Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

A MOST EXTRAORDINARY PURSUIT by Juliana Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Surprisingly little happens, and even less is explained. The lack of closure doubtless signals the next installment in the series (The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match, 2016)."
Forced to join a search for a noble heir, a secretary with impeccable character refuses to let herself be dragged into dishonor by the man she's meant to assist. Read full book review >
INCENSED  by Ed Lin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers who go the distance, recognizing Lin's greater interest in worldbuilding than storytelling, will be rewarded, as in Ghost Month (2014), with a richly detailed insider's tour of contemporary Taiwan."
Chen Jing-nan is reunited with his uncle, colorful Taiwanese gangster Big Eye, just in time to get saddled with an impossible task. Read full book review >

THE QUEEN'S ACCOMPLICE by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Maggie (Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, 2015, etc.) is a thoughtful spy whose dangerous escapades never disappoint."
An accomplished young woman fights hate and misogyny in World War II Britain. Read full book review >
THIS ISN'T A GAME by David Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"It may not be a game, but Moss' debut isn't really an adventure either, since the owner of VegasVegas turns out to be BoringBoring."
An offshore online casino is caught between bankruptcy and blacklisting when a long shot pays off. Read full book review >
THE HEAVENS MAY FALL by Allen Eskens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A previously secondary character, Eskens' broken-hearted hero finally has the spotlight the third time out. It's too bad he has to fight his way through so much back story to get there."
A grieving detective and a self-doubting lawyer face off in a courtroom. Read full book review >

ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the level of inspiration in individual stories varies widely, every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they'll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives."
"Inspired" is the key word here, for contributors have been encouraged to interpret their remit even more broadly than in the editors' previous two collections (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
HELL BAY by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Thomas (Anatomy of Evil, 2015, etc.) supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best."
A Victorian mystery that rewrites And Then There Were None with a very different ending. Read full book review >
THE CANDIDATE by Lis Wiehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though it's easy to enter and savor the wholly fictional world of politicians driving, and driven by, the media, Wiehl's plot is well-worn and derivative, with a predictable ending unworthy of her plucky heroine."
A senator's wife may have more invested in the campaign than just her good name. Can a reporter uncover the truth before she becomes the next target? Read full book review >
Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >
THE CORNISH COAST MURDER  by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A golden-age mystery reminiscent of Freeman Wills Crofts and Ronald Knox that's guaranteed to keep you guessing and second-guessing, though the final payoff falls well short of the buildup."
The British Library Crime Classics' latest blast from the past—this time more of a light squall—is this decorous, conscientiously plotted 1935 whodunit by pseudonymous Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-1957). Read full book review >
A DREADFUL PAST by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A quirky change from the usual sifting through the suspects most likely to have wanted the victim dead, with only the ritual recounting of each detective's domestic arrangements to remind readers of the customary Turnbull formula."
A cold case suddenly heats up for DCI George Hennessey (Gift Wrapped, 2013, etc.) and his colleagues. Read full book review >
CASTING BONES by Don Bruns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Although Bruns (Reel Stuff, 2013, etc.) supplies all the necessary characters, plot twists, and motives for murder, they don't entirely come together. Concentrating on one of the many threads he seeks to weave into this tale would have produced a tighter story."
A New Orleans detective who seems to be the only one more interested in justice than a collar must rely on instinct over information. 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 >