Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

DYING FOR ATTENTION by James T. Shannon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"Although you have to join the hero in questioning the killer's motive, college English teacher Shannon offers well-rounded characters and a healthy dose of romance to balance out the bloodshed."
A stint of English teaching turns deadly in a New England town. Read full book review >
THE BREAKFAST CLUB MURDER by Camilla T. Crespi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

Romance and cuisine add piquancy to suburban murder. Read full book review >

THEY DANCED BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Tempa Pagel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"Like Andy's first case (Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, 2006), this one is studded with flashbacks to the historical past, this time providing provocative insights into the now defunct system of asylums."
A delightful dinner at a posh hotel ends in murder. Read full book review >
DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

A grieving detective clashes with an incoming supervisor to solve a pair of murders on the main island of Shetland. Read full book review >
MOVING TARGET by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Dizzying changes of locale and point of view, along with large helpings of sentimentality, weaken Ali's latest. If only Jance had focused on one plot instead of sending her characters all over creation in pursuit of two separate mysteries."
An ex-reporter, a high-tech specialist and a nun help right wrongs of the near and distant past as they circle the globe. Read full book review >

LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS by Harry Bingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Not as surprising or carefully structured as Bingham's striking debut, but his remote, unquenchable heroine makes her stand apart from every one of her procedural brothers and sisters."
A pair of murders five years apart forms the basis of a fact-based sophomore case for DC Fiona Griffiths, of the South Wales CID, that's just as intense as her first (Talking to the Dead, 2012). Read full book review >
FOOL'S RETURN by Lynda Chervil
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Readers looking for a heroine with brains and beauty will enjoy following Gabrielle's appealing journey. "
A compelling mystery/adventure about past lives and cutting-edge technology, set on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance (Dogstar Rising, 2013, etc.) transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction."
The death of a teenage girl strikes painfully close to home for Sudanese private eye Makana. Read full book review >
AFTER I'M GONE by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Coaxing the inevitable out of the improbable, Lippman (And When She Was Good, 2012, etc.) is a bet you just can't lose."
The disappearance of a Baltimore gambling lord sends shock waves through his community, his business and his family. Read full book review >
SHE'S LEAVING HOME by William Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An interesting, albeit meandering, story about people who like neither the police nor one another."
Pop-culture journalist Shaw digs back into the swinging '60s to solve the murder of a Beatles fan. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON by Frances Brody
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Brody's third in the series (A Medal for Murder, 2013, etc.) is a perfect fit for lovers of classic British mysteries who'd like to watch a clever, introspective, delightful heroine solve a tricky puzzle."
The death of a radical stonemason changes the life of a sleuth forever. Read full book review >
THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL by Roberto Costantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"None of those things are necessary in order to understand the essential nastiness of the bad guy and the moral ambiguities of the supposedly good ones. A promising debut."
A long, complex crime novel that moves from savage murder to the political and social realities of contemporary Italy. Read full book review >