Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >
INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >

THE MISSING PIECE by Kevin Egan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Not as brilliantly focused as Egan's nightmarish debut (Midnight, 2013) but just as welcome in its more ambitious, wide-ranging way."
The New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St. becomes the site of a world-class legal and extralegal struggle for a priceless group of antiquities. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >
SLATED FOR DEATH by Elizabeth J. Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"But the tutorial on slate mining and plenty of local color make for an entertaining entry in this long-running series."
A murder in a Welsh slate mine challenges an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >

AUNT DIMITY AND THE SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"As usual, not much happens to Lori (Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, 2014, etc.), but the slight story is gracefully told."
Once again, something strange is going on in a lovely Cotswold village. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
A PALETTE FOR MURDER by Vanessa A. Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Although its denouement is more 'way out' than some of the abstract canvases Carone handles, Lana's debut is still good fun."
An insurance claims agent is drafted to play detective, first by her own company and later by the owner of a tony art gallery. Read full book review >
A STITCH IN CRIME by Ann Yost
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Yost (For Better or Hearse, 2012) provides an entertaining combination of mystery and romance with a dose of Finnish tradition."
Being the temporary police chief of Red Jacket, Michigan, is no sinecure. Read full book review >
MURDER IN ELY by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Nelson (Murder On Insel Poel, 2014, etc.) combines another fine modern-day mystery with historical information, this time adding action sequences from international thrillers to the mix."
A writer's visit to Britain lands her in multiple difficulties. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD by Stephen Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Perhaps too many subplots for Kelly to knit together with complete success but by no means too many to keep readers absorbed to the end."
Bombing runs by the Luftwaffe are only the most obvious sign of lethal conflict in journalist Kelly's fine-grained first novel. Read full book review >
THE RAVENS by Vidar Sundstøl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"The last in Sundstøl's Minnesota Trilogy is the most like a traditional mystery while continuing the mystical images and stunning descriptions that make for a superb reading experience."
A man's life crumbles as he desperately seeks a solution to his problems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >