Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE KEEPER by John Lescroart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Glitsky isn't the only one who's in for a bumpy ride, for beneath the cathartic outburst of homicides are more perps than you can waggle a Taser at. The investigation, heartfelt but untidy, ranks in the middle range among Hardy and Glitsky's caseload."
Just because San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy's friend Lt. Abe Glitsky's been forced out as chief of SFPD Homicide doesn't mean he can't go back to work—as an independent investigator for Hardy himself, with all the complications fans would expect. Read full book review >
I'M GONE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"French writer Echenoz brings a revised edition of his 1999 novel to American readers with an introduction by Lily Tuck. The translation by Polizzotti is elegant, emphasizing the book's wry humor with economical emphasis. This novel is a quick read and a true jewel."
A mystery that doubles as a sly work of serious literature. Read full book review >

MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Another action-filled adventure from the Roaring '20s (Unnatural Habits, 2013, etc.) lifted to the upper reaches of the series by its pointed social commentary."
Patrons in the front row, beware: Orchestra conductors are dropping like flies. Read full book review >
THE THREE EMPERORS by William Dietrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"The latest rousing adventure from Dietrich (The Barbed Crown, 2013, etc.) shows antihero Ethan Gage, his exotic wife and a varied cast of characters grappling with an especially tumultuous historical period."
An American adventurer and his Egyptian wife join the search for a fabled object. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S CHEAP SHOT by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Two-thirds of a perfectly controlled kidnap tale, with Spenser close to his top form, crashes, burns and goes down without a trace in the end."
Boston's premier private eye signs on to recover the kidnapped son of one of Boston's sports heroes. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"A little magic, a little mystery and a lot of imagination make for a story that is both fun and edgy, and some unresolved details will keep readers coming back for more."
An online psychic settles in Midnight, Texas, an unusual small town where all the residents have shadowy pasts and a lingering mystery brings unwanted attention. Read full book review >
BY ANY MEANS by Chris Culver
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Ash does eventually solve the case, though not to anyone's satisfaction. But even at the fade-out, it seems as if his family may have to wait a long time for his next quiet dinner with them."
An Indianapolis cop is pulled way outside his comfort zone—or deeper into it?—when he tangles with a sexual-slavery ring. Read full book review >
THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI by Ian Hamilton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Once she does, buyer beware this elegantly ruthless debt collector."
A prequel to the Ava Lee series takes the jet-setting accountant into foreign lands and considerable danger. Read full book review >
FIELD OF PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2014

"Like so many of Lucas' cases, his 26th is routine but proficient and intense. If it doesn't add anything new to the genre, it provides all the thrills fans will expect."
Lucas Davenport's latest case involves at least 15 women who were raped and strangled. Maybe more. Read full book review >
CHIP OFF THE ICE BLOCK MURDER by Jessie Chandler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"With a cast of characters too numerous and flatly quirky to track, Chandler's latest (Pickle in the Middle Murder, 2013, etc.) is her most confusing yet. Developing the minor figures more fully would lead to a bigger payoff when the final twist comes."
A daughter tries to clear her father's name when he's implicated in a murder she can't believe he committed. Read full book review >
THE DAY SHE DIED by Catriona McPherson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"McPherson's second stand-alone (As She Left It, 2013, etc.) is a tour de force, a creepy psychological thriller that will leave you breathless."
A chance meeting in the Marks and Spencer food hall puts a deeply troubled young woman in a dangerous position. Read full book review >
FLEUR DE LIES by Maddy Hunter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"Although Hunter (Bonnie of Evidence, 2013, etc.) tries to balance whimsy and tragedy, the numerous red herrings and lame jokes will tax readers' own reserves of patience with this travel cozy."
The death of a cosmetics sales rep upsets the latest adventure of a tour guide and her Golden Agers abroad. Read full book review >