Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE DEVIL'S COLD DISH by Eleanor Kuhns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Kuhns' fifth dispatch from the early days of a new nation, faster paced than the last installment (Death in Salem, 2015), builds mounting sympathy for its beleaguered leading couple."
In the 1790s, a New England weaver tries to solve a murder made to look like his handiwork. Read full book review >
CHILD NOT FOUND by Ray Daniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2016

"As usual, Daniel (Corrupted Memory, 2015, etc.) is more than generous with the violence, guilt, tweets, craft brews, and compassion."
A child's disappearance triggers a high-stakes mob turf war that Boston programmer Aloysius Tucker can only wish he had no part of. Read full book review >

NOT DEAD ENOUGH by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Since so many characters have skin in the game, it's virtually impossible to invest heavily in any of the players: too many suspects leaves little room for human connection."
A freelancing lawyer investigates a cold case involving a new friend's grandfather, who disappeared after a dispute over Native American lands. Read full book review >
CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"This fifth case for Makana (The Burning Gates, 2015, etc.) again deftly wraps a whodunit around an eloquent, character-driven look at recent history."
One missing student from South Sudan is a puzzle; a second South Sudanese student found decapitated points to something altogether more disturbing. Read full book review >
HEART OF STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Ziskin plants clues so conscientiously that most readers will beat the heroine to the killer. What makes this case stand apart is its sensitively nuanced evocation of the conflicts that swirl around the artsy Jewish milieu of the early 1960s."
Upstate reporter Ellie Stone's perfect 1961 Adirondack vacation is spoiled by everything from a skinny-dipping aunt to a pair of deaths that may or may not be accidental. Read full book review >

BLACK HAMMOCK by Michael Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Neither as scary nor as suspenseful as most of Wiley's Florida gothics but harrowing in its own peculiar way, even if it poses no threat to its Aeschylean model."
Something completely different—meaning surprisingly familiar—from Southern noir specialist Wiley: a revenge tragedy with strong intimations of the Oresteia. Read full book review >
MELODY OF MURDER by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"As for the heroine's sleuthing prowess, the man who loves her puts it best: 'You haven't done all that much, but you do show up whenever something's happening.'"
The family of a celebrated young pianist that's betaken itself to Alex Duggins' Cotswolds village over the pianist's strenuous objections must add sudden death to its other woes. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE LOCH by Eric Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though it's set in the mid-1950s, Brown's third (Murder at the Chase, 2014, etc.) is a typical golden age whodunit whose limited number of motive-rich suspects will neither break new ground nor raise your blood pressure."
Snow isolates a Scottish Highland castle, providing the perfect setting for a murder mystery. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN RED by Annie Dalton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"Dalton's warmth may mislead readers into thinking people who are attacked always recover (they don't). But even if her single-story risks sometimes falter, her long-term-plot risks pay off."
Unwelcome discoveries about a friend's past force her two closest companions to dig up details in order to protect her from things they don't know. Read full book review >
SHADOWED by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale."
An addicted hacker can't outrun her past. Read full book review >
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"The third and best of a finely wrought series (Skies of Ash, 2015, etc.) that gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective."
Talented African-American teenagers from a poor LA neighborhood are targeted by a serial killer. Read full book review >
A CAST OF FALCONS by Steve Burrows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Burrows' bird-watching expertise lends authenticity to an excellent mystery whose conflicted protagonist faces hard decisions."
A police detective with a tough case is distracted by moral ambiguities in his own life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >