Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
KILMOON by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be."
A woman hoping to meet her biological father is embroiled in village scandal and murder. Read full book review >
DON'T LOOK FOR ME by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2014

"Below average for this exemplary series."
Amos Walker, Detroit's premier missing persons specialist, finds virtually everything but the person he's been hired to look for. Read full book review >

HOTEL BRASIL by Frei Betto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Intertwines absurdly understated violence with a reflective portrait of the city and its types so anthropologically precise that you'll mourn each new victim—and that's a lot of mourning."
In Betto's debut thriller, a killer is loose in a Rio de Janeiro residential hotel. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAPE THREE POINTS by Kwei Quartey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"The windup may not be as satisfying as the complications, but Quartey (Death at the Voyager Hotel, 2013, etc.) lays out what feel like endless possibilities with exemplary patience and clarity, unveiling world beneath world in Dawson's Ghana."
In Ghana, Accra DI Darko Dawson's third case—the murder of an oil executive and his equally prominent wife—is his biggest and most ambitious yet. Read full book review >
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 >