Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE RECKONING ON CANE HILL by Steve Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"It doesn't matter that Mosby has no interest in tying up all the dozens of loose ends left dangling. This is a powerfully haunting tale you don't so much pursue to its resolution as mercifully awaken from."
Mosby's latest nightmare poses a perfectly serious question most readers have probably never thought about: which is more harrowing, death or resurrection? Read full book review >
SHOOT 'EM UP by Janey Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Without more information about the book's context, the heroine's full personality doesn't shine; readers will have to focus more than they should on trying to piece together her back story."
A scrappy Chicago cop seeks her own personal justice when her brother is shot. Read full book review >

SURFACE TO AIR by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"When you've published more than 200 spy novels, as de Villiers (1929-2013) did, some are bound to be unnervingly prescient. This one, which reads like a retro parody of James Bond (the high-tech weaponry! the double-crosses! the garter belts!), won't cost you a single night's sleep."
A guileless would-be terrorist looking to buy a missile stirs up a hornet's nest of Russian and American agents, each working his own dangerous angle. Read full book review >
THE BABE RUTH DECEPTION  by David O. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The third from Stewart (The Wilson Deception, 2015, etc.) cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans."
In the aftermath of World War I, two unlikely partners reunite to protect those they love. Read full book review >
A MARCH TO REMEMBER  by Anna Loan-Wilsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The weak mystery is offset by fascinating period detail and some illegal, immoral, and just plain outrageous political shenanigans."
March 1894 finds the nation's capital anxiously anticipating the arrival of Coxey's Army. Read full book review >

PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >
BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A peek into British country life provides a nice break, offering enough local color to excuse a rather tepid puzzle."
Counts, countesses, and corpses highlight Lucy Stone's trip across the pond. Read full book review >
DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A well-wrought procedural that takes a hard look at the old South's influence on the new."
A police officer's past relationship with a wealthy family poses problems for a murder case. Read full book review >
A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Ward (In Bitter Chill, 2015) is an excellent police procedural that shows how psychological damage from the past casts shadows over the present."
The present always owes a debt to the past. Read full book review >
THE MURDER OF A QUEEN BEE  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Lester (A Beeline To Murder, 2016) is long on romance, sweet tips, and honey recipes. There's a thin little mystery, too."
A beekeeper gets a second chance at love and solving a murder. Read full book review >
Genuinely Dangerous by Mike McCrary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"An energetic tale that will make readers root for its disreputable characters."
In McCrary's (Remo Went Rogue, 2013, etc.) latest crime novel, an out-of-work screenwriter decides to trail criminals documentary-style, with expectedly violent results.Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLOOD AND ASHES by Jaden Terrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"After a tense prologue, Terrell settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat."
A suspicious fire that claims two of a trainer's 14 horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. 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 >