Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THREE SHOT BURST by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"The second in DePoy's new series (Cold Florida, 2016, etc.) is packed with humor, philosophical musings, fascinating characters, and his hero's palpable passion for his job."
An unlikely sleuth battles drug lords to rescue two sisters in big trouble. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS COOK by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Ace (The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, 2016, etc.) reveals too much too soon but still delivers a pleasant mélange with a garnish of death and danger."
An all-female Welsh detective agency takes on a case of reverse robbery. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's refreshing to see Holmes be Holmes. Fans and neophytes alike should cheer Faye's reinvigoration of Conan Doyle's hero and his panoramic world."
Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) adds two new stories to 13 she's previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. Read full book review >
FRACTURED FAMILIES by Charlotte Hinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Hinger does a wonderful job connecting a young boy's grim life with a horrific crime spree and the knotty problem of for-profit prisons."
The planned Northwestern Kansas regional police department is just coming to birth when its very first case puts the whole concept in jeopardy. Read full book review >
BURIALS by Mary Anna Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Evans' signature archaeological lore adds even more interest to this tale of love, hate, and greed."
An archaeologist picks up an unexpectedly mysterious job on a visit to her father-in-law. Read full book review >

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Obregon's full-bodied prose is by turns gritty and poetic, and it's consistently energetic. Given the terrific chemistry between the two lead detectives, here's hoping this debut novel kicks off a new series."
A tough Tokyo detective faces resistance in his new post as he faces off against a brutal and taunting serial killer. Read full book review >
THE THIRD SQUAD by V. Sanjay  Kumar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Kumar's (Virgin Gingelly, 2013, etc.) style, blunt but often by turns poetic and droll, is arresting even as his idiosyncratic plot roams far and wide, switching perspectives and pursuing twisty subplots with vigor. As unusual as it is compelling, this entry lays the groundwork for an entertaining series."
A melancholy cop's obsessions are just the tip of the iceberg as he leads a two-fisted team determined to clean up Mumbai's mean streets. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED GUN by Bradley Spinelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"'I keep meeting people who wind up dead,' aptly observes the narrator/hero, in a fair epitome of this retro pastiche's style. If you'd like more where that came from, Spinelli (Killing Williamsburg, 2013) is your man."
An unofficial San Francisco shamus whose tale is set in 1997 but whose heart is stuck in 1947 hunts for the world's most elusive missing person. Read full book review >
THE VIOLATED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Prozini's stand-alones are frequently less formulaic and more sensitive than his trademark Nameless Detective franchise (Zigzag, 2016, etc.). This one doesn't scale the heights of his finest work, but fans won't feel let down either."
Will the execution-style murder of a suspected rapist heal the wounds in a California town or tear them open even further? Read full book review >
OLD NEWS by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lot of conversations, some heavily salted with Yiddish, that mostly reveal the same consistent bad feelings toward the convicted killer. It's nice that the publication of So Big is about to make the real-life heroine (Cold Morning, 2016, etc.) a major literary star."
Edna Ferber's eighth case finds her on the cusp of fame—though little does she know it, since she's stuck back in Chicago with her imperious mother and a long-ago murder case. Read full book review >
POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON'T LOOK FRIENDLY by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"McKinty's hero is irreverent, charming, and mordantly, laugh-out-loud funny, and his eclectic personal soundtrack and bitter, pragmatic politics make for vivid period detail."
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Rain Dogs, 2016, etc.) tries to cut back on the smoking and do decent police work despite bombs, riots, and bureaucracy. Read full book review >
A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others."
A pair of suspicious suicides are linked to each other and to the "godforsaken rock" that irrevocably changed the victims' lives a decade ago. 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 >