Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Step aside, Nancy Drew; this dark mystery holds nothing back. (Historical mystery. 13 & up)"
A privileged girl turns detective in a gritty noir thriller about the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood in the 1940s. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE CHAMP DE MARS by Cara Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Aimée's 15th outing is a killer, with all the suspense, all the surprise and all the Parisian flavor you'd expect from Black."
Aimée Leduc (Murder in Pigalle, 2014, etc.) puts everything on the line to solve her most vexing cold case—the murder of her father.Read full book review >

AN EXAGGERATED MURDER by Josh Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A beautifully written postmodern novel of deduction that merrily, wittily blows up its genre's conventions while at the same time re-energizing possibilities for the 21st-century detective story."
Three things to keep in mind about this book: Travel is far more enriching than arrival, detectives are essentially professional critics, and always be very careful when you decide to quit smoking. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DETECTIVE by Simon Kurt Unsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A grand, nightmarish page-turner that will have you riveted no matter how much you'd prefer to look away."
Even hell has crime. And somebody has to go through…well, you know…to bring criminals to justice. Read full book review >
HUSH HUSH by Laura Lippman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Tess' constant worry about whether she's a good mother dovetails ironically with Dawes' fight to win her daughters back. Lippman dives deep not only into the ways women tend to question their choices and abilities, but also into whether all mothers, and kids, are a little crazy."
Lippman's latest installment in the Tess Monaghan series weaves an exploration of the joys and frustrations of motherhood with a clever and engaging mystery. Read full book review >

NOBODY WALKS by Mick Herron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Herron (Dead Lions, 2013, etc.) strips his revenge story to the bone, paring away unnecessary characters, episodes, speeches and gestures to produce a violent little elegy that grows both more clever and more sour as it hurtles along."
The suspicious death of his son brings an undercover spook for MI-5's Special Ops out of retirement with a vengeance. Read full book review >
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"In the wake of rage and sorrow, ordinary people respond by going crazy and screwing up. In this far-from-ordinary novel, Price/Brandt explores the hows and whys. Fasten your seat belt."
Old tragedies combine with fresh ones in Brandt's steely-jawed, carefully constructed procedural. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Unusual material for a mystery, but Sigurdardóttir handles it deftly through Thóra, who is as compassionate as she is intelligent and dogged."
A suspicious fire in a home for the severely disabled leads to an investigation of the Icelandic social safety net in Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's fifth outing (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE KILLING SEASON by Mason Cross
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills you'd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail."
A freelance soldier of fortune signs on with the FBI to catch an escaped convict, a Marine-trained sniper who's picked up where he left off five years ago, in Cross' slam-bang debut. Read full book review >
THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fans will love the endlessly knotty complications; those unable to commit their full attention to the problem at hand may well quit in exhaustion before the denouement."
The smothering of a supremely unlikable woman provokes a conspiracy, a false confession, a hysterical outburst and round upon round of sifting through the evidence by DC Simon Waterhouse and his wife, DS Charlie Zailer (Kind of Cruel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
DOING THE DEVIL'S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This series just keeps getting better."
In the latest volume of Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin series, the ambitious protagonist, now a rookie cop, tangles with some scary homegrown militia types called the Sovereign Citizens. Read full book review >
SEND MORE IDIOTS by Tony Perez-Giese
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Entertaining, escapist fare; to paraphrase one of Perez-Giese's characters, it's a great idea with good execution."
In Perez-Giese's (Pac Heights, 2013) gritty mystery, a man upends his life to search for his estranged younger sibling, who's gone missing in Juarez, Mexico. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >