Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
THE RED ROAD by Denise Mina
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"In addition to the usual indelible character studies, Mina provides the most compelling plot of Alex's four cases to date, with a new round of revelations that makes the Glasgow cops the most corrupt since Philip Marlowe looked under all those rocks in Bay City, Calif."
Fourteen years after Princess Diana died in a Paris automobile accident, the date of her death still casts a long shadow over the Strathclyde Police, in the fourth book featuring detective Alex Morrow. Read full book review >
SOUTHERN HEAT by David Burnsworth
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"Burnsworth's choppy storytelling is even less polished than his hero. But the people and the puzzle keep you reading and wanting more."
An emotionally wounded war veteran finds new purpose in a search for his uncle's killer. Read full book review >

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 >