Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

UNDER COLD STONE by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The glorious scenery of British Columbia upstages Delany's regular cast in this plausible tale."
A chief constable's son is wanted for murder in the new procedural from Delany (A Cold White Sun, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
HIGH CRIME AREA by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Oates' mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects."
From Oates (Carthage, 2014, etc.) comes this collection of eight stories, seven previously published, that explore the depths of human despair and cruelty. Read full book review >

FOREST GHOST by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Typically creepy and graphic fare from Masterton, with an environmental spin that may herald a new direction (Drought, 2014). Given the final acts, this one clearly won't be a series."
Twin forests on two continents seem to be haunting visitors and making them want to kill themselves. Read full book review >
THE WINTER KING by Alys Clare
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The ninth in the Hawkenlye series (The Song of the Nightingale, 2012, etc.) continues the saga with the mixture as before: historical facts, colorful characters, a touch of mysticism and a soupçon of mystery."
Hawkenlye Abbey again plays home to misery and murder. Read full book review >
PANTHERS PLAY FOR KEEPS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The fourth in Simon's series (Parrots Prove Deadly, 2013, etc.) is not a bad mystery, but the constant animal chatter and Pru's often unbelievable behavior may appeal to only the staunchest animal lovers."
The ability to talk to animals is often a curse rather than a blessing. Read full book review >

BORDEAUX by Janet Hubbard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"This second case for Max (Champagne: The Farewell, 2012) offers a wide range of suspects along with a love affair with both a complex Frenchman and France itself."
Welcome to la belle France, land of wine and murder. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE ROCKS by Deryn Lake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Newcomers and devoted fans of Lake's hero (Death at the Wedding Feast, 2011, etc.), based on a real 18th-century apothecary, will delight in the period detail, excellent mystery and well-drawn characters."
How could you prove someone an impostor before fingerprints and DNA tests? Read full book review >
EVIL IN THE 1ST HOUSE by Mitchell Scott Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Lewis' ponytailed New-Age PI (Death in the 12th House, 2012, etc.) is a benign presence on the roster of fictional crime busters. But a far-fetched plot and pedestrian style keep his third adventure earthbound."
A wealthy Manhattan private eye who solves crimes by reading the stars juggles two very different cases. Read full book review >
CLASSIC IN THE PITS by Amy Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The complexities of the case play into Myers' strength in dealing with complicated relationships (Classic Mistake, 2013, etc.). The result is a twisty tale packed with auto lore and family secrets."
A stolen Porsche and a murdered man add up to another case for Jack Colby, car detective. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF MURDER by Roderic Jeffries
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Although newcomers to the long-running Alvarez series (Murdered by Nature, 2012, etc.) may find it hard to get involved in a mystery the hero has so little interest in pursuing, fans will enjoy the latest adventure of this amiably lazy detective."
An expat playboy's death by drowning in Majorca would be more convincing if the pool were deeper. Read full book review >
A PRIVATE VENUS by Giorgio Scerbanenco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The first volume in Scerbanenco's Milano Quartet is a blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir. Sensitive souls will notice that the author's attitude toward the LGBT community has dated in more glaring ways."
A disgraced doctor's ticket to redemption requires him to rescue a young man even more lost than he is in this slice of noir first served in Italy in 1966 and finally translated into English. Read full book review >
DESTROYER ANGEL by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"A tour de force that's both the most one-dimensional and the most satisfying of Anna's recent adventures."
Park ranger Anna Pigeon faces down—or, more accurately, hides from and bedevils—an unusually dangerous criminal in upstate Minnesota's Iron Range. Read full book review >