Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH by Jen. J. Danna
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2014

"A tricky mystery rich in intriguing suspects and forensic detail."
Witches are suspected of murder in modern-day Salem, Mass. Read full book review >
HANGING BY A HAIR by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2014

"Marla seems to have the learning curve of a slug, since, as of her 11th outing, she still hasn't figured out that accusing folks of murder will make some of them want to kill you."
A new home spells nothing but trouble for newlyweds Marla and Dalton Vail (Shear Murder, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

GONE AND DONE IT by Maggie Toussaint
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2014

"Toussaint takes a break from her Cleopatra Jones series (Dime if I Know, 2013, etc.) for a brisk plunge into the paranormal."
A landscaper uses her psychic powers to solve murders old and new. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE WISHING WELL by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 17, 2014

"Lori's latest is perfect for those who prefer charmingly low-key puzzles to blood-soaked chills and thrills."
The discovery of a wishing well turns a quiet Cotswold village into a hotbed of seething resentment. Read full book review >
UNDER A SILENT MOON by Elizabeth Haynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Police analyst Haynes (Into the Darkest Corner, 2013, etc.) includes official-looking documents and reports to add veracity to the dual cases, which would have been just as convincing and considerably peppier without the impersonal police blotterese."
Murder and sexual intrigue rock a small British village. Read full book review >

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"This second outing for Hutton's half-Welsh, half-Italian detective (Good People, 2013) is a disgraced-cop procedural that provides plenty of local color and plot twists."
A surfeit of skeletons versus a cop with a mind of his own. Read full book review >
DEATH MONEY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The plot is familiar and forgettable, but Jack's odyssey is consistently fast-paced, edgy and flavorful. Sometimes it really is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."
NYPD Detective Jack Yu scours Chinatown to find out who killed a man whose body was found miles away. Read full book review >
THE LONG SHADOW by Liza Marklund
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"Against all odds, Annika eventually ties together all the felonies she's poked her nose into, but it's a thankless slog that will make you grateful you aren't a newspaper reporter yourself."
Her spirits dimmed but not quenched by her last round of collisions with violent death (Lifetime, 2013), Stockholm reporter Annika Bengtzon ventures abroad in search of more dragons to slay. Read full book review >
BAUDELAIRE'S REVENGE by Bob Van Laerhoven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The flowers of evil, sketched in lurid botanical detail."
As the Second Empire wanes, a series of murders baffles a dissolute Parisian police commissioner and his long-suffering factotum. Read full book review >
THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"Jimm's third case (Granddad, There's a Head on the Beach, 2012, etc.) continues her evolution from inveterate wisecracker to believably flawed and funny heroine. The result is a perfect balance between droll comedy and serious plotting."
Restless reporter teams up with veteran crime writer of questionable character to solve a series of disappearances. Can it possibly turn out well? Read full book review >
FOURTH DOWN AND OUT by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"Another fallen angel seeking salvation through detective work. Legal reporter Welsh-Huggins' debut won't bump Sam Spade off any Best Detective lists, but it's still perfectly respectable."
A former Ohio State football star tries to make his way in the world as a private investigator. Read full book review >
DEAL KILLER by Vicki Doudera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2014

"Darby's fifth offers up a twisty mystery, plenty of suspects and a touch of romance."
The death of a Russian businessman provides a pretty puzzle in Doudera's (Final Settlement, 2013, etc.) newest Darby Farr Mystery. Read full book review >