Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Hannah, who plots rings around most of the competition, shares Ruth Rendell's shivery conviction that there are still darker secrets than whodunit, how, and why."
The murder of a heat-seeking online columnist provides DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer, with perhaps too many suspects—including a leading suspect so overburdened with guilt that she's almost too convenient. Read full book review >
DANTE'S DILEMMA by Lynne Raimondo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Although Mark is either distracted or benighted in his third case, Raimondo (Dante's Poison, 2014, etc.) has invested him with all his customary wit, courage, and honesty."
A battered wife finds an ally in a visually challenged expert witness. Read full book review >

THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Minimalist but compelling work from the author who seems to have inherited the late Ruth Rendell's gift of spinning the darkest complications out of what might seem like nothing at all."
Norway's Inspector Konrad Sejer, back from his hiatus (I Can See in the Dark, 2014, etc.) and feeling his mortality more acutely than ever, leads the inquiry into the death of a toddler with Down syndrome.Read full book review >
MURDER COMES CALLING by C.S. Challinor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Rex's seventh (Murder at Midnight, 2014, etc.) reveals too much early on to offer much of a puzzle, but it's still fun to follow the clues."
Helping an old pal puts a Scottish barrister in danger. Read full book review >
FOOL ME ONCE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Even if the mystery is fairly standard, Alanis' sophomore adventure (The White Magic Five and Dime, 2014) is delightfully quirky. As a bonus, several informative tarot readings are embedded in the narrative, and each chapter begins with a pertinent card and quotation."
A wisecracking magic-shop owner turns sleuth to exonerate a friend from a murder rap. Read full book review >

IN THE DARK PLACES by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Too diffuse in both its crimes and its coppers to rank among Robinson's finest work (Children of the Revolution, 2014, etc.). But if malfeasance in Yorkshire is what you crave, you won't hesitate, and you won't go wrong."
A case no one in Eastvale HQ wants to work—a gentleman farmer's stolen tractor—leads to all the homicidal twists and turns beloved of Robinson's many fans. Read full book review >
THE UNINVITED by Cat Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An intriguing yet thin paranormal read."
In the last days of Word War I, influenza ravages the town of Buchanan, Illinois. But a more menacing plague endangers the town: hatred of Germans. Read full book review >
THE PATRIARCH by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"The mystery, though eminently predictable, is as conscientious as ever. As usual (The Children Return, 2015, etc.), however, it's the details of the good life in the Dordogne that linger longest in the memory."
An apparently natural death at a distinguished World War II veteran's 90th birthday celebration turns out to have roots as deep and distant as the war itself. Read full book review >
DEAD SOON ENOUGH by Steph Cha
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Once more, Cha often sacrifices suspense and plot twists for a more philosophical approach to mystery, though she clearly knows where she wants to go."
Tracking the surrogate mother for a high-maintenance client leads a bright young shamus to delve into Armenian cultural history and the meaning of closure. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Like the rest of Crider's long string of Dan Rhodes novels (Half in Love with Artful Deaths, 2014, etc.), the latest keeps you guessing and chuckling."
Another passing strange case for the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas. Read full book review >
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS by R.G. Belsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Gil's tiresome badinage, more redolent of attitude than wit, marks him as a Spenser wannabe. What shines brightest here is Belsky's talent for keeping the pace steady and fast so that every round of inquiries produces more satisfyingly tawdry revelations."
Daily News reporter Gil Malloy (The Kennedy Connection, 2014, etc.) probes another old murder whose victim was just as famous, though not just as real. Read full book review >
THE BONES WILL SPEAK by Carrie Stuart Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Gwen's second case (A Cry from the Dust, 2014) uses Parks' own life experiences to create a fast-moving thriller rife with tension."
A Montana forensic artist is targeted by a serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >