Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"The portrait of 1950s LA is less precise than Chandler's, but the aging, reflective Marlowe is appropriately sententious. A treat for fans, even if they end up throwing it across the room."
Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, already disguised as mystery writer Black (Holy Orders, 2013, etc.), goes under even deeper cover to imitate Raymond Chandler in this flavorsome pastiche. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A gripping tale not for the squeamish, the shy or the nervous."
The third case for Sweden's Criminal Investigation Department (Silenced, 2013, etc.) presents a riveting series of crimes whose investigators are deeply embroiled in them. Read full book review >

BONE DEEP by Randy Wayne White
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"In Doc's 21st adventure (Night Moves, 2013, etc.), promising characters get submerged in a colorful treasure hunt whose participants are at odds in not-very-interesting ways. When Doc reveals the identity of the malefactor behind the psycho biker, readers realize it doesn't much matter."
A search for a pair of stone carvings stolen from Crow tribal lands in Montana leads Dr. Marion Ford and his pal Tomlinson to another round of wild and woolly adventures. Read full book review >
TROUBLE IN MIND by Jeffery Deaver
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Deaver describes five of these stories as new, and his publisher identifies five more as reprints. One of the others, "Bump," is a reprint as well. But what about "The Competitors," a routine tale of terrorism at the Olympics? It's just one more mystery."
Fans of the genre's most indefatigable prestidigitator are in for a treat: The third volume of his short stories (More Twisted, 2006, etc.) may be his best. Read full book review >
MURDER IN PIGALLE by Cara Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Black's 15th shows Aimée just as determined as ever to live life on her own terms and stand up for those who can't."
Even an unplanned pregnancy can't slow down Paris detective Aimée Leduc (Murder Below Montparnasse, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A grim reminder of the brutality, uncertainty and fragility of life in Northern Ireland in the 1980s."
In the third volume of McKinty's (I Hear the Sirens in the Street, 2013, etc.) Troubles Trilogy, a disgraced Irish cop seeks redemption and an IRA terrorist. Read full book review >
CHAIN REACTION by Diane Fanning
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Lucinda isn't the only one who'll find herself distracted by all the subplots. But the tale moves along at a brisk pace, and Fanning provides several welcome twists even though she hints at the guilty party early on."
A bomb blast shatters the tranquility of a Sunday morning. Read full book review >
GREY HOWL by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Though Dulcie's rather scatterbrained approach to sleuthing may put readers off, her seventh provides a plethora of suspects that keeps them guessing."
More adventures in the dangerous groves of academe. Read full book review >
A TRAITOR'S TEARS by Fiona Buckley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Not the best of Ursula's 12 mysteries (A Rescue for a Queen, 2013, etc.) but still as historically rich as ever."
Queen Elizabeth's half sister tries to prove a loyal servant innocent of murder. Read full book review >
THE KINDRED OF DARKNESS by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Although Hambly's fans may enjoy returning to her carefully constructed and lavishly detailed world, the uninitiated may be less enthralled."
On the eve of World War I, a couple fights to rescue their daughter from a vampire's clutches. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FAULT by Judith Cutler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Fran and Mark make a good team both inside their historic home and out in the field. A single loose end and a gooey conclusion are the only strikes against Cutler's balance of high crime and cuddly domesticity."
Mark Turner and Fran Harman, the crime-solving couple from Burying the Past (2012), will take all the help they can get as they try to solve competing cases in a posh Kentish town. Read full book review >
DEATH'S DARK SHADOW by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"What looks like an open-and-shut case ends with twists nobody will see coming in Spencer's most in-your-face outing for Monika yet."
A family trip to Spain has far-reaching consequences for DCI Monika Paniatowski (A Walk with the Dead, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >