Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS by Kate Rhodes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A giant forward leap when it comes to plot, but the prose is weighed down with an avalanche of similes and odd verb choices."
Rhodes places her go-to protagonist, Alice Quentin, in peril again in this third novel in the series. Read full book review >
CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Inventive Swierczynski, author of the popular Charlie Hardie trilogy (Point and Shoot, 2013, etc.), breathes fresh life into a familiar plot with shifting perspectives, sly humor, puckish chapter titles and a crackerjack pace."
When police coerce a whip-smart college student into being a confidential informant, they get more than they bargained for. Read full book review >

SHADY CROSS by James Hankins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Even with a child in jeopardy, the tension here is entirely manufactured, and any sense of urgency is deflated early on when Hankins fails to render Stokes beyond tired stereotypes."
A low-level crook finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and must choose whether to save a child or his own neck. Read full book review >
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The first novel by historian Flanders (The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, 2014, etc.), though a bit frazzled, is full of charm and characters worth visiting again."
Even in the insular world of book publishing, murder has its place. Read full book review >
STIFF PENALTY by Annelise Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Ryan's climbed on board the latest version of the will-she/won't-she mystery romance: the case of the knocked-up gumshoe. At 400-plus pages, Mattie's latest might take you through an entire labor and delivery."
Pregnancy hormones and anonymous calls do little to mellow Assistant Medical Examiner Mattie Winston (Scared Stiff, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >

DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition."
A trip to Las Vegas brings an unexpected twist to Hannah Swensen's love life. Read full book review >
SUPPOSED TO DIE by Hugh Dutton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Dutton's debut packs so many minor characters into his opening chapters that it's hard to connect to the hero, but her storytelling has grit and the sleuthing trio has nice chemistry."
Can't an innocent ex-con catch a break? Read full book review >
TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER by Jen. J. Danna
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Leigh's fourth (A Flame in the Wind of Death, 2014, etc.) is a complex case loaded with forensic and historical detail, the authors' best so far."
An ice-cold case heats up when a new murder discloses an old one. Read full book review >
DON'T BE A STRANGER by John D. Nesbitt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Nesbitt (Across the Cheyenne River, 2014, etc.) spins a leisurely sagebrush romance with the mystery crowded into the closing chapters, after the serious gunplay has already begun."
A suspiciously low cattle count is the least of the problems for Lawrence Elwood and his fellow cowpunchers—or, as they may well be, rustlers—at the Crown Butte Ranch. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN DETAIL by Michael Guillebeau
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"The mystery, which involves rumors of forgery and fraud along with the widespread assumption that Marta faked her own death, is as thin as it is broad and genial. But Paul is just as endearing as the unwilling detective hero who anchored Josh Whoever (2013), Guillebeau's bright debut."
The disappearance of his artist wife pulls the owner of an Oregon kayak store seriously outside his comfort zone. Read full book review >
BONE DIGGER by Douglas Hirt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Veteran Hirt's (Deadwood, 1999, etc.) plain prose has abundant heart. This Western thriller rolls a bit slowly but with ease and true grit."
It's not the elephant in the room but the dinosaur in the canyon that ignites a firestorm near a cattle ranch. Read full book review >
LIES THAT BIND  by Maggie Barbieri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Maeve's second outing matches all the reward of being a daughter and all the challenge of being a parent with the newfound wonder of becoming a sister."
Maeve Conlon's life changes forever when a former neighbor reveals that she has a sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >