Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >
BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"Fina's third adventure follows the pattern of the first two: fashion, fat, and sugar. But Thoft (Identity, 2014, etc.) is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist's the equal of any male gumshoe."
A whirlwind of a Boston-based detective with a fluid sense of ethics finds answers for a grieving mother. Read full book review >

THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2015

"This novel only serves to remind readers of how good Clark can be and isn't this time around."
A missing con artist proves the catalyst for intrigue, revenge, and romance in this latest novel by the prolific Clark. Read full book review >
MARRY, KISS, KILL by Anne Flett-Giordano
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"The dialogue is the high point of TV writer Flett-Giordano's debut, though the fast-paced banter does make characters blend together and make you wonder if everyone in Santa Barbara is the same brand of smartass."
Smart cop Nola needs a Skinnygirl™ Margarita to get through a series of seemingly unrelated murders.Read full book review >
THE WILD INSIDE by Christine Carbo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"While the park setting's attractive and has potential, the excessive detail and avalanche of characters, combined with a protagonist who doesn't seem all that competent, get in the way of narrative drive."
Grizzly bears, murder, mauling, and mayhem mix in Carbo's debut novel. Read full book review >

THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"As scenically evocative as Bowditch's first four cases but not nearly as dense, conclusive, or interesting."
The disappearance of two Georgia women hiking the Appalachian Trail gives Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch a welcome reprieve from the persistent personal problems that keep intruding into his cases, or serving as their foundations (The Bone Orchard, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Rees and Lydia would have made better progress if they hadn't stopped to eat every few pages and Kuhns (Cradle to Grave, 2014, etc.) hadn't described every bite, along with numerous other historical details. Still, the Reeses make an amiable sleuthing team in a post-Revolutionary War setting."
An 18th-century weaver/detective steps into a wasp's nest of family intrigue when he takes on his fourth case. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD by Tom Wright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noir crime with a distinct Southern accent."
In Wright's second novel (What Dies in Summer, 2012), Texarkana Police Detective Lt. Jim Bonham investigates the death of psychologist Deborah Gold, found mutilated and crucified.Read full book review >
THE NIGHTMARE PLACE by Steve Mosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Despite some awkward plot contrivances and secondary characters who are little better than outlines, Mosby (The Murder Code, 2013, etc.) has the talent to build both physical and psychological suspense. And he proves once again that he really knows how to work the strings."
A detective with bad dreams and a young volunteer trying to overcome her fears pit themselves against a serial rapist. Read full book review >
HARD LATITUDES by Baron R. Birtcher
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2015

"Birtcher's latest is an agreeable but undercooked mystery about the sex trade."
In Birtcher's fourth Mike Travis novel, the Hawaii-based PI, reluctantly answering a cry for help from his brother, finds himself threatened by a Hong Kong sex-trafficking ring. Read full book review >
The Pink Pony by Charles Cutter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"A mystery with a protagonist who's truly in his element inside the courtroom."
Cutter's debut legal thriller tells the story of a litigator in Mackinac Island, Michigan, who defends a man accused of murder. Read full book review >
BUBBA DONE IT by Maggie Toussaint
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 2015

"Toussaint's second Dreamwalker entry (Gone and Done It, 2014) is a walk on the paranormal side with a gritty heroine and plenty of Bubbas."
A Georgia single mother with psychic powers races to find a killer before she's next on the list. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >