Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An engagingly detailed look at good and ill in the 1700s that's cleverly entwined with several perplexing mysteries."
THE HOUSE OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Slightly less violent and slower paced than Blake's last look at the Wolfe family (The Rules of Wolfe, 2013), this installment is an absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit."
Even for criminals, there's no such thing as a perfect plan. Read full book review >

WHAT THE FLY SAW by Frankie Y. Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The distracting alternate future seems like the kind of thing that might have been dreamed up by someone writing about 2020 in 1970, not 2015. The plot is confusingly unrelated to the setting and is standard procedural fare, though a hook at the end portends better developments in the future."
A pseudo-futuristic world features two detectives investigating the death of a man no one had reason to kill. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT GAME by Leslie Dana Kirby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Kirby delivers a debut that's trickier than an R.A. Dickey knuckleball."
A trauma doctor finds her own life on the critical list when her glamorous older sister is murdered. Read full book review >
LETHAL BEAUTY by Lis Wiehl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Fans of Mia Quinn (A Deadly Business, 2014, etc.) will find this a well-considered addition to the series."
A prosecutor focused on the murder of a young prostitute uncovers what could be a human trafficking ring. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF DREAMS by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Bowen shrewdly explores the tension between a husband and his very independent wife as they both work to solve a complicated series of murders. One of Molly's best."
Turn-of-the-century New York is plagued by an elusive serial killer. Read full book review >
WHO BURIES THE DEAD by C.S. Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Disembodied heads and royal corpses play almost as great a role as the living characters in the 10th installment of St. Cyr's adventures (Why Kings Confess, 2014, etc.). Even though a long-overdue face-off falls curiously flat, the complex, brooding protagonist still dominates the action."
A collector of grisly relics meets the same fate as his most cherished items in this Regency tale. Read full book review >
CAT OUT OF HELL by Lynne Truss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"A Chinese box of anti-narrative that reads like M.R. James on bad acid with a laugh track, complete with demonic cats, murderous librarians and badly overmatched amateur sleuths."
Punctuation czar Truss (The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!, 2007, etc.) turns her very special talents to a cat mystery with a twist: The cats are culprits rather than sleuths or mascots.Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS by Cara Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Aimée's 15th outing is a killer, with all the suspense, all the surprise and all the Parisian flavor you'd expect from Black."
Aimée Leduc (Murder in Pigalle, 2014, etc.) puts everything on the line to solve her most vexing cold case—the murder of her father.Read full book review >
SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE MISSING YEARS: JAPAN by Vasudev Murthy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Bound to be overshadowed by Anthony Horowitz's Moriarty (2014), which offers a quite different account of the battle between Holmes and Moriarty. That's a shame, because Murthy (The Time Merchants and Other Strange Tales, 2013, etc.) provides sturdy adventure, colorful Japanese backgrounds, and a mastery of many voices, including Watson's."
Still wondering what the great detective was doing between his reported death in 1891 and his reappearance in 1894? Actually, he was working closely with Shigeo Oshima, director of Intelligence Research for Emperor Meiji of Japan, on the shadowy Operation Kobe55. Read full book review >
KITTENS CAN KILL by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Spoiler alert: The kitten doesn't kill anyone. Fanciers of chatty cat mysteries will be happy to know that all the animals survive in fine fettle."
Another suspicious death in Beauville, Massachusetts, leaves animal empath Pru Marlowe (Panthers Play for Keeps, 2014, etc.) babysitting a new kitten as she stumbles around trying to figure out who's settling old scores.Read full book review >
AN EXAGGERATED MURDER by Josh Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A beautifully written postmodern novel of deduction that merrily, wittily blows up its genre's conventions while at the same time re-energizing possibilities for the 21st-century detective story."
Three things to keep in mind about this book: Travel is far more enriching than arrival, detectives are essentially professional critics, and always be very careful when you decide to quit smoking. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >