Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

MURDER ON BRITTANY SHORES by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Like his debut (Death in Brittany, 2015), the hero's second adventure is judicious in parceling out attention to character, setting, and, most of all, plot."
A triple murder opens a new world to Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Concarneau police. Read full book review >
BREAKING COVER by Stella Rimington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Perhaps the most vividly plotted of Rimington's recent spy thrillers, though still less persuasive when it ventures into foreign waters than when it exposes interpersonal rivalries among staffers who are supposed to be on the same side."
Now that Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles in the international arena, Rimington, who always has a sharp eye for contemporary headlines (Close Call, 2014, etc.), provides another dose of Cold War tension for MI5 and MI6. Read full book review >

THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. Read full book review >
Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >

Drone by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"A brisk detective novel sequel that packs a punch."
Private eye Eli Quinn returns to track down the person controlling a drone used in a political assassination attempt in Britt's (Closure, 2015) latest mystery.Read full book review >
ROOTS OF MURDER by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"Reid's exciting debut, filled with action and philosophical musings about the enduring weight of the past, will make you both sad and mad."
Bigotry, hate, avarice, murder: it's all front-page news for a little weekly paper in Mississippi. Read full book review >
ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"On the long side but so fast-paced you won't care: another absorbing, resourceful English procedural from one of the best."
Sent to look into an accident involving two fellow officers from the Avon and Somerset Police, DS Peter Diamond finds himself improbably but compellingly on the trail of an unusually cold-blooded serial killer. Read full book review >
NO GOOD TO CRY by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Lanh (Return to Dust, 2015, etc.) poses an excellent mystery with a surprising twist while exploring the psychological scars inflicted by a war long ago."
Can solving a tough case expiate a detective's private sins? Read full book review >
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"What's most admirable about the series and elevates it over the average procedural is the nuanced evolution of a former Staten Island bartender into a New Orleans street cop."
In the fourth Maureen Coughlin book by New Orleans transplant Loehfelm, Coughlin is both licking her wounds from the events of Doing the Devil's Work (2015) and learning to "believe"—a word which represents hope for a city that's disaster prone. Read full book review >
The Sixth Man by Ron Lealos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A fresh, enjoyable crime novel that mixes its characters' base, murderous motivations with a twist of intrigue and history."
The specter of the Communist regime and the ghost of the Vietnam War loom large over this murder mystery set in present-day Vietnam. Read full book review >
Rosyland by Doug Ingold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A skillfully written novel with plenty of intrigue, plot twists, and romance."
The need for revenge runs deep in Ingold's (Square, 2014, etc.) latest mystery/thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >