Kingdom Books, Mysteries - Reviews
Mysteries and crime fiction reviewed here with knowledge and delight. Classic to cutting edge.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Ex-Detective Writes Terrific Crime Fiction, in THE MURDER BOOK by Lissa Marie Redmond
"A gritty dark edge that sparkles with a hint of possible redemption." The cover's simple, even basic, but Lissa Marie Re...
Friday, February 08, 2019
The Anti-Sherlock Holmes, William Arrowood, Returns in THE MURDER PIT
Glasgow-born Mick Finlay has taken rough conditions to the extreme, including the condition of his detective, in his second Arrowood myste...
Monday, February 04, 2019
Irresistible New Flavia de Luce from Alan Bradley, The Golden Tresses of the Dead
[ Originally published in the New York Journal of Books ] “It’s a foregone conclusion that adults picking up The ...
Mossad Espionage and Counterterrorism from Jonathan de Shalit
[ Originally published in the New York Journal of Books ] “It’s stylish to portray Mossad as the least likeable a...
Charles Todd, THE BLACK ASCOT, British Post World War I, Richly Detailed and Memorable
[ Originally published in the New York Journal of Books ] “It’s the taint of a shell-shock diagnosis, something considered so offensi...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Sinister Plots Found in Colonial and Revolutionary America -- for Real
Author Brad Meltzer, whose recent books include both thrillers for adults and amazing American biographies for early readers, just complet...
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Six Sherlock Holmes Stories from Tim Symonds, A MOST DIABOLICAL PLOT
There may be nothing quite as challenging in the crime fiction world as crafting a good Sherlock Holmes pastiche. You need the tone exactl...
Summer Camp's Most Enduring Nightmare, in THE DROWNING by J. P. Smith
There was always an edge of noir about nights at summer camp, wasn't there? You were safe if you stayed in the cabin, but getting t...
Detroit Crime Fiction from Stephen Mack Jones, LIVES LAID AWAY
Uh-oh. I just had to add Stephen Mack Jones to my list of "must read everything by this crime fiction author." The list is gett...
Brief Mention: THE OLD YOU from Louise Voss
Orenda Books brought the new psychological thriller from Louise Voss across the Atlantic for the start of January, and it's a compulsi...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Heard of the Bland Sisters Adventures? Book 3 Amazes! From Kara LaReau and Jen Hill
A happy accident sent a copy of the final book in the Bland Sisters trilogy to my desk this month. And what a delight! Written by Kara LaR...
It's a Tough World, but PI Willa Pennington Steps Up, in DARK STREETS, COLD SUBURBS from Aimee Hix
About the only thing I didn't like about the second Willa Pennington investigation, DARK STREETS, COLD SUBURBS, was the title -- for a...
Tuesday, January 01, 2019
Stone Barrington Tackles the "Five Families" in New Suspense from Stuart Woods
[ Originally published in the New York Journal of Books ] Clearly, Stuart Woods never runs out of ideas. Among his...
Outrageous Thriller Adventure from Barry Eisler, THE KILLER COLLECTIVE (Rain + Livia!)
[ Originally published in the New York Journal of Books ] Master of suspense BarryEisler links two of his series t...
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