Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
CHILD'S PLAY by Maureen Carter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"By cutting back on the biting interplay between the stoic Quinn and the calculating King, Carter loses the most distinctive and effective piece of her procedural formula."
The past meets the present when a child's kidnapping echoes a story from long ago. Read full book review >
BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Brunetti (The Golden Egg, 2013, etc.) spends less time with both his charming family and his highly variable colleagues than usual; and with the exception of Franchini, the characters remain distantly evoked rather than vividly present. This one really is for readers who love books."
A rare-book thief is the target in Commissario Guido Brunetti's 23rd case. Read full book review >
I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Rest easy, Agatha: Clark (Daddy's Gone A Hunting, 2013, etc.) can't match your skill at spinning webs as logical as they are surprising. Along the way, however, few readers will be able to resist her creaky charm."
That up-to-the-minute phenomenon, reality TV, provides the basis for Clark's most retro tale ever. Read full book review >
WOLF by Mo Hayder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another adventure for Caffery, a protagonist much like James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Paul Cleave's Theo Tate, doomed to work "in the presence of evil.""
Hayder (Hanging Hill, 2012, etc.) once again lures DI Jack Caffery into evil's morass. Read full book review >
EVEN IN DARKNESS by Lynn Hightower
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The latest from Hightower (The Piper, 2013, etc.) is psychologically compelling, but its revelations are unevenly paced, some coming too soon to generate much suspense and others presented as mere afterthoughts."
To save those she loves, an evangelist must confront an evildoer desperate for salvation. Read full book review >