Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

KILLER DEAL by Sofie Sarenbrant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The house-of-cards structure, piling one disaster atop another, lacks the remorseless logic of the best Nordic procedurals. There's no denying, though, that the climactic revelation is a shocker."
Sarenbrant's first English translation introduces to crime-ridden Scandinavia a Swedish police detective whose third recorded case strikes uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
LAWYER FOR THE CAT by Lee Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution."
Now that she's represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat's counsel. Read full book review >

COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA by Charlene D'Avanzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D'Avanzo's debut may have trouble finding an audience."
An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work? Read full book review >
THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A TREAT by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015)."
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Read full book review >

KILLER COCKTAIL by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kiely's modern-day Nick and Nora Charles provide plenty of clever repartee as they delve into a mystery full of Hollywood heavyweights with motives for murder."
A glamorous night at the Academy Awards ends in tragedy. Read full book review >
DECANTING A MURDER by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Not all of Katie's charm and wine savvy can compensate for Nettmann's complete disregard for police procedure. Here's hoping that further series entries lavish as much attention on detection as on cabernet sauvignon."
A young wine steward helps a friend facing murder charges. Read full book review >
THE FINAL TAP by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2016

"Kelsey's second appearance reviews the past and present of maple sugar, adds some romantic complications, and tosses in perhaps too many suspects for a truly cohesive story."
Who knew maple sugar could provide a motive for murder? Read full book review >
NANTUCKET GRAND by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A beautiful island made ugly by class warfare makes a convincing backdrop for Chief Kennis' third case (Nantucket Five-Spot, 2015, etc.)."
An intricate chain of crimes set off during Nantucket's avowedly quiet season leaves the shrewd poet/police chief little time for versification. Read full book review >
EVIL TURNS by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Mac's fifth adventure is just as quirky as its predecessors (A Bad Reputation, 2014, etc.), with the bonus of a stronger, more complex mystery."
Covens, centennial celebrations, and murders rock a small North Carolina town. Read full book review >
A FRONT PAGE AFFAIR by Radha Vatsal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation."
A budding journalist fights for her place in a world full of disturbing changes. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN BLUE by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Griffiths (The Ghost Fields, 2015, etc.) always provides a clever mystery and a wealth of historical detail. But it's her complex characterizations that put her in the forefront of the current mystery field."
A murderer stalks the streets of a medieval town known for its religious fervor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >