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The Best Reviewed Books of the Month: April 2024

The Best Reviewed Books of the Month: April 2024

A look at the month’s best new releases in crime fiction, mystery, and thrillers, via Bookmarks.


Don Winslow, City in Ruins
(William Morrow)

“Winslow has written a near-perfect saga: He’s created great characters who grow and develop while remaining true to their essence, and a sweeping story that morphs and expands over time, with the stakes escalating until they reach nosebleed heights at the end.”

–Alma Katsu (Washington Post)

Karen Jennings, Crooked Seeds

“It’s been years since I read a book that strained the Likability Principle so viscerally … This novel couldn’t be any more overwhelming if it came in a scratch ’n’ sniff edition … The real artistry of Crooked Seeds lies in Jennings’s ability to make this story feel so propulsive … Urgent.”

–Ron Charles (Washington Post)

Dervla McTiernan, What Happened to Nina?
(William Morrow)

“Painfully gripping … Despite its title, the central question posed by this disturbing, enthralling book is less concerned with what happened to Nina (you’ll find out soon enough), but how the parents — all broken, terrified and desperate in their own ways — respond to the exigencies of the moment. The last scene will make your blood run cold.”

–Sarah Lyall (New York Times Book Review)

Nicholas Shakespeare, Ian Fleming: The Complete Man

“A monumental edifice of a book that at first glance seems somewhat daunting … Entire eras materialize in artful sketches while the portrait of Fleming acquires texture and shade with each trial and triumph.”

–Anna Mundow (Wall Street Journal)

Rena Peterson, The King of Diamonds

“As much a sociological study of upper-crust Dallas society as a true crime story, enlivened by [Pederson’s] sprightly writing style … King of Diamonds is an enjoyable read, in large measure because of Pederson’s extensive, high-quality research, obtaining compelling info from and about her subjects.”

–Curt Schleier (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)