Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
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 >
A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"The aquatic maverick heroine is pulled from water so many times that Bolton (Like This, For Ever, 2013, etc.) has to keep upping the ante. Nevertheless, Lacey's a brave and resourceful protagonist who earns her boss's and readers' respect."
A cop recovering from a near drowning discovers the first of several bodies in a mystery set near, along and in the Thames. Read full book review >
HELL WITH THE LID BLOWN OFF by Donis Casey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"A good mystery with an odd final twist is eclipsed by frighteningly detailed descriptions of the terrors of tornadoes."
Bullying, blackmail and natural disaster: just another 1916 summer day in Boynton, Okla. Read full book review >
CIRCLES IN THE SNOW by Patrick F. McManus
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 2014

"While murder and humor don't always mix (The Tamarack Murders, 2013, etc.), Bo's charmingly wry take on life makes up this time for whatever's missing in the way of mystery."
The sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, makes some life-changing decisions while investigating a murder. Read full book review >
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, 2013, etc.), son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, strikes a low-key balance of theology, humor, drama and crime in this collection of ecclesiastical cozies."
Clergyman/detective Sidney Chambers returns in this collection of four new mysteries. Read full book review >