Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

OUTFOXED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Perhaps the weakest outing for Rosenfelt, who cuts back and forth between his ebullient hero and the nefarious criminals arrayed against him as if waiting in vain for mystery and suspense to break out. There's not even much about dogs."
Dog-loving, work-averse New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter (Who Let the Dog Out?, 2015, etc.) is dragged back into the courtroom to defend a client who escapes from a minimum security prison hours after hearing that he'll certainly be paroled. Read full book review >
BREAKING COVER by Stella Rimington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Perhaps the most vividly plotted of Rimington's recent spy thrillers, though still less persuasive when it ventures into foreign waters than when it exposes interpersonal rivalries among staffers who are supposed to be on the same side."
Now that Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles in the international arena, Rimington, who always has a sharp eye for contemporary headlines (Close Call, 2014, etc.), provides another dose of Cold War tension for MI5 and MI6. Read full book review >

LIVE AND LET GROWL by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Adding a thoroughbred to the mix doesn't do a thing to quicken the pace of Berenson's 19th Melanie Travis canine mystery, which run like the old gray mare."
An unexpected bequest brings joy and complications for Melanie Travis (The Bark Before Christmas, 2015, etc.) and her Aunt Peg. Read full book review >
MURDER ON BRITTANY SHORES by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Like his debut (Death in Brittany, 2015), the hero's second adventure is judicious in parceling out attention to character, setting, and, most of all, plot."
A triple murder opens a new world to Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Concarneau police. Read full book review >
DEAD JOKER by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Once again, Holt spices her procedural, whose irresistible setup isn't matched by its anticlimactic solution, with urgent news of her heroine's personal life that eventually eclipses the mystery."
The murder of the Chief Public Prosecutor's wife sends shock waves through the Oslo law enforcement community as police officers and attorneys find themselves in unexpectedly uncomfortable roles. Read full book review >

KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Workmanlike detection, beautiful people caught in unlovely doings, and more information than you probably needed about the heroine's endless personal traumas. Average for this long-running series."
Who does Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper find "the most heartless group of people I'd encountered in ages"? Yes, it's the remaining luminaries of the city's no-longer-thriving fashion industry, whose number has been further reduced by one. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH BOYS by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2016

"Thomas' finely drawn characters more than make up for some clumsy plotting in her eminently readable debut."
A rising film star is murdered on the morning of her wedding. Read full book review >
A MAIDEN WEEPING by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Once again Guest's past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence."
A young apprentice must use every skill he's learned to free his master from prison. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DISGUISE by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Even a routine procedural isn't quite so routine in Spencer's deft hands."
It takes more than a village to solve a murder when an American visitor is killed in her suite at Whitebridge's posh Royal Victoria. Read full book review >
RAT RUN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Don't bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed."
DCI Colin Anderson, welcomed back to work 14 months after his last case sent him spiraling into post-traumatic stress disorder, lands a doozy: a nightmare that enmeshes him as tightly as the neighbors he questions in a Glasgow suburb. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN OF THE SOUK by Michael Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you're ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they're captured. Fans of this long-running series, however, will find all the accustomed gravely loopy charm."
The Mamur Zapt brings his very specialized set of skills to bear on a kidnapping, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Deryn Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The 16th entry in Lake's series (Death on the Rocks, 2014, etc.) is slow to fulfill the promise of its title. But period detail and quirky characters help make up for the leisurely pace."
A voyage to the New World is anything but smooth sailing for an 18th-century sleuth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >