Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
JAILHOUSE GLOCK by Lizbeth Lipperman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"Even those who find Tessa an annoying gimmick can still enjoy the closeness of the sisters and the suspense of the case."
A Texas police officer solves a crime with help from her sisters, living and departed, in this entertaining cozy. Read full book review >
DEATH RUNS ADRIFT by Karen MacInerney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2014

"MacInerney's charming sixth offers beautiful scenery, an assortment of appended recipes and one of her strongest mysteries to date."
Murder returns to a beautiful island off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

BONE DUST WHITE by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite a style that's much flatter than its setting, Salvalaggio's debut deftly intertwines a town without a future and citizens without hope, people in need and people who need to be needed, and a new murder that brings closure to four unsolved cases."
A fragile child-woman witnesses her long-lost mother's murder in the Montana woods behind her isolated house. Read full book review >
MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"Dennison (Thieves!, 2011, etc.) launches a new series with a potpourri of sentimentality and suspense. It all works since the dryly self-deprecating heroine keeps herself centered in spite of the zaniness around her."
Life with the landed gentry lands an antiques expert in even more of a muddle than the one she's trying to escape. Read full book review >
ANY OTHER NAME by Craig Johnson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"Once more, you can count on Longmire (A Serpent's Tooth, 2013, etc.) for action both physical and cerebral, a bit of humor and romance, and a mighty good mystery."
A favor for an old friend puts Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire in a tough spot. Read full book review >
HANGMAN by Stephen Talty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"Less gritty and more streamlined than Abbie's debut: an expertly judged dose of adrenaline whose cast can only hang on for dear life till the final crash of cymbals."
Five years after he spread terror among Buffalo's teenage girls and their parents, a notorious killer is back in the saddle. Read full book review >
THE BODY IN BODEGA BAY by Betsy Draine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"Apart from its surprise ending, Nora and Toby's second case (Murder in Lascaux, 2011) is most valuable for its information on icons, The Birds and early northern California history."
Is a missing Russian icon a motive for murder? Read full book review >
FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cyrus' sixth (The Black Hand, 2008, etc.) is a page-turner in which a more physically imposing Holmes and a more intellectual Watson dominate a thrilling but less-than-mysterious tale."
A villain from his past almost destroys the life of a Victorian private enquiry agent. Read full book review >
GLADYSS OF THE HUNT by Arthur Nersesian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"Nersesian (Mesopotamia, 2010, etc.) revisits New York in a tale combining grit and glamour, poignancy and cynical wit."
A rookie cop and a rough-edged veteran pair up to stop a series of grisly murders in Manhattan. Read full book review >