Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others."
A pair of suspicious suicides are linked to each other and to the "godforsaken rock" that irrevocably changed the victims' lives a decade ago. Read full book review >
MURDER, STAGE LEFT by Robert Goldsborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Grade A for franchise allusions, B-minus for dialogue, C for backstage atmosphere, and F for plotting, since Goldsborough relies on the same relentlessly unvaried Q-and-A that gave golden-age mysteries such a bad name. As the new homicide cop says: 'This has been one colossal waste of time.'"
Archie Goodwin goes undercover, unconvincingly and unsuccessfully, in Goldsborough's 12th Nero Wolfe pastiche (Stop the Presses!, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tale where the heroine's experiences as a grieving daughter and sister seem far more meaningful than any family secrets."
A teenager must unravel the mysteries behind her family's many tragedies in this first installment of a YA trilogy. Read full book review >
THE BONEPICKER by Lu Clifton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2017

"The dynamic protagonist leads a smart and indelible whodunit."
In Clifton's (Seeking Cassandra, 2016, etc.) latest thriller, a detective steps outside his jurisdiction to help a mother prove an unidentified skull belongs to her decadeslong missing son. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Frank Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A bundle of loose ends dulls the impact of what begins as a brisk and unusual puzzler."
DCI Neil Paget (Night Fall, 2012, etc.) leads his team into an increasingly murky investigation of a matter that may not even be criminal. Read full book review >

BEST SERVED COLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Despite the high body count, Cooper's newest (Countdown, 2014, etc.) is loaded with sly humor, delightfully awkward characters, and a surprising denouement."
The sheriff's department of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is under attack. Read full book review >
THREE SHOT BURST by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"The second in DePoy's new series (Cold Florida, 2016, etc.) is packed with humor, philosophical musings, fascinating characters, and his hero's palpable passion for his job."
An unlikely sleuth battles drug lords to rescue two sisters in big trouble. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by Anthea Fraser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Fraser showcases a delightful heroine whose own life, along with the lives of her friends and family, is consistently more interesting than the circuitous murder cases she is asked to solve."
A biographer inherits an interesting challenge that may have led to murder. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS COOK by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Ace (The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, 2016, etc.) reveals too much too soon but still delivers a pleasant mélange with a garnish of death and danger."
An all-female Welsh detective agency takes on a case of reverse robbery. Read full book review >
VERY IMPORTANT CORPSES by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Green (Dead Man Walking, 2016, etc.) presents a lightweight mystery featuring incoherent worldbuilding, pathetically childish attempts at machismo, and a glaringly obvious solution. Juvenile schlock."
Ishmael Jones, a space alien who never ages and whose secret weapon for solving problems is punching, investigates brutal, potentially supernatural attacks in an isolated Scottish manor house. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The intricately linked plotlines will appeal to puzzle fans. But it's Brekke's prodigious powers of invention, his ability to keep coming up with unforgettable characters and indelible episodes, that lift this above his own earlier work and most of the heavy Nordic competition."
Forgoing the historical excursions that tangled the first two cases of Trondheim's Inspector Odd Singsaker (Dreamless, 2015, etc.), Brekke mingles the immediate past, present, and future to produce an even more tangled, but deeply rewarding, tale. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL by Charlie Lovett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor."
He's a book-loving Brit who's skeptical about modernity; she's a tech-savvy Yank who talks too much. Is it possible this unlikely pair of "Grail buddies" could forge a meeting of minds—and even hearts—while tracking down one of the world's most revered treasures? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >