Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

COLD MORNING by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Perhaps the finest hour yet for a fictionalized heroine who defends herself against undue prejudice in favor of a supremely unpopular defendant by saying, 'I have taken no position—except doubt.'"
Now that he's seen her through six murder cases (Café Europa, 2015, etc.), Ifkovic turns sleuthing novelist/playwright Edna Ferber loose on the biggest game of all: the Lindbergh kidnapping.Read full book review >
LESSER EVILS by Joe Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Enough skullduggery for a TV series; you have to wonder what Flanagan is saving for the sequel. But the author creates a truly hopeless sense of menace, even if the most menacing figures are with the state police."
Flanagan's ironically titled debut, set in 1957, pits a Cape Cod cop against a murderous child molester, a murderous gambling ring, and the scarcely less murderous Massachusetts State Police. Read full book review >

TIME OF FOG AND FIRE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Mystery takes a back seat to history in Molly's 16th adventure (Away in a Manger, 2015, etc.), in which real-life tragedies jostle with lucky escapes for our heroine."
An amateur sleuth goes the extra mile to aid her police officer husband. Read full book review >
JUMP CUT by Libby Fischer Hellmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"After a long hiatus (A Shot to Die For, 2010, etc.) Hellmann returns to her Chicago-based sleuth with a chilling tale that may be all too close to the truth."
Curiosity darn near kills a filmmaker. Read full book review >
A MURDEROUS MIND by Jane A. Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Combining police procedural with elements of psychological suspense and spy thrillers produces a murky mess likely to please aficionados of none of the above."
A band of amateurs competes with numerous police officers to solve a grisly crime. Read full book review >

A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sam's second appearance (A Murder of Magpies, 2015, etc.) is a joy to read, filled with diverting characters, a socially clumsy but clever heroine, and a mystery filled with dubious characters."
A book editor's esoteric knowledge helps solve a crime. Read full book review >
BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >
IN VINO VERITAS by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Turnbull's fast-paced procedural should appeal to fans of the dogged-determination puzzler."
A tipsy conversation leads DI Harry Vicary's team (Denial of Murder, 2015, etc.) to reopen a cold case.Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN by Maureen Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sarah grows from an idea to a more fully realized character in this fourth installment of a series (Child's Play, 2014, etc.) that may just be hitting its stride."
A detective investigating a string of sex crimes senses that the key may be found in understanding her own biases against the perpetrators. Read full book review >
SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning."
A folksy New Hampshire town's one straight-laced former citizen can't dodge the murder charge someone's trying to pin on her. Read full book review >
WHEN FALCONS FALL by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another complex, well-researched tale shows that the protagonist and his progressive wife don't suffer the boredom of everyday domesticity."
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, takes on his 11th case when he and his wife investigate an apparent suicide. Read full book review >
SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD by J. Aaron Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Squeamish readers will probably want to skip first-timer Sanders' many loving descriptions of dissection. Further attention to detail and setting, the historical characters, and the hero's string of perils unfortunately don't quite add up to a compelling narrative."
A young Walt Whitman battles conspiracy, corruption, and wrongful execution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >