Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

BLACK VALLEY by Charlotte Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"For someone trained in reading subtle cues, Jess seems oblivious to the warning signs all around her. But her sleuthing does get her out of her office and into a complex puzzle that keeps you reading in spite of the plot contrivances."
The psychotherapist heroine of The House on the Cliff (2014) entangles herself in the dangerous world of fine arts.Read full book review >
DEATH IN BRITTANY by Jean-Luc Bannalec
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"Dupin's debut, published first in Germany and then in Britain, holds the promise of more pleasant puzzlers from the scenic north of France."
Commissaire Georges Dupin scratches his head over the death of a 91-year-old Breton hotelier. Read full book review >

MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing—and only gets better at what he does."
A follow-up to Tucker's debut, The Ways of the Dead (2014), that's leaner and (much) meaner than its predecessor.Read full book review >
Drink Dirt Eat Stone by Kyle Fleishman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"A violent, thrilling mystery hampered at times by overly gruesome exposition."
A debut novel following a former hit man who tries to eliminate old enemies before the past catches up with him. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S HARBOR by Alex Gilly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Gilly's debut is a real page-turner filled with thrills, chills, and unexpected surprises."
A routine patrol turns into a nightmare for alcoholic Marine Interdiction Agent Nick Finn. Read full book review >

DEATH AT GILLS ROCK by Patricia Skalka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"The second installment of this first-rate series (Death Stalks Door County, 2014) provides plenty of challenges for both the detective and the reader."
A Wisconsin sheriff lets his conscience be his guide. Read full book review >
VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >
BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Fina's third adventure follows the pattern of the first two: fashion, fat, and sugar. But Thoft (Identity, 2014, etc.) is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist's the equal of any male gumshoe."
A whirlwind of a Boston-based detective with a fluid sense of ethics finds answers for a grieving mother. Read full book review >
THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around."
A missing con artist proves the catalyst for intrigue, revenge, and romance in this latest novel by the prolific Clark. Read full book review >
MARRY, KISS, KILL by Anne Flett-Giordano
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"The dialogue is the high point of TV writer Flett-Giordano's debut, though the fast-paced banter does make characters blend together and make you wonder if everyone in Santa Barbara is the same brand of smartass."
Smart cop Nola needs a Skinnygirl™ Margarita to get through a series of seemingly unrelated murders.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"As scenically evocative as Bowditch's first four cases but not nearly as dense, conclusive, or interesting."
The disappearance of two Georgia women hiking the Appalachian Trail gives Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch a welcome reprieve from the persistent personal problems that keep intruding into his cases, or serving as their foundations (The Bone Orchard, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >