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 25–29 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Badlands, by C. J. Box
Box has been making a series of sorts out of his stand-alones. Following the death of Cody Hoyt in The Highway(2013), Hoyt’s partner, Cassie Dewell, now takes center stage as the new chief investigator in Grimstad, North Dakota, in the heart of the Bakken shale oil fields.
Death Ex Machina, by Gary Corby
Crisis, a word that comes to us straight from the Greek, defines this historical theatrical mystery set in fifth-century-BCE Athens. The Great Dionysia, the annual festival honoring Dionysus, is about to begin. Central to the festival is the Theater of Dionysus, where plays are performed to please the reveling but moody god. Unfortunately, ghost sightings in the theater are freaking out everyone involved.
Time of Death, by Mark Billingham
In the thirteenth entry in the series, police detective Tom Thorne is on holiday with his new love, Detective Sergeant Helen Weeks. They’ve planned the perfect outing: no long walks and a decent pub with a toasty fire. Then the body of a young girl is discovered and another teen goes missing in Polesford, Helen’s hometown.
Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy
Someone will return, and someone will die; that’s foretold when the rocking chair on Annie Holleran’s porch rocks by itself. It’s Annie’s ascension (her 15-and-a-half-years birthday), and she has gone next door to peer down the Baines’ well to see the image of her true love. Hollerans and Baines aren’t meant to mix since Annie’s Aunt Juna’s accusations made Joseph Carl Baines the county’s last official hanged man.
The Investigation, by J. M. Lee
Nineteen-year-old Watanabe Yuichi is drafted into the Japanese army and assigned to guard at Fukuoka Prison. In 1944, Fukuoka houses Japan’s worst criminals, including Koreans charged with terrorism for their roles in the Korean Independence Movement fighting Japanese rule (1910–45).