Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Deirdre Verne
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Verne's mystery is a winner, with plenty of twists and turns, an intriguing heroine and an ending that shocks in more ways than one."
A freegan and a cop make an oddly effective sleuthing team. Read full book review >
THE CHESSMEN by Peter May
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"May's poetic descriptions in this final installment of his Lewis trilogy alternate with the loutish behavior of the characters, who are constantly slapping, slugging and coshing each other. The mystery—really, the mysteries—are untidy, but the atmosphere is altogether magical."
Back on Lewis Island, the quiet Hebrides outpost where he was born (The Lewis Man, 2013, etc.), murder keeps stalking Fin McLeod, late of the Edinburgh CID—this time accompanied by harrowing revelations about his own early years.Read full book review >

CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions."
A New Hampshire cop tries to piece together a mysterious woman's life following a car accident and discovers nothing is as it seems. Read full book review >
THE BEIGE MAN by Helene Tursten
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Effectively puzzling till the final pages, rewardingly logical in its conclusion: One of Irene's best."
The seventh case for DI Irene Huss (The Golden Calf, 2013, etc.) gives Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit still another chance to show why it's so well-named.Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Sara Blaedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This first installment of a new trilogy for Louise and the Special Search Staff is perhaps the most tightly knit of Blaedel's grim procedurals."
Taking charge of Copenhagen's Special Search Agency, detective Louise Rick (Farewell to Freedom, 2012, etc.) catches the case of a young woman who's been found dead more than 30 years after her death certificate was issued.Read full book review >

BEHIND GOD'S BACK by Harri Nykänen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Perhaps the oddest Scandinavian mystery to have crossed the ocean yet, a mixture of Jo Nesbø's portraits of Nordic political corruption with Jerome Charyn's waggish Borscht Belt tales of Isaac Sidel, the Pink Commish of New York."
A Helsinki businessman apparently murdered by the most awkward suspect possible launches Detective Ariel Kafka, of the Violent Crimes Unit, on his second case (Nights of Awe, 2012).Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Gregson's lively portraits of suspects don't quite make up for slapdash plotting and an unforeseeable solution."
A book club gets off to a rocky start when one of its members is murdered. Read full book review >
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOLLY BLOOM? by Jessica Stirling
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Whatever Joyce scholars may think of one of the world's most ambitious novels being spun off into a whodunit, Stirling's (The Marrying Kind, 1996, etc.) clever, bawdy mystery-cum-court case stands up well in its own right. Picking up the pace would have made it even better."
Characters from James Joyce's Ulysses enjoy new life—except for the unfortunate soul who suffers a bloody death.Read full book review >
CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME by Carlene Thompson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"The solution, requiring an extended confession to the obligatory hostages and some additional explanation afterward, may tax fans of imperiled heroines. Along the way, though, Thompson (To the Grave, 2012, etc.) produces enough blood and thunder to satisfy the most demanding of them."
Returning to her Chesapeake hometown 18 years after her father was posthumously identified as the Genessa Point Killer, a daughter who's coped with her demons by writing supernatural fantasy novels finds there's plenty of malice left in the old Point. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE RAVEN by Tessa Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The opening of Harris' (The Lazarus Curse, 2014, etc.) latest 18th-century romantic mystery nearly bogs down in back story. Once it gains momentum, however, one disaster relentlessly follows another for the lovelorn doctor from the Colonies."
Deception, murder and land wars thwart Dr. Thomas Silkstone's latest attempt to find happiness with his beloved Lydia. Read full book review >
SHARK SKIN SUITE by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual."
Florida's premier vigilante may have met his match. Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF LONDON by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shaw (She's Leaving Home, 2014) makes the gritty English capital come alive, and while the action is slow-burning, it's worth waiting for the inevitable explosion."
Corruption and deception run rampant in 1960s London as a detective struggles to balance a recent loss and a stalled homicide investigation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >