Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2016

"This charming mystery feels as companionable as a leisurely afternoon trawling the vintage shops with a good friend."
A London record hunter finds himself hunted when he's hired to track down a rare jazz LP in the first installment of this new series. Read full book review >
Said the Fly by Laurie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2016

"A buzz-worthy initial offering in a planned mystery series."
A blowfly, a grasshopper leg, and a tiny flower are the unlikely clues that help a zoologist track down a killer in this dazzling island mystery. Read full book review >

THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater."
Venice might be sinking into the sea, but as long as Commissario Guido Brunetti is around, there will be someone to make sure the city doesn't become a total swamp of cynicism and corruption. Read full book review >
RAIN DOGS by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Duffy (Gun Street Girl, 2015, etc.) is taking no better care of himself than he ever did. But his copper's instincts are as sharp as ever in this fifth installment."
During the Irish Troubles, a discouraged detective tackles a murder oddly similar to a past crime. Read full book review >
GOODBYE TO THE DEAD by Brian Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"If you're looking for a full docket, Freeman pays off in spades. But the felonies are only loosely linked, and the solutions are less compelling than the setups. Below average for this accomplished, ambitious series."
Nine years after his late wife's friend was convicted of killing her husband, Lt. Jonathan Stride of the Duluth Police Department finds new evidence that reopens the case and tears him up as well. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS by Eve Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Although it's clear that many characters in the story are there only to serve the plot, the conceit of Seymour's debut is intriguing."
A stalking victim is convinced that she's the only one who can catch the perp—even when the police wonder if she's doing the stalking. Read full book review >
THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM by Kirsten Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"A clever combination of characters you care about despite the silliness and absurd situations that hook you even though Weiss (The Hermetic Detective, 2015, etc.) clearly doesn't take them very seriously."
The Paranormal Museum gets uncomfortably close to its avowed mission when it becomes the scene of a murder. Read full book review >
ST ERNAN'S BLUES by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Charles (Down on Cyprus Avenue, 2014, etc.) makes Starrett's third case leisurely, literate, ingenious, improbable, and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality."
Murder comes to a Donegal home for priests about whom the Irish Catholic Church has decided that, as one of them says, "it wasn't working for us elsewhere." Read full book review >
DEADLY JEWELS by Jeannette de Beauvoir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Martine's second (Asylum, 2015) cleverly weaves real events into a mystery/thriller whose flashbacks contain the clues to solve the puzzle."
The crown jewels, neo-Nazis, and Holocaust survivors play their parts in a Montreal mystery. Read full book review >
Sacred Blood by Andres Amezquita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2016

"A thriller that entertainingly traverses well-traveled territory."
A debut murder mystery that revolves around a long-standing history of secrecy at the Vatican. Read full book review >
The Devil's Jukebox by J.D. Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2016

"A protagonist whose nimbleness while facing danger is something to marvel at—and celebrate."
An ex-cop has only a week to track down a missing witness who may have an alibi for a death-row inmate in this thriller. Read full book review >
WHEN BUNNIES GO BAD by Clea Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Not much of a secret at all, it turns out. Fans will know better than to expect much mystery to get in the way of Pru's communications—however cryptic this time around—with the animals she loves."
The sixth entry in Simon's Pet Noir series (Kittens Can Kill, 2015, etc.) is just as blanc as the first five. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >