Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES by Jennifer Harlow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2014

"An overdose of back story weighs down this mix of thriller and romance."
A reckless singer gets dragged on a cross-country chase by her supposed adoptive brother—who's also a werewolf—in the second Midnight Magic Mystery. Read full book review >
POISONED GROUND by Sandra Parshall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Parshall (Bleeding Through, 2012, etc.) expertly maintains the tension between warring factions until the surprising conclusion."
Plans to build a resort in rural Virginia start an uncivil war. Read full book review >

BROOKLYN GRAVES by Triss Stein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Offers promising developments for Erica and Chris, but readers will find little to work with."
In the second book of Stein's (Brooklyn Bones, 2013, etc.) Erica Donato Mysteries series, a grad student and mother wrestles with a puzzle related to her history work—only to find more questions that hit closer to home. Read full book review >
WHY KINGS CONFESS by C.S. Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Devlin's love for his heroic wife is the book's saving element, just as she is the saving of him."
In Harris' (What Darkness Brings, 2013, etc.) ninth Regency adventure featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin seeks the murderer of a French physician. Read full book review >
GEMINI by Carol Cassella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Readers may well overlook Cassella's frequently interjected bromides about love ("Is it a room inside your soul that opens when your lover enters?") since this engaging medical mystery makes far more compelling points about economics and sociology."
In a new mystery from Cassella (Healer, 2010, etc.), the lives of a doctor and her critically injured patient intertwine in unexpected ways. Read full book review >
THE PLAYER by Brad Parks
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Muckraking has rarely been so meaty or so funny."
A mysterious epidemic of illnesses and accidents in Newark's South Ward is the tip of a very dirty iceberg in reporter Carter Ross' fifth case. Read full book review >
CITY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Molly's adventures (The Family Way, 2013, etc.) never disappoint, even when a vacation in Paris embroils her in murder."
Paris in the spring: delightful but for the little matter of murder. Read full book review >
STEEPED IN EVIL by Laura Childs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Fans addicted to Childs' tea-shop tales (Sweet Tea Revenge, 2013, etc.) and unfazed by the transparent mystery will gobble up her charmingly rendered main characters, loving descriptions of Charleston and appended recipes."
A South Carolina wine-tasting party has a deadly finale. Read full book review >
WRECKED by Tricia Fields
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"The prize-winning Fields compellingly evokes the remote Texas border town but compromises the suspense with Josie's self-obsessed guilt and anxiety and the book's inconsistent pacing."
In Fields' (Scratchgravel Road, 2013, etc.) third novel featuring Josie Gray, the Texas police chief's latest case hits far too close to home. Read full book review >