Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A TASTE OF BLOOD AND ASHES by Jaden Terrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2016

"After a tense prologue, Terrell settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat."
A suspicious fire that claims two of a trainer's 14 horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling for a matchless series (Unseen, 2013, etc.) in which, just as in grand opera, nothing ordinary ever happens."
After two intense stand-alones (Pretty Girls, 2015, etc.), Slaughter brings back the regulars whose personal problems are just as dark, urgent, and potentially violent as those of the criminals they investigate. Read full book review >
SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"In her second case, Neville's conflicted detective (Those We Left Behind, 2015) stands to lose as much from her hotheadedness as she gains from her persistence."
Murder by proxy and a power-mad woman in the suburbs of Belfast. Read full book review >
AUNTIE POLDI AND THE SICILIAN LIONS by Mario Giordano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"Giordano's wit and his formidable heroine's wisdom combine to make this debut a smash."
An ex-pat from Munich finds love and murder in Sicily. Read full book review >

LOVE YOU DEAD by Peter James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"The results are absorbing, unspectacular, predictable, and satisfying."
Surrey DCI Roy Grace (Billionaire, 2015, etc.) goes up against a silky black widow—and a pair of unwelcome blasts from his own past. Read full book review >
BELOVED POISON by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A debut mystery chock full of mysterious doings, riveting historical detail, and so many horrifying anecdotes about the state of medicine in the mid-1800s that you can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the pages."
The coming demolition of St. Saviour's Infirmary in Victorian London marks a decisive chapter for a young woman who's lived her entire life there as a man. Read full book review >
SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Spectacular as a Caribbean sunset, Keyse-Walker's debut is a well-paced puzzler no one should miss."
Murder rocks the tiny Caribbean island of Anegada. Read full book review >
BLUE MADONNA  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Benn's 11th Billy Boyle mystery has snappy dialogue, satisfying action scenes, and much interesting history about D-Day."
The Normandy invasion serves as backdrop for an army detective's toughest assignment yet: proving he's innocent of a trumped-up charge while rescuing a brave group of Resistance fighters. Read full book review >
AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson (Dry Bones, 2015, etc.) never disappoints."
The collision of biker gangs, a millionaire, numerous belligerent drunks, and an aging biker chick stirs up one nasty mess. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The variety of tempting targets juices what's at heart just another game of cat and mouse, making Coleman's third impersonation of Robert B. Parker his best to date."
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is obliged to repay a debt he incurred to Boston mobster Gino Fish in the most precious coin of all. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The plummy prose of Casarett (Shocked, 2015, etc.) has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery. Piquantly titled chapters add verve. The measured introduction of colorful supporting players slows the story down but bodes well for the future of the proposed series."
A Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch the serial killer plaguing her hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >