Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"This first installment in Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series, now published in the U.S. for the first time, offers abundant evidence why the police-detective heroine, physically unattractive but extremely clever, and her meticulously plotted adventures (The Moth Catcher, 2016, etc.) have made such a splash in bookstores and in the TV series Vera."
A British environmental survey suddenly turns dangerous when several deaths occur. Read full book review >
OLD BONES by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Dispensing with anything like conventional exposition, Boyce lunges at the caldron of Atlanta racial/sexual/institutional politics as if she can't wait to tear the lid off. Readers prepared for the deep dive will find themselves enlightened, sobered, and maybe even cautiously uplifted by the heroine's reckless courage."
A second staccato tour of Atlanta's darkest corners for rookie Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt. Read full book review >

THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN by Burt Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book is billed as 'A John Hay Mystery,' indicating that there may be more to come. Solomon (Where They Ain't, 2000, etc.) depicts the scores of people around Lincoln with vigor and authority. His middling mystery is a passable MacGuffin for his rich historical offering."
Disturbing questions arise after the tragic death of Abraham Lincoln's beloved son, Willie. Could it possibly be…? Read full book review >
FACIALS CAN BE FATAL by Nancy J. Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Routine poke-your-nose-where-it-doesn't-belong fare, with results as expected."
The death of a philanthropist has Florida salon owner Marla Vail tearing her hair out. Read full book review >
THE BOGUS BONDSMAN by Paul Colt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"Colt's elderly male Scheherazade keeps the formulaic story—one near miss after another—moving smartly along from bank to bank. Even non-Western fans who pick this one up by mistake will be beguiled."
1878. A Pinkerton operative signs on with a rival concern just in time to catch a case that will pit him against a resourceful gang of swindlers—and one of his former Pinkerton colleagues. Read full book review >

THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL by Charlie Lovett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor."
He's a book-loving Brit who's skeptical about modernity; she's a tech-savvy Yank who talks too much. Is it possible this unlikely pair of "Grail buddies" could forge a meeting of minds—and even hearts—while tracking down one of the world's most revered treasures? Read full book review >
THE WRONG DEAD GUY  by Richard Kadrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A goofy, flamboyant, and breathless horror adventure by one of the genre's sharpest creators."
Supernatural agent "Coop" Cooper returns in an overstuffed, hyperkinetic sequel to The Everything Box (2016). Read full book review >
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The intricately linked plotlines will appeal to puzzle fans. But it's Brekke's prodigious powers of invention, his ability to keep coming up with unforgettable characters and indelible episodes, that lift this above his own earlier work and most of the heavy Nordic competition."
Forgoing the historical excursions that tangled the first two cases of Trondheim's Inspector Odd Singsaker (Dreamless, 2015, etc.), Brekke mingles the immediate past, present, and future to produce an even more tangled, but deeply rewarding, tale. Read full book review >
THE THIRD HELL by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Both the tale and the landscape against which it unfolds are so glum that the glimpse of promised happiness at the end is almost too much to bear."
Dial takes a break from her six tours of La-La-Land's mean streets with Detective Josie Corsino (Set the Night on Fire, 2016, etc.) for an even deeper descent into the city's dark side as a retired LAPD detective searches frantically for his 13-year-old son. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Frank Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A bundle of loose ends dulls the impact of what begins as a brisk and unusual puzzler."
DCI Neil Paget (Night Fall, 2012, etc.) leads his team into an increasingly murky investigation of a matter that may not even be criminal. Read full book review >
BEST SERVED COLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Despite the high body count, Cooper's newest (Countdown, 2014, etc.) is loaded with sly humor, delightfully awkward characters, and a surprising denouement."
The sheriff's department of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is under attack. Read full book review >
VERY IMPORTANT CORPSES by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Green (Dead Man Walking, 2016, etc.) presents a lightweight mystery featuring incoherent worldbuilding, pathetically childish attempts at machismo, and a glaringly obvious solution. Juvenile schlock."
Ishmael Jones, a space alien who never ages and whose secret weapon for solving problems is punching, investigates brutal, potentially supernatural attacks in an isolated Scottish manor house. 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 >