Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
A BAD REPUTATION by Jane Tesh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Enjoyably quirky and sympathetic characters don't quite make up for a weak mystery."
The murder of a millionaire stirs passions in a small North Carolina town. Read full book review >
MISS DIMPLE PICKS A PECK OF TROUBLE by Mignon F. Ballard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Ballard's latest exercise in nostalgia (Miss Dimple Suspects, 2013, etc.) presents more delightful characters tangled in a solid mystery."
A murder horrifies the residents of a small Georgia town already coping with the deprivations of wartime living. Read full book review >
DROWNING BARBIE by Frederick Ramsay
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Why Picketsville's first Jewish sheriff is hellbent on a church wedding is just one of the mysteries that doesn't get solved in Ramsay's otherwise highly entertaining ninth."
Sheriff Ike Schwartz and his longtime love, college president Ruth Harris, have to plan their wedding reception around a couple of corpses. Read full book review >
THE DROWNING SPOOL by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A pleasant addition to Ferris' long string of needlework whodunits (And Then You Die, 2012, etc.) featuring the ebullient Betsy, her gay assistant and her live-in boyfriend. This one is full of needlework lore but doesn't feature much of a mystery."
Who knew that retirement homes could be such dangerous places? Read full book review >