Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

CRIMSON ANGEL by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"The mystery is the least of this adventurous tale."
A former slave must return to Haiti to uncover a dark secret. Read full book review >
BROKEN ANGELS by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"The author's penchant for horror shines through in the gruesome details, but Masterton's crime writing is more detailed, character-driven and carefully plotted than his other recent work."
Typically known for horror (Forest Ghost, 2014, etc.), Masterton crams plenty of revulsion and repulsion into this crime tale, which focuses on someone taking a monstrous revenge on the Catholic Church.Read full book review >

SWIMMING IN THE SHADOWS by Diane Janes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

" Janes (Why Didn't You Come for Me?, 2011) sets up a clever puzzle only to trash it with a solution as improbable as it is long-winded."
A runaway wife finds her new life threatened when the murder of a schoolgirl brings the police to her doorstep. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE CHASE by Eric Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Donald's second mystery (Murder by the Book, 2013) takes place in 1955 but reads like a country-house whodunit from the golden age, packed with fascinating characters, each boasting a motive for murder."
A mystery writer and an assistant literary agent delve into crime in the country. Read full book review >
DISCLOSURES by Bill James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Not much more plot than a guide to Zen, but dozens of wonderfully precise passages distinguishing merely philistine lawbreakers like Stayley ('Il y a des lacunes, as the French would say') from truly clueless hopefuls like Panicking Ralph ('he thought the people he was with…would be familiar with the lagoons')."
Full disclosure: DCS Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles' 31st case contains very little Harpur and not much more Iles. Read full book review >

GODS OF GOLD by Chris Nickson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Although Nickson's tales of Richard Nottingham (Fair and Tender Ladies, 2014, etc.) take place more than 100 years earlier, Harper faces the same disturbing inequalities in this police procedural with a social conscience."
A detective inspector's wedding takes second, or third, place to several complicated cases. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT LIES by Lyndon Stacey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Stacey seems ready to merge his dog and horse franchises in a pleasing puzzler. Will Shinju and Yasu join in, as rivals to Midnight Louie and Joe Grey?"
An ex-cop finds himself in the soup when he helps an old friend protect his fiancee. Read full book review >
RED LIGHT by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Although Masterton continues to grow in this crime-focused series, his horror themes can seem rote and routine, while his romantic episodes are tinged with soft-core pornography."
A rash of sex trafficking murders leads an Irish detective to suspect that someone's out for revenge. Read full book review >
Exam Room Confidential: The Wellborne Files by Louis Siegel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"A somewhat bitter pill but a vital prescription for readers who want to know what really goes on in the critical-care ward."
Siegel, a doctor, uses fiction (inspired by an actual case he encountered as an internist) to air fetid linen in the medical profession. Read full book review >
DEATH COMES TO LONDON by Catherine Lloyd
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Lucy's second case (Death Comes to the Village, 2013) is a pleasant combination of Regency romance and mystery that evokes fond memories of Georgette Heyer, even if it can't match her charm or depth of characterization."
The London season promises more than husband-hunting for an accomplished amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
A BILLION WAYS TO DIE by Chris Knopf
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"After the brilliance of his debut (Dead Anyway, 2012), Cathcart's third adventure shows an increasing tropism toward proficient but forgettable rounds of cat-and-mouse byplay punctuated by the occasional action scene."
What is it with people? Whoever it is that's trying to kill Arthur Cathcart just won't quit. Read full book review >
WEST by Lizzy Ford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Confusing sci-fi elements within an unconvincing romance."
Josie finds herself embroiled in a time-travel mystery in Ford's (Black Moon Draw, 2014, etc.) latest series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >