Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE CHILDREN RETURN by Martin Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 2015

"Former journalist Walker's seventh Bruno entry is as prescient as it is terrifying."
French police face down jihadis in Dordogne. Read full book review >
THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"There's much, much more, and readers with the patience to watch as Burke (Crime Always Pays, 2014, etc.) peels back layer after layer will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box."
A Donegal novelist and freelance journalist is offered a ghostwriting assignment bound to change his life, if it doesn't end it first. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S MAKING by Seán Haldane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"Haldane's first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period."
A naïve young Englishman learns much about love, life, and death when he travels to British Columbia in 1868. Read full book review >
THE FALL by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 2015

"'You're never going to believe what just happened,' as The Beck's roommate tells her at one point, could be a motto, for better or worse, for the whole wild tale. The final twist, however, is sadly predictable."
Dismas Hardy's daughter, Rebecca, the most junior associate at his law firm, gets her own first case, and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
COME TO HARM by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2015

"The latest from this master of psychological thrillers (The Day She Died, 2014, etc.) is more cerebral than physical. But every page will draw you in and deepen your dread."
A Japanese graduate student convinces herself that a small Scottish town is filled with dark secrets. Read full book review >

THE FATAL FLAME by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"More fine work from a writer smart enough to know when a series has run its course. It will be exciting to see what the talented Faye decides to do next."
Concluding volume in Faye's gritty, atmospheric trilogy (Seven for a Secret, 2013, etc.) about New York City's fledgling police force.Read full book review >
When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 2015

"One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal."
After a farm couple is murdered in Montreal in the wake of a blizzard, newly retired DS Émile Cinq-Mars is asked by an FBI agent to look into possible connections with similar killings in New Orleans. Read full book review >
HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves."
There are suggestions throughout this second installment of a planned trilogy that King's motley, appealing trio of detectives from Mr. Mercedes (2014) have some bad juju in their collective future that may make the case here look like a relative afternoon at the mall.Read full book review >
THE ASTROLOGER'S DAUGHTER by Rebecca Lim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2015

"Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out. (Mystery. 15 & up)"
A fiercely realized teen uses astrological skills to solve a heartbreaking mystery. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >

Upcoming Kirkus Interview

April 28, 2015
Mona Eltahawy

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book.