Books by Phillip DePoy

Phillip DePoy is the author of six previous mysteries, including the Shamus Award finalist Easy. He has published short fiction, poetry, and criticism in Story, The Southern Poetry Review, Xanadu, and Yankee, among other magazines. As a folklorist, he has


COLD FLORIDA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Those who are able to roll with Foggy will get an unholy kick out of the characters' flexible allegiances and the hero's colorful descriptions."
A tough Jewish car thief's attempts to pay back a debt he feels he owes lands him in a fight over—wait for it—Seminole lands. Read full book review >
A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Ebullient persiflage spiced with high-level intrigue, a covey of double and triple agents, and enough action scenes for a summer movie. Eat your heart out, James Bond."
The chronicler of Georgia folklorist Fever Devilin (December's Thorn, 2013, etc.) turns to the dawn of Christopher Marlowe's espionage career.Read full book review >
DECEMBER'S THORN by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Nobody is better at misdirection than DePoy. Nobody is better at making Carl Jung entertaining than DePoy. And if you ever need a psychiatrist, Ceri Nelson is probably the most endearing practitioner in all of mystery fiction."
When a wife you don't remember you had shows up on your doorstep, should you introduce her to your fiancee? Read full book review >
A CORPSE'S NIGHTMARE by Phillip DePoy
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Nobody writes Southern better than DePoy (The Drifter's Wheel, 2008, etc.), and short of medical school, you won't find a better description of the aftereffects of coma anywhere."
Folklorist Fever Devilin solves his own murder. Read full book review >
THE DRIFTER’S WHEEL by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2008

"Storytelling at its best: a beguiling mystery that's almost impossible to figure out or put down. And if you're looking for wit, check out the exchanges between Devilin and his pal Winton Andrews."
Mountain folk taunt a folklorist by wandering down a corridor of eternity. Read full book review >
A WIDOW’S CURSE by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 10, 2007

"An intricately nuanced transgenerational saga rendered with the panache of a master southern storyteller. DePoy (A Minister's Ghost, 2005, etc.) clearly loves southern cooking, southern mountain folk and the wryly acerbic sniping of best friends."
A folklorist is accused of murder. Read full book review >
A MINISTER’S GHOST by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"By far DePoy's best, with top-notch plotting, full-blown characters (even that albino dwarf) and a bit of Shakespeare thrown in."
A whodunit with a southern accent and a Jungian subtext. Read full book review >
THE WITCH’S GRAVE by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Literately loony, with excurses on pan-fried corn, tombstone epitaphs, the Roman origin of bobbing for apples, and appropriate death messages from the Bard. The ending's a tad flat, but what a spirited ride to get to it."
A folklorist/amateur detective arranges a Halloween graveyard meeting between a witch and a murderer. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S HEARTH by Phillip DePoy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"So-so as a mystery, then, but exquisite as a portrait of mountain folk."
Trust southern mountain folk to offer a unique brand of hospitality. Read full book review >