Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

THE BONES WILL SPEAK by Carrie Stuart Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Gwen's second case (A Cry from the Dust, 2014) uses Parks' own life experiences to create a fast-moving thriller rife with tension."
A Montana forensic artist is targeted by a serial killer. Read full book review >
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS by R.G. Belsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Gil's tiresome badinage, more redolent of attitude than wit, marks him as a Spenser wannabe. What shines brightest here is Belsky's talent for keeping the pace steady and fast so that every round of inquiries produces more satisfyingly tawdry revelations."
Daily News reporter Gil Malloy (The Kennedy Connection, 2014, etc.) probes another old murder whose victim was just as famous, though not just as real. Read full book review >

BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Like the rest of Crider's long string of Dan Rhodes novels (Half in Love with Artful Deaths, 2014, etc.), the latest keeps you guessing and chuckling."
Another passing strange case for the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas. Read full book review >
THE BEAT GOES ON by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Rankin's (Saints of the Shadow Bible, 2014, etc.) canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he's in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes."
Rebus fans, rejoice: here are one novella, two new stories, and 28 reprinted tales about veteran detective John Rebus. Read full book review >
MURDER COMES CALLING by C.S. Challinor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Rex's seventh (Murder at Midnight, 2014, etc.) reveals too much early on to offer much of a puzzle, but it's still fun to follow the clues."
Helping an old pal puts a Scottish barrister in danger. Read full book review >

FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >
WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Hannah, who plots rings around most of the competition, shares Ruth Rendell's shivery conviction that there are still darker secrets than whodunit, how, and why."
The murder of a heat-seeking online columnist provides DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer, with perhaps too many suspects—including a leading suspect so overburdened with guilt that she's almost too convenient. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Minimalist but compelling work from the author who seems to have inherited the late Ruth Rendell's gift of spinning the darkest complications out of what might seem like nothing at all."
Norway's Inspector Konrad Sejer, back from his hiatus (I Can See in the Dark, 2014, etc.) and feeling his mortality more acutely than ever, leads the inquiry into the death of a toddler with Down syndrome.Read full book review >
A CHORUS OF INNOCENTS by P.F. Chisholm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"One of Chisholm's best Elizabethan mysteries (An Air of Treason, 2014, etc.), combining all the historical information readers have come to expect with a swiftly moving story featuring a strong woman whose romantic aspirations have yet to be fulfilled."
This time out, it's Sir Robert Carey's unhappily married love, Elizabeth, who solves a murder steeped in political intrigue. Read full book review >
DANTE'S DILEMMA by Lynne Raimondo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Although Mark is either distracted or benighted in his third case, Raimondo (Dante's Poison, 2014, etc.) has invested him with all his customary wit, courage, and honesty."
A battered wife finds an ally in a visually challenged expert witness. Read full book review >
UNLEASHED by Eileen Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Kate's second (Muzzled, 2014) is a treat for animal lovers. The plethora of suspects keeps you guessing."
Now that curiosity has killed the cat, will it kill the veterinarian? Read full book review >
PUREBRED DEAD by Kathleen Delaney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"The many characters imported from Delaney's food-based cozies (And Murder For Dessert, 2007, etc.) are supplemented by plenty of suspects and a charming cast of canines."
The murder of a disgraced veterinarian opens a Pandora's box of iniquities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >