Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"There's much, much more, and readers with the patience to watch as Burke (Crime Always Pays, 2014, etc.) peels back layer after layer will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box."
A Donegal novelist and freelance journalist is offered a ghostwriting assignment bound to change his life, if it doesn't end it first. Read full book review >
A GOOD WAY TO GO by Peter Helton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"The McLusky series manages to be both hilarious and dead serious, adding yet another string to Helton's impressive bow."
DI Liam McLusky (Four Below, 2012, etc.) returns in time for serial mayhem.Read full book review >

DISENGAGED by Mischa Hiller
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"Hiller's third thriller (Shake Off, 2012, etc.), written with quiet authority, simmers with unexpected twists until the final chapter."
Buried secrets resurface to threaten the lives and careers of four Londoners whose interlocking relationships are strained to the breaking point. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A sharp and satisfying conclusion to one of the most unique hard-boiled arcs in recent memory."
In post-apocalyptic Manhattan, antihero Dewey Decimal comes to the end of the stacks. Read full book review >
COLLAR ROBBER by Hillary Bell Locke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Locke, who's too clever for her own good, would have done better to unfold a more straightforward plot than to concentrate on nudging the reader with needlessly highbrow references. Readers enticed by Locke's title should prepare for some confusion."
An insurance loss specialist and a lawyer work opposite sides of a case of potential art fraud, bringing danger into both of their lives. Read full book review >

SEE ALSO MURDER by Larry D. Sweazy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"A distinctive bonus, however, is that Marjorie, an indexer to the tips of her fingers, includes a draft index to her own first case. That's got to be unique in the annals of the genre."
A North Dakota farm wife-turned-indexer who's cared for her husband ever since an accident left him unable to take care himself takes on still another job—amateur sleuth—when someone begins cutting her neighbors' throats. Read full book review >
CAFÉ EUROPA by Ed Ifkovic
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Apart from one gratingly predictable plot twist, Ifkovic (Final Curtain, 2014, etc.) successfully blends homicide with a loving homage to Budapest on the eve of World War I."
Edna Ferber's sixth case takes her back in time to a cosmopolitan city and a late-night murder. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MAKING by Seán Haldane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Haldane's first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period."
A naïve young Englishman learns much about love, life, and death when he travels to British Columbia in 1868. Read full book review >
NEIGHING WITH FIRE by Kathryn O'Sullivan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fans will be pleased by the way O'Sullivan's third (Foal Play, 2013, etc.) builds the relationship between characters, but the mystery is uninspiring."
A fire chief and a sheriff on North Carolina's Outer Banks combine their sleuthing talents and local knowledge to solve two murders. Read full book review >
DEADLY DESIRES AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Even if Dennison had pared down the number of frenetic adventures to make a more plausible story, the twee alarm would still squawk. Thank goodness for Kat's common sense."
Deception, theft, and death disrupt the Devonshire village of Little Dipperton. Read full book review >
THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING ANGELS by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2015

"Duncan's decision to combine the talents of Daisy (Spirits Revived, 2014, etc.) and Mercy (Fallen Angels, 2011, etc.) doesn't strengthen the mystery, but the period details are charming."
A Boston Brahmin-turned-woman of the people helps solve a murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >