Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

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 >
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Not Alexander's best mystery, but its continuing focus on the problems of mistaken identity (The Adventuress, 2016, etc.) provides many opportunities for information on Greece's glorious past along with some difficult choices for her intrepid heroine."
An unlikely visitor from the past throws the lives of an aristocratic couple into disarray. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This well-turned mystery, first in a new cozy series, is filled with interesting characters, old-fashioned gaming lore, and a million puns."
A retired police chief still has a nose for crime. Read full book review >
SOMETHING BURIED, SOMETHING BLUE by Wendy Corsi Staub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"By playing down Lily Dale's residents, Staub misses an opportunity to flesh out more of Bella's everyday life (Nine Lives, 2015). But the introduction of more ongoing characters is a rousing success."
Turning an upstate New York bed-and-breakfast into a destination-wedding spot is made even harder by a troublesome bride whose life may be in danger. Read full book review >
DEATH AMONG RUBIES by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Though its stereotypes and set pieces are sometimes presented with a heavy hand, Koreto's second case for his titled heroine (Death on the Sapphire, 2016) is devilishly clever and written with unmistakable verve."
A suffragette sleuth solves a baffling murder, to the chagrin of Scotland Yard. Read full book review >

THE LOST BOY by Camilla Läckberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The resolute avoidance of anything that smacks of exposition slows the pace to a crawl and makes it hard to sift the wheat from the chaff but also gives this glum tale a certain majesty."
Under all the massive weight of circumstance and suffering, the latest case for the sorely tried Tanumshede police is a tale of mothers and their children. Read full book review >
EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER by Karen Lee Street
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A bit like the newly imagined Sherlock Holmes movies: a dose of drama, a dash of darkness, and a little bit of humor ultimately liven up the journey."
1840: Edgar Allan Poe and Auguste Dupin race to uncover the truth about a violent scandal involving Poe's actor grandparents and a notorious London criminal in Street's debut novel. Read full book review >
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A pleasant reminder of golden-age mysteries that keep you guessing until the denouement."
A cousin's call for help seriously complicates a wealthy society sleuth's holiday. Read full book review >
SOUTH VILLAGE by Rob Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Hart takes a good deal off the intensity of his hero's first two adventures. The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable but never exactly compelling."
Sometime detective Ash McKenna, not exactly on the run but once again headed away from stuff rather than toward it, finds that you really can't go home again if your home is a Georgia commune. Read full book review >
PRECIOUS AND GRACE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront."
Three new problems, only one involving an actual client, for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >
A MEMORY OF MUSKETS by Kathleen Ernst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"Veteran Ernst (Death on the Prairie, 2015, etc.) provides a new perspective on the Civil War woven together with a compelling mystery."
The strange atmosphere in an old cabin almost ruins a relationship. Read full book review >
Winter Rage by Charles McRaven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A sweeping, suspenseful murder tale that offers enough atmosphere, subplots, and vibrant secondary characters to make readers enjoy the leisurely pace."
A feud between the Mabry and Millard families in Ridgeway, Arkansas, leads to three murders, with consequences that haunt two families for five decades 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 >