Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

IN VINO VERITAS by Peter Turnbull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Turnbull's fast-paced procedural should appeal to fans of the dogged-determination puzzler."
A tipsy conversation leads DI Harry Vicary's team (Denial of Murder, 2015, etc.) to reopen a cold case.Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN by Maureen Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sarah grows from an idea to a more fully realized character in this fourth installment of a series (Child's Play, 2014, etc.) that may just be hitting its stride."
A detective investigating a string of sex crimes senses that the key may be found in understanding her own biases against the perpetrators. Read full book review >

SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning."
A folksy New Hampshire town's one straight-laced former citizen can't dodge the murder charge someone's trying to pin on her. Read full book review >
WHEN FALCONS FALL by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another complex, well-researched tale shows that the protagonist and his progressive wife don't suffer the boredom of everyday domesticity."
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, takes on his 11th case when he and his wife investigate an apparent suicide. Read full book review >
SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD by J. Aaron Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Squeamish readers will probably want to skip first-timer Sanders' many loving descriptions of dissection. Further attention to detail and setting, the historical characters, and the hero's string of perils unfortunately don't quite add up to a compelling narrative."
A young Walt Whitman battles conspiracy, corruption, and wrongful execution. Read full book review >

NEW ORLEANS NOIR by Julie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"All this misery makes for a bleak read, and readers looking for a typical noir experience had better fortify themselves."
Smith, who edited Akashic's original New Orleans Noir (2007), goes back for a second trip to the Big Easy.Read full book review >
SKIN LIKE SILVER by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Not the best of Nickson's Victorian mysteries (Two Bronze Pennies, 2015, etc.) but still full of engaging characters as the author continues to intertwine social problems with murder."
Suffragettes and serial killers have the populace of Victorian Leeds on edge. Read full book review >
ON A DESERT SHORE by S.K. Rizzolo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2016

"This fourth outing for Chase (Die I Will Not, 2014, etc.) blends thwarted love, class and racial issues, partly convincing historical details, and solid sleuthing."
A Bow Street Runner helps solve a murder at a manor in this Regency tale. Read full book review >
Girl Soldier by T.R. Horne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A fast-moving tale of a spy who, much like the novel itself, is a little ragged around the edges."
A farm girl enters a world of danger in Horne's (Breaking Mobius, 2013) military thriller.Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BLUES by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Less whodunit than odyssey, as Salt—clearly bent, as Wills observes, on fixing the world one sociopath at a time—navigates anti-woman prejudice in her unit, anti-cop sentiment in her hometown, and the steaming corruption that reaches from Atlanta's lower depths to its very top."
A veteran Atlanta cop's debut novel presents a newly minted homicide detective who's struggling to keep her sights trained on the cold case she's been assigned while Atlanta seethes around her. Read full book review >
THE BIG FEAR by Andrew Case
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The case is slow to gather momentum but rises to an improbable, rousing finale in which the bad guys, who've been consistently more clever and resourceful than the good guys, finally get theirs."
Playwright Case's first novel plunges a New York cop and the man charged with investigating him into a world of trouble. Read full book review >
WEDDING CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Since the interplay between Hannah and Ross has even less sex appeal than the Baking Conversion Chart at the end of the volume, any interest in whether they do finally get hitched is strictly pro forma. At least there are 22 recipes."
Even in the world of desserts, competition can be murder, as Hannah Swensen discovers on the eve of her nuptials. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >