Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the plot is straightforward and predictable despite the obligatory twists, Rader-Day (The Black Hour, 2014) writes absorbingly enough to make you look forward to a sequel."
An investigation into a childhood friend's death leads a small-town girl to discover that her own early years may not have been as they seemed. Read full book review >
HOUSE RIVALS by Mike Lawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"After DeMarco's unwontedly personal stake in finding his father's murderer (House Reckoning, 2014), it's nice to see him go up against some fixers as impersonal as him. Everything here, from the hard-case characters to the headlong pace, is professional-grade."
D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco, posted to the wilds of North Dakota, schemes to avenge the death of a young woman he was sent there to protect. Read full book review >

HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >
GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Mogford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The first half of Spike's fourth rolls slowly. Once its focus shifts to treating its fully drawn characters as suspects, however, it has the satisfying flavor of a classic whodunit."
A high-powered Gibraltarian lawyer cuts short an idyllic vacation to defend a hapless man accused of a brutal murder. Read full book review >

TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The mystery, as it is so often in this high-flying series, is a throwaway. But fans will rush through the forgettable plot double-quick in order to savor every moment of Dexter's final hour."
Dexter's last hurrah. Read full book review >
THE CONFESSORS' CLUB by Jack Fredrickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The most densely woven of Dek's five cases to date, even though you may lose track of who's dead and who's not long before Fredrickson sounds the last trumpet."
Unlicensed Chicago shamus Dek Elstrom struggles to protect a man all too close to him who does his very best to fight any trace of protection. Read full book review >
BUM RAP by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The answer, of course, is all of the above in this lightweight but ebulliently seamless melding of Levine's two legal-eagles series."
Levine brings ex-Dolphin Jake Lassiter, Esq., (State vs. Lassiter, 2013, etc.) together with his other series regulars Solomon and Lord, of the Florida bar (Habeas Porpoise, 2014, etc.), under the most trying circumstances possible when Lord asks Lassiter to defend Solomon on a murder charge.Read full book review >
DEATH AT DOVECOTE HATCH by Dorothy Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in Florence's second case, a charming reminder of all the country house murders of Britain's golden age."
A quiet British village hardly seems the place for a murder, much less two. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER by Cathy Ace
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"In a change from her Cait Morgan series (The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, 2014, etc.), Ace introduces a pleasantly quirky set of detectives who have their own diverse methods of crime-solving."
A stately home provides the backdrop for a modern mystery. Read full book review >
ELIMINATION by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The political intrigue seems barely to keep up with real-life electioneering in the Land of Lincoln this season. The best gift to series fans is the hope that Dev will end up with a woman who accepts him warts and all."
An Illinois Congresswoman caught in a tough re-election campaign narrowly survives what's clearly an attempt on her life. Or is it? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >