Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An old-fashioned but steadily absorbing account of a decent man's descent into corruption and murder. One of Crofts' best."
Crofts (1897-1957), best known for breaking airtight alibis often involving English railroads, tries his hand at an inverted detective story whose killer is known from the beginning and never hops aboard a train. Read full book review >
THE PROUD SINNER by Priscilla Royal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Royal's 13th medieval murder (Land of Shadows, 2016, etc.) takes a page from The Mousetrap, forcing the detective to think outside the box imprisoning her and her suspects."
A medieval prioress with a talent for solving murders suddenly has far too many for comfort. Read full book review >

DESERT VENGEANCE  by Betty Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Webb, no stranger to hot-button issues (Desert Wind, 2012, etc.), takes on child molestation in a page-turner that presents both her flawed heroine and the reader with plenty of challenges to their moral codes."
An Arizona private detective who survived a childhood from hell becomes a suspect in the death of her abusers. Read full book review >
COPPER KETTLE by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Though this sort-of prequel to Ramsay's Ike Schwartz series (The Vulture, 2015, etc.) isn't much of a mystery, it's memorable for its powerful portrayal of the difficult lives of proud but poorly educated people too set in their ways to change."
A decorated World War I veteran returns to Buffalo Mountain, Virginia, dissatisfied with the life he finds there after he's seen Gay Paree and a whole lot more. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU BREAK by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"'Knowledge of the dead changes nothing,' announces the shop-soiled hero in resignation. Maybe not, but it does add a soulful depth to his investigation while readers wait for his two cases to collide."
Two new cases threaten to break an unofficial Long Island private eye who really doesn't need to be broken. Read full book review >

CRUEL MERCY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"To call Mark's novels (Taking Pity, 2015, etc.) police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet."
A British policeman blunders into gang warfare and worse in New York City. Read full book review >
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee  de Hahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A well-constructed mystery that will leave readers pleasantly anticipating a sequel."
Inspector Agnes Lüthi investigates a violent death among the Swiss aristocracy in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive."
A married couple of London detectives investigates parallel cases of murder and corruption. Read full book review >
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A dark, creepy story."
The police investigation of a kidnapping in a small, off-the-grid town is complicated by the suspicion that the rescued victim is perpetrating a hoax. Read full book review >
SNOWED IN WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Wallace (Pumpkin Picking with Murder, 2016, etc.) tries to strike her usual playful tone, but this entry comes across as juvenile and disorganized."
A woman who's returned home to win back her ex finds herself snowed in on an island with a rich family whose members seem intent on destroying each other. Read full book review >
TELL ME NO LIES by Lynn Chandler Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The first in Willis' planned series mixes murder and romance with enough suspects to keep you guessing."
A widowed newspaper publisher's life falls apart when she finds a murder victim. Read full book review >
COMPROMISED by James R. Scarantino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"Scarantino's tireless heroine, who laments, 'New Mexico, I love you…Goddamn, why make it so hard?' is definitely progressing in making her hometown fit for human beings, but there's plenty of work left for the next installment."
Detective Denise Aragon returns for another caustic round of cleaning Santa Fe's reeking streets and courthouses. 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 >