Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
RESORTING TO MURDER by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"One truth emerges unchallenged: when English detectives go on holiday, they really do seem to relax a bit, or at least their creators do."
Fourteen reprints from England's golden age of detection (here, 1910-1953) show that although favorite sleuths may go on vacation, murder never does. Read full book review >

THE RELUCTANT MATADOR by Mark Pryor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Pryor lays it on thick: Hugo and Tom act out with frat-boy glee, the Rioja flows, and the Spanish authorities assign only English-speaking detectives for the convenience of their American chums. Strictly for those who think espionage is like Club Med without the beads."
The head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris explores Barcelona in search of a wannabe model. Read full book review >
HIGH COUNTRY NOCTURNE by Jon Talton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bit of mystery, some hints of adultery, a dose of gun (well, holster) lore, and the requisite macho posturing. Somehow, though, the ingredients of Mapstone's eighth never add up to much more than a miscellany."
What could come between the partners of Peralta & Mapstone, Phoenix's most active firm of private investigators (The Night Detectives, 2013, etc.)? A cache of stolen diamonds, that's what.Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >

THE MISSING AND THE DEAD by Stuart MacBride
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"McRae's ninth appearance packs a potent punch, blending gritty police procedural with surprising grace notes of the hero's humanity."
Even in exile, a veteran detective can't escape the lure of a major crime. Read full book review >
A FATAL CHAPTER by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the series (Book Clubbed, 2014, etc.) will welcome this tenth installment, which fleshes out its weak mystery by continuing to develop the many returning characters."
A fire may have closed Tricia Miles' New Hampshire mystery bookstore, but it can't stop Tricia from her amateur sleuthing. Read full book review >
DEAD RAPUNZEL by Victoria Houston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"Houston's frigid but beautiful winter portrait of Loon Lake (Dead Lil' Hustler, 2014, etc.) can't make up for the tepid mystery."
Murder by logging truck. Read full book review >
Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >
Second-Class Sailors by Lance Garland
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2015

"A courageous exploration of the power of love and sexuality to transcend institutional boundaries."
A crime novel about the aftermath of a brutal act that examines sexuality's uneasy place within the strictures of military life. Read full book review >
THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal."
After a farm couple is murdered in Montreal in the wake of a blizzard, newly retired DS Émile Cinq-Mars is asked by an FBI agent to look into possible connections with similar killings in New Orleans. Read full book review >
FARMED AND DANGEROUS by Edith Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"Quirky characters, lots of organic farming tips, and a well-developed mystery make this Cam's best outing yet."
An organic farmer is a magnet for murder. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >