BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. Read full book review >
HER MAJESTY'S MISCHIEF by Peg Herring
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Simon's third is once again long on historical detail, short on mystery."
An apothecary and a queen combine their diverse skills to find a killer. Read full book review >

HOUSE RIVALS by Mike Lawson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"After DeMarco's unwontedly personal stake in finding his father's murderer (House Reckoning, 2014), it's nice to see him go up against some fixers as impersonal as him. Everything here, from the hard-case characters to the headlong pace, is professional-grade."
D.C. fixer Joe DeMarco, posted to the wilds of North Dakota, schemes to avenge the death of a young woman he was sent there to protect. Read full book review >
BUM RAP by Paul Levine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2015

"The answer, of course, is all of the above in this lightweight but ebulliently seamless melding of Levine's two legal-eagles series."
Levine brings ex-Dolphin Jake Lassiter, Esq., (State vs. Lassiter, 2013, etc.) together with his other series regulars Solomon and Lord, of the Florida bar (Habeas Porpoise, 2014, etc.), under the most trying circumstances possible when Lord asks Lassiter to defend Solomon on a murder charge.Read full book review >
HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >

BURNT SIENA by Sarah Wisseman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"Wisseman, author of the Lisa Donohue Israel-archaeology mysteries (The House of the Sphinx, 2009, etc.), gains little from her move to Italy. Rizzo isn't the only one who's just phoning it in."
An art restorer copes with the murder of her roommate. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF MIDNIGHT by Al Lamanda
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 8, 2015

"For all his flaws, Lamanda's tough detective has his own moral compass, and his empathy and bulldog tenacity are as admirable as his bone-deep detective skills."
A former cop channels his inner rage to solve a tough crime. Read full book review >
GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >
DEATH IN BRITTANY by Jean-Luc Bannalec
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"Dupin's debut, published first in Germany and then in Britain, holds the promise of more pleasant puzzlers from the scenic north of France."
Commissaire Georges Dupin scratches his head over the death of a 91-year-old Breton hotelier. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Mogford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The first half of Spike's fourth rolls slowly. Once its focus shifts to treating its fully drawn characters as suspects, however, it has the satisfying flavor of a classic whodunit."
A high-powered Gibraltarian lawyer cuts short an idyllic vacation to defend a hapless man accused of a brutal murder. Read full book review >
THE FRAUD by Brad Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"Less funny and more deeply felt than Carter's first five cases (The Player, 2014, etc.): reliable entertainment that'll make you think twice about your next trip to Newark."
A series of not-so-random carjackings investigated by Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross ends up as a race between the paddy wagon, the shotgun, and the stork.Read full book review >
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 2015

"The conscientious mystery is satisfying enough, but it's the increasingly complicated relationship between Georgina and Diamond (The Stone Wife, 2014, etc.) that's most memorable."
An offer he can't refuse takes Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond from his accustomed perch at the Avon and Somerset Police to a seaside town in Sussex, all in the worst company he can imagine. 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 >