Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

PANTHER'S PREY by Lachlan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of this estimable series already know that Smith is much better at digging his hero into deep holes than devising plausible explanations for his often dumb behavior or providing clues to the real killer. Newcomers are advised to hang on for one wild ride."
San Francisco public defender Leo Maxwell just can't catch a break. In fact, he can't even cut himself loose from the selfsame villains that have been dogging him through three previous cases (Fox Is Framed, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sturdy, studly historical cop drama that's not as smooth or playful as Elmore Leonard but a good deal more accomplished than Max Allan Collins."
Taylor's criminal traversal of the 1950s leaves behind J. Edgar Hoover (Night Life, 2015) to focus on an assassination plot against newly hatched dictator Fidel Castro.Read full book review >

Behind The Mask by Dana Ridenour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"A vivid, suspenseful story about a torn agent on a complex covert mission."
An FBI agent working on her first undercover assignment becomes too close to one of the domestic terrorists she seeks to expose in this debut crime novel. Read full book review >
CURTAINS FOR MISS PLYM by Kathleen Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mary and Millie are such engaging characters that the time spent with them makes up for some of the weaknesses in this pleasant cozy."
A retired California schoolteacher and her cocker spaniel help solve several murders. Read full book review >
THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Despite the leads' enjoyable banter and the engaging premise, McMillan (A Singular and Whimsical Problem, 2015, etc.) tries to shoehorn so many different kinds of material into a single adventure that some of her most promising ideas end up insufficiently or imperfectly realized."
Two women form a detective agency and try to solve a murder in 1910 Toronto. Oh my! Read full book review >

SKELETON BLUES by Paul Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"The plot, which is even more labyrinthine than usual, will challenge the ingenuity, not to say the memory, of the staunchest readers. But Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory long after the plot is forgotten."
Beneath the skin of Johnston's seventh dystopian whodunit is the threat of a revolution so virulent it could bring the whole series to an end. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SIREN by William S.  Schaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Schaill, who's spun compelling stories of maritime intrigue (Sea Glow, 1998, etc.), seems out past his depth in a 1938 Galápagos peopled with suspects as muffled as they are menacing. Here's hoping he grows into his land legs in the strongly implied series."
While the rest of the world breathlessly waits for Hitler to start World War II, a fugitive member of the NYPD finds danger and intrigue on the other side of the world. Read full book review >
BITTER POISON by Margaret Mayhew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Mayhew's good-natured tale of rural village friendships will delight fans of the English countryside while proving a trial to anyone in want of a good puzzle."
An amateur theatrical production has deadly consequences for the village of Frog End. Read full book review >
ONSLAUGHT by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flynn's action-packed debut will tempt fans of the rock 'em, sock 'em school even if it disappoints Oldham's more staid followers."
Oldham unleashes a solo Steve Flynn on an unsuspecting world. Read full book review >
COLD FLORIDA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Those who are able to roll with Foggy will get an unholy kick out of the characters' flexible allegiances and the hero's colorful descriptions."
A tough Jewish car thief's attempts to pay back a debt he feels he owes lands him in a fight over—wait for it—Seminole lands. Read full book review >
LONDON RAIN by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Although Upson (The Death of Lucy Kyte, 2014, etc.) keeps her readers anticipating action nearly as long as British subjects wait for the crowning of their king, the complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make her fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors."
Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry in the fictional adventures of a real-life author. Read full book review >
KILLER REUNION by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The trip home has a dampening effect on the usually sanguine Savannah, who can't seem to keep her eyes on the prize."
Private eye Savannah Reid (Killer Gourmet, 2015, etc.) gets to relive every single trauma of her childhood at her high school reunion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >