Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Jack Batten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Vodka-sipping, jazz-loving Crang is a clever fellow who adds welcome humor to this sixth noir-light case."
A Toronto lawyer accepts another of the unusual cases (Take Five, 2013, etc.) he enjoys.Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE by Katherine Hall Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"A paean to the beauties of Savannah with more romantic suspense than true mystery, but it's still a charming tale filled with lively characters and mouthwatering descriptions of local food."
Two cultures gently clash. Read full book review >

GOLD OF OUR FATHERS by Kwei Quartey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Despite some serious problems with pacing—successive mysteries and solutions seem to pop up and recede at the author's whim—Quartey presents tonic news for Americans who assume that Europeans were the most calamitous force ever to strike Ghana."
Darko Dawson (Murder at Cape Three Points, 2014, etc.) is seconded to Obuasi, far from his home base in Accra, just in time to catch a particularly brutal murder. Read full book review >
COLD GIRL by R.M. Greenaway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Greenaway brings a keen understanding of love, loyalty, frailty, and greed to her multilayered series debut."
An uneasily matched police team searches for a young singer who's disappeared in a remote region of British Columbia. Read full book review >
IMPURE BLOOD by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A sprawling, ambitious series debut especially noteworthy for its attention to minor characters, its mix of byways and felonies, and its determination to throw every crime in the book at the Brigade Criminelle—except, presumably, the ones reserved for the sequels."
Morfoot launches a new series by mixing international terrorism with threats much closer to home—and the home is Nice. Read full book review >

HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A must for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels."
Hand explores the darker side of the human psyche in this gripping urban suspense novel, a sequel to Available Dark (2013).Read full book review >
THE AGE OF TREACHERY by Gavin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The culprit is forgettable; the murder method, ingenious but wildly implausible; and the parade of real-life cameos, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Fleming, increasingly tiresome. Even so, Forrester is excellent company, and fans will surely want to read his further adventures."
Screenwriter Scott's debut novel welcomes an Oxford don home from World War II with the spectacle of a colleague disliked by him and everyone else dead beneath his best friend's lodgings. Read full book review >
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Although the serenely levelheaded costumer designer gets to solve the mystery, Patrick often keeps her under wraps, and even the cameos by Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, Barbara Stanwyck, and Preston Sturges aren't an adequate substitute. Here's hoping the promised series will redress the balance."
Patrick, a fig-leaf pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team, debuts with a tale that entangles not-yet-famed costume designer Edith Head in a case of Hollywood murder. Read full book review >
THE BUTCHER BIRD by S.D. Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"The second in Sykes' fine series is a puzzling mystery with a surprise at the end, filled with historical detail and, in Oswald, a slowly growing force to be reckoned with."
A young lord with a reputation for crime solving is nearly overwhelmed by problems. Read full book review >
CAPITOL PUNISHMENT by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"It's nice to think there are worse crimes than those of state legislators and their enablers. Not much else in the way of sweetness and light here, though."
Disgraced Ohio State quarterback-turned-shamus Andy Hayes finally finds somebody more widely disliked than he is: a freelance online reporter who's up to his gigabytes in scandal. Read full book review >
KING MAYBE by Timothy Hallinan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Junior's sixth sense keeps warning him that he's being set up, and it's on the money every single time. Fans who don't mind his ritualistically repeated failures will eat up his adventures among Hollywood types whose moral senses are even more primitive than his."
This fifth larcenous adventure for Junior Bender (Herbie's Game, 2014, etc.) is aptly described in the closing Author's Note as "a show-business book that [is] essentially all burglaries. Plus Suley."Read full book review >
DOWN THE DARKEST STREET by Alex Segura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Pete's second case may not tempt fans of either."
Journalist Pete Fernandez (Silent City, 2016) hits rock bottom when he confronts a serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >