Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >

DEATH NOTES by Sarah Rayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"Rayne, author of the Nell West haunted house books (The Bell Tower, 2016, etc.), kicks off an ambitious new series. The complicated plot may be challenging for readers, but her atmospheric prose and sure-footed instinct for suspense add up to another page-turner."
In investigating the life of a notorious 19th-century Russian violinist, a researcher stumbles on a tangle of disturbing mysteries. Read full book review >
THE MURDER BOOK by Jane A. Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"The creator of Naomi Blake (A Murderous Mind, 2016, etc.) and Rina Martin (Forgotten Voices, 2015, etc.) launches a new series with a pair of murder specialists who are worthy additions to the world of period detection."
A murder detective from London stalks a killer in rural Lincolnshire. Read full book review >
A PINCH OF POISON by Alyssa Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Colorful information on the postwar period is combined with plenty of suspects, all neatly wrapped up in the style of a classic mystery."
A titled lady and her maid work to solve a murder at a girls' school. Read full book review >
BELL, BOOK & CANDLEMAS by Jennifer David Hesse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Half mystery, half chick lit, with a filigree of paganism, this is a cabin read: as lightly enjoyable yet forgettable as one of those beach reads, but in a wintry, woodsy setting."
Practicing attorney and Wiccan Keli Milanni (Midsummer Night's Mischief, 2016) investigates threats against the local magic shop at her own peril. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE PATAGONIAN EXPRESS by Hy Conrad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"TV writer/producer Conrad provides mild mother-daughter tussling, an ingenious and highly improbable mystery, and suspects so forgettable that the culprit is even easier to spot than that telltale corpse."
A mother-daughter team of travel experts is invited on a luxury train trip across Patagonia during which Murphy's law reigns supreme. Read full book review >
CUSTOM BAKED MURDER  by Liz Mugavero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A trimmer plotline might help Mugavero's future entries, but in this one, the tail definitely wags the dog."
A baker of doggie treats turns detective. Read full book review >
DEATH AT ST. VEDAST by Mary Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Although the novel may be freighted with too much research for its own good, its no-nonsense heroine (Death of an Alchemist, 2016, etc.), like so many others of her ilk, propels the action very successfully by refusing to mind her own business."
Madness and death follow in quick order in 16th-century England. 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 >