Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

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discovery: not a new novel about Bertha Cool and Donald Lam but their second adventure, originally written in 1939 but unpublished till now.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 >
WHO WATCHETH  by Helene Tursten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Proficient, unexceptionable work for readers who haven't had enough of self-righteous serial killers targeting helpless women beneath Nordic skies."
Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit sets its sights on a killer who takes an unusually retributive view toward sins of the flesh. Read full book review >

THE GENTLEMAN FROM JAPAN by James Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sixth outing for Church's wise inspector creates an intriguing synergy, with many insights into international culture and a complex plot."
A Chinese State Security officer follows a tantalizing trail to neutralize a devastating menace. Read full book review >
OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This wayward and entertaining mystery has the grace of a heroine on the verge of coming into her own as a character whom readers will want to spend time with."
A fatal car crash leads to information about a cold murder case in the fourth DCI Karen Pirie mystery. Read full book review >
PLAID AND PLAGIARISM by Molly MacRae
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This series kickoff from MacRae (Wilder Rumors, 2007, etc.) is chock-full of intriguing characters and Highland charm. Maybe a little too full: it could have done with some judicious pruning."
Four ladies who've purchased a bookshop in the Scottish Highlands find murder messing up their plans. Read full book review >
A DECLINE IN PROPHETS  by Sulari Gentill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A delightful period piece."
A wealthy, bohemian Australian artist is forced to become an amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
LIES OF THE LAND by Chris Dolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan's very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter's Field (2015)."
The murder of a prominent Scottish lawyer reopens an old case and new wounds. Read full book review >
ESCAPE TO HAVANA by Nick Wilkshire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A bit of romance, a bit of gentle humor, several bits of official corruption and drug-related violence, and a chance for the mild-mannered hero to rise to an impossible challenge. It doesn't hold together any better than this summary suggests, but individual bites are tasty enough."
Wilkshire (Thin Ice, 2014, etc.) kicks off a new series by packing middle-aged pencil-pusher Charlie Hillier off to Havana as the Canadian Embassy's new Management Consular Officer. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE TRUTH by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The detection is labored, but the family of suspects is memorably monstrous, and Holt (No Echo, 2016, etc.) even finds time for a welcome and touching Christmas miracle. Ho, ho, ho."
Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen rings in the most wonderful time of the year by investigating a murderous assault on the clan connected with an Oslo shipping company. 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 >