Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOLLY BLOOM? by Jessica Stirling
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Whatever Joyce scholars may think of one of the world's most ambitious novels being spun off into a whodunit, Stirling's (The Marrying Kind, 1996, etc.) clever, bawdy mystery-cum-court case stands up well in its own right. Picking up the pace would have made it even better."
Characters from James Joyce's Ulysses enjoy new life—except for the unfortunate soul who suffers a bloody death.Read full book review >
CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME by Carlene Thompson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"The solution, requiring an extended confession to the obligatory hostages and some additional explanation afterward, may tax fans of imperiled heroines. Along the way, though, Thompson (To the Grave, 2012, etc.) produces enough blood and thunder to satisfy the most demanding of them."
Returning to her Chesapeake hometown 18 years after her father was posthumously identified as the Genessa Point Killer, a daughter who's coped with her demons by writing supernatural fantasy novels finds there's plenty of malice left in the old Point. Read full book review >

SHADOW OF THE RAVEN by Tessa Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"The opening of Harris' (The Lazarus Curse, 2014, etc.) latest 18th-century romantic mystery nearly bogs down in back story. Once it gains momentum, however, one disaster relentlessly follows another for the lovelorn doctor from the Colonies."
Deception, murder and land wars thwart Dr. Thomas Silkstone's latest attempt to find happiness with his beloved Lydia. Read full book review >
SHARK SKIN SUITE by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual."
Florida's premier vigilante may have met his match. Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF LONDON by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shaw (She's Leaving Home, 2014) makes the gritty English capital come alive, and while the action is slow-burning, it's worth waiting for the inevitable explosion."
Corruption and deception run rampant in 1960s London as a detective struggles to balance a recent loss and a stalled homicide investigation. Read full book review >

RUNNING WITH WILD BLOOD by Gerrie Ferris Finger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"A heady mixture of thriller and mystery with so many red herrings that you'll need a trawler to catch them all."
A tracer of missing children investigates a murder involving an outlaw motorcycle gang. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE by Mike Befeler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Taking a break from his Geezer series (Nursing Homes Are Murder, 2014, etc.), Befeler introduces an appealing new hero while maintaining his quirky sense of humor."
A police detective's retirement turns out to be a lot briefer than he'd expected. Read full book review >
THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Levinson's (Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers, 2014, etc.) herky-jerky narration alternates between suspenseful buildups and elaborate back stories in a ruthless world in which no one is to be trusted, the author least of all."
A relentless prosecutor, a power-loving political aide and a desperate record producer form a dangerous triangle. Read full book review >
FATAL FEAST by Jay Ruud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"Strong in neither historical intrigue nor investigative suspense, Ruud's debut is at its best in providing its characters with sassy if questionably accurate personalities."
An Irish knight's death puts King Arthur's kingdom in peril when the accused culprit is Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >
WEDDING DAY DEAD by Robert W. Stephens
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"As formulaic as its predecessor, this is still a good, lightweight read. And we always knew that Poe and Alana would weather their private storm."
Welcome to paradise, and the further adventures of Poe and Foxx and the lovely Alana Hu, where the only thing to spoil the fun is the occasional murder. Read full book review >
DEAD RED by Tim O'Mara
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Ray's third case (Crooked Numbers, 2013, etc.) presents another tangled mystery and another forgettable killer. But the acrid, knowing Brooklyn atmosphere is strong enough to bottle."
What did you do over your summer vacation? Brooklyn schoolteacher Raymond Donne uses the last two weeks of his to get in way over his head when a shooting much too close to home pulls him into a case of smuggling and murder. Read full book review >
DEAD WRONG by Betta Ferrendelli
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A tense, engaging series mystery."
The third installment of Ferrendelli's mystery series (Revenge is Sweet, 2013, etc.) centers on a mortuary where the bodies aren't exactly treated with respect. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >