Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

EGGNOG MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Heavy on cream and light on plot, this trio is most likely to appeal to fans of eggnog and coastal Maine."
Three tales of mayhem-by-eggnog penned by Maine boosters Ross, Hollis, and Meier. Read full book review >
HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Howe (City of Mirrors, 2013, etc.) sets her story in Tinseltown, but her characters lack the pop of classic Hollywood despite hints throughout at her ability to do more."
An aging actress turns amateur investigator after word gets out that she knows more than she's telling about the pedestrian victim of a car accident. Read full book review >

Vengeance by William Crow Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2016

"Filled with dark, sardonic humor and absurd, exhilarating situations, this book delivers an intelligently written police drama with a shrewd protagonist."
A down-home murder mystery in a small Midwestern town leads a lawman to big-city criminals and a PTSD nightmare come to life. Read full book review >
SPY BY NIGHT by Boyer DePaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2016

"A spy thriller that delivers appealing protagonists and a dash of suspense."
Two teen detectives collaborate to stop a group of Russian smugglers from destroying the United States' access to the internet in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though the falling action never rises to the level of the setup, Rosenfelt's canine-loving hero is always good company—especially when he deals with someone who's gone to the dogs even more completely than him."
Rosenfelt, who continues to write some of the best hooks in the genre, saddles attorney Andy Carpenter (Outfoxed, 2015, etc.) with a client who's got only six months to brighten her Paterson neighborhood—if a guilty verdict doesn't remove her from her home first. Read full book review >

BLONDE ICE by R.G. Belsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"If you can overlook the comic-strip prose and by-the-numbers plotting, the hero is appealingly fallible—he's still carrying a torch for his ex, and he spends a fair amount of time temporizing and procrastinating—and there are some effective twists toward the end."
Daily News reporter Gil Malloy's third outing pits him against a serial killer who's also a member of the fairer sex. Read full book review >
IQ by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The present day, with its high-strung social media and emotional overload, could use a contemporary hero like Ide's, more inclined to use his brain than his mouth (or fists) to vanquish evil and subdue dread."
Sherlock Holmes comes to South Central Los Angeles. Only he's black, never finished high school, and can't seem to hold on to a regular job. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DALI  by Sandra Orchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Orchard (A Fool and His Monet, 2016, etc.) creates a likable, enviable heroine who knows art inside out but seems a tad short on common sense."
An art expert takes on a case of theft, forgery, and loopy family dynamics. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"For fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral."
What if the word's most famous (and eccentric) Victorian detective were a young gentlewoman in the midst of a scandal? Read full book review >
The Daemoniac by Kat Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"An unexpected treat of a detective novel with a strong heroine, making Ross a name to look out for."
A mystery invokes New York City streets, serial killer thrills, and the creator of Sherlock Holmes himself. Read full book review >
Notes from Hell by Rachel Bukey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"A dynamic protagonist's resolve makes her an admirable sleuth in this moody thriller."
In Bukey's (Leap of Faith, 2014) sophomore thriller, reporter Ann Dexter scours an abducted opera singer's past hoping she'll find clues that will lead his captor to release him. Read full book review >
PERMANENT SUNSET by C. Michele Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Diminished interaction between the two leads reduces some of the fun in this installment (No Virgin Island, 2015, etc.), though Dorsey's plot has the requisite twists, turns, and everything else."
Murder strikes in paradise when a bride's refusal to sign a prenuptial agreement is followed by her premarital demise. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >