Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Hart (The Grave Soul, 2015, etc.) connects the events of the main story to a brief opening chapter presenting a savage murder, leading readers up to the attack and beyond while revealing the potential murderer's motive."
A video gone viral forces a couple to confront one member's past and decide whether it means they can still have a future together. Read full book review >

RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If the word 'dour' hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases."
A rogue cop who won't stay retired has even less incentive to follow the rules when an old murder leads to a new crime. Read full book review >
A DEATH AT THE YOGA CAFÉ by Michelle Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Yoga poses are interspersed with chapters, and a set of vegetarian recipes is added to the epilogue in this simple tale of small-town murder-cum-life cycle events."
The proprietor of a cafe and yoga studio seeks justice when a longtime acquaintance is falsely accused of murder. Read full book review >
THE SHIVERING TURN by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Although not quite the equal of her seasoned mentor, Spencer's Oxford grad gets full marks for persistence and ingenuity in her engaging debut."
Spencer kicks off a new franchise with the disappearance of a Thames Valley schoolgirl. Read full book review >

An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >
HIDDEN GRAVES by Jack Fredrickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The criminals are clever and the detective, after his initial benightedness, even more clever, making Fredrickson's sixth case one of his best."
A transparently phony case sends Dek Elstrom chasing phantoms down a long road just when he's most needed in the Windy City. Read full book review >
OLD BONES by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Slow to get started—the opening chapters seem driven by a determination to indicate what every single member of the Shepherd's Bush constabulary is up to—but steadily increasing in momentum until the placidly ugly payoff: one of the author's best."
Still smarting from the anonymous news leak that pitted him against his superiors (One Under, 2015), DCI Bill Slider lands a case so ancient that it "won't put anyone's toes out of joint." Well, yes and no. Read full book review >
THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned but steadily absorbing account of a decent man's descent into corruption and murder. One of Crofts' best."
Crofts (1897-1957), best known for breaking airtight alibis often involving English railroads, tries his hand at an inverted detective story whose killer is known from the beginning and never hops aboard a train. Read full book review >
THE PROUD SINNER by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Royal's 13th medieval murder (Land of Shadows, 2016, etc.) takes a page from The Mousetrap, forcing the detective to think outside the box imprisoning her and her suspects."
A medieval prioress with a talent for solving murders suddenly has far too many for comfort. Read full book review >
DESERT VENGEANCE  by Betty Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Webb, no stranger to hot-button issues (Desert Wind, 2012, etc.), takes on child molestation in a page-turner that presents both her flawed heroine and the reader with plenty of challenges to their moral codes."
An Arizona private detective who survived a childhood from hell becomes a suspect in the death of her abusers. Read full book review >
COPPER KETTLE by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Though this sort-of prequel to Ramsay's Ike Schwartz series (The Vulture, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, it's memorable for its powerful portrayal of the difficult lives of proud but poorly educated people too set in their ways to change."
A decorated World War I veteran returns to Buffalo Mountain, Virginia, dissatisfied with the life he finds there after he's seen Gay Paree and a whole lot more. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >