Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >
THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >

The Mystery at Sag Bridge by Pat Camalliere
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 2015

"A lively twist on the historical fiction genre by a promising author."
Cold Case meets Ghost Whisperer in Camalliere's debut mystery. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THIEF by Barbara Fradkin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Child psychologist Fradkin (None So Blind, 2014, etc.) supplies a promising setup and a touching conclusion but not much of a story in between."
A sneak thief poses an unusual series of moral dilemmas for a Canadian handyman/farmer in rural Madrid County. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S TENTH by Brian Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Scientist Harvey (The End of the River, 2008, etc.) provides all the ingredients of a novel a lot shorter than a Beethoven symphony: one crime, one mystery, one threat to the hero's life, one near-death situation, one twist at the end. The perfect gift for mystery fans with short attention spans."
A piano tuner—sorry, make that piano technician—happens on the find of a lifetime, which may also be the price he pays for it.Read full book review >

EDGE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"The fat, jaded Christie is far from the eager rookie of Judgement Call (2014). And this time, Oldham (Low Profile, 2014, etc.) seems bent on upping the bloodshed in a grim Keystone Kops gavotte of capture and escape."
Henry Christie returns to face a psychopathic killer and a serious contemplation of retirement. Read full book review >
DEADLIGHT HALL by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Michael and Nell's fifth thriller is skillfully structured and packed with suspense."
Ghosts from World War II haunt a Victorian mansion. Read full book review >
CRY WOLF by Michael Gregorio
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"This series kickoff by the author of the Hanno Stiffeniis historical mysteries (Unholy Awakening, 2010, etc.) features some deliciously dry humor and a lively, tough-minded plot."
A new park ranger with a secret past seeks peace in the wilderness but instead finds an organized crime blood feud. Read full book review >
GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND by Judith Cutler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although Cutler gets a bit carried away with the number of characters and catastrophes she introduces, Fran and Mark are as likable and capable as they were in their last adventure (Double Fault, 2014)."
Husband-and-wife sleuths reopen a case that almost everyone else wants to keep closed. Read full book review >
THREADS OF DECEIT by Mae Fox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2015

"This series kickoff features a touch of romance and some interesting historical tidbits but not much exercise for your own inner sleuth."
An innkeeper gets involved in a historical dig and a modern murder. Read full book review >
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"A brisk tempo, a sympathetic hero and a plot as complicated as the beloved opéra bouffe it parallels will make Lebow's debut resonate with opera lovers and lay readers alike."
A librettist-turned-reluctant detective sees the characters of his latest opera come to life and just as quickly die. Read full book review >
KILLER GOURMET by G.A. McKevett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"McKevett proves that marriage doesn't stop the fun, as Savannah and Dirk bicker and banter their way through their 20th case before retiring to the bedroom to enjoy a generous dollop of Chantilly cream for dessert."
This time it's personal for private eye Savannah Reid and her police detective husband, Dirk Coulter (Killer Physique, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >