Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

THE NIGHT BELL by Inger Ash Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"DI Micallef is sure to win your favor, but expect your initial excitement to slowly fizzle out."
In this fourth installment (A Door in the River, 2012, etc.), Ontario police inspector Hazel Micallef becomes intimately involved in a case connecting back to her childhood. Read full book review >
Crimson Park by C.J. Booth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A thriller with an endlessly twisty plot and plenty of lingering questions for a third book to answer."
A California cold-case division finds that the disappearance of a B-movie director/producer isn't nearly as straightforward as it initially seems in Booth's (Olive Park, 2011) sequel.Read full book review >

THRILL KILL by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"No surprises here, but Thiem's tough-but-tender hero's dedication to a routine so grueling it feels authentic puts the procedure back in procedural."
The second case for Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair (Red Line, 2015) hits a little closer to home than he'd like. Read full book review >
SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The ambling plot makes room for a few sharp deductions and the usual mild humor—nothing to frighten the horses or raise fans' blood pressure."
A string of low-level burglaries plagues Blacklin County, Texas, spelling trouble for Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies (Between the Living and the Dead, 2015, etc.) and two dead men. Read full book review >
THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Full of memorable character portraits and incisive observations on wealth and social class, this stylish departure by the author of the long-running Jim Stringer series (Night Train to Jamalpur, 2014, etc.) is full of droll humor."
When a veteran detective is shot while on special assignment, uncovering the truth involves layers of deceit and secrets that might be best left unrevealed. Read full book review >

THESE HONORED DEAD by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Putnam combines the historical fact of a lifelong friendship with lively fiction in a debut set on the edge of the American frontier."
A lovesick storekeeper and a newly minted Illinois lawyer pool their talents in a murder case. Read full book review >
WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Despite the double plot requiring two virtually unrelated pools of characters, the thematic connections between the cold case and the red-hot case are so pervasive and powerful that the result is one of the most tightly spun tales to come from Robinson's remorseless imagination."
Alan Banks' first case as detective superintendent is a 50-year-old sex crime that's echoed by an equally appalling assault in present-day Eastvale. Read full book review >
A MASQUERADE OF MUERTOS by Patrice Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The late-blooming mystery runs a very distant second to the interesting and extremely detailed descriptions of artwork, costumes, and Santa Fe."
A group of goth friends plan a Halloween shindig that will turn out even more special than they can know. Read full book review >
THE PARIS LIBRARIAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More cerebral than Pryor's earlier cases (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), but fans will still find plenty of action."
A Paris librarian's death is just the start of a series of mysterious occurrences. Read full book review >
THE DAMASCUS THREAT by Matt Rees
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This series kickoff by the author of the Omar Yussef thrillers (The Fourth Assassin, 2010, etc.) keeps the action and the close calls coming and tucks colorful characters into unexpected corners. Crackerjack entertainment, even if it mostly feels familiar."
In a race against the clock, an American special agent crisscrosses New York and travels to Syria to prevent a devastating chemical attack. Read full book review >
THE ST. LUCIA ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The mystery poses little challenge for Le Brun (The Manhattan Island Clubs, 2003, etc.) or the reader. But armchair travelers will enjoy the history and lyrical descriptions of St. Lucia, which has become the tourist paradise the planters were hoping for."
A 1910 honeymoon on an exotic island is rudely interrupted by multiple murders. Read full book review >
The November Working by E.A. Odin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"A chilling, and unfortunately timely, commentary on the dangers of demonizing the other."
Social and political turbulence in the 1930s sets the stage for murder in this debut historical thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >