Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A humdinger of a first novel that brings together several gripping storylines, an appealingly flawed hero, and an intimate sense of life in small-town America."
A star athlete whose life has fallen apart finds that there's still no place like home. Read full book review >
CLOSED CASKET by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"As in The Monogram Murders (2014), Hannah provides both less and more than Agatha Christie ever baked into any of her tales. But the climactic revelation that establishes the killer's motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie's own decorous thunderclaps."
A famous Irish author of children's mysteries announces that she's just disinherited her family before a gathering that includes those very family members—along with Hercule Poirot. Read full book review >

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The second appearance for Hart's hero (Jade Dragon Mountain, 2015) rests firmly on romantic notions of the solitary scholar and intellectual curiosity. Elegantly written, though not to all tastes."
The discovery of a murdered monk prompts a scholar to defer an odyssey of self-discovery to search for justice, unearthing even deeper truths. Read full book review >
WHAT GOLD BUYS by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Once again, the fifth from Parker (Iron Ties, 2013, etc.) is much better history than mystery, drawing the reader into the stunning beauty and harsh realities of life in 1880s Colorado."
A feuding couple returns to Colorado only to become embroiled in several murders. Read full book review >
APPRENTICE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Not much state-of-the-fantasy-art high-tech this time, and no wonder: shaken readers will instantly recognize the contemporary American landscape, filled with trigger-happy vigilantes and the firepower they need to make themselves famous, beneath the futuristic trappings."
Lt. Eve Dallas, of the New York Police Security Department, celebrates January 2061 by tangling with an unusually well-organized mass murderer. Make that murderers. Read full book review >

A LONG TIME DEAD by Mickey Spillane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"But you didn't really need to read a word of this, since Spillane is by any measure the most review-proof name in the genre, and you'll have known perfectly well from the get-go whether or not you want to plunge into these not-quite-new adventures."
Though midcentury publishing phenom Spillane died 10 years ago, his notorious hero Mike Hammer lives again in these eight reprints of short stories completed by his latter-day collaborator Collins (Kill Me, Darling, 2015, etc.) and published, mostly in the Strand Magazine, over the past eight years. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE BRIDAL CHAMBER by Hunter Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2016

"The heroine's second outing (Imogene in New Orleans, 2014), packed with zany characters, nicely captures the feeling of a Florida water park. But the mystery is scattershot, and it takes forever to unveil the killer."
A road trip to a Florida mermaid theme park goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE STARS by Barbara Fradkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2016

"Launching a new series, Fradkin (The Night Thief, 2015, etc.) scores low for mystery, high for wilderness adventure, and off the charts for her portrait of the bleak, beautiful Newfoundland landscape."
A Canadian aid worker returns from a deeply traumatic experience in Nigeria to find even more challenging adventures awaiting her in the wilds of Newfoundland. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Gerald Elias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers who aren't unduly put off by the hero, whose fictional ancestors include both Sherlock Holmes and Ebenezer Scrooge, will enjoy a most unseasonal fable of the little insurance fraud that grew and grew. Merry Christmas."
Christmas 1992 brings blind violinist Daniel Jacobus (Death and Transfiguration, 2012, etc.) a mystery that creeps ever nearer his Berkshires retreat. Read full book review >
MR CAMPION'S FAULT by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The mystery is slight but pleasing, and packing Margery Allingham's notoriously fey hero, whom advancing age has appropriately subdued, off to Yorkshire is an inspired coup, tapping effectively into the class conflicts that power the story."
An untimely death summons Albert Campion's son and daughter-in-law to a boys' school in the Yorkshire coal-mining village of Denby Ash, where they're soon followed by their famous father, a relic of golden age detection, and his long-suffering wife. Read full book review >
FINAL ACT by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An appealing cast of characters both on set and off makes Gregson's latest outing a pleasure for procedural buffs."
Lambert and Hook (A Necessary End, 2015, etc.) are stymied by an array of suspects who all make their living by deception. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS CARGO by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The investigator's second outing is even more muscular than his debut, as Rowson edges her detective puzzles ever closer to thriller territory."
Ex-commando Art Marvik (Silent Running, 2015) tracks down the killer of a man who died twice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >