Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
Flight of the Tarantula Hawk by Michael Allan Scott
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"Solid characters and Lance's alluringly grim dreams help distinguish this murder mystery."
Psychic crime-scene photographer Lance Underphal is back. In Scott's (Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, 2013) latest thriller, this tortured character tries to use his visions to help police find a murderer who's injecting victims with Botox. 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 >
WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Grim and tense, but readers will want more payoff."
Brekke's big-boned debut thriller, spanning two continents and 500 years, delves into the unholy connections between a pair of monstrous killings in Norway and the U.S. Read full book review >
MURDER AT VOLCANO HOUSE by Chip Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A lightweight but entertaining Hawaiian whodunit."
Hughes (Hanging Ten in Paris, 2011, etc.) places his Hawaii-based surfing detective Kai Cooke in the middle of two cases involving untimely deaths. Read full book review >
TRUSTING VIKTOR by Lee Mims
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

Underwater intrigue, offshore drilling and onshore romance enliven a scientist's days and nights. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Terri Nolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Nolan continues what promises to be a long and lovingly crafted saga about the strains and gains of love and loyalty."
An investigative journalist deals with her inner demons while helping her cousin deal with a much more concrete threat. Read full book review >
THE MANGLE STREET MURDERS by M.R.C. Kasasian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"Kasasian's debut is an unflinching look at the darker side of Victorian London and a portrait of a heroine strong enough to stand up to a thoroughly disagreeable detective. Clever plotting, morbid humor and colorful characters are a greater treat for the mind than the heart—or the stomach."
A Victorian detective solves a mystery but meets his match in his independent-minded young ward. Read full book review >
COLD STORAGE, ALASKA by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Quirky, funny and compulsively readable."
After serving time, a reformed drug dealer seeks peace in the small Alaskan village in which he grew up, but trouble hounds his every step. Read full book review >