Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A page-turner with juicy Hollywood insider details."
A 1963 celebrity murder has a violent aftermath as its secrets bubble to the surface decades later. Read full book review >
CUBA STRAITS by Randy Wayne White
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Cuba provides the perfect setting for White's recent fondness for episodic, hallucinatory quests (Bone Deep, 2014). The next few months' headlines will determine whether his view of contemporary Cuba is remarkably prophetic or yesterday's news."
A trove of revealing private documents, rumors concerning a political assassination, a trip to Cuba—it's either today's newspaper or Dr. Marion Ford's 22nd adventure. Read full book review >

INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD by David Morrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"A propulsive, richly imagined yarn that never loses steam or insults the reader's intelligence."
God save the queen—or failing that, send in the opium sot. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent."
Another one of Coben's got-it-all New Jersey dads finds out that his wonderful wife has been hiding a whopper of a secret from him—a secret whose trail leads to even more monstrous revelations. Read full book review >
PURSUIT IN PROVENCE by Phyllis Gobbell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"Gobbell's debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters with just a few too many red herrings."
A vacation in Provence turns deadly. Read full book review >

BIGGER by Aaron Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"A funny, yet earnest mystery story."
In Brown's debut novel, a man must solve a mystery involving his friend in order to reset his own life. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON OF HANDALE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"A dramatic mystery lavishly studded with period details: Clark's best to date."
Sister Hildegard has a momentous decision to make as soon as she solves some murders. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own."
Still reeling from personal tragedies, intrepid nurse-turned-private investigator Maisie Dobbs becomes embroiled in a murder case in Gibraltar on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
THE KILLER OF CANCER RISING by Torena O'Rorke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2015

"Some delightfully astute sleuthing runs through this tightly written second case, fully stocked with menacing villains, tireless investigators and romantic intrigue."
Prolific author O'Rorke (Gemini Girl Murders, 2013, etc.), a former probation officer and youth counselor, offers the second installment in her Astrology Mysteries series. Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >
COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts."
Ali Reynolds and her friend Sister Anselm are back, this time to rescue an elderly widow and a runaway teen. Read full book review >
ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"An afterword by de Beauvoir roots the mystery in real-life events that sound just as depressing, though a good deal less improbable and melodramatic."
An unlikely sleuth seeks to protect Montreal's cachet as a tourist destination by tracking down a killer whose handiwork is trashing the city's reputation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >