Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2014

"Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft."
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. Read full book review >

DAKOTA by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2014

"In Florio's capable hands, Lola Wicks is going to be around for a long, long time."
Florio's second novel mines familiar ground with another look at American Indian culture along the frozen U.S.-Canadian border territory, with a compelling mystery folded in to add spice to the mix. Read full book review >
KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 20, 2014

"Proficient, professional, pulse-pounding nonsense. If you can accept the outrageous logistics of Killswitch, you won't put this third installment down unfinished."
Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens teams up once more with the FBI's Carla Windermere to put a ruthless murder-for-hire scheme out of business. Read full book review >
SPIRITS REVIVED by Alice Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"A slight, simple mystery for readers who'd like to learn more about life on both sides of the tracks in California during the Jazz Age."
A fake spiritualist is shocked when she has a real ghostly experience. Read full book review >
MURDER ON INSEL POEL by D-L Nelson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"The fifth in this capable series includes alternating World War II subplots about a half-Jewish woman and an RAF pilot with a connection to Insel Poel. Although the main mystery is wrapped up, readers are left to wonder whether those other stories will continue in the next installment."
A small island off the coast of Germany provides the picturesque setting for some nasty murders. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE by James Patrick Hunt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"Distinctly less original and exciting than the best of Hunt's actioners. But fans intrigued to see him bring his gruff, clipped style to bear on a hero who's actually got an interior life worth exploring will root for Beckman's return."
Hunt, whose avenging heroes are usually drawn from the criminal classes (Police and Thieves, 2011, etc.), branches out to explore a formula that would be routine for anyone but him: the big-city police procedural. Read full book review >
THE GORDIAN KNOT UNDONE by Valerie Benzley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 19, 2014

"Benzley's repellent debut makes you want to call Child Protective Services at Chapter 2 and skip chapters 3 through 51."
A sociopath finds her style cramped when her equally sociopathic mother is released from prison. Read full book review >
THE RICH AND THE DEAD by Liv Spector
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"With more drama than ratiocination, this is a breezy, light detective novel."
Given the chance to go back in time to catch a murderer, would you risk it? Even knowing that you couldn't save the victims? Read full book review >