Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

RETURN TO UMBRIA by David P. Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Once again, Wagner's setting battles his plot for the reader's attention, leaving detection in Orvieto's soft volcanic dust."
Orvieto is the latest stop for translator Rick Montoya (Murder Most Unfortunate, 2015, etc.), who stumbles across corpses in every hidden corner of Italy Read full book review >
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Ryan shows a greater assurance in handling her multitiered plot through the use of multiple points of view. The device works so well it should become a regular part of her winning format."
Boston's smartest, sexiest investigative couple returns, and, even more so than usual, they find themselves entwined in each other's cases. Read full book review >

THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY by Ellen Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Crosby's cases featuring the sleuthing winemaker and her troubled romantic partner (The Sauvignon Secret, 2011, etc.) are always good value. Even mystery mavens who miss the clue to who's pulling the strings will savor the spicy family relationships."
A dress found in an attic is the first clue in a mystery spanning decades. Read full book review >
SUDDENLY AT HOME by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Witty repartee rules in this procedural, though some of it may require a British-slang dictionary."
A police duo investigating a dead man with no past can't trust the two people who seem to know the most about the crime. Read full book review >
INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Presenting investigations into two different worlds gives Littlejohn, in her mystery debut, an opportunity to show her skills in drawing real characters and presenting them from the viewpoint of her appealing protagonist."
The shocking identity of a murdered clown leads an investigator to wonder how much she really knows about the town she calls home. Read full book review >

THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch."
In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament-turned-private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend. Read full book review >
THE FISHER KING by Melissa Lenhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"After a slow start, this combination of police procedural and romance puts the pedal to the metal and revs up the action."
A small-town police chief and his bad-boy twin brother have a conflicted relationship. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The parchment that's been so contested, along with two others equally sought, turns out to be something priceless, inspiring, and not at all likely to disturb any readers of this extended greeting card who keep Christmas."
Perry's 14th helping of seasonal warmth and crime (Revenge in a Cold River, 2016, etc.) is more stripped-down and elemental than ever, maybe because its Holy Land setting casts such a spell. Read full book review >
GRACE by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Owen uses his reflective, self-destructive hero to illuminate both the racial problems of his hometown and the ongoing death of the newspaper he loves, even though it doesn't love him back."
Proof positive that despite the title of police reporter Willie Black's fifth appearance (The Bottom, 2015, etc.), things can indeed get worse for both the city of Richmond and its daily newspaper. Read full book review >
SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Blake's meticulous research makes his latest account of crime and medicine in the mid-1700s (The Hidden Man, 2015, etc.) a pleasure to read even though mystery mavens will have no trouble unmasking the killer."
The discovery of a baby's body in a tanner's pit has the 18th-century English town of Preston in an uproar. Read full book review >
EGGNOG MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Heavy on cream and light on plot, this trio is most likely to appeal to fans of eggnog and coastal Maine."
Three tales of mayhem-by-eggnog penned by Maine boosters Ross, Hollis, and Meier. Read full book review >
HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Howe (City of Mirrors, 2013, etc.) sets her story in Tinseltown, but her characters lack the pop of classic Hollywood despite hints throughout at her ability to do more."
An aging actress turns amateur investigator after word gets out that she knows more than she's telling about the pedestrian victim of a car accident. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >