Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WRONG DEAD GUY  by Richard Kadrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A goofy, flamboyant, and breathless horror adventure by one of the genre's sharpest creators."
Supernatural agent "Coop" Cooper returns in an overstuffed, hyperkinetic sequel to The Everything Box (2016). Read full book review >
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah's new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery."
Newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016, etc.) is disconcerted to find that her husband Ross' favorite dessert is a clue in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

THE BOGUS BONDSMAN by Paul Colt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Colt's elderly male Scheherazade keeps the formulaic story—one near miss after another—moving smartly along from bank to bank. Even non-Western fans who pick this one up by mistake will be beguiled."
1878. A Pinkerton operative signs on with a rival concern just in time to catch a case that will pit him against a resourceful gang of swindlers—and one of his former Pinkerton colleagues. Read full book review >
FACIALS CAN BE FATAL by Nancy J. Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Routine poke-your-nose-where-it-doesn't-belong fare, with results as expected."
The death of a philanthropist has Florida salon owner Marla Vail tearing her hair out. Read full book review >
RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Minor blemishes aside, this puppy tells a waggly tale the reader is happy to follow down the roughest paths."
A woman's plea to find her son's murderer sets the stage for the latest Hap and Leonard mystery. Read full book review >

THE ENGLISH AGENT by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fairly nonsensical but par for the course for DePoy, who writes characters from child protective workers (Cold Florida, 2016) to Christopher Marlowe as fast-talking action heroes."
Pressed into investigation in service of the queen, playwright Christopher Marlowe must learn the truth about a plot to destroy the nation. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GHOST by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fans of the handsome Highlander will delight in his continuing penchant for the wrong women and his utter lack of ambition despite his superior detecting skills, which this complex case puts on handsome display."
A wily Highland police sergeant solves a case the higher-ups want covered up. Read full book review >
OLD BONES by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Dispensing with anything like conventional exposition, Boyce lunges at the caldron of Atlanta racial/sexual/institutional politics as if she can't wait to tear the lid off. Readers prepared for the deep dive will find themselves enlightened, sobered, and maybe even cautiously uplifted by the heroine's reckless courage."
A second staccato tour of Atlanta's darkest corners for rookie Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN by Burt Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book is billed as 'A John Hay Mystery,' indicating that there may be more to come. Solomon (Where They Ain't, 2000, etc.) depicts the scores of people around Lincoln with vigor and authority. His middling mystery is a passable MacGuffin for his rich historical offering."
Disturbing questions arise after the tragic death of Abraham Lincoln's beloved son, Willie. Could it possibly be…? Read full book review >
THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"This first installment in Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series, now published in the U.S. for the first time, offers abundant evidence why the police-detective heroine, physically unattractive but extremely clever, and her meticulously plotted adventures (The Moth Catcher, 2016, etc.) have made such a splash in bookstores and in the TV series Vera."
A British environmental survey suddenly turns dangerous when several deaths occur. Read full book review >
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine."
A missing neighbor, a series of fires, and turmoil at work are just the start of Samantha Clair's problems. Read full book review >
THE DIME by Kathleen Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman."
Kent (The Outcasts, 2013, etc.) introduces a tough and engaging new detective in this police thriller set in Dallas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >