Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

GATHERING PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas' wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: 'Don't get shot; it'd be really inconvenient for everybody.'"
Lucas Davenport, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, celebrates his 25th appearance by crossing state and jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a killer who's made the pursuit personal. Read full book review >
A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Brady's powerful first mystery novel is evocative of the period. The many aspects of life in 19th-century Dublin are cleverly woven through a baffling mystery."
A police detective lands a case that could ruin his career. Read full book review >

THRESHOLD by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"If you can accept the hook of Grace's extraordinary powers, Ford strings the rest of the tale expertly between extended chases and moments of unexpected compassion the characters show each other and eventually themselves."
A beleaguered big-city cop works with and against an equally troubled young woman with the uncanny ability to help long-comatose patients return to life. Read full book review >
REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Indridason's prequel unfolds with the same precision, economically depicted characters and authenticity as his Inspector Erlendur novels, but a livelier energy replaces the middle-aged Erlendur's noir melancholy."
Haunted by the inexplicable death of a vagabond he befriended, a young Icelandic cop vows to learn the truth. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A cautionary tale that argues powerfully against handgonnes and their modern descendants."
Second installment in Holsinger's series starring medieval detective John Gower. Read full book review >

PLEASANTVILLE by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth."
Race, politics and petty grievances muddy the quest for justice when a young election volunteer is kidnapped and murdered. Read full book review >
GHOST IMAGE by Ellen Crosby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"The second in Crosby's new series (Multiple Exposure, 2013) is a quick-moving mystery with a wealth of fascinating material on gardening in Colonial times and the value of plants in sustaining life on Earth."
A photojournalist searches for clues to a suspicious death. Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LIES by Amanda Quick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Quick's fans will not be disappointed in her latest combination of detective story and sexy romance (Otherwise Engaged, 2014, etc.), a pleasing page-turner."
A lady with a secret to hide and a gentleman reputed to be mad make a dandy investigative team. Read full book review >
Oranit: Crossed Lines by Michael Benjamin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 16, 2015

"Not a breezy read and often downright challenging, but worth the effort."
Debut author Benjamin weaves a suspenseful mystery set in the Middle East into a deeper meditation on the powerful allure of home or, in this case, a land of one's own. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD by Stephen Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Perhaps too many subplots for Kelly to knit together with complete success but by no means too many to keep readers absorbed to the end."
Bombing runs by the Luftwaffe are only the most obvious sign of lethal conflict in journalist Kelly's fine-grained first novel. Read full book review >
MURDER IN ELY by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Nelson (Murder On Insel Poel, 2014, etc.) combines another fine modern-day mystery with historical information, this time adding action sequences from international thrillers to the mix."
A writer's visit to Britain lands her in multiple difficulties. Read full book review >
A PALETTE FOR MURDER by Vanessa A. Ryan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Although its denouement is more 'way out' than some of the abstract canvases Carone handles, Lana's debut is still good fun."
An insurance claims agent is drafted to play detective, first by her own company and later by the owner of a tony art gallery. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >