Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

BUM RAP by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The answer, of course, is all of the above in this lightweight but ebulliently seamless melding of Levine's two legal-eagles series."
Levine brings ex-Dolphin Jake Lassiter, Esq., (State vs. Lassiter, 2013, etc.) together with his other series regulars Solomon and Lord, of the Florida bar (Habeas Porpoise, 2014, etc.), under the most trying circumstances possible when Lord asks Lassiter to defend Solomon on a murder charge.Read full book review >
DEATH AT DOVECOTE HATCH by Dorothy Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in Florence's second case, a charming reminder of all the country house murders of Britain's golden age."
A quiet British village hardly seems the place for a murder, much less two. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER by Cathy Ace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"In a change from her Cait Morgan series (The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, 2014, etc.), Ace introduces a pleasantly quirky set of detectives who have their own diverse methods of crime-solving."
A stately home provides the backdrop for a modern mystery. Read full book review >
ELIMINATION by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The political intrigue seems barely to keep up with real-life electioneering in the Land of Lincoln this season. The best gift to series fans is the hope that Dev will end up with a woman who accepts him warts and all."
An Illinois Congresswoman caught in a tough re-election campaign narrowly survives what's clearly an attempt on her life. Or is it? Read full book review >
SILENT RUNNING by Pauline Rowson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Rowson's series debut is action-packed, but not different enough from the Horton oeuvre to provide any new take on crime on England's south seacoast."
The creator of DI Andy Horton (Shroud of Evil, 2014, etc.) launches a new series straight into the River Solent.Read full book review >

SCAM CHOWDER by Maya Corrigan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"The appended five-ingredient recipes vie for pride of place with the simple mystery."
A good cook makes an even better detective when her grandfather is suspected of murder. Read full book review >
BLACK VALLEY by Charlotte Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"For someone trained in reading subtle cues, Jess seems oblivious to the warning signs all around her. But her sleuthing does get her out of her office and into a complex puzzle that keeps you reading in spite of the plot contrivances."
The psychotherapist heroine of The House on the Cliff (2014) entangles herself in the dangerous world of fine arts.Read full book review >
DEATH IN BRITTANY by Jean-Luc Bannalec
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"Dupin's debut, published first in Germany and then in Britain, holds the promise of more pleasant puzzlers from the scenic north of France."
Commissaire Georges Dupin scratches his head over the death of a 91-year-old Breton hotelier. Read full book review >
MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing—and only gets better at what he does."
A follow-up to Tucker's debut, The Ways of the Dead (2014), that's leaner and (much) meaner than its predecessor.Read full book review >
Drink Dirt Eat Stone by Kyle Fleishman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"A violent, thrilling mystery hampered at times by overly gruesome exposition."
A debut novel following a former hit man who tries to eliminate old enemies before the past catches up with him. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S HARBOR by Alex Gilly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Gilly's debut is a real page-turner filled with thrills, chills, and unexpected surprises."
A routine patrol turns into a nightmare for alcoholic Marine Interdiction Agent Nick Finn. Read full book review >
DEATH AT GILLS ROCK by Patricia Skalka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"The second installment of this first-rate series (Death Stalks Door County, 2014) provides plenty of challenges for both the detective and the reader."
A Wisconsin sheriff lets his conscience be his guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >