Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

THE TREACHEROUS NET by Helene Tursten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"The case reaching back in time is considerably more tangled and less urgent than the one that points disquietingly toward the future, threatening to claim new victims. Through it all, DI Irene Huss remains appealingly unflappable under pressure."
Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit never has a nice day. But this summer they're especially hard-pressed by diminishing numbers and a caseload that's soared a lot faster than Swedish temperatures. Read full book review >
CINNAMON TOASTED by Gail Oust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Oust does the formula proud, adding a kick to this mystery/romance that's so piquant it might have come straight out of Piper's shop."
A divorcée helps her ex-mother-in-law evade murder charges. Read full book review >

RED ICON by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Another rousing wartime thriller that gets its facts and its storytelling right."
A sixth entry from the case files of troubled Finnish detective Inspector Pekkala. Read full book review >
Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >
THE LAST WITNESS by Denzil Meyrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Meyrick takes the low road."
A Glasgow mob boss seemingly returns from the dead to exact his revenge on those who brought down his empire and sent him to prison in this exceptionally brutal debut. Read full book review >

THE SLEEPER by J. Robert Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Janes, author of the prolific St. Cyr & Kohler World War II police procedurals (Carnival, 2014, etc.), weaves a subtle, character-driven plot, stylishly written and long on twists."
A refugee from Nazi Germany finds that he can't escape the shadow of war or the insidious reach of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
Hell's Half-Acre by Nicholas Nicastro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A heavenly retelling of a hellish tale."
Murder, mayhem, and deception stain the Kansas prairie in this historical novel of the Old West. Read full book review >
THE CONSIDERATE KILLER by Lene Kaaberbøl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"Unfortunately, the extended back story this time is neither surprising nor particularly interesting. Fans who'd like to see Nina do something more than absorb a series of brutal attacks may want to wait for the next installment."
Danish nurse Nina Borg's fourth brush with crime begins with a scene in which she's savagely struck down by an oddly apologetic killer, and then it gets worse and worse. Read full book review >
STOP THE PRESSES! by Robert Goldsborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"The suspects are too little differentiated to enliven the by-the-numbers parade of stratagems and dialogues on offer."
In this 11th Nero Wolfe pastiche, Goldsborough (Archie in the Crosshairs, 2015, etc.) introduces a supremely unlikable newspaper columnist who fears for his life, with very good reason indeed.Read full book review >
Rude Boy USA by Victoria Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A scattershot story, but one that manages to deliver a historically edifying depiction of the 1960s."
A debut tale of organized crime, political unrest, and love in New York City during the 1960s. Read full book review >
DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not the most penetrating of Bannister's many studies of damaged souls but one of the cleverest and fastest-moving and the one that heaps perhaps the most additional damage on its sorely tried hero before the final curtain."
Inverting the proportions of Hazel Best's last adventure (Perfect Sins, 2014), Bannister supplements the continuing misfortunes of Hazel's friend Gabriel Ash with a modest new case involving a computer that gets found under remarkably suspicious circumstances.Read full book review >
BENEATH THE TOR by Nina Milton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Less successful than others in this series (Unraveled Visions, 2014, etc.), partly because both Milton's villain and heroine are insufficiently sketched to draw one in, partly perhaps because she's trying to do too much at once."
The mysterious death of a woman in a shamanic group leads one of her colleagues to launch a full-bore investigation on earthly and other planes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >