans. Read full book review >
A HEAD IN CAMBODIA by Nancy Tingley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Tingley's debut is more travelogue than mystery, with some crucial plot points left unexplained—a pleasant diversion for a plane ride to the reader's own adventure."
An unlikely California curator investigating Cambodian art forgery stumbles onto murder. Read full book review >

GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A celebration of a singular woman's life that's guided by facts but features some inviting imaginings."
The story of the very first female detective traces her growth from determined young woman to seasoned pro. Read full book review >
BAKER STREET IRREGULARS by Michael A. Ventrella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Less notable as independent creations than as provocations to think about Holmes and the Sacred Canon in innovative ways bound to lead to next year's anthologies."
When has Sherlock Holmes changed so much that he's no longer Sherlock Holmes? In this aptly titled collection, 13 new adventures of Holmes and Watson, more or less, push the envelope far beyond Baker Street. Read full book review >
THE BLACK TORTOISE by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A disappointingly perfunctory novella whose main revelation is that when the author of the hard-nosed Deets Shanahan stories (Killing Frost, 2015, etc.) takes off the edge, he takes off quite a bit more along with it."
A second case for forensic accountant Peter Strand (The Blue Dragon, 2015) ushers him into a San Francisco nonprofit to investigate rumored problems that get a lot bigger and more concrete shortly after his arrival. Read full book review >
MAN OVERBOARD by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can't seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot."
A shipboard tragedy is prologue to a deadly cyberduel. Read full book review >
MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect."
A 24th adventure for Marion "Doc" Ford (Deep Blue, 2016, etc.) interrupts his pursuit of a child pornographer to take him into even murkier waters: a kidnapping apparently haunted by a similar crime nearly a century ago. Read full book review >
MONKEY BUSINESS by Lois  Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2017

"Despite its title, Schmitt's debut offers few chuckles and fewer simians: the primates whose cages Kristy rattles are strictly human. Reptile and bird fans may enjoy the peeks into a zoo's handling of its less humanoid residents."
An aspiring Long Island journalist probes a killing at a zoo. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF TERROR by Maris Soule
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2017

"Soule takes a break from her P.J. Benson series (Eat Crow and Die, 2015, etc.) for a hair-raising thriller that breaks no new ground but has all the excitement it needs to keep you reading."
An Alaska cop whose past is shrouded in secrecy must deal with a crime that revives all her horrifying memories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >