Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER by Mike Befeler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 2014

"Befeler supplies the customary cast of eccentric senior citizens, the usual surfeit of geezer jokes and enough suspects to keep you guessing, especially if you forget them all when you go to sleep each night."
An octogenarian sleuth strikes again. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF PARVATI by Susan Oleksiw
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 2014

"In this latest adventure for Anita (The Wrath of Shiva, 2012, etc.), Oleksiw blends details about food, clothing and customs in southern India with family drama and just enough suspense to keep you reading."
Murder in the mountains of southern India disrupts a close family. Read full book review >

ALL THINGS MURDER by Jeanne Quigley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 2014

"Quigley supplies more hugging, kissing and backbiting than actual suspense, especially since Veronica's detection skills partly rely on overhearing key conversations, but her genial debut ably captures small-town living and a sense of class and family."
In Quigley's debut, a former star of daytime drama solves a hometown mystery in the Adirondacks. Read full book review >
THE BUDDY SYSTEM by Brandon Hebert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 2014

A pair of New Orleans cops gets the bright idea to lean on some of the bad guys they keep busting for drugs to help them out of a jam. Then the bad guys get the same idea. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE CHEYENNE RIVER by John D. Nesbitt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 2014

"Despite the rising body count, Nesbitt (Dark Prairie, 2013, etc.) keeps it all slow and easy as a gentled horse, making this tale the perfect escape even from other mystery fiction."
A ranch hand looking for work in Wyoming finds employment, true love and murder. Read full book review >

'TIL DIRT DO US PART by Edith Maxwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 27, 2014

"Cam's second is only a so-so mystery but a most enjoyable look at organic farming with some charming characters and cooking suggestions thrown in."
A death after a dinner party presents a new case for reluctant sleuth Cameron Flaherty. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"He doubtless was hoping, like his characters, for a best-seller, and he'll probably succeed on these shores as well with this sprawling, likable whodunit, obvious ballast for the summer's beach totes."
A missing girl, small-town secrets and literary ambition drive this busy, entertaining debut thriller, already a best-seller in Europe. Read full book review >
DEATH IN SARATOGA SPRINGS by Charles O’Brien
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 27, 2014

"This leisurely second effort in O'Brien's new series (Death of a Robber Baron, 2013, etc.) is short on both ingenuity and psychological tension; it's evidently aimed at history buffs and daydreamers rather than armchair sleuths."
During the Gilded Age, the wealthy could, and did, get away with murder. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE PIPE GIRL by Michael Craven
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 27, 2014

"Darvelle (Body Copy, 2009) has echoes of notably introspective California sleuths from Phillip Marlowe to Harry Bosch. Extensive descriptions of greater LA provide a suitable backdrop for a complex mystery."
A detective with a philosophical bent won't give up on a murder case. Read full book review >
MOVING DAY by Jonathan Stone
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2014

"As tightly plotted as Stone's first four novels (Parting Shot, 2006, etc.) but with a much stronger rooting interest in a geezer hero who ends up reaching into himself more deeply and disturbingly than he could have imagined."
A bogus moving contractor meets his match in the Holocaust survivor whose household goods he pilfers. Read full book review >
TRAITORS TO ALL by Giorgio Scerbanenco
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"Carrua is right on the money when he tells Lamberti, "[y]ou want to eat up the criminals." This illegal doctor's righteous fury comes to a head with the most admirable character in the cast facing a long prison term."
After three years in prison for euthanasia, Dr. Duca Lamberti (A Private Venus, 2014) returns to the practice of medicine in an equally unlawful and even more sordid way in this second volume of the noirish Milano Quartet, first published in Italy in 1966. Read full book review >
FINAL CURTAIN by Ed Ifkovic
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"In Ifkovic's latest fictionalization of the adventures of Edna Ferber (Downtown Strut, 2013, etc.), the clever plot and colorful original characters are very welcome, though the leisurely pace and the attempts to emulate Kaufmann's and Ferber's wit fall flat."
A fictional episode in the life of novelist/playwright Edna Ferber brings the writer, now a middle-aged spinster, to New Jersey to champion justice and young love. Read full book review >