Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

DANGEROUS CARGO by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The investigator's second outing is even more muscular than his debut, as Rowson edges her detective puzzles ever closer to thriller territory."
Ex-commando Art Marvik (Silent Running, 2015) tracks down the killer of a man who died twice. Read full book review >
DRAGON FRUIT by Karen Keskinen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Keskinen (Black Current, 2014, etc.) seldom treats her characters with the gravity they merit, thrusting them into strange situations and making weighty decisions about their fates with little warning."
A private eye reluctantly signs on to help a transgender Mexican immigrant look for the daughter she fathered. Read full book review >

OUT OF NOWHERE by Susan Dunlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Dunlap's creation of occupations for side characters that seem to exist solely to help her heroine (Switchback, 2015, etc.) makes sense given that her writing focuses more on ends and means than enjoying the journey."
A stunt double and Zen student adds sleuthing to her resume as she asks what might have driven her brother out of town. Read full book review >
A SHOCKING ASSASSINATION by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The second in Harrison's historical series (A Shameful Murder, 2015) paints a fascinating picture of life in Ireland as it makes the painful transition to a republic. A vexing mystery and a clever sleuth cap it off."
The burning and looting may have subsided, but Ireland's struggle for independence has left the city of Cork still very much on edge in the 1920s. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE PARIS EXPOSITION by Frances McNamara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Historical detail, intriguing real-life characters, and a complex mystery are nearly overwhelmed by detailed descriptions of period attire that only a hard-core fashionista could love."
The 1900 Paris Exposition provides a glittering backdrop for murder, theft, and high fashion. Read full book review >

A LESSON IN LOVE AND MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Although the premises and some of the banter are enjoyable, McMillan is less successful with character and plot development, which will have to wait for later entries in the series (The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, 2016)."
Two adventurous female detectives travel from Toronto to Chicago in the 1910s to investigate a Mountie who may have gone rogue. Read full book review >
King Peso by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A satisfying read with plenty of bad guys and a solid, well-defined heroine."
Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco's only female detective, once again confronting institutionalized corruption while trying to solve a string of murders. Read full book review >
HOT START by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Freed's fifth mystery has a great pace, abundant humor, and a lively cast of supporting characters."
A wisecracking flight instructor turns sleuth once more to save a fellow ex-military man from a murder charge. Read full book review >
THE STRIVERS' ROW SPY by Jason Overstreet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Overstreet's debut novel could use a little more pace and a little less embellishment, but he successfully immerses the reader in a fascinating and little understood era in the nation's history."
During the days of the Harlem Renaissance, the nascent FBI's first African-American agent gets a daunting and dangerous assignment. Read full book review >
HELL FIRE  by Karin Fossum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fossum traces the parallels between the mothers and sons so patiently, precisely, and compassionately that even fans who know all too well what's bound to happen when their paths converge will be shocked into fresh grief themselves."
Inspector Konrad Sejer investigates an apparently pointless double murder while the interspersed flashbacks that make up the greater part of this sad tale show the victims inching ever closer to a remorseless fate. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS by Barbara Nickless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Nickless' writing admirably captures the fallout from a war where even survivors are trapped, forever reliving their trauma."
Leaving Iraq has never really meant leaving the battlefield for a veteran whose ghosts still follow her in her new role as a railroad cop. Read full book review >
ONLY THE HUNTED RUN by Neely Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Tucker raises the stakes and ramps up the darkness in this series and makes you wonder, and even worry a little about, what's coming next."
A mass slaughter in the Capitol building sets off this third tense and twitchy installment in the adventures of investigative reporter Sully Carter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >