Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

PLEASANTVILLE by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A thriller wrapped in an involving story of community and family dynamics. Locke serves up a panorama of nuanced characters and writes with intelligence and depth."
Race, politics and petty grievances muddy the quest for justice when a young election volunteer is kidnapped and murdered. Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LIES by Amanda Quick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 2015

"Quick's fans will not be disappointed in her latest combination of detective story and sexy romance (Otherwise Engaged, 2014, etc.), a pleasing page-turner."
A lady with a secret to hide and a gentleman reputed to be mad make a dandy investigative team. Read full book review >

MURDER IN ELY by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"Nelson (Murder On Insel Poel, 2014, etc.) combines another fine modern-day mystery with historical information, this time adding action sequences from international thrillers to the mix."
A writer's visit to Britain lands her in multiple difficulties. Read full book review >
THE RAVENS by Vidar Sundstøl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"The last in Sundstøl's Minnesota Trilogy is the most like a traditional mystery while continuing the mystical images and stunning descriptions that make for a superb reading experience."
A man's life crumbles as he desperately seeks a solution to his problems. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 14, 2015

"Annika's ninth adventure is a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
After returning from three years as a correspondent in Washington, Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon must contend with the abduction of her husband, Thomas, in East Africa and the discovery of a nursery school mom's body in Stockholm. Read full book review >

WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Genuinely suspenseful and disturbing; McCreight delivers a provocative, timely novel that reminds us that sometimes the things that shine the brightest have the dirtiest underbellies."
The discovery of an infant's body rocks a seemingly idyllic New Jersey town in McCreight's intense sophomore effort. Read full book review >
ASK THE DARK by Henry Turner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Flawed but observant and courageous, Billy and his taut storytelling will engage readers of all stripes. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
An unlikely hero saves missing boys in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
FALSE TONGUES by Kate Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Callie has never been more appealing than in this sensitive exploration of love and loss."
A trip to her old college offers deacon Callie Anson (Deep Waters, 2009, etc.) both challenges and opportunities.Read full book review >
FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Come for the Venetian atmosphere and backstage tour of the opera house, and don't worry too much about the crime."
Commissario Guido Brunetti returns to La Fenice for another dramatic encounter with the diva Flavia Petrelli. Read full book review >
THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >
WHISKERS OF THE LION by P.L. Gaus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Out of the peaceful world of buggies and prayer caps, Gaus conjures a nail-biter that doesn't give up its secrets any quicker than the Amish."
The murder of Ruth Zook (The Names of Our Tears, 2013) continues to take its toll on the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio.Read full book review >
MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >