Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

CHAIN REACTION by Diane Fanning
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Lucinda isn't the only one who'll find herself distracted by all the subplots. But the tale moves along at a brisk pace, and Fanning provides several welcome twists even though she hints at the guilty party early on."
A bomb blast shatters the tranquility of a Sunday morning. Read full book review >
GREY HOWL by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Though Dulcie's rather scatterbrained approach to sleuthing may put readers off, her seventh provides a plethora of suspects that keeps them guessing."
More adventures in the dangerous groves of academe. Read full book review >

A TRAITOR'S TEARS by Fiona Buckley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Not the best of Ursula's 12 mysteries (A Rescue for a Queen, 2013, etc.) but still as historically rich as ever."
Queen Elizabeth's half sister tries to prove a loyal servant innocent of murder. Read full book review >
THE KINDRED OF DARKNESS by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Although Hambly's fans may enjoy returning to her carefully constructed and lavishly detailed world, the uninitiated may be less enthralled."
On the eve of World War I, a couple fights to rescue their daughter from a vampire's clutches. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FAULT by Judith Cutler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Fran and Mark make a good team both inside their historic home and out in the field. A single loose end and a gooey conclusion are the only strikes against Cutler's balance of high crime and cuddly domesticity."
Mark Turner and Fran Harman, the crime-solving couple from Burying the Past (2012), will take all the help they can get as they try to solve competing cases in a posh Kentish town. Read full book review >

DEATH'S DARK SHADOW by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"What looks like an open-and-shut case ends with twists nobody will see coming in Spencer's most in-your-face outing for Monika yet."
A family trip to Spain has far-reaching consequences for DCI Monika Paniatowski (A Walk with the Dead, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
DARK SIDE by Margaret Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2014

"An exciting combination of police procedural and thriller, Duffy again (Stealth, 2012, etc.) provides the daring duo with plenty of cerebral and physical challenges."
A married crime-fighting team does what it takes to clear a friend of murder charges. Read full book review >
FALSE DIAMOND by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pedestrian solution proves Heley slightly off her game in her eighth Abbott entry."
The discovery of a zircon in Dilys Benton's engagement ring sends sparks flying in her rich, dysfunctional family. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING HARVEY by Don Passman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Well, yes and no. Harvey is no great shakes as a detective, but he makes an irresistible deer in the headlights: part wiseacre, part sad-sack, all nebbish."
Passman (Mirage, 2000, etc.) launches a new series starring a sleuthing magician whose greatest trick ever might just be releasing himself from a murder rap. Read full book review >
THE RESISTANCE MAN by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"As usual, the tale of crime and detection is mainly a pretext for a gentle celebration of la belle France. But this time, Bruno, who's required to act as enforcer, sleuth, diplomat, comforter, impersonator, hostage negotiator and rescuer, reveals unsuspected resources."
The passing of an 86-year-old Resistance fighter opens another can of worms (and stocks of truffles and pâté de fois gras) for chief of police Bruno Courrèges (The Devil's Cave, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
CONCEALED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"More heartfelt than most of Eve's futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns out—lo and behold—to be right."
A grisly discovery in a decrepit Hell's Kitchen building opens a case for Lt. Eve Dallas that has its roots all the way back in 2045. Read full book review >
BLACKBERRY PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"It's amazing how little a vehicular homicide charge changes Hannah's life in Fluke's good-natured 19th."
Lake Eden's favorite baker, Hannah Swensen (Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, 2013, etc.), finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation. Read full book review >