Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

BURIED IN THE COUNTRY by Carola Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Ideal for those on a walking tour of Cornwall or anyone looking for a twist or two on the familiar cozy formula."
Intrigue comes to 1960s Cornwall in this fourth case for the sensible, keenly observant widow Eleanor Trewynn (The Valley of the Shadow, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
ILL MET BY MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Duncan's second Catskills mystery (Untimely Death, 2015, etc.) is a delightful cozy with plenty of interesting characters and a touch of midlife romance."
A Shakespeare play, a pre-wedding party, and a murder are all in a day's work for a clever costume mistress in upstate New York. Read full book review >

TIME OF DEATH by Lucy Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An accomplished debut that combines mystery, medicine, family angst, and a touch of romance."
A nurse's visit to her hometown quickly lands her in trouble. Read full book review >
FORGOTTEN CITY by Carrie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Readers familiar with the genre will easily be able to solve the mystery in Smith's story, but the quick-moving plot keeps it enjoyable."
A cancer survivor fights to stay healthy while trying to keep her job as one of New York's best detectives. Read full book review >
CURRIED AWAY by Gail Oust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Oust takes some pretty ordinary ingredients and lets her spicy heroine give them just a little more bite."
Mayhem erupts in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, when the director of a community theater production is found strangled. Read full book review >

THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"The detectives are stalwart stock characters of interwar Britain, but the setting of this cozy thriller is vividly detailed and full of creeping menace."
Dandy Gilver and her gentleman sidekick, Alec Osborne, take to the wintry coast of Scotland in their fifth investigation (A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
DON'T TELL ANYONE by Eleanor Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"Although the protagonist's misery is understandable, it's still a relief when she finally starts rising above it. If only she could do the same with the awkward plot."
A British art historian tries to prove the innocence of a young man she has every right to hate in this genre debut from hitherto pseudonymous Gray. Read full book review >
COVER ME IN DARKNESS by Eileen Rendahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"Unlikely allies drive a story in which Rendahl (Dead Letter Day, 2013, etc.) never lets her heroine escape her past."
A woman trying to lead a normal life after fleeing a cult is dragged back to investigate when her mother suddenly kills herself. Read full book review >
THE LAKE DISTRICT MURDER by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Period reticence apart, the most notable impression this old-school procedural leaves is how remarkably little the formula has changed over the years."
Poisoned Pen follows its recent publication of Bude's first novel (The Cornish Coast Murder) by reprinting his second, which was first published, like its predecessor, in 1935 and marks the debut of his doughty series detective, Inspector Meredith. Read full book review >
THE KNIFE SLIPPED by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"For all its pulpy limitations, this road not taken is worth reading if only for its heroine's hard-boiled wisdom: 'You can't have understanding without empathy, and you can't have empathy without losing money.'"
A remarkable discovery: not a new novel about Bertha Cool and Donald Lam but their second adventure, originally written in 1939 but unpublished till now. Read full book review >
BRAZEN by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Middling, highly proficient work from a pro who makes a virtue of economy by getting every chapter, scene, and sentence to pull its weight and then some."
Who says blondes have more fun? Certainly not the three women who are killed in unnervingly precise restagings of the death scenes of real-life Hollywood blondes. Read full book review >
THE CHOSEN by Kristina Ohlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Warning to the squeamish: things turn out much worse than you could have expected. In retrospect, it's hard to see how it could have been otherwise."
A series of horrific crimes against Stockholm's Jewish community has its roots in the Holy Land, which has never seemed less holy than it does here. 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 >