Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

WOMAN WITH A SECRET by Sophie Hannah
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Hannah, who plots rings around most of the competition, shares Ruth Rendell's shivery conviction that there are still darker secrets than whodunit, how, and why."
The murder of a heat-seeking online columnist provides DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer, with perhaps too many suspects—including a leading suspect so overburdened with guilt that she's almost too convenient. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Minimalist but compelling work from the author who seems to have inherited the late Ruth Rendell's gift of spinning the darkest complications out of what might seem like nothing at all."
Norway's Inspector Konrad Sejer, back from his hiatus (I Can See in the Dark, 2014, etc.) and feeling his mortality more acutely than ever, leads the inquiry into the death of a toddler with Down syndrome.Read full book review >

A Long Way Back by J. Everett  Prewitt
Released: July 30, 2015

"A fresh re-examination of race in the military."
Prewitt's (Snake Walkers, 2005) mystery confronts the wages of both war and racial conflict. Read full book review >
BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky
Released: July 28, 2015

"Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed. The results will be especially appealing to baseball fans, who'll appreciate the punning chapter titles and learn more than they ever imagined about Wrigley Field."
V.I. Warshawski (Critical Mass, 2013, etc.) takes on the most thankless task of her career: reopening a 25-year-old murder case on behalf of a convicted defendant who hates the sight of her.Read full book review >
Released: July 21, 2015

"Colson's fifth (The Forsaken, 2014, etc.) is another wild ride for a flawed, valiant hero who's impossible to dislike."
The sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, is out of a job but not out of trouble. Read full book review >

BELIEVE NO ONE by A.D. Garrett
Released: July 21, 2015

"Shifts in time, place, and point of view make this Simms-Fennimore case harder to follow than its predecessor. But the two authors writing as Garrett evoke not only the suspense of serial killings, but an emotional triangle and a tantalizingly unresolved crime that keep the pages flying."
U.S. crime-fighting units get much-needed help from the U.K. Read full book review >
NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
Released: July 14, 2015

"Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >
FAST SHUFFLE by David Black
Released: July 7, 2015

"Black (The Extinction Event, 2010, etc.) supplies a sweetly moving fable for nostalgia buffs and anyone who thinks the movie Harvey (1960) would have been improved if its imaginary rabbit had been a damsel in distress. An epilogue retailing anecdotes from the author's Hollywood days is quite as entertaining as the main event."
A delusional private eye stumbles onto a case that will test him to the max. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
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 >
MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing—and only gets better at what he does."
A follow-up to Tucker's debut, The Ways of the Dead (2014), that's leaner and (much) meaner than its predecessor.Read full book review >
The Pink Pony by Charles Cutter
Released: June 15, 2015

"A mystery with a protagonist who's truly in his element inside the courtroom."
Cutter's debut legal thriller tells the story of a litigator in Mackinac Island, Michigan, who defends a man accused of murder. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >