Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE BID by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"Much of the pleasure in reading this tangled yarn from the prolific Magson (Hard Cover, 2016, etc.) comes from putting the pieces together along with his pair of sleuths. Though the story unfolds predictably, they have nice chemistry and banter with aplomb."
With the stakes high and time running out, two security experts try to piece together the last hours of a missing client. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER by Donis Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The mystery comes in second (or maybe third) to history lessons and paeans to traditional American values in this folksy tale of small towns and big hearts."
Hardworking farm wife Alafair Tucker unravels more mysterious deaths among her Oklahoma neighbors (All Men Fear Me, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

MYSTERY IN THE CHANNEL by Freeman Wills Crofts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Veterans of golden-age whodunits will know that no one reads Crofts for his prose or his people. But the plot itself is watertight, if not exactly abounding in surprises, and the detection has dated surprisingly little."
A yacht adrift in the English Channel whose only passengers are two dead men poses a challenge for Scotland Yard's Inspector Joseph French in this reprint of a tale first published in 1931. Read full book review >
CRIMSON SNOW by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Just the thing for readers who crave a retreat from their own rounds of obligatory social events and a rationale assuring them that attending Christmas parties can provide quite a shock to other people's systems."
Indefatigable author/editor Edwards (Serpents in Eden, 2016, etc.), diving once more into the past, dusts off 11 mostly forgotten seasonal reprints from the golden age of the detective story. Read full book review >
KILLING ADONIS by J.M.  Donellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A most unusual mystery, indeed."
A nurse is hired to care for a comatose patient. Read full book review >

THE DEATH OF KINGS by Rennie Airth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The fifth in Airth's series (The Reckoning, 2014, etc.) is an intelligent character study conducted at a crawl. The hero's fans will find him as thoughtful and principled as ever, but lovers of heart-pounding whodunits should look elsewhere."
Two ex-detectives' persistence throws new light on an old murder in postwar England. Read full book review >
AN UNSETTLING CRIME FOR SAMUEL CRADDOCK by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A favorite of fans who like their police procedurals with a strong ethical center, Shames provides the back story of a Southern cop caught between his job and his culture."
A fire on the wrong side of the tracks starts an investigation that digs as deeply into the crime as it does into the people surrounding it. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS LADIES AFFAIR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The husband-and-wife authors (The Plague of Thieves Affair, 2016, etc.) manage the double plot with professional dexterity. Sadly, though, each of the separate cases peaks around the halfway point before ingenuity and interest fade. And shouldn't the title really be The Dangerous Ladies Affairs?"
The intrepid partners in Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, land a pair of cases that both begin with adulterous affairs but take them in very different directions. Read full book review >
NASTY CUTTER by Tim O'Mara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A child could see where many of these complications are going, but the ex-cop hero takes quite a bit longer. Maybe the NYPD didn't lose such a great investigator with his departure after all."
A fourth demonstration that even if you take Raymond Donne out of the NYPD, you can't take him out of the criminal action in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Read full book review >
THE HERETIC'S CREED by Fiona Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Buckley's storied heroine (A Perilous Alliance, 2015, etc.) has all too little chance to prove herself in her 14th adventure: too many of the critical scenes are either narrated to her or take place offstage."
A spy in skirts serves in Her Majesty's secret service, Tudor style. Read full book review >
A RUSTLE OF SILK by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Although this series debut would have benefited from more showing and less telling, a thoughtful hero and a likable supporting cast make a promising beginning."
A country physician untangles a web of deadly crime in Jacobean England. Read full book review >
QUICK OFF THE MARK  by Susan Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Moody (Quick and the Dead, 2016, etc.), who can't seem to make up her mind whether to be cozy or gritty, alternates actual wit with adolescent jokes and a parade of sliced-and-diced corpses."
An ex-detective resumes sleuthing in the grisly death of a childhood friend. 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 >