Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Davis' fourth case for her heroine (Deadly Election, 2015, etc.) is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal."
An ancient Roman sleuth balances a tricky murder investigation with the new challenges of her approaching nuptials. Read full book review >
VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. Read full book review >

Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >
Shot to Pieces by Michael O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A murder case becomes the springboard for a striking tale of a man coming to terms with his chaotic past."
A Brooklyn detective works a vicious homicide while striving to bring his ruptured family together in this debut police procedural. Read full book review >
Drone by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"A brisk detective novel sequel that packs a punch."
Private eye Eli Quinn returns to track down the person controlling a drone used in a political assassination attempt in Britt's (Closure, 2015) latest mystery.Read full book review >

Closure by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"Short but pleasantly enthusiastic, as a newbie works out his investigative kinks."
An Arizona reporter tries moving past his wife's murder a year ago by becoming an amateur gumshoe and probing another killing in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
ROOTS OF MURDER by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"Reid's exciting debut, filled with action and philosophical musings about the enduring weight of the past, will make you both sad and mad."
Bigotry, hate, avarice, murder: it's all front-page news for a little weekly paper in Mississippi. Read full book review >
ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Zoe Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2016

"Sharp pays meticulous attention to detail, but this novella reads as though the author's grown weary of her own heroine's adventures."
Close protection specialist Charlie Fox finds herself south of the border in a country devastated by a massive earthquake in Sharp's latest (Die Easy, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
SOMEONE ALWAYS KNOWS by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans can expect the workmanlike, uninspired plotting typical of the franchise (The Night Searchers, 2014, etc.), with lots of room for the heroine's and hero's ubiquitous friends and contacts and a particularly neat solution to the opening problem."
Sharon McCone's latest case resurrects a miscreant long thought dead with plenty of mischief left in him. Read full book review >
DANGER WOMAN by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Ramsay, whose series covers the globe from first-century Jerusalem to Picketsville, Virginia, makes the most of local color in his final Botswana entry."
A Chobe National Park ranger tangles with the Russian Mafia. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT CROSSING by Tricia Fields
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Even though Fields (Firebreak, 2015, etc.) still includes indiscriminate details about hair color and fashion choices, she's settled into a brisker style, and her fourth case finds her gutsy cop a little less angst-ridden."
A small-town police chief follows the evidence where it takes her, even at the risk of her career. Read full book review >
ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"On the long side but so fast-paced you won't care: another absorbing, resourceful English procedural from one of the best."
Sent to look into an accident involving two fellow officers from the Avon and Somerset Police, DS Peter Diamond finds himself improbably but compellingly on the trail of an unusually cold-blooded serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >