Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben (Six Years, 2013, etc.) is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels."
Eighteen years after her fiance dumped her, a New York City police detective runs into him again online, with results that make her head spin and leave several people dead. Read full book review >
DEATH IN SARDINIA by Marco  Vichi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2014

"Bordelli and his vast and varied criminal acquaintance remain as appealing as ever, but this world-weary elegy is one slow-moving train."
Despite the title, Inspector Franco Bordelli's third adventure to reach these shores (Death and the Olive Grove, 2013, etc.) adds a mysterious murder in Bordelli's home base of Florence to the eponymous death. Read full book review >

THE SEEKER by R.B. Chesterton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2014

"Chesterton—a pen name of the well-known Carolyn Haines—deftly blends the supernatural and the historical, but she offers little resolution to an intriguing conceit."
A doctoral student tries to confirm that Henry David Thoreau wasn't alone on Walden Pond while laboring under a family curse and hints of the supernatural. Read full book review >
THE OUTCAST DEAD by Elly Griffiths
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Griffiths lovingly develops the complicated, often testy relationships between the continuing characters in the course of a mystery perhaps a shade less exciting than her usual fare."
What connection could the discovery of a notorious child killer's corpse have to a new series of unnerving crimes? Read full book review >
DEATH IN REEL TIME by Brynn Bonner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Bonner's chatty, huggy club (Paging the Dead, 2013) returns to sort out family trees and solve murders at a leisurely pace that keeps this cozy from standing out—until what seems like a giveaway leads to a surprising climax."
A North Carolina family-research specialist and her psychic friend take on a murder in the present and a mystery from the past. Read full book review >

STONE COLD by C.J. Box
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series."
Joe Pickett's fantastical 14th pits him against a nest of assassins that just happens to include his old pal Nate Romanowski. Read full book review >
BROKEN TRUST by Shannon Baker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2014

"Overstuffed."
Baker (Tainted Mountain, 2013, etc.) presents the second adventure of a Western accountant who tries to build a new life after her marriage ends tragically. Read full book review >
WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES by Jennifer Harlow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2014

"An overdose of back story weighs down this mix of thriller and romance."
A reckless singer gets dragged on a cross-country chase by her supposed adoptive brother—who's also a werewolf—in the second Midnight Magic Mystery. Read full book review >
POISONED GROUND by Sandra Parshall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Parshall (Bleeding Through, 2012, etc.) expertly maintains the tension between warring factions until the surprising conclusion."
Plans to build a resort in rural Virginia start an uncivil war. Read full book review >
BROOKLYN GRAVES by Triss Stein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Offers promising developments for Erica and Chris, but readers will find little to work with."
In the second book of Stein's (Brooklyn Bones, 2013, etc.) Erica Donato Mysteries series, a grad student and mother wrestles with a puzzle related to her history work—only to find more questions that hit closer to home. Read full book review >
WHY KINGS CONFESS by C.S. Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014

"Devlin's love for his heroic wife is the book's saving element, just as she is the saving of him."
In Harris' (What Darkness Brings, 2013, etc.) ninth Regency adventure featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin seeks the murderer of a French physician. Read full book review >
GEMINI by Carol Cassella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Readers may well overlook Cassella's frequently interjected bromides about love ("Is it a room inside your soul that opens when your lover enters?") since this engaging medical mystery makes far more compelling points about economics and sociology."
In a new mystery from Cassella (Healer, 2010, etc.), the lives of a doctor and her critically injured patient intertwine in unexpected ways. Read full book review >