Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >
WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >

LOVE'S ALCHEMY by Bryan Crockett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2015

"Crockett's first foray into historical fiction is a compelling and plausible thriller."
Meet John Donne: soldier, poet, lover, husband, spy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Lisa Lieberman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Cara's debut reads as if it had been written by a committee. Here's hoping Lieberman can keep her eye on the prize in any sequel."
A second-generation movie star roams the world in search of something. Read full book review >
INNOCENT DAMAGE by Robert K. Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Even though Mallen and company sometimes come off as noir types rather than recognizable people, the plot Lewis unfolds allows him to develop his characters more deeply this time out."
A former addict's search for a friend's missing daughter uncovers what appears to be corruption with roots in the local police force. Read full book review >

SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >
SNAKE PASS by Colin Campbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2015

"Campbell's fourth Resurrection Man novel (Adobe Flats, 2014, etc.) is crackerjack entertainment: taut, gritty and full of devilish twists."
A righteous Yorkshire cop can't seem to stay out of trouble. Read full book review >
SCENT OF MURDER by James O. Born
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Born (Burn Zone, 2008, etc.) pitches this one at readers who like law enforcement infighting better than detection and who love dogs most of all."
A sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County fights for the respect due his unit and their canine colleagues as they go after the creep who's been kidnapping and assaulting local teenagers. Read full book review >
MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Can Julia, now in her 16th installment (Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover, 2014, etc.), possibly be as naïve as she continues to appear? Die-hard fans will brush this question aside and relish the surprise ending."
A Southern gentlewoman's nerves are shredded after she finds a body—and not for the reason you'd expect. Read full book review >
FOX IS FRAMED by Lachlan Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Fans will be rewarded not by the solution, which is considerably more muddled than the mystery itself, but by some of the sharpest courtroom cut-and-thrust since Presumed Innocent (1986)."
San Francisco attorney Leo Maxwell (Lion Plays Rough, 2014, etc.) faces another round of all-in-the-family murder when his father, convicted years ago of killing his wife, gets a shot at another trial that could turn him free—or put him away for keeps.Read full book review >
COLD TRAIL by Janet Dawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gentle murder mystery, if there is such a thing. Dawson's series continues with a softer side to Jeri and the Oakland scene (Bit Player, 2011, etc.)."
When there's evidence that a PI's brother has disappeared, her professional world turns personal as she uses her skills to uncover the truth about his life. Read full book review >
MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE by Margaret Grace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Not much of a puzzle, but the interaction between Gerry and Maddie is as charming as the nostalgic look at New York."
Retired English teacher and miniature aficionado Gerry Porter returns to New York City to solve a mystery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >