Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

FATAL FEAST by Jay Ruud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Strong in neither historical intrigue nor investigative suspense, Ruud's debut is at its best in providing its characters with sassy if questionably accurate personalities."
An Irish knight's death puts King Arthur's kingdom in peril when the accused culprit is Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >
DEAD RED by Tim O'Mara
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ray's third case (Crooked Numbers, 2013, etc.) presents another tangled mystery and another forgettable killer. But the acrid, knowing Brooklyn atmosphere is strong enough to bottle."
What did you do over your summer vacation? Brooklyn schoolteacher Raymond Donne uses the last two weeks of his to get in way over his head when a shooting much too close to home pulls him into a case of smuggling and murder. Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF THE HOUSE OF FOSKETT by M.R.C. Kasasian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Kasasian's sequel is as witty and imaginative as his debut (The Mangle Street Murders, 2014), if you like your humor dark and your delights grotesque. Animal lovers may not be the only readers taking refuge in Beatrix Potter if they make it past the first few chapters."
Members of a death club each hoping to be the last one standing meet gruesome ends, and only Sidney Grice and his ward can stop the slaughter. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Khan's stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters who force readers to join them in dealing with ugly truths."
Two Toronto detectives are handed a politically sensitive case. Read full book review >
THE HONEST FOLK OF GUADELOUPE by Timothy Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Anne Marie's second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Pietro Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine."
Two disturbing murders unsettle the residents of a tropical paradise. Read full book review >

THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
DYING FOR THE PAST by TJ O'Connor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Tuck's second moves along briskly enough, but the plethora of suspects and motives may leave you scratching your head."
A ghostly detective who hovers over Winchester, Virginia, learns to harness his powers. Read full book review >
A KILLER RETREAT by Tracy Weber
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Despite lots of red herrings, yoga lore and ways to treat EPI, Kate's second lacks a strong mystery. And sometimes you just want to shake the temperamental heroine."
A yoga teacher's romantic getaway almost gets her jailed for murder. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST by Gigi Pandian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Though the world of Pandian's new series may not sound any more appealing than Zoe's vegan recipes, it's just as satisfying in the end."
An alchemist moves to Oregon in an attempt to leave her old ways behind only to find that they've followed her in the form of a 3-foot-tall talking gargoyle. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S SONG by James Oswald
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Tony's third (The Book of Souls, 2014, etc.) reads like a police procedural with supernatural overtones. Despite plenty of red herrings and clever twists, the villain isn't that hard to identify."
DI Tony McClean may think his life is in turmoil, but it's about to get worse. Read full book review >
RIVER OF NO RETURN by David Riley Bertsch
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A majestic setting, plenty of action and a scary look at the possibilities of new technologies."
A fishing guide with a shadowy past is lured into an explosive situation. Read full book review >
A STRING OF BEADS by Thomas Perry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Perry (The Boyfriend, 2013, etc.) supplies twists and thrills aplenty, but it's hard to feel the suffocating kind of suspense that's his stock in trade when the pursuers seem to be in more danger than the pursued."
A refreshing change of pace for Jane Whitefield McKinnon, who specializes in helping people hide from dangerous pursuers (Poison Flower, 2012, etc.): She's asked to find someone who's already gone to earth.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >