Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

DYING FOR A TASTE by Leslie Karst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Karst's series debut features a spunky heroine, a mystery loaded with red herrings, oodles of food lore, and the requisite appended recipes."
A California lawyer-turned-restaurateur adds sleuthing to her resume. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE HOUR by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Whatever else you can say about appealing Penny, she doesn't let romance distract her from her search for a killer. Information about appraisals and local color enhance the story's charm but fail to make it very mysterious."
Murder is an unintended consequence when Antiques Cymru comes to a Welsh town.Read full book review >

DELIVERING THE TRUTH by Edith Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2016

"In a departure from her organic farming cozies, Maxwell (Farmed and Dangerous, 2015, etc.) goes back to 1888 to launch a new series combining a highly competent mystery with the requisite period detail."
A 19th-century Quaker midwife discovers unexpected sleuthing talents. Read full book review >
QUIET NEIGHBORS by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2016

"Although softer-edged and less terrifying than most of McPherson's stand-alones (Come to Harm, 2015, etc.), the slow unraveling of several deeply puzzling circumstances and the complex characters provide a fine read."
A desperate woman flees London for refuge in a quiet Scottish village. Read full book review >
DEATH DEALS A HAND by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2016

"Dawson creates a charming and intelligent heroine, but the mystery is almost an afterthought to the atmospheric descriptions of this chapter in the 21-year reign of the Zephyr, whose famous Vista-Dome cars delighted passengers with unparalleled views."
A storied train rushes toward a date with death. Read full book review >

COME DARK by Steven F. Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans will shrug and enjoy the family-reunion vibe, which seems increasingly dominant in this long-running series despite all those promises of dark doings."
A rash of low-octane mysteries for undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her sorely tried colleagues in the Posadas County Sheriff's Department. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF MARY RUSSELL by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Canny readers will know not to take the come-on of King's teasing title at face value; the unwary deserve all the additional shocks they'll get."
King forswears the foreign intrigue that's increasingly dominated her Sherlock-ian pastiches (Dreaming Spies, 2015, etc.) to return to the great man's roots, which are surprisingly intertwined with those of his longtime landlady.Read full book review >
MISS JULIA INHERITS A MESS by Ann B. Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Slow as molasses, Miss Julia's 16th (Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, 2015, etc.) barely qualifies as a mystery, counting instead on Southern charm to delight the fan base."
No good deed goes unpunished for Miss Julia. Read full book review >
RED FLAGS by Tammy Kaehler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"In the fourth in this character-driven series, Kaehler (Avoidable Contact, 2014, etc.) complements its exploration of Kate's problems and triumphs with a better mystery and plenty of suspects you love to hate."
Another racetrack, another murder for a driver who'd rather be racing than sleuthing. Read full book review >
AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 5, 2016

"Aunty Lee's third outing (Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, 2013, etc.) has the structural virtues of an old-fashioned whodunit but adds a sassy comic edge."
Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you: beneath the matronly manner is a steely sleuth. Read full book review >
RECKONING AND RUIN by Tina Whittle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Readers new to Tai's adventures (Deeper than the Grave, 2014, etc.) may be put off by all the back story. Those enamored of her will enjoy the way it drives the plot, which is most likely to appeal to those with a strong investment in the heroine."
Headstrong and determined, a woman trying to leave her past behind is forced back to her Savannah home to confront her biggest adversaries: her family. Read full book review >
THE BASTARDS OF PIZZOFALCONE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Despite the Neapolitan setting, the crew of mismatched cops may remind you of similar teams in Sweden, New York, or Hollywood. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Sent off to help rebuild a shattered police precinct, Lt. Giuseppe Lojacono finds a surprising degree of cohesion with the other misfits who share the station. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >