Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

SHADOWED by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2016

"The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale."
An addicted hacker can't outrun her past. Read full book review >
CHARCOAL JOE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less cluttered than Rose Gold (2014), though that's not saying much. But then you don't read Mosley for the throughline but for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories."
Fasten your seat belts. It's time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read full book review >

MURDER ON THE QUAI by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Rolling back the clock gives Black the chance to recast her heroine unencumbered by the baggage she's accumulated over the course of the series. It's not clear, though, where this prequel will take the franchise in the long run."
Black (Murder on theChamp de Mars, 2015, etc.) looks backward to discover the origins of Aimée Leduc, detective. Read full book review >
BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >

MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Hopefully, this is just the first adventure of many Steiner (Homecoming, 2013) will write for DS Bradshaw and her team."
A new and complex police heroine tries to solve a high-profile missing persons case while seeking domestic fulfillment in Cambridge. Read full book review >
BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The fifth case for McCafferty's fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can't help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes."
An animal sacrifice is prelude to human murder in Montana. Read full book review >
FATAL PURSUIT by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Walker's latest Bruno adventure has a lighter touch than earlier entries but offers as pleasing a puzzle as any."
St. Denis chief of police Bruno Courrèges (The Children Return, 2015, etc.) turns his attention from cabbages to cars. Read full book review >
CLAMOUR OF CROWS by Ray Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Often funny, always light, this one will appeal to mystery buffs who don't require sex and gore—and to those harboring fond memories of reading J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll."
A tightly plotted debut mystery that mixes foul play, wordplay, and humor. 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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >