Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

AGAINST THE LIGHT by Marjorie Eccles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Eccles (Heirs and Assigns, 2015, etc.) starts out with a strong storyline and plenty of interesting characters, but her weak ending is a distinct letdown."
The Irish Home Rule Bill unnerves many politicians in 1912. But could it be a motive for murder? Read full book review >
ASSASSINS by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Besides providing interesting nuggets of history, Eldridge depicts his lead characters with complexity and compassion, auguring well for this series kickoff."
Against a backdrop of political unrest, a multiple murderer wreaks havoc in post-World War I Britain. Read full book review >

CRIME SCENES by Zane Lovitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Even fans of longer-form fiction should give this nifty collection a look."
Lovitt (The Midnight Promise, 2013, etc.) presents 12 examples from Down Under that show why the first rule of fiction is "Don't Be Boring." Read full book review >
THE IDOL OF MOMBASA by Annamaria Alfieri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The mystery is buried beneath a shoal of red herrings and a colorful but disturbing look at Africa in 1912, home to many problems—slavery, racial inequality, conflicts between Muslim sects—that persist today."
A white policeman in British East Africa is uneasy with the inequality of the law. Read full book review >
THE RECKONING ON CANE HILL by Steve Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"It doesn't matter that Mosby has no interest in tying up all the dozens of loose ends left dangling. This is a powerfully haunting tale you don't so much pursue to its resolution as mercifully awaken from."
Mosby's latest nightmare poses a perfectly serious question most readers have probably never thought about: which is more harrowing, death or resurrection? Read full book review >

SHOOT 'EM UP by Janey Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Without more information about the book's context, the heroine's full personality doesn't shine; readers will have to focus more than they should on trying to piece together her back story."
A scrappy Chicago cop seeks her own personal justice when her brother is shot. Read full book review >
SURFACE TO AIR by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"When you've published more than 200 spy novels, as de Villiers (1929-2013) did, some are bound to be unnervingly prescient. This one, which reads like a retro parody of James Bond (the high-tech weaponry! the double-crosses! the garter belts!), won't cost you a single night's sleep."
A guileless would-be terrorist looking to buy a missile stirs up a hornet's nest of Russian and American agents, each working his own dangerous angle. Read full book review >
THE BABE RUTH DECEPTION  by David O. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The third from Stewart (The Wilson Deception, 2015, etc.) cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans."
In the aftermath of World War I, two unlikely partners reunite to protect those they love. Read full book review >
A MARCH TO REMEMBER  by Anna Loan-Wilsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The weak mystery is offset by fascinating period detail and some illegal, immoral, and just plain outrageous political shenanigans."
March 1894 finds the nation's capital anxiously anticipating the arrival of Coxey's Army. Read full book review >
PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >
BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A peek into British country life provides a nice break, offering enough local color to excuse a rather tepid puzzle."
Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone's trip across the pond. Read full book review >
DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A well-wrought procedural that takes a hard look at the old South's influence on the new."
A police officer's past relationship with a wealthy family poses problems for a murder case. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >