Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

KILLER REUNION by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The trip home has a dampening effect on the usually sanguine Savannah, who can't seem to keep her eyes on the prize."
Private eye Savannah Reid (Killer Gourmet, 2015, etc.) gets to relive every single trauma of her childhood at her high school reunion. Read full book review >
THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Prolific Shelton (If Onions Could Spring Leeks, 2015) kicks off a new series featuring a sleuth who'll delight book lovers, a so-so mystery, and Edinburgh in the starring role."
Taking a leap of faith, an archivist moves to Scotland for an exciting job opportunity. Read full book review >

JOURNEY TO MUNICH by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Winspear elegantly balances Maisie's emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war."
On an undercover mission for the British Secret Service in Nazi Germany, Maisie Dobbs must face not only the horrors of the Third Reich, but very real reminders of her own tragic past. Read full book review >
THE INFIDEL STAIN by M.J. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacking the freshness and exoticism of the earlier story, this new Avery and Blake episode offers solid yet wordier, more predictable entertainment."
An unconventional detective duo reunites to solve a series of gory murders in Dickensian London, a city where privilege dwells alongside grievous inequality. Read full book review >
DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A neatly crafted whodunit that drips with diamonds, titles, and scandals."
A countess takes time from her lavish social whirl to solve a murder. Read full book review >

SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The mystery actually gets less and less interesting as it limps along to the final hollow surprise. As usual in this series, Dial's precise eye for the carrots and sticks of the LA justice system is the standout feature."
Capt. Josie Corsino's fourth case is a prequel to her first three (Unnatural Murder, 2014, etc.) set so far back in the past that she isn't even Josie Corsino yet.Read full book review >
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"This cozy debut introduces a competent new amateur sleuth whose profession is sure to provide myriad problems along with a cast of quirky characters and plenty of motives and red herrings that keep you guessing."
Last-minute jitters and a mother-of-the-bride-zilla are the least of a wedding planner's problems. Read full book review >
JURY OF ONE by Charlie Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A writer of both mysteries and romances, Cochrane (The Best Corpse for the Job, 2014, etc.) strikes a fine balance between the two in story of professional meets personal—which should please those who don't want to take either one too seriously."
A copper has to investigate a crime that connects his boyfriend to a potential new flame. Read full book review >
HAP AND LEONARD by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale."
Seven laid-back adventures, one of them brand new, for "freelance troubleshooter" and good old boy Hap Collins and his gay black Republican partner Leonard Pine. Read full book review >
THE ELOQUENCE OF THE DEAD by Conor Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The second case for the talented, complicated Swallow (A June of Ordinary Murders, 2015) again spins a fine mystery out of political corruption in 1880s Dublin."
A police detective in Victorian-era Dublin catches another case with political ramifications, in a novel by a former editor of the Irish Times. Read full book review >
THE MIDWIFE AND THE ASSASSIN by Sam Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Thomas supplies an informed look at the English civil war from the viewpoint of everyday people while providing a mystery filled with red herrings and a surprising denouement."
A midwife is a most reluctant recruit for Oliver Cromwell's ruthless spymaster. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2016

"This charming mystery feels as companionable as a leisurely afternoon trawling the vintage shops with a good friend."
A London record hunter finds himself hunted when he's hired to track down a rare jazz LP in the first installment of this new series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >