Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
DEADLIEST OF SINS by Sallie Bissell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2014

"Even if Bissell fits the pieces together a little too neatly to inspire belief, the sixth case for Mary (Music of Ghosts, 2013, etc.) is a smart and well-paced mystery with a gutsy protagonist and a touch of romance."
A possible hate crime and the report of a kidnapping bring a North Carolina lawyer more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
MONTECITO HEIGHTS by Colin Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Prolific Campbell layers an abundance of interesting movie trivia into the tale, and while the plot is shaggy, wry maverick Grant never fails to entertain."
In Campbell's (Jamaica Plain, 2013, etc.) second book in his Resurrection Man series, a gritty detective steps through the looking glass of Los Angeles' porn industry and nearly loses his way. Read full book review >

CARNAL CURIOSITY by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 2014

"Zero mystery, zero ingenuity, very little suspense. But Woods mostly keeps his eye on the ball, which elevates this installment well above the run of his recent work."
New York lawyer Stone Barrington, who's slept his way through 30 fleet, mindless suspensers, comes a cropper with his latest conquest. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"French's darkly ambitious tale piles on the complications until you beg for mercy. Hard-core fans of detective work as a vehicle for revealing the depths of the human soul will find it irresistible."
The murder of an inoffensive home health visitor is only the tip of the iceberg in London psychologist Frieda Klein's third case—and a very chilly iceberg it is, too. Read full book review >
UNDER COLD STONE by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The glorious scenery of British Columbia upstages Delany's regular cast in this plausible tale."
A chief constable's son is wanted for murder in the new procedural from Delany (A Cold White Sun, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
HIGH CRIME AREA by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Oates' mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects."
From Oates (Carthage, 2014, etc.) comes this collection of eight stories, seven previously published, that explore the depths of human despair and cruelty. Read full book review >
FOREST GHOST by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Typically creepy and graphic fare from Masterton, with an environmental spin that may herald a new direction (Drought, 2014). Given the final acts, this one clearly won't be a series."
Twin forests on two continents seem to be haunting visitors and making them want to kill themselves. Read full book review >
THE WINTER KING by Alys Clare
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The ninth in the Hawkenlye series (The Song of the Nightingale, 2012, etc.) continues the saga with the mixture as before: historical facts, colorful characters, a touch of mysticism and a soupçon of mystery."
Hawkenlye Abbey again plays home to misery and murder. Read full book review >
PANTHERS PLAY FOR KEEPS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The fourth in Simon's series (Parrots Prove Deadly, 2013, etc.) is not a bad mystery, but the constant animal chatter and Pru's often unbelievable behavior may appeal to only the staunchest animal lovers."
The ability to talk to animals is often a curse rather than a blessing. Read full book review >