Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

MURDER ON THE BUCKET LIST by Elizabeth Perona
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Bubbly characters keep this cozy debut lively as you search through the red herrings for the big fish."
A group of 70-ish bridge buddies gets together to help check off an item on one member's bucket list. Read full book review >
RODEO RANCH by Max Brand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Brand's stock in trade is superlatives: every gunslinger is the fastest, every woman the most beautiful, every villain the blackest, every horse the finest mount imaginable. A quaint version of the king's English is respected throughout."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear for another two doses of thrills from monumentally prolific Western chronicler Brand (1892-1944) never reprinted since their first appearances in Western Story Magazine in 1923 and 1926.Read full book review >

HIDDEN VICES by C.J. Carpenter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"A nice blend of characters props up a moderately interesting but tired plot, though what's often most intriguing is Megan's disconcertingly frequent use of the F-bomb."
A planned vacation offers no relief for a detective recovering from the trauma of her last case who's thrust unexpectedly back into the field. Read full book review >
BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. Read full book review >
HER MAJESTY'S MISCHIEF by Peg Herring
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Simon's third is once again long on historical detail, short on mystery."
An apothecary and a queen combine their diverse skills to find a killer. Read full book review >

BURNT SIENA by Sarah Wisseman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Wisseman, author of the Lisa Donohue Israel-archaeology mysteries (The House of the Sphinx, 2009, etc.), gains little from her move to Italy. Rizzo isn't the only one who's just phoning it in."
An art restorer copes with the murder of her roommate. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF MIDNIGHT by Al Lamanda
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"For all his flaws, Lamanda's tough detective has his own moral compass, and his empathy and bulldog tenacity are as admirable as his bone-deep detective skills."
A former cop channels his inner rage to solve a tough crime. Read full book review >
A TWIST OF HATE by Vr Barkowski
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"If you can overlook the frat-boy humor, Barkowski's debut offers a novel take on friendship and family over time."
Lifelong friends team up to solve a murder. Read full book review >
FROM BRUGES WITH LOVE by Pieter Aspe
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Van In's third features less of his complicated domestic life (The Midas Murders, 2013, etc.) and more head butting with higher-ups. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Now that his wife, deputy public prosecutor Hannelore Martens, is pregnant, Bruges' Inspector Pieter Van In can stop skirt-chasing and settle down to what he does best: antagonizing the powers that be. Read full book review >
THE FRAUD by Brad Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Less funny and more deeply felt than Carter's first five cases (The Player, 2014, etc.): reliable entertainment that'll make you think twice about your next trip to Newark."
A series of not-so-random carjackings investigated by Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross ends up as a race between the paddy wagon, the shotgun, and the stork.Read full book review >
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The conscientious mystery is satisfying enough, but it's the increasingly complicated relationship between Georgina and Diamond (The Stone Wife, 2014, etc.) that's most memorable."
An offer he can't refuse takes Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond from his accustomed perch at the Avon and Somerset Police to a seaside town in Sussex, all in the worst company he can imagine. Read full book review >
FAST SHUFFLE by David Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Black (The Extinction Event, 2010, etc.) supplies a sweetly moving fable for nostalgia buffs and anyone who thinks the movie Harvey (1960) would have been improved if its imaginary rabbit had been a damsel in distress. An epilogue retailing anecdotes from the author's Hollywood days is quite as entertaining as the main event."
A delusional private eye stumbles onto a case that will test him to the max. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >