Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Prolific Shelton (If Onions Could Spring Leeks, 2015) kicks off a new series featuring a sleuth who'll delight book lovers, a so-so mystery, and Edinburgh in the starring role."
Taking a leap of faith, an archivist moves to Scotland for an exciting job opportunity. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MUNICH by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Winspear elegantly balances Maisie's emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war."
On an undercover mission for the British Secret Service in Nazi Germany, Maisie Dobbs must face not only the horrors of the Third Reich, but very real reminders of her own tragic past. Read full book review >

THE INFIDEL STAIN by M.J. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacking the freshness and exoticism of the earlier story, this new Avery and Blake episode offers solid yet wordier, more predictable entertainment."
An unconventional detective duo reunites to solve a series of gory murders in Dickensian London, a city where privilege dwells alongside grievous inequality. Read full book review >
DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A neatly crafted whodunit that drips with diamonds, titles, and scandals."
A countess takes time from her lavish social whirl to solve a murder. Read full book review >
SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The mystery actually gets less and less interesting as it limps along to the final hollow surprise. As usual in this series, Dial's precise eye for the carrots and sticks of the LA justice system is the standout feature."
Capt. Josie Corsino's fourth case is a prequel to her first three (Unnatural Murder, 2014, etc.) set so far back in the past that she isn't even Josie Corsino yet.Read full book review >

HIGH JINX by Shannon Esposito
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2016

"Too many new ancillary characters and an incongruously violent climax only muddle the second installment in this series, which will hopefully return to form next time."
Doga yoga instructor Elle Pressley's latest high-maintenance client turns out to be the least of her worries when she's the last to see a dead man alive. Read full book review >
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"This cozy debut introduces a competent new amateur sleuth whose profession is sure to provide myriad problems along with a cast of quirky characters and plenty of motives and red herrings that keep you guessing."
Last-minute jitters and a mother-of-the-bride-zilla are the least of a wedding planner's problems. Read full book review >
JURY OF ONE by Charlie Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A writer of both mysteries and romances, Cochrane (The Best Corpse for the Job, 2014, etc.) strikes a fine balance between the two in story of professional meets personal—which should please those who don't want to take either one too seriously."
A copper has to investigate a crime that connects his boyfriend to a potential new flame. Read full book review >
PING-PONG HEART by Martin Limón
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"Limón's 11th Americans-in-Korea procedural has grit, pace, and an authentic feel."
A pair of veteran two-fisted Army investigators probe the murder of an American officer who had recently tangled in and out of the sheets with a South Korean bar girl. Read full book review >
HAP AND LEONARD by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale."
Seven laid-back adventures, one of them brand new, for "freelance troubleshooter" and good old boy Hap Collins and his gay black Republican partner Leonard Pine. Read full book review >
THE ELOQUENCE OF THE DEAD by Conor Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The second case for the talented, complicated Swallow (A June of Ordinary Murders, 2015) again spins a fine mystery out of political corruption in 1880s Dublin."
A police detective in Victorian-era Dublin catches another case with political ramifications, in a novel by a former editor of the Irish Times. Read full book review >
THE MIDWIFE AND THE ASSASSIN by Sam Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Thomas supplies an informed look at the English civil war from the viewpoint of everyday people while providing a mystery filled with red herrings and a surprising denouement."
A midwife is a most reluctant recruit for Oliver Cromwell's ruthless spymaster. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >