Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The conscientious mystery is satisfying enough, but it's the increasingly complicated relationship between Georgina and Diamond (The Stone Wife, 2014, etc.) that's most memorable."
An offer he can't refuse takes Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond from his accustomed perch at the Avon and Somerset Police to a seaside town in Sussex, all in the worst company he can imagine. Read full book review >
FAST SHUFFLE by David Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Black (The Extinction Event, 2010, etc.) supplies a sweetly moving fable for nostalgia buffs and anyone who thinks the movie Harvey (1960) would have been improved if its imaginary rabbit had been a damsel in distress. An epilogue retailing anecdotes from the author's Hollywood days is quite as entertaining as the main event."
A delusional private eye stumbles onto a case that will test him to the max. Read full book review >

POTTER'S FIELD by Chris Dolan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Although native Glaswegians will have a decided advantage in parsing the dialect and local color, outsiders will find plenty to keep them guessing in Dolan's complex, perceptive crime debut."
A flawed but feisty Glasgow prosecutor goes her own way to find a serial killer. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S SHARE by Wallace Stroby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though Stroby (Shoot the Woman First, 2013, etc.) doesn't exactly break new ground, readers hungry for an old-fashioned double-strength heist gone wrong could hardly do better."
Crissa Stone's fourth caper involves stealing some priceless antiquities from an owner so obliging that he offers to pay her and helps her plan the job. Read full book review >
LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the plot is straightforward and predictable despite the obligatory twists, Rader-Day (The Black Hour, 2014) writes absorbingly enough to make you look forward to a sequel."
An investigation into a childhood friend's death leads a small-town girl to discover that her own early years may not have been as they seemed. Read full book review >

HOUSE RIVALS by Mike Lawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"After DeMarco's unwontedly personal stake in finding his father's murderer (House Reckoning, 2014), it's nice to see him go up against some fixers as impersonal as him. Everything here, from the hard-case characters to the headlong pace, is professional-grade."
D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco, posted to the wilds of North Dakota, schemes to avenge the death of a young woman he was sent there to protect. Read full book review >
HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >
GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Mogford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The first half of Spike's fourth rolls slowly. Once its focus shifts to treating its fully drawn characters as suspects, however, it has the satisfying flavor of a classic whodunit."
A high-powered Gibraltarian lawyer cuts short an idyllic vacation to defend a hapless man accused of a brutal murder. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The mystery, as it is so often in this high-flying series, is a throwaway. But fans will rush through the forgettable plot double-quick in order to savor every moment of Dexter's final hour."
Dexter's last hurrah. Read full book review >
THE CONFESSORS' CLUB by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The most densely woven of Dek's five cases to date, even though you may lose track of who's dead and who's not long before Fredrickson sounds the last trumpet."
Unlicensed Chicago shamus Dek Elstrom struggles to protect a man all too close to him who does his very best to fight any trace of protection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >