Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

BOAR ISLAND by Nevada Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"After the razor-sharp focus of Destroyer Angel (2014), Barr's latest is a surprisingly hot mess, awash in scattered crimes whose perpetrators' behaviors defy belief. There's not even much about Acadia National Park."
Ranger Anna Pigeon, sent from the Rockies to Maine's Acadia National Park for a three-week stint, finds the brief interval more than long enough for another round of murder and assorted skulduggery. Read full book review >
LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Grecian (The Harvest Man, 2015, etc.) spares no gruesome detail in this fifth installment about the hunt for England's most famous serial killer. If you're up for one more tale about him and you can stand the gore, you're in for quite a ride."
Jack the Ripper meets his psychopathic equal in this macabre tale of late Victorian England. Read full book review >

ROCK-A-BYE BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"As usual, Haines crams a lot into her latest cozy (Bone to Be Wild, 2015, etc.), aiming at readers with a taste for levity rather than restraint."
A Mississippi detective must dig down deep into the roots of a town when a newborn is left on her doorstep even though her business partner may want to keep the baby for herself. Read full book review >
MURDER FRAMES THE SCENE by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"Despite some sharp exchanges between the fiances, Kneubuhl (Murder Leaves its Mark, 2011) evokes Charlie Chan more than Nick and Nora, with exotic locale and period setting at the forefront."
Even in paradise, murder can disrupt the lives of the upper class. Read full book review >
THE STRINGS OF MURDER by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"De Muriel's debut offers nonviolinists ghostly, ghastly apparitions, unappealing accounts of unspeakable pub meals, and a steady drip of Had-I-But-Known foreshadowing and backshadowing. A series seems inevitable."
As Jack the Ripper plies his sanguinary trade in 1888 Whitechapel, Inspector Ian Frey, his boss and patron ousted from Scotland Yard, is dispatched to Edinburgh to help solve what turns out to be an equally gruesome series of murders. Read full book review >

SEE ALSO DECEPTION by Larry D. Sweazy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"In truth, Sweazy gets by on the merest wisp of mystery, along with a severe economy of incidents of any kind."
Now that she's lost her nearest neighbors, the Knudsens, to a killer (See Also Murder, 2015), it's time for North Dakota indexer Marjorie Trumaine to lose her closest professional connection—the local librarian she constantly calls to check facts—the same way. Read full book review >
WALLEYE JUNCTION by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A dedicated detective and a grieving daughter find strength in teamwork in this bleak procedural."
Abduction, murder, and scandal mar the beauty of cherry-blossom season in a small Montana town. Read full book review >
KILLER DEAL by Sofie Sarenbrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The house-of-cards structure, piling one disaster atop another, lacks the remorseless logic of the best Nordic procedurals. There's no denying, though, that the climactic revelation is a shocker."
Sarenbrant's first English translation introduces to crime-ridden Scandinavia a Swedish police detective whose third recorded case strikes uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
LAWYER FOR THE CAT by Lee Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution."
Now that she's represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat's counsel. Read full book review >
COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A TREAT by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015)."
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >