Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

EDGE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"The fat, jaded Christie is far from the eager rookie of Judgement Call (2014). And this time, Oldham (Low Profile, 2014, etc.) seems bent on upping the bloodshed in a grim Keystone Kops gavotte of capture and escape."
Henry Christie returns to face a psychopathic killer and a serious contemplation of retirement. Read full book review >
DEADLIGHT HALL by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Michael and Nell's fifth thriller is skillfully structured and packed with suspense."
Ghosts from World War II haunt a Victorian mansion. Read full book review >

CRY WOLF by Michael Gregorio
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"This series kickoff by the author of the Hanno Stiffeniis historical mysteries (Unholy Awakening, 2010, etc.) features some deliciously dry humor and a lively, tough-minded plot."
A new park ranger with a secret past seeks peace in the wilderness but instead finds an organized crime blood feud. Read full book review >
GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND by Judith Cutler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although Cutler gets a bit carried away with the number of characters and catastrophes she introduces, Fran and Mark are as likable and capable as they were in their last adventure (Double Fault, 2014)."
Husband-and-wife sleuths reopen a case that almost everyone else wants to keep closed. Read full book review >
THREADS OF DECEIT by Mae Fox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"This series kickoff features a touch of romance and some interesting historical tidbits but not much exercise for your own inner sleuth."
An innkeeper gets involved in a historical dig and a modern murder. Read full book review >

THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"A brisk tempo, a sympathetic hero and a plot as complicated as the beloved opéra bouffe it parallels will make Lebow's debut resonate with opera lovers and lay readers alike."
A librettist-turned-reluctant detective sees the characters of his latest opera come to life and just as quickly die. Read full book review >
KILLER GOURMET by G.A. McKevett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"McKevett proves that marriage doesn't stop the fun, as Savannah and Dirk bicker and banter their way through their 20th case before retiring to the bedroom to enjoy a generous dollop of Chantilly cream for dessert."
This time it's personal for private eye Savannah Reid and her police detective husband, Dirk Coulter (Killer Physique, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE MOURNING BELLS by Christine Trent
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"The pace is glacial, despite, or perhaps because of, the extensive and interesting exploration of Victorian mourning practices."
The peculiar Victorian fascination with all aspects of death causes an undertaker to ponder the good and bad features of safety coffins. Read full book review >
WHISKERS OF THE LION by P.L. Gaus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Out of the peaceful world of buggies and prayer caps, Gaus conjures a nail-biter that doesn't give up its secrets any quicker than the Amish."
The murder of Ruth Zook (The Names of Our Tears, 2013) continues to take its toll on the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio.Read full book review >
GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brisk, biting and cleverly plotted, Montalbano's 18th (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) is both droll and suspenseful."
Inspector Montalbano's growing obsession with an alluring neighbor may be clouding his judgment as he pursues an elusive bomber. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >
SHADOW RITUAL by Éric Giacometti
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2015

"Though far from subtle, Giacometti and Ravenne's series kickoff has abundant visceral appeal."
An international odd couple tracks a cabal of neo-Nazi assassins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >