Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft."
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. Read full book review >
DAKOTA by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2014

"In Florio's capable hands, Lola Wicks is going to be around for a long, long time."
Florio's second novel mines familiar ground with another look at American Indian culture along the frozen U.S.-Canadian border territory, with a compelling mystery folded in to add spice to the mix. Read full book review >

KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 20, 2014

"Proficient, professional, pulse-pounding nonsense. If you can accept the outrageous logistics of Killswitch, you won't put this third installment down unfinished."
Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens teams up once more with the FBI's Carla Windermere to put a ruthless murder-for-hire scheme out of business. Read full book review >
SPIRITS REVIVED by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"A slight, simple mystery for readers who'd like to learn more about life on both sides of the tracks in California during the Jazz Age."
A fake spiritualist is shocked when she has a real ghostly experience. Read full book review >
MURDER ON INSEL POEL by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"The fifth in this capable series includes alternating World War II subplots about a half-Jewish woman and an RAF pilot with a connection to Insel Poel. Although the main mystery is wrapped up, readers are left to wonder whether those other stories will continue in the next installment."
A small island off the coast of Germany provides the picturesque setting for some nasty murders. Read full book review >

THE DETECTIVE by James Patrick Hunt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"Distinctly less original and exciting than the best of Hunt's actioners. But fans intrigued to see him bring his gruff, clipped style to bear on a hero who's actually got an interior life worth exploring will root for Beckman's return."
Hunt, whose avenging heroes are usually drawn from the criminal classes (Police and Thieves, 2011, etc.), branches out to explore a formula that would be routine for anyone but him: the big-city police procedural. Read full book review >
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNDONE by Valerie Benzley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"Benzley's repellent debut makes you want to call Child Protective Services at Chapter 2 and skip chapters 3 through 51."
A sociopath finds her style cramped when her equally sociopathic mother is released from prison. Read full book review >
THE RICH AND THE DEAD by Liv Spector
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"With more drama than ratiocination, this is a breezy, light detective novel."
Given the chance to go back in time to catch a murderer, would you risk it? Even knowing that you couldn't save the victims? Read full book review >
KILMOON by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be."
A woman hoping to meet her biological father is embroiled in village scandal and murder. Read full book review >
DON'T LOOK FOR ME by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2014

"Below average for this exemplary series."
Amos Walker, Detroit's premier missing persons specialist, finds virtually everything but the person he's been hired to look for. Read full book review >
HOTEL BRASIL by Frei Betto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Intertwines absurdly understated violence with a reflective portrait of the city and its types so anthropologically precise that you'll mourn each new victim—and that's a lot of mourning."
In Betto's debut thriller, a killer is loose in a Rio de Janeiro residential hotel. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAPE THREE POINTS by Kwei Quartey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"The windup may not be as satisfying as the complications, but Quartey (Death at the Voyager Hotel, 2013, etc.) lays out what feel like endless possibilities with exemplary patience and clarity, unveiling world beneath world in Dawson's Ghana."
In Ghana, Accra DI Darko Dawson's third case—the murder of an oil executive and his equally prominent wife—is his biggest and most ambitious yet. Read full book review >