Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

THE SHIVERING TURN by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Although not quite the equal of her seasoned mentor, Spencer's Oxford grad gets full marks for persistence and ingenuity in her engaging debut."
Spencer kicks off a new franchise with the disappearance of a Thames Valley schoolgirl. Read full book review >
An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >

JEOPARDY SURFACE by Sheri Leigh Horn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An immersive and thoughtful account of an FBI agent's professional and personal travails."
A debut murder mystery chronicles an emotionally addled FBI agent's pursuit of a serial killer. Read full book review >
COCO BUTTERNUT by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This bite-sized addition to Lansdale's droll franchise gives his two heroes little room for their trademark back-and-forth banter. But the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard."
What could be more featherweight than a tale of dognapping? How about a dognapping whose victim is already dead and buried? Read full book review >
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >

MURDER ON THE MOOR by Julianna Deering
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Yet another entry in the classic genre of the English country-house murder, clichéd but competent."
English gentleman and amateur detective Drew Farthering does a spot of investigating in his fifth case (Dressed for Death, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Hart (The Grave Soul, 2015, etc.) connects the events of the main story to a brief opening chapter presenting a savage murder, leading readers up to the attack and beyond while revealing the potential murderer's motive."
A video gone viral forces a couple to confront one member's past and decide whether it means they can still have a future together. Read full book review >
RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If the word 'dour' hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases."
A rogue cop who won't stay retired has even less incentive to follow the rules when an old murder leads to a new crime. Read full book review >
A DEATH AT THE YOGA CAFÉ by Michelle Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Yoga poses are interspersed with chapters, and a set of vegetarian recipes is added to the epilogue in this simple tale of small-town murder-cum-life cycle events."
The proprietor of a cafe and yoga studio seeks justice when a longtime acquaintance is falsely accused of murder. Read full book review >
THE TRAPPED GIRL by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Dugoni (In the Clearing, 2016, etc.) drills so deep into the troubled relationships among his characters that each new revelation shows them in a disturbing new light. The dizzying descent from a solid, unspectacular procedural to an unholy tangle of crimes makes this his best book to date."
Seattle Police Detective Tracy Crosswhite's fourth case takes her out of her hometown, out of her jurisdiction, and out of her comfort zone. Read full book review >
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The 11th from Jones (The Curse of Tenth Grave, 2016, etc.) is densely packed with supernatural problems, sex scenes not for the timid, and assorted complicated mysteries. Boning up on the 10 proceeding installments may be a prerequisite for making sense of this one."
Now that the Grim Reaper has become a god, she's having a hard time dealing with her new powers. Read full book review >
ALTAR OF RESISTANCE by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"A gripping and densely packed thriller dramatizing the Allied Italian campaign."
A sprawling historical novel examines the occupation and liberation of Rome during World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >