Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 11–15 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
What Doesn’t Kill Her, by Carla Norton
Former kidnap victim Reeve LeClaire puts herself at risk again in this high-octane sequel to Norton’s blockbuster fiction debut, The Edge of Normal (2013). When her kidnapper, psychopathic Daryl Wayne Flint, escapes from his Seattle-area mental institution, Reeve correctly senses where he will go first.
Down among the Dead Men, by Peter Lovesey
The much-awarded Lovesey (CWA Gold and Silver Daggers, Macavity and Anthony Awards, among others) has written more than 30 mysteries, with three series heroes. Peter Diamond, detective superintendent of the CID in Bath, is his most well known. Diamond is a wonderfully rounded character whose lines are witty and whose observations about people’s characters and motives are brilliantly insightful.
The Ways of the World, by Robert Goddard
Only a few pages into this wildly entertaining historical thriller, it becomes apparent that the reader is witnessing the birth of a series—and not just any series. Goddard has long been one of the genre’s cleverest plotters and most accomplished prose stylists, but he has typically written stand-alones.
Detective Gordon: The First Case, by Ulf Nilsson
An agitated squirrel arrives at a woodland police station and reports the theft of many nuts from his pantry. Detective Gordon, a toad, listens patiently. As snow falls in the forest, he investigates the area around the squirrel’s tree. A long stakeout leaves the detective ignominiously trapped, frozen and immobilized, under a mound of snow.
And Sometimes I Wonder about You, by Walter Mosley
Some things never change for Leonid McGill (All I Did Was Shoot My Man, 2012), like the orbiting relationships with his suicidal wife and his off-again soul-mate girlfriend, and his inevitable entanglement in a mess of someone else’s making.