Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

Winter Rage by Charles McRaven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A sweeping, suspenseful murder tale that offers enough atmosphere, subplots, and vibrant secondary characters to make readers enjoy the leisurely pace."
A feud between the Mabry and Millard families in Ridgeway, Arkansas, leads to three murders, with consequences that haunt two families for five decades Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN WHITE by J. Jefferson Farjeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Farjeon (1883-1955) provides a superior example of the Old Dark House genre, this time with snow, that will remind readers with long memories of his play No. 17, impudently filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1932."
A train carrying an ill-assorted collection of passengers runs into a snowbank in a fantasy-world 1930s, and—but wait, this isn't Murder on the Orient Express, though it was originally published only three years later. Read full book review >

ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing."
A sheltered young woman comes out of her cocoon—and her transformation ends with murder. Read full book review >
UNRAVELED by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite the high body count and obligatory peeks inside the killer's mind, both mystery and suspense are subordinated to a leisurely survey of the locals, whose numbers seem only to increase as they're killed off."
A sixth journey back in time to Center Springs, Texas, in 1968 reveals a family feud ready to claim more victims. Read full book review >

A SPRING BETRAYAL  by Tom Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"After an effective noir opening, Callaghan's second thriller apes the blunt men's action novels of the 1970s and '80s. But the provocative chemistry between the hero and his scorned lover-turned-sidekick keeps that action interesting."
A grisly multiple murder cuts close to the bone for a dogged maverick detective. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE CHERWELL by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Light on puzzle and detection, this reprint of Hay's 1935 tale is probably of greatest interest as a historical totem."
Four high-spirited undergrads investigate the death of their school's bursar. Read full book review >
THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Characteristically well plotted, with plenty of complex characters to enjoy."
A series of murders in a rural area has the neighbors on edge. Read full book review >
FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"French's strikingly mature prose purrs along as smoothly as ever, but the mystery is a mess from beginning to end, and the heroine's tough/imperiled shtick is beginning to wear thin. For loyalists only."
Can psychotherapist Frieda Klein possibly get in any worse with the members of London's Metropolitan Police whose patience with her has already worn thin? Yes, she can—when the evidence marks her as a murderer. Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR MAX by John Lawrence Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The latest entry in the Rapid Reads series is a neat little mystery Reynolds (Beach Strip, 2012) and his intrepid heroine wrap up within a single day."
A small-town police chief is determined to solve a murder without help from the big boys. Read full book review >
FIREWALK by Chris Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Roberson's expertise as a television and comic-book writer adds a cinematic flair to his story, though readers expecting a resolution will have to wait for later series entries."
Two investigators struggle to understand the effects of a new drug on Recondito residents. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There isn't enough Xanax in anyone's medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these 20 skillful stories will unleash on a worried world."
Turning away from the spooky and toward the psychologically fraught, the latest edition of this venerable series offers variations on themes that may well be uppermost in Americans' minds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >