Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. Read full book review >

Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >
ROOTS OF MURDER by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"Reid's exciting debut, filled with action and philosophical musings about the enduring weight of the past, will make you both sad and mad."
Bigotry, hate, avarice, murder: it's all front-page news for a little weekly paper in Mississippi. Read full book review >
ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT by Peter Lovesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"On the long side but so fast-paced you won't care: another absorbing, resourceful English procedural from one of the best."
Sent to look into an accident involving two fellow officers from the Avon and Somerset Police, DS Peter Diamond finds himself improbably but compellingly on the trail of an unusually cold-blooded serial killer. Read full book review >

NO GOOD TO CRY by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Lanh (Return to Dust, 2015, etc.) poses an excellent mystery with a surprising twist while exploring the psychological scars inflicted by a war long ago."
Can solving a tough case expiate a detective's private sins? Read full book review >
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"What's most admirable about the series and elevates it over the average procedural is the nuanced evolution of a former Staten Island bartender into a New Orleans street cop."
In the fourth Maureen Coughlin book by New Orleans transplant Loehfelm, Coughlin is both licking her wounds from the events of Doing the Devil's Work (2015) and learning to "believe"—a word which represents hope for a city that's disaster prone. Read full book review >
The Sixth Man by Ron Lealos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A fresh, enjoyable crime novel that mixes its characters' base, murderous motivations with a twist of intrigue and history."
The specter of the Communist regime and the ghost of the Vietnam War loom large over this murder mystery set in present-day Vietnam. Read full book review >
Rosyland by Doug Ingold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A skillfully written novel with plenty of intrigue, plot twists, and romance."
The need for revenge runs deep in Ingold's (Square, 2014, etc.) latest mystery/thriller.Read full book review >
FATAL PURSUIT by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Walker's latest Bruno adventure has a lighter touch than earlier entries but offers as pleasing a puzzle as any."
St. Denis chief of police Bruno Courrèges (The Children Return, 2015, etc.) turns his attention from cabbages to cars. Read full book review >
CLAMOUR OF CROWS by Ray Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Often funny, always light, this one will appeal to mystery buffs who don't require sex and gore—and to those harboring fond memories of reading J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll."
A tightly plotted debut mystery that mixes foul play, wordplay, and humor. Read full book review >
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Hopefully, this is just the first adventure of many Steiner (Homecoming, 2013) will write for DS Bradshaw and her team."
A new and complex police heroine tries to solve a high-profile missing persons case while seeking domestic fulfillment in Cambridge. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >