Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

DEAD OF SPRING  by Sherry  Knowlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Using current and recent news stories about fracking and Three Mile Island to make a case for her own causes, Knowlton hangs it all on a middling mystery/thriller/romance with a complex heroine."
A lawyer who yearns for the quiet life proves a magnet for murder. Read full book review >
TRUMPET OF DEATH by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Riggs' pleasantly old-fashioned sleuth (Bloodroot, 2016, etc.) is still clever enough to come up with a surprising culprit in another graceful homage to the island both she and her author call home."
It takes a sleuth with years of experience and loads of local connections to solve the murder of a very unpopular woman. Read full book review >

WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND  by Rosemary Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Simpson's debut, first in a planned series, features complex characters, a vivid look at old New York in the late 1800s, and a mystery with a twist."
A daring daughter of the Gilded Age must fight her stepmother for her very survival. Read full book review >
COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The Shetland Islands provide a stunningly atmospheric setting for the complicated hero's latest procedural, a challenge he meets with determination and more than a little angst."
A landslide reveals a dead body and a tricky case for Shetland Islands detective Jimmy Perez (Thin Air, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERY BODY ON DECK by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Savannah and Dirk's spousal sparring would pack more of a punch if they weren't squashed in by the whole mishpocha. Here's hoping their next outing will give them more room to romp."
A private eye's plum job turns sour when her client cuts her loose. Read full book review >

A GOOD DAY TO BUY by Sherry Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Harris' fourth (All Murders Final!, 2016, etc.) is a slam dunk for those who love antiques and garage sales. The knotty mystery has an interesting premise and some surprising twists and turns as well."
You meet a lot of people at garage sales. Some are made to be murdered. Read full book review >
ANTIQUES FRAME by Barbara Allan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The amusingly ditzy duo, endlessly involved in dubious detection (Antiques Fate, 2016, etc.), manages to solve yet another case despite their generally clueless air."
A mother-daughter sleuthing team has to solve an uncomfortably personal murder. Read full book review >
CLOSE by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The often amusing, infallibly precious dialogue and self-reflexive asides will remind many readers of that other James, the one who wrote The Awkward Age, The Sacred Fount, and What Maisie Knew, without introducing a single homicide to trouble the waters."
The most willfully playful installment yet in James' increasingly playful saga of Harpur and Iles. Read full book review >
A LITTLE DEATH by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hanson merges thorough police procedure with wit and intuition in the heroine's lively third entry."
Forensic pathologist Kate Hanson (Art of Deception, 2013, etc.) struggles to solve the grisly murder of a promising student. Read full book review >
FOOL'S GOLD by Caro Peacock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Peacock (Friends in High Places, 2015, etc.) gives her heroine plenty of scope for investigating a host of suspects, all tied to the enduring mystique of Lord Byron."
A chance meeting on a Greek island leads to a murder investigation in London. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH DEATH by Amy Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Suffering succotash! The feisty heroine Myers (Classic at Bay, 2016, etc.) places at the center of this new series has an affinity for food-based alliteration and a knack for discovering secrets. Like so many other cozies harkening back to the past, it supplies plenty of suspects and a surprise ending."
A chef suddenly finds herself acting as a detective in Jazz Age England. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DEAD by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The second case from Eldridge (Assassins, 2016) features colorful characters, crisp prose, and interesting nuggets of history."
In order to save the woman he loves from a charge of capital murder, must a veteran detective reveal their affair? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >