Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

THE BLACK TORTOISE by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A disappointingly perfunctory novella whose main revelation is that when the author of the hard-nosed Deets Shanahan stories (Killing Frost, 2015, etc.) takes off the edge, he takes off quite a bit more along with it."
A second case for forensic accountant Peter Strand (The Blue Dragon, 2015) ushers him into a San Francisco nonprofit to investigate rumored problems that get a lot bigger and more concrete shortly after his arrival. Read full book review >
MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect."
A 24th adventure for Marion "Doc" Ford (Deep Blue, 2016, etc.) interrupts his pursuit of a child pornographer to take him into even murkier waters: a kidnapping apparently haunted by a similar crime nearly a century ago. Read full book review >

MAN OVERBOARD by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Jance (Random Acts, 2016, etc.) can't seem to keep out of her own way or avoid sidelining the supposed heroine in this 15th franchise installment. But the character who does take the lead deserves to keep it, and the ending helps make up for the cumbersome plot."
A shipboard tragedy is prologue to a deadly cyberduel. Read full book review >
SERPENTINE by Peter Parkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Parkin and Darby can't write a memorable sentence between them, but they do keep the paranoid complications coming fast and furious. Be warned: every explanation of how a particularly impressive bit of technology is supposed to work indicates that this time it won't."
A roller coaster run amok is only the curtain raiser in this blood-and-thunder tale of Americans doing what they do best: neutralizing domestic saboteurs who also happen to be Americans. Read full book review >
A HEAD IN CAMBODIA by Nancy Tingley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Tingley's debut is more travelogue than mystery, with some crucial plot points left unexplained—a pleasant diversion for a plane ride to the reader's own adventure."
An unlikely California curator investigating Cambodian art forgery stumbles onto murder. Read full book review >

GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA by Megan  Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite an ill-timed and easily guessed solution, Copper's debut has enough pizzazz to make readers want to try just one more roll of the dice."
A would-be reporter probes a socialite's death. Read full book review >
PURR M FOR MURDER by T. C.  LoTempio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"LoTempio's latest series follows her sweet, simple pattern (Crime and Catnip, 2016, etc.) of cat-focused cozy with uncomplicated characters who are broadly defined."
One sister must prove the innocence of the other in the murder of a man determined to shut down their small-town animal shelter. Read full book review >
THE ASTONISHING MISTAKES OF DAHLIA MOSS by Max Wirestone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Endorsed by Charlaine Harris, another author in love with her feisty female lead, Wirestone's franchise will appeal to those willing to fall for his heroine as hard as he has."
A decidedly twitchy personality finds herself investigating the geek-gamer world of a video game tournament, with only her roommate's boyfriend and some highly questionable followers to give her support. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A gritty detective story as unflinching as its heroine, rich in well-researched period detail."
An intrepid female medical student stumbles on a conspiracy in Victorian-era Edinburgh. Read full book review >
ONE BY ONE by Sarah Cain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Cain plots furiously enough for three installments and adds a remarkably florid climax and a series of downbeat epilogues for good measure. The payoff is some quality time with a hero whose 'brain wasn't working because his heart was broken beyond repair.'"
Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan (The 8th Circle, 2016), reluctantly agreeing to help an old friend who was never even much of a friend, lives to regret it, which is more than you can say for the friend. Read full book review >
SARATOGA PAYBACK by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans who come for the tangled, forgettable mystery will stay for the hero. The man's most mundane problems continue to be way more interesting than the criminal intrigues in which Dobyns (Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?, 2015, etc.) entangles him."
Shorn of the PI license and handgun permit that saw him through 10 variously loopy cases (Saratoga Strongbox, 1998, etc.), Charlie Bradshaw, whose business card now simply reads "Consultant," fights to get a piece of the action after he stumbles over a corpse outside his house. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE RED RIVER by Marcie R. Rendon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The plot in Rendon's adult debut never exactly thickens—this is more coming-of-age story than mystery—but the spare prose-poetry of her descriptions and dialogue is a lot more interesting than anything she has to say about crime or detection."
A wild child uneasily transplanted from the White Earth Reservation to a rented house in Fargo meets murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >