Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

CHILD'S PLAY by Maureen Carter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"By cutting back on the biting interplay between the stoic Quinn and the calculating King, Carter loses the most distinctive and effective piece of her procedural formula."
The past meets the present when a child's kidnapping echoes a story from long ago. Read full book review >
BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Brunetti (The Golden Egg, 2013, etc.) spends less time with both his charming family and his highly variable colleagues than usual; and with the exception of Franchini, the characters remain distantly evoked rather than vividly present. This one really is for readers who love books."
A rare-book thief is the target in Commissario Guido Brunetti's 23rd case. Read full book review >

I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Rest easy, Agatha: Clark (Daddy's Gone A Hunting, 2013, etc.) can't match your skill at spinning webs as logical as they are surprising. Along the way, however, few readers will be able to resist her creaky charm."
That up-to-the-minute phenomenon, reality TV, provides the basis for Clark's most retro tale ever. Read full book review >
WOLF by Mo Hayder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another adventure for Caffery, a protagonist much like James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Paul Cleave's Theo Tate, doomed to work "in the presence of evil.""
Hayder (Hanging Hill, 2012, etc.) once again lures DI Jack Caffery into evil's morass. Read full book review >
EVEN IN DARKNESS by Lynn Hightower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The latest from Hightower (The Piper, 2013, etc.) is psychologically compelling, but its revelations are unevenly paced, some coming too soon to generate much suspense and others presented as mere afterthoughts."
To save those she loves, an evangelist must confront an evildoer desperate for salvation. Read full book review >

THE LADY OF SORROWS by Anne Zouroudi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"The fourth of Zouroudi's projected Seven Deadly Sins mysteries is much like its hero: droll, expansive and leisurely."
Who better than an iconoclastic detective to solve the murder of an icon painter? Read full book review >
KILLER PHYSIQUE by G.A. McKevett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Like Savannah, McKevett seems a mite distracted, and her untidy 19th Moonlight Magnolia entry shows it."
A private eye passes the time before meeting her new in-laws by probing a death even the medical examiner thinks is the result of natural causes. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE BREAKERS by Alyssa Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Emma Cross' debut will delight fans of the mystery-as-romance formula; others may want to steer clear."
To save her brother, a gutsy reporter tracks a killer hidden among Newport's rich and famous. Read full book review >
SAFE KEEPING by Barbara Taylor Sissel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A few elements that don't quite hang perfectly and an ending that ties things up neatly but not satisfactorily keep the book from being completely successful, but the impressive writing and affecting subject matter will keep most readers engaged."
In crisis as the shadows of two murders hang over their 34-year-old son, a family must sift through a lifetime of mistakes and misunderstandings to uncover the truth. Read full book review >
THE ALPINE YEOMAN by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans of Daheim's multivolume chronicle (The Alpine Xanadu, 2013, etc.) may feel right at home among Alpine's denizens, but it will be a struggle for newcomers to figure out who's who."
A middle-aged honeymoon couple has to catch wedded bliss on the fly when murder and a car wreck upset their little town. Read full book review >
THE COAL BLACK ASPHALT TOMB by David Handler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Berger and Mitry's 10th case (The Snow White Christmas Cookie, 2012, etc.), set in a model old New England town, has an enjoyably twisty plot. The lead couple, despite the occasional descent into cuteness, is still more palatable than most of the starchy suspects."
A determined cop and the man in her life take on an old murder in their quaint New England town. Read full book review >
I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A multilayered tale that builds slowly—the use of smells is especially effective—but drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories."
Sigurdardóttir's work (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.) has always drawn on both kinds of mysteries—detective stories in which everything is explained rationally and supernatural thrillers in which it isn't—but this tale of a series of disappearances grounded in long-simmering revenge mixes the two more inextricably than ever before. Read full book review >