Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

DYING FOR THE PAST by TJ O'Connor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Tuck's second moves along briskly enough, but the plethora of suspects and motives may leave you scratching your head."
A ghostly detective who hovers over Winchester, Virginia, learns to harness his powers. Read full book review >
A KILLER RETREAT by Tracy Weber
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Despite lots of red herrings, yoga lore and ways to treat EPI, Kate's second lacks a strong mystery. And sometimes you just want to shake the temperamental heroine."
A yoga teacher's romantic getaway almost gets her jailed for murder. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST by Gigi Pandian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Though the world of Pandian's new series may not sound any more appealing than Zoe's vegan recipes, it's just as satisfying in the end."
An alchemist moves to Oregon in an attempt to leave her old ways behind only to find that they've followed her in the form of a 3-foot-tall talking gargoyle. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S SONG by James Oswald
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Tony's third (The Book of Souls, 2014, etc.) reads like a police procedural with supernatural overtones. Despite plenty of red herrings and clever twists, the villain isn't that hard to identify."
DI Tony McClean may think his life is in turmoil, but it's about to get worse. Read full book review >
RIVER OF NO RETURN by David Riley Bertsch
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A majestic setting, plenty of action and a scary look at the possibilities of new technologies."
A fishing guide with a shadowy past is lured into an explosive situation. Read full book review >

A STRING OF BEADS by Thomas Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Perry (The Boyfriend, 2013, etc.) supplies twists and thrills aplenty, but it's hard to feel the suffocating kind of suspense that's his stock in trade when the pursuers seem to be in more danger than the pursued."
A refreshing change of pace for Jane Whitefield McKinnon, who specializes in helping people hide from dangerous pursuers (Poison Flower, 2012, etc.): She's asked to find someone who's already gone to earth.Read full book review >
WHEN THE DEAD AWAKEN by Steffen Jacobsen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Jacobsen isn't afraid of clichés, and genre fans will find plenty of familiar character types and situations here, along with an impressive set of variations on the motif of raising the dead, none of them pleasant."
Danish surgeon Jacobsen's third novel, and his first to be translated into English, sets a Naples prosecutor determined to avenge her father against the criminal Camorra that killed him and an awful lot of other people. Read full book review >
THE MARTINI SHOT by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The other stories all strike sparks as reminiscences of troubled youth recalled from the perspective of adult experience—or from beyond the grave."
Seven stories and a novella from the undisputed king of D.C. noir. Read full book review >
DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This series just keeps getting better."
In the latest volume of Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin series, the ambitious protagonist, now a rookie cop, tangles with some scary homegrown militia types called the Sovereign Citizens. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF DISCRETION by Susan Hill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Graphic depictions of sexual violence against children may turn the stomachs of even the most seasoned crime-fiction fans, and for a hero, Serrailler is decidedly unlikable."
Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler goes undercover in a highly secure prison to gather evidence in a child prostitution case in Hill's latest series installment (A Question of Identity, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
SEND MORE IDIOTS by Tony Perez-Giese
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Entertaining, escapist fare; to paraphrase one of Perez-Giese's characters, it's a great idea with good execution."
In Perez-Giese's (Pac Heights, 2013) gritty mystery, a man upends his life to search for his estranged younger sibling, who's gone missing in Juarez, Mexico. Read full book review >
THE POET AND THE PRIVATE EYE by Rob Gittins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"Gittins (Gimme Shelter, 2013) mines Thomas' real-life last days for these obvious lessons with sensitivity and devotion. But the whole cast, including Thomas, who barely gets a speaking role, is muffled by Jimmy's sincere, obtuse reflections and digressions."
Hired to dig dirt on Dylan Thomas during his last visit to New York, a private investigator instead finds the image of his own ruined life in the poet's. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >