Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

RACING THE DEVIL by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"Despite the high body count, the pacing feels a bit slow. A perfectly competent but unexceptional entry in the crowded niche of interwar English village mysteries."
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge battles his own shell shock and a rector's murderer in an English coastal hamlet. Read full book review >
WHERE I CAN SEE YOU by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Versatile Sweazy (See Also Deception, 2016, etc.) punctuates the lawman's quest, laid-back yet urgent, with snatches of flash-forward dialogue that warn you not to expect a series. Well, we'll see."
A police detective returning to his Midwestern hometown is confronted by an unending stream of new crimes when he'd rather be investigating an old mystery close to his heart. Read full book review >

TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >
FOR TIME AND ALL ETERNITIES  by Mette Ivie Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Linda might make a comforting companion for devout Mormon women struggling with their leadership and history. Other readers, though, are likely to find the prose ham-fisted and didactic, the mystery unsatisfying, and the solution downright offensive."
Mormon housewife Linda Wallheim grapples with her faith as she delves into underground polygamy in her third investigation (His Right Hand, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Micki Browning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Browning's debut can verge on cliché, and she seems reluctant to flesh out her supporting cast, but the main action of the story flows smoothly."
A dive gone wrong forces a normally grounded diver to open her mind to the possibility of supernatural interference. Read full book review >

A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Although Raybourn's wit and whimsy veer dangerously close to the twee, you have to admire her self-sufficient heroine, who divides her attention so comfortably between lepidoptery and Victorian sexcapades."
An unconventional 19th-century sleuth and her equally eccentric sidekick uncover dark secrets of the upper class in this sequel to A Curious Beginning (2015). Read full book review >
DUPLICITY by Ingrid Thoft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Even if pacing and plausibility are still a problem for Thoft (Brutality, 2015, etc.), the renegade protagonist triumphs over her creator's occasional misjudgment."
A Boston-based private eye returns for a fourth whirl when she infiltrates a megachurch. Read full book review >
AT ROPE'S END by Edward Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Detection-cum-romance enlivened by the profiler's own moderate but heartfelt interest in sadomasochistic erotica, which produces an ending as twisted as it is gratuitous."
TV writer/producer Kay's debut mystery (Sink and Destroy, 2014, etc.) lures a forensic psychologist out of his University of Washington classroom to help a Seattle cop track the killer of two known victims and perhaps many more. Read full book review >
THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >
SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The second case for the crime-solving friends (A Most Curious Murder, 2016) is a creepy tale filled with literary allusions and sporting a truly puzzling mystery."
The reappearance of a reclusive poet causes a sensation in Bear Falls, Michigan. Read full book review >
DEAD AND BREAKFAST by Kate Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The prolific Kingsbury (Mulled Murder, 2013, etc.) launches a new series with likable characters and a beautiful setting but very little to set this cozy apart from many others."
A divorcée and her grandmother are trying to open a B&B on the Oregon coast, but their plan is derailed by a shocking discovery. Read full book review >
THE ELUSIVE ELIXIR  by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"The unbelievable premise is no problem given the inventive powers of Pandian, whose alchemist series (The Masquerading Magician, 2016, etc.) is enriched this time by her sharper focus on developing her characters' back stories."
A gifted alchemist may have to choose between rescuing a friend and keeping her own identity secret. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >