Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

BIGGER by Aaron Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"A funny, yet earnest mystery story."
In Brown's debut novel, a man must solve a mystery involving his friend in order to reset his own life. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON OF HANDALE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"A dramatic mystery lavishly studded with period details: Clark's best to date."
Sister Hildegard has a momentous decision to make as soon as she solves some murders. Read full book review >

A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own."
Still reeling from personal tragedies, intrepid nurse-turned-private investigator Maisie Dobbs becomes embroiled in a murder case in Gibraltar on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
THE KILLER OF CANCER RISING by Torena O'Rorke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2015

"Some delightfully astute sleuthing runs through this tightly written second case, fully stocked with menacing villains, tireless investigators and romantic intrigue."
Prolific author O'Rorke (Gemini Girl Murders, 2013, etc.), a former probation officer and youth counselor, offers the second installment in her Astrology Mysteries series. Read full book review >
WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"On one level, a very moving meditation on fathers and sons; on another, an illumination of character and fate."
A multilayered, morally ambiguous novel of family, blood and betrayal. Read full book review >

COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"The two unrelated plotlines give the impression that Jance (Moving Target, 2014, etc.) didn't have enough of either for a complete story. Yet Ali's good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole greater than the sum of its parts."
Ali Reynolds and her friend Sister Anselm are back, this time to rescue an elderly widow and a runaway teen. Read full book review >
ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"An afterword by de Beauvoir roots the mystery in real-life events that sound just as depressing, though a good deal less improbable and melodramatic."
An unlikely sleuth seeks to protect Montreal's cachet as a tourist destination by tracking down a killer whose handiwork is trashing the city's reputation. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2015

"All the action and suspense of Box's long string of high-country adventures, with a solution that's considerably tighter and more satisfying than most of them. One of Joe's best."
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's 15th case takes him through some of the darkest days of his checkered career. Read full book review >
TATTERED LEGACY by Shannon Baker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2015

"Nora's third (Broken Trust, 2014, etc.) is filled with enough plotlines for several more installments. The heroine's decisions are annoyingly bad for such an allegedly intelligent woman, but the denouement still packs a punch."
An accountant risks her life as she works to protect an area of great beauty. Read full book review >
WITCH UPON A STAR by Jennifer Harlow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2015

"Lacking Harlow's usual humor or any strong roots in her home base, the town of Goodnight, this story works more as a stand-alone for readers who prefer Vampire Romance Lite."
True love turns into great danger for a witch who chooses a domestic life over one of vampire drama. Read full book review >
DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Step aside, Nancy Drew; this dark mystery holds nothing back. (Historical mystery. 13 & up)"
A privileged girl turns detective in a gritty noir thriller about the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood in the 1940s. Read full book review >
GUN STREET GIRL by Adrian McKinty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Alert readers won't need McKinty's afterword to see the many motifs ripped from last generation's headlines. Nor will they be surprised to see Duffy's grim, lively fourth case remain defiantly inconclusive to the last drop of gallows humor."
DI Sean Duffy (In the Morning I'll Be Gone, 2014, etc.), stuck in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1985, struggles to close a murder case that keeps opening wider and wider.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >