Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

ASSASSINS by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Besides providing interesting nuggets of history, Eldridge depicts his lead characters with complexity and compassion, auguring well for this series kickoff."
Against a backdrop of political unrest, a multiple murderer wreaks havoc in post-World War I Britain. Read full book review >
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though the level of inspiration in individual stories varies widely, every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they'll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives."
"Inspired" is the key word here, for contributors have been encouraged to interpret their remit even more broadly than in the editors' previous two collections (In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing."
A sheltered young woman comes out of her cocoon—and her transformation ends with murder. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There isn't enough Xanax in anyone's medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these 20 skillful stories will unleash on a worried world."
Turning away from the spooky and toward the psychologically fraught, the latest edition of this venerable series offers variations on themes that may well be uppermost in Americans' minds. Read full book review >
ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >

HELL BAY by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Thomas (Anatomy of Evil, 2015, etc.) supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best."
A Victorian mystery that rewrites And Then There Were None with a very different ending. Read full book review >
A SPRING BETRAYAL  by Tom Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"After an effective noir opening, Callaghan's second thriller apes the blunt men's action novels of the 1970s and '80s. But the provocative chemistry between the hero and his scorned lover-turned-sidekick keeps that action interesting."
A grisly multiple murder cuts close to the bone for a dogged maverick detective. Read full book review >
IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"For fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral."
What if the word's most famous (and eccentric) Victorian detective were a young gentlewoman in the midst of a scandal? Read full book review >
SKIN AND BONE by Robin Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Blake's meticulous research makes his latest account of crime and medicine in the mid-1700s (The Hidden Man, 2015, etc.) a pleasure to read even though mystery mavens will have no trouble unmasking the killer."
The discovery of a baby's body in a tanner's pit has the 18th-century English town of Preston in an uproar. Read full book review >
GRACE by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Owen uses his reflective, self-destructive hero to illuminate both the racial problems of his hometown and the ongoing death of the newspaper he loves, even though it doesn't love him back."
Proof positive that despite the title of police reporter Willie Black's fifth appearance (The Bottom, 2015, etc.), things can indeed get worse for both the city of Richmond and its daily newspaper. Read full book review >
THE GREAT IMPERSONATION by E. Phillips Oppenheim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each other's nations, and their women importunate but unfailingly discreet. Genre buffs shouldn't miss it; fans who read it years ago will be surprised how well it holds up."
A welcome reprinting of a classic 1920 spy tale, the most celebrated of the 100-plus novels by Oppenheim (1866-1946). 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 >