Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

ECHOES OF TERROR by Maris Soule
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2017

"Soule takes a break from her P.J. Benson series (Eat Crow and Die, 2015, etc.) for a hair-raising thriller that breaks no new ground but has all the excitement it needs to keep you reading."
An Alaska cop whose past is shrouded in secrecy must deal with a crime that revives all her horrifying memories. Read full book review >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >

DUPLICITY  by Jane Haseldine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Haseldine (The Last Time She Saw Him, 2016) uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale, though it has perhaps a few too many complications for a smooth flow."
A Detroit crime reporter is still haunted by a 30-year-old mystery in her own family. Read full book review >
THE NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY by Mandy Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The mystery is gossamer-thin, the detective work modest, the characterization ditto, and the puns—well, you already know how you feel about them. But everyone who suspects that cats have always run the world will be at least a bit curious about how that works out in an alternate reality."
Tired of watching Lilian Jackson Braun's Koko and Yum Yum get upstaged by that do-nothing Jim Qwilleran? Wish the sleuthing pets in Rita Mae Brown's tales had even more prominent roles? Morton's debut, featuring an all-feline cast running amok in something like modern England, is the answer to your prayers. Read full book review >
CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The novel's authenticity is enhanced by Dahl's painfully spot-on grievances about the deteriorating newspaper industry and her cogent observations about Brooklyn in both its post-millennium growth and its past lives—which somehow never seem all that far in the past."
Hard-bitten tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts returns to investigate a decades-old triple murder case in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, finding not only a potential wrongful conviction, but also some disquieting revelations close to her own home. Read full book review >

LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Part mystery, part supernatural thriller, part family drama, and all pretty obscure except to devoted fans of the Cainsville series (Betrayals, 2016, etc.)."
Has the legend of a vanishing hitchhiker come to life, or is it just a fae up to no good? Three interconnected mysterymongers straddling the line between the mundane and the supernatural must band together to investigate. Read full book review >
PALE GUARDIAN by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The seventh series installment in Hambly's series (Darkness in His Bones, 2015, etc.) is laden with enough flashbacks, unappetizing details, and earnest expository passages to exclude all but series (or vampire) fans."
Mortals form an uneasy alliance with vampires during World War I. Read full book review >
MURDER IN A CORNISH ALEHOUSE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meandering mystery with far too many red herrings that's still enjoyable for its historical insights and detailed descriptions of everyday life in Tudor England."
In 1584, a headstrong woman vows to find her stepfather's murderer. Read full book review >
THE MEATING ROOM by T. Frank Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Luridly over the top from beginning to end, though it's hard to resist a hero who reflects, 'Of all the suicides he had seen, McCulloch was certainly the best dressed.'"
An apparent suicide and the irrefutable evidence of three murders that swiftly follow are only the tip of the iceberg as DCI Andy Gilchrist of the Fife Constabulary follows a dark and bloody trail of mayhem. Read full book review >
HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >
BETRAYED  by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The third in this high-tension series (Shadowed, 2016, etc.) is by far the most complex. Newcomers seeking to understand the weird and dangerous world of the hacking community will have to stay on their toes. The finale will leave everyone wanting more."
An addicted hacker struggles to return her life to something that passes for normal. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD  by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Witnessing a bloodbath of this scope is like trying to develop rapport with individual ants: characters barely have time to show up before they're erased. This one is strictly for readers who want action without any stake in who's onstage."
A former policeman's retirement is thrown off course by a deranged killer's deadly spree. 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 >