Reviews of the Week: with Jo Nesbo, Scott Turow, Caroline Carlson, and More!

Mystery Month 2017Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 8 through 12—all crime fiction titles in honor of Mystery Month— so that you can revisit the week’s best books.


Monday, May 8

 The Last Place You Look, by Kristen Lepionka

PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her father, Frank, a cop killed in the line of duty nine months earlier: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she goes back to Frank’s notebooks when she gets a new case.






Tuesday, May 9

 The World’s Greatest Detective, by Caroline Carlson

Since his parents disappeared while on a trip to the sea, Toby Montrose has been passed around to every one of his relatives, and now he’s on his last one. Luckily for Toby, this is Uncle Gabriel, owner of Montrose Investigations, who lives on the notorious Detectives’ Row.

Wednesday, May 10

 The Thirst, by Jo Nesbø

Somehow it had to happen: Harry Hole up against a vampire. Don’t panic. Nesbø’s internationally best-selling crime-fiction series, while often intensely horrific, has always remained unfailingly realistic, and so it is here, in this eleventh installment. Not a genre mash-up, then, but a gripping, way-scary crime novel.





Thursday, May 11

 The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich

Nice guy Caden is just that: raised by a secret spy organization to be a Nice, carefully sculpted to nonthreatening physical perfection and full of boyish, bashful charm. Caden is also a Love Interest, trained to make a target chosen by the organization fall in love with him so he can steal her secrets.


Friday, May 12

Testimony, by Scott Turow

Staring down a classic middle-age rut, white-collar defense attorney Bill ten Boom changes tack and takes a prosecution post with the International Criminal Court. Turow applies storytelling magic to the ICC, weaving fascinating details about the challenges of prosecuting war crimes into a suspenseful story of redemption and the complexities of justice.



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