Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fat Bob is, too. And where did that head go, anyway? A lively, laugh-out-loud winner."
Another darkly comic whodunit from veteran novelist Dobyns (The Burn Palace, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
UNATTACHED by Kristin Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Johnson (Unprotected, 2012) draws on 20 years' experience as a child protection worker in this chilling look at the darker side of childhood."
A social worker's troubled past threatens her livelihood. Read full book review >

THE CHILD GARDEN by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"McPherson's newest stand-alone (Come to Harm, 2015, etc.) is a stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery with a startling denouement."
A divorced woman with a severely disabled teenage son gets sucked into a mystery that will change her forever. Read full book review >
THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina de Gramont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fine literary whodunit from an accomplished storyteller."
A moody murder mystery infused with love and grief—and a fascination with Emily Dickinson. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI REDEMPTION by Qiu Xiaolong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Chen's 10th outing is another complex, methodical police procedural as well as a multifaceted look at a powerful society in flux."
Demoted to a largely ceremonial post, a master Chinese investigator struggles to understand his reduced circumstances and find his footing. Read full book review >

THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST CEZANNE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Art theft is a hot topic on the mystery scene, and no one's heist is livelier than Longworth's."
Recently returned from holiday (Murder on the Île Sordou, 2014), examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque is confronted with a dead postman, a mysterious painting, a beautiful professor, and a short-tempered lover.Read full book review >
A Blind Eye by Jane  Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2015

"An astutely crafted, action-packed read."
A murder mystery revolving around government corruption in Poland. Read full book review >
COP JOB by Chris Knopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"The fog gets so thick, in fact, that some readers will doubt Knopf can cut through it all. But he does, with a keen, deadly final stroke that makes this sixth case one of Sam's best."
After several years following his two other series sleuths, Jackie Swaitkowski and Arthur Cathcart (A Billion Ways to Die, 2014, etc.), Knopf returns to Hamptons executive-turned-cabinetmaker Sam Acquillo, the hero who launched his fictional career.Read full book review >
MURDER BY SUSPICION by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Heley offers another solid outing for Ellie, who isn't slowed down a bit by the passage of time."
British minister's wife Ellie Quicke (Murder in Time, 2014, etc.) struggles to keep her housekeeper safe from a religious cult. Read full book review >
Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A worthy addition to the adventures of Sherlock Holmes."
In this debut mystery, famed detective Sherlock Holmes and partner Dr. Watson face a villain obsessed with procuring the recently discovered Marseille Nike. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED SEASON by G.M. Malliet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Uneven tone, voice, and pacing don't seriously hamper Malliet's enjoyable blend of whimsy and homicide."
At least one head rolls in clergyman/detective Max Tudor's fifth seasonally themed case. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2015 by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"These edgy tales strike hard and fast but leave vivid memories behind."
These short stories lean more toward horror than whodunits, casting long shadows despite their brevity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >