Kingdom Books, Mysteries - Reviews
Mysteries and crime fiction reviewed here with knowledge and delight. Classic to cutting edge.
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
What Happens When You Add Ian Rankin to William McIlvanney and Get "Laidlaw 4"!
[ originally published at New York Journal of Books ] “Reading The Dark Remains yields far more than the strangely ama...
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Nerve-Wracking Thriller from Katie Lattari, DARK THINGS I ADORE
The point of Audra Colfax's long seduction of her thesis professor, Max Durant, is clearly announced from the start of DARK THINGS I ADO...
Brief Mention: Summer Thrillers from Jule Selbo and Ashley Winstead
Portland, Maine, already home and home-away-from-home to several stellar mystery and crime fiction authors, has acquired a new one: Jule Sel...
Soviets and Night Witches Link With Billy Boyle, in ROAD OF BONES from James R. Benn
You could spend weeks, months, a lifetime, reading your way through the evidence of what happened during the Second World War. And sorting ...
Indelible Darkness: THE HOUSE OF ASHES by Stuart Neville
In a fierce and powerful twist away from his crime fiction that roots in Ireland's "Troubles," Stuart Neville 's Septembe...
Monday, August 09, 2021
Second in Camilla Trinchieri's Tuscany Series, THE BITTER TASTE OF MURDER
[ Originally published at New York Journal of Books ] “Similar in pace and tenderness to the Ladies’ Detective Agency my...
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Outstanding Swedish Crime Novel from Peter Mohlin and Peter Nyström (Overlook Press)
[Originally published at New York Journal of Books] “Layered and lethal … The only thing better than the pleasure of th...
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Lucy Burdette, A SCONE OF CONTENTION, New Key West Food Critic Mystery
Every now and then, a good "cozy" series goes on a journey -- it's a good way to keep the death count lower in the amateur sle...
Brief Mention: Denise Swanson, BODY OVER TROUBLED WATERS
My copy of this newest in Denise Swanson 's "Welcome Back to Scumble River" cozy mystery series arrived after the publication ...
CLARK AND DIVISION, a World War II/Chicago Crime Novel from Naomi Hirahara
It's hard to face some of the nastiest tragedies of wartime. That's a good reason for historical fiction — it gives us vision throug...
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
"Neo-Noir Procedural" Crime Fiction: MIDNIGHT, WATER CITY by Chris McKinney
This year's most remarkable crime fiction may be Chris McKinney 's July 13 release, MIDNIGHT, WATER CITY. Take a hard-boiled detecti...
Unforgettable Crime Novel by Chris Offutt, THE KILLING HILLS
[ Originally published at New York Journal of Books ] “The Killing Hills probes the darkness in both land and families,...
Monday, May 31, 2021
Brief Mention: A "Trouble in Paradise" Mystery from Carrie Doyle, IT TAKE TWO TO MANGO
After reading Carrie Doyle 's traditionally cozy country inn mysteries set in the Hamptons, IT TAKES TWO TO MANGO comes as a huge surpri...
Might Never Fly Again, after Clare Mackintosh's Thriller HOSTAGE
Mystery fans who read the classics (or view them in film form) have long treasured Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express , wher...
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