Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, pivots from dognapping (Field of Prey, 2014, etc.) to a catnapping whose victims are really big cats. Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing."
A sheltered young woman comes out of her cocoon—and her transformation ends with murder. Read full book review >

UNRAVELED by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Despite the high body count and obligatory peeks inside the killer's mind, both mystery and suspense are subordinated to a leisurely survey of the locals, whose numbers seem only to increase as they're killed off."
A sixth journey back in time to Center Springs, Texas, in 1968 reveals a family feud ready to claim more victims. Read full book review >
A SPRING BETRAYAL  by Tom Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"After an effective noir opening, Callaghan's second thriller apes the blunt men's action novels of the 1970s and '80s. But the provocative chemistry between the hero and his scorned lover-turned-sidekick keeps that action interesting."
A grisly multiple murder cuts close to the bone for a dogged maverick detective. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE CHERWELL by Mavis Doriel Hay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Light on puzzle and detection, this reprint of Hay's 1935 tale is probably of greatest interest as a historical totem."
Four high-spirited undergrads investigate the death of their school's bursar. Read full book review >

THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Characteristically well plotted, with plenty of complex characters to enjoy."
A series of murders in a rural area has the neighbors on edge. Read full book review >
FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Nicci French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"French's strikingly mature prose purrs along as smoothly as ever, but the mystery is a mess from beginning to end, and the heroine's tough/imperiled shtick is beginning to wear thin. For loyalists only."
Can psychotherapist Frieda Klein possibly get in any worse with the members of London's Metropolitan Police whose patience with her has already worn thin? Yes, she can—when the evidence marks her as a murderer. Read full book review >
A MURDER FOR MAX by John Lawrence Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The latest entry in the Rapid Reads series is a neat little mystery Reynolds (Beach Strip, 2012) and his intrepid heroine wrap up within a single day."
A small-town police chief is determined to solve a murder without help from the big boys. Read full book review >
FIREWALK by Chris Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Roberson's expertise as a television and comic-book writer adds a cinematic flair to his story, though readers expecting a resolution will have to wait for later series entries."
Two investigators struggle to understand the effects of a new drug on Recondito residents. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 by Elizabeth George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There isn't enough Xanax in anyone's medicine cabinet to calm the jitters these 20 skillful stories will unleash on a worried world."
Turning away from the spooky and toward the psychologically fraught, the latest edition of this venerable series offers variations on themes that may well be uppermost in Americans' minds. Read full book review >
A MOST EXTRAORDINARY PURSUIT by Juliana Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Surprisingly little happens, and even less is explained. The lack of closure doubtless signals the next installment in the series (The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match, 2016)."
Forced to join a search for a noble heir, a secretary with impeccable character refuses to let herself be dragged into dishonor by the man she's meant to assist. Read full book review >
INCENSED  by Ed Lin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers who go the distance, recognizing Lin's greater interest in worldbuilding than storytelling, will be rewarded, as in Ghost Month (2014), with a richly detailed insider's tour of contemporary Taiwan."
Chen Jing-nan is reunited with his uncle, colorful Taiwanese gangster Big Eye, just in time to get saddled with an impossible task. 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 >