Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

CORRUPTED MEMORY by Ray Daniel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"In just two adventures, Tucker's managed to lose his job, his wife, his mother, and a half brother he didn't even know he had. You have to wonder what losses remain for the next installment."
A second case for computer programmer Aloysius Tucker (Terminated, 2014) continues to chop away at all he holds near and dear.Read full book review >
FALLEN SPARROW by D.A. Keeley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"Although Keeley (Bitter Crossing, 2014, etc.) clearly hoped to outdo himself in Peyton's second adventure, he gets in his own way with a monotonous style and a cluster of extraneous characters. Still, his tough but compassionate heroine triumphs against the odds."
Childhood friendships and personal needs complicate a border agent's life when she takes on a homicide-suicide case in her hometown in northern Maine. Read full book review >

THE BOMB MAKER'S SON by Robert Rotstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to nostalgia buffs who can't forget their activist days and fans of courtroom drama who demand surprise after surprise and don't mind seeing multiple cast members unmasked as radicals or undercover cops or killed off to provide them."
Defending an aging former radical who's turned himself in for a 1975 bombing proves to be a blast from the past for LA attorney Parker Stern (Reckless Disregard, 2014, etc.) in more ways than one.Read full book review >
SUPERFLUOUS WOMEN by Carola Dunn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Fans of classic British mysteries and Dunn's clever heroine will find plenty of local color and red herrings in her latest charmer."
The wife of a high-ranking Scotland Yard detective finds herself involved in yet another murder case. Read full book review >
NO PLACE TO DIE by Clare Donoghue
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"A first-rate procedural that builds on the characters in Donoghue's debut and includes a shocking denouement."
A police detective is stretched to her limits by a baffling case. Read full book review >

MOUNTAIN RAMPAGE by Scott Graham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Graham's clever tale is tailor-made for those who prefer their mysteries under blue skies, though it's a bit more gruesome, with less sympathetic characters, than the works of Nevada Barr or C.J. Box."
An archaeologist trying to clear his brother-in-law's name is distracted by the possibility of treasure. Read full book review >
SECOND STREET STATION by Lawrence H. Levy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"A promising series kickoff that presents a morally strong heroine with a mystery that cleverly intertwines fact and fiction."
A tough Brooklyn girl battles some titans of industry in late-19th-century New York. Read full book review >
THE ASTROLOGER'S DAUGHTER by Rebecca Lim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out. (Mystery. 15 & up)"
A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery. Read full book review >
CRAZY MOUNTAIN KISS by Keith McCafferty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Stranahan's fourth case blends humor with heartbreak, all flavors of eccentricity with a struggle for normalcy, and a natural backdrop that can make even the most powerful humans and their deeds look small."
A missing teen requires the special talents of Sean Stranahan—fishing guide, watercolorist, former boxer, and occasional private eye (Dead Man's Fancy, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
NEW YORKED by Robert Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Though Ash's arch world-weariness and the freak-show fleshpots are bound to attract tourists, you can't help feeling that Hart's making it all up as he goes along."
An unlicensed private eye prowls New York in search of the man who murdered his nasty girlfriend. Read full book review >
A PROMISE TO DIE FOR by Jacqueline Pelham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"The predictability of this follow-up to Under the Rose 2003) doesn't detract from the charmingly drawn characters, with extra plot complications thrown in for good measure."
An art investigation turns into a dangerous personal quest for a woman resolved to fulfill a deathbed promise to her grandmother even after being disinherited by her family. Read full book review >
BUBBA DONE IT by Maggie Toussaint
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"Toussaint's second Dreamwalker entry (Gone and Done It, 2014) is a walk on the paranormal side with a gritty heroine and plenty of Bubbas."
A Georgia single mother with psychic powers races to find a killer before she's next on the list. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >