Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

RUNNING WITH WILD BLOOD by Gerrie Ferris Finger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"A heady mixture of thriller and mystery with so many red herrings that you'll need a trawler to catch them all."
A tracer of missing children investigates a murder involving an outlaw motorcycle gang. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE by Mike Befeler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Taking a break from his Geezer series (Nursing Homes Are Murder, 2014, etc.), Befeler introduces an appealing new hero while maintaining his quirky sense of humor."
A police detective's retirement turns out to be a lot briefer than he'd expected. Read full book review >

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Levinson's (Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers, 2014, etc.) herky-jerky narration alternates between suspenseful buildups and elaborate back stories in a ruthless world in which no one is to be trusted, the author least of all."
A relentless prosecutor, a power-loving political aide and a desperate record producer form a dangerous triangle. Read full book review >
FATAL FEAST by Jay Ruud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Strong in neither historical intrigue nor investigative suspense, Ruud's debut is at its best in providing its characters with sassy if questionably accurate personalities."
An Irish knight's death puts King Arthur's kingdom in peril when the accused culprit is Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >
DEAD RED by Tim O'Mara
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ray's third case (Crooked Numbers, 2013, etc.) presents another tangled mystery and another forgettable killer. But the acrid, knowing Brooklyn atmosphere is strong enough to bottle."
What did you do over your summer vacation? Brooklyn schoolteacher Raymond Donne uses the last two weeks of his to get in way over his head when a shooting much too close to home pulls him into a case of smuggling and murder. Read full book review >

DEAD WRONG by Betta Ferrendelli
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A tense, engaging series mystery."
The third installment of Ferrendelli's mystery series (Revenge is Sweet, 2013, etc.) centers on a mortuary where the bodies aren't exactly treated with respect. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE HOUSE OF FOSKETT by M.R.C. Kasasian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Kasasian's sequel is as witty and imaginative as his debut (The Mangle Street Murders, 2014), if you like your humor dark and your delights grotesque. Animal lovers may not be the only readers taking refuge in Beatrix Potter if they make it past the first few chapters."
Members of a death club each hoping to be the last one standing meet gruesome ends, and only Sidney Grice and his ward can stop the slaughter. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Khan's stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters who force readers to join them in dealing with ugly truths."
Two Toronto detectives are handed a politically sensitive case. Read full book review >
THE HONEST FOLK OF GUADELOUPE by Timothy Williams
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Anne Marie's second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Pietro Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine."
Two disturbing murders unsettle the residents of a tropical paradise. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
DYING FOR THE PAST by TJ O'Connor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Tuck's second moves along briskly enough, but the plethora of suspects and motives may leave you scratching your head."
A ghostly detective who hovers over Winchester, Virginia, learns to harness his powers. Read full book review >
A KILLER RETREAT by Tracy Weber
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Despite lots of red herrings, yoga lore and ways to treat EPI, Kate's second lacks a strong mystery. And sometimes you just want to shake the temperamental heroine."
A yoga teacher's romantic getaway almost gets her jailed for murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >