Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben (Six Years, 2013, etc.) is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels."
Eighteen years after her fiance dumped her, a New York City police detective runs into him again online, with results that make her head spin and leave several people dead. Read full book review >

DEATH IN SARDINIA by Marco  Vichi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2014

"Bordelli and his vast and varied criminal acquaintance remain as appealing as ever, but this world-weary elegy is one slow-moving train."
Despite the title, Inspector Franco Bordelli's third adventure to reach these shores (Death and the Olive Grove, 2013, etc.) adds a mysterious murder in Bordelli's home base of Florence to the eponymous death. Read full book review >
THE SEEKER by R.B. Chesterton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2014

"Chesterton—a pen name of the well-known Carolyn Haines—deftly blends the supernatural and the historical, but she offers little resolution to an intriguing conceit."
A doctoral student tries to confirm that Henry David Thoreau wasn't alone on Walden Pond while laboring under a family curse and hints of the supernatural. Read full book review >
THE OUTCAST DEAD by Elly Griffiths
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Griffiths lovingly develops the complicated, often testy relationships between the continuing characters in the course of a mystery perhaps a shade less exciting than her usual fare."
What connection could the discovery of a notorious child killer's corpse have to a new series of unnerving crimes? Read full book review >
DEATH IN REEL TIME by Brynn Bonner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Bonner's chatty, huggy club (Paging the Dead, 2013) returns to sort out family trees and solve murders at a leisurely pace that keeps this cozy from standing out—until what seems like a giveaway leads to a surprising climax."
A North Carolina family-research specialist and her psychic friend take on a murder in the present and a mystery from the past. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series."
Joe Pickett's fantastical 14th pits him against a nest of assassins that just happens to include his old pal Nate Romanowski. Read full book review >
ON THE WILD COAST by Patrick J. Lee
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2014

"A richly rendered, if sometimes uneven, story simmering with vivid characters and set in an unforgettable locale."
A multilayered debut mystery in which the body of an unidentified white man washes up on the rocks of a backwater settlement in post-apartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
BROKEN TRUST by Shannon Baker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2014

"Overstuffed."
Baker (Tainted Mountain, 2013, etc.) presents the second adventure of a Western accountant who tries to build a new life after her marriage ends tragically. Read full book review >