Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

FATAL PURSUIT by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Walker's latest Bruno adventure has a lighter touch than earlier entries but offers as pleasing a puzzle as any."
St. Denis chief of police Bruno Courrèges (The Children Return, 2015, etc.) turns his attention from cabbages to cars. Read full book review >
CLAMOUR OF CROWS by Ray Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Often funny, always light, this one will appeal to mystery buffs who don't require sex and gore—and to those harboring fond memories of reading J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll."
A tightly plotted debut mystery that mixes foul play, wordplay, and humor. Read full book review >

THINK WOLF by Michael Gregorio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"The second in this new series by the prolific Gregorio deftly walks a fine line, simmering with cheeky humor but maintaining the tension of the plot."
An Italian park ranger becomes a target of an organized crime family, or maybe of demonic fairies roaming the forest. Read full book review >
HARD COVER by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Prolific Magson's third Watchman outing (Close Quarters, 2015, etc.) overstocks its supporting cast with paper tigers but delivers in its propulsive action sequences."
The one-man army known as Watchman goes deep into Russia to protect a former KGB officer who plans to advocate for a friendlier stance toward the United States. Read full book review >
NO SECOND CHANCES by Lyndon Stacey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stacey's latest takes off at a trot rather than a gallop but covers the ground just the same."
Missing husbands and boyfriends are the order of the day for ex-cop Daniel Whelan (Nothing But Lies, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

CLASSIC AT BAY by Amy Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Myers' eighth in the Jack Colby series, one of her best, has a surfeit of suspects, a complicated back story filled with quirky characters, and a surprise ending."
A simple job turns into a tricky case for Jack Colby, Car Detective. Read full book review >
NO GOOD TO CRY by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Lanh (Return to Dust, 2015, etc.) poses an excellent mystery with a surprising twist while exploring the psychological scars inflicted by a war long ago."
Can solving a tough case expiate a detective's private sins? Read full book review >
SOMEONE ALWAYS KNOWS by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans can expect the workmanlike, uninspired plotting typical of the franchise (The Night Searchers, 2014, etc.), with lots of room for the heroine's and hero's ubiquitous friends and contacts and a particularly neat solution to the opening problem."
Sharon McCone's latest case resurrects a miscreant long thought dead with plenty of mischief left in him. Read full book review >
ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"On the long side but so fast-paced you won't care: another absorbing, resourceful English procedural from one of the best."
Sent to look into an accident involving two fellow officers from the Avon and Somerset Police, DS Peter Diamond finds himself improbably but compellingly on the trail of an unusually cold-blooded serial killer. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT CROSSING by Tricia Fields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Even though Fields (Firebreak, 2015, etc.) still includes indiscriminate details about hair color and fashion choices, she's settled into a brisker style, and her fourth case finds her gutsy cop a little less angst-ridden."
A small-town police chief follows the evidence where it takes her, even at the risk of her career. Read full book review >
DANGER WOMAN by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Ramsay, whose series covers the globe from first-century Jerusalem to Picketsville, Virginia, makes the most of local color in his final Botswana entry."
A Chobe National Park ranger tangles with the Russian Mafia. Read full book review >
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"What's most admirable about the series and elevates it over the average procedural is the nuanced evolution of a former Staten Island bartender into a New Orleans street cop."
In the fourth Maureen Coughlin book by New Orleans transplant Loehfelm, Coughlin is both licking her wounds from the events of Doing the Devil's Work (2015) and learning to "believe"—a word which represents hope for a city that's disaster prone. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >