Books by Jim Kelly

THE FUNERAL OWL by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

It's open season for disasters, felonies and all manner of malfeasance in Cambridgeshire in journalist Philip Dryden's seventh outing. Read full book review >
NIGHTRISE by Jim Kelly
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Even if they never came up with such a diabolical plot, long-winded colleagues could well take example from the generosity and economy with which Kelly (Death's Door, 2012, etc.) spins his web."
Cambridgeshire reporter Philip Dryden (The Skeleton Man, 2008, etc.) returns to solve the mystery of his father's death—an especially challenging case, considering that the old man apparently died twice. Read full book review >
DEATH'S DOOR by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not all the details of the complex investigation are equally compelling, but the quality of Kelly's prose and the ongoing upstairs-downstairs relationship between the two protagonists will propel readers past the dry spots. "
For CID coppers Shaw and Valentine (Death Toll, 2011, etc.), an unsolved murder poisons the air 20 years later. Read full book review >
DEATH TOLL by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 21, 2011

"Kelly writes impeccable prose and creates compelling characters, but the ungainly size of this novel will leave some readers feeling that the party just goes on too long."
DI Peter Shaw (Death Watch, 2010, etc.) deals with two cold cases, one of which is family business. Read full book review >
DEATH WORE WHITE by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 9, 2009

"Stunning in plot and delivery, with fluid, visceral prose. Few puzzle solvers will unravel this one before the wind-up, and awards committees will be queuing up to honor this second case for Shaw (The Skeleton Man, 2008)."
An impossible crime is just one of the outrages confronting DI Peter Shaw, here partnered with old-timer George Valentine. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON MAN by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Keeps peeling away layers until all that remains is the sad, misguided core of village solidarity, and the conviction that Kelly (The Coldest Blood, 2007, etc.) is a master of the psychological mystery."
Village secrets are blasted open when an abandoned church becomes a war-games target. Read full book review >
THE COLDEST BLOOD by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"First-rate prose and an appealing hero who rises irresistibly above a full range of candidly confessed flaws and phobias: "Dogs," it is noted, "were just one of the things he was afraid of. But they were one of the things he was afraid of most.""
Reporter Philip Dryden (The Moon Tunnel, 2005, etc.) learns firsthand how remorselessly a children's game can invoke the law of unintended consequences. Read full book review >
THE FIRE BABY by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 13, 2004

"Kelly (The Water Clock, 2003) manages to elevate soap-opera situations by means of crisp writing. Still, Dryden, a hero in every sense of the word, deserves a stronger plot."
A deathbed confession leads to tragedy. Read full book review >
THE WATER CLOCK by Jim Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Intriguing characters and locale and wryly believable newsroom background from Financial Times correspondent Kelly. One quibble: Why would water-phobic Dryden choose to live on a superannuated 1930s naval inshore patrol boat? "
The mystery debut of water-traumatized reporter Philip Dryden, who must confront his demons and worse in the flood-ravaged Cambridgeshire Fens. Read full book review >
ARMED AND DANGEROUS by Jim Kelly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Aside from injuries, nary a bad event seems to occur here, and there isn't a lot of deep thought—this is a book about winning, and not a bad one. (Thirty b&w photos—not seen.)"
 From rags to riches on a magic pigskin, by Buffalo Bills quarterback Kelly and Buffalo News sportswriter Carucci (coauthor, They Call Me Dirty, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >