Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

NEW YORKED by Robert Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Though Ash's arch world-weariness and the freak-show fleshpots are bound to attract tourists, you can't help feeling that Hart's making it all up as he goes along."
An unlicensed private eye prowls New York in search of the man who murdered his nasty girlfriend. Read full book review >
THE ASTROLOGER'S DAUGHTER by Rebecca Lim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out. (Mystery. 15 & up)"
A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery. Read full book review >

CRAZY MOUNTAIN KISS by Keith McCafferty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Stranahan's fourth case blends humor with heartbreak, all flavors of eccentricity with a struggle for normalcy, and a natural backdrop that can make even the most powerful humans and their deeds look small."
A missing teen requires the special talents of Sean Stranahan—fishing guide, watercolorist, former boxer, and occasional private eye (Dead Man's Fancy, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Broken Angels by Russell Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An auspicious mystery debut."
In this bleak Alaskan noir, an embittered, street-hardened woman is determined to find her estranged mother's killer. Read full book review >
CORRUPTED MEMORY by Ray Daniel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"In just two adventures, Tucker's managed to lose his job, his wife, his mother, and a half brother he didn't even know he had. You have to wonder what losses remain for the next installment."
A second case for computer programmer Aloysius Tucker (Terminated, 2014) continues to chop away at all he holds near and dear.Read full book review >

FALLEN SPARROW by D.A. Keeley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 2015

"Although Keeley (Bitter Crossing, 2014, etc.) clearly hoped to outdo himself in Peyton's second adventure, he gets in his own way with a monotonous style and a cluster of extraneous characters. Still, his tough but compassionate heroine triumphs against the odds."
Childhood friendships and personal needs complicate a border agent's life when she takes on a homicide-suicide case in her hometown in northern Maine. Read full book review >
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising debut whose ending doesn't quite live up to the rest of the story."
A Florida police officer and a nurse tackle a cold case. Read full book review >
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #15 by David Housewright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Even so, the first movement is by far the most interesting part of this otherwise routine tale."
Rushmore McKenzie's 15th case begins when he agrees to babysit a young woman he's saved from death and then goes downhill from there. Read full book review >
TIME OF DEATH by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Despite hints to the contrary, the crime and the investigation are routine, and the killer is a cipher. What lingers in the memory is the group portrait of the Polesford locals brutally closing ranks against a man they're certain deserves to die."
DI Tom Thorne and his lover, DS Helen Weeks, return to Helen's hated hometown in Warwickshire to confront some ugly accusations and some even uglier secrets. Read full book review >
LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS by Lori Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir."
Roy (Bent Road, 2011, etc.) draws a Faulkner-ian tale of sex and violence from the Kentucky hills.Read full book review >
THE KILL by Jane Casey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Casey has devised both an intricate puzzle and an intriguing partnership for her detective's fifth outing. Tough, reckless Maeve and the charismatic Derwent both have something to prove, especially that they aren't as attracted to each other as they obviously are."
The murder of a police officer is only the first of a rash of killings that devastates London's police force. Read full book review >
HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >