Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

DEATH SHIP by Jim Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Kelly's regular cast of coppers, so thick on the ground that they outnumber the suspects, are overshadowed this time, with the emphasis on the shadows cast by some memorably sad souls only halfway motivated to survive their past sins."
The construction of a new seaside amusement pier brings out every activist in Hunstanton Beach—along with every officer in the West Norfolk Constabulary. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S LIES by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Even though the quietly courageous heroine acts a little more impulsively than usual, her sixth adventure is a worthy addition to the franchise."
A stop in a tavern for a simple nightcap leads a war worker into unexpected complexities. Read full book review >

RENTING SILENCE by Mary Miley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Despite an overburdened plot that still leaves one mystery unresolved, readers will welcome this third showcase for a valiant heroine with a shady past."
An amateur sleuth takes a nostalgic journey straight into danger to solve a Jazz Age murder. Read full book review >
FOOTPRINTS TO MURDER by Marcia Talley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"As Talley's 15th cozy reminds us once more, you can't take her genial heroine (Daughter of Ashes, 2015, etc.) anywhere without her stumbling into a different form of homicide."
A West Coast convention for Bigfoot believers takes a hairy turn. Read full book review >
DENNY'S LAW by Elizabeth Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Gunn (Noontime Follies, 2015, etc.) has produced an expert police procedural with plenty of quirks and twists that raise it well above the average."
A Tucson police detective catches a murder case that is anything but ordinary. Read full book review >

PET IN PERIL by Marie Celine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Although Celine keeps the killer hidden till the end, her scatterbrained heroine's antics become ever more trying in this day-at-the-beach cozy."
A pet chef leaves no mystery unsolved. Read full book review >
Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"In this crime tale, the author shows an imaginative knack for combining old-fashioned thrills with high-tech capers."
A New York City undercover detective investigates a gang that specializes in breaking into skyscrapers. Read full book review >
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A cozy replete with antiques lore, likable characters, and a more complex mystery than usual."
An antiques appraiser get scammed, gets mad, and gets even. Read full book review >
STORM RISING by Douglas Schofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Schofield continues the unlikely merger of hard-boiled and fantasy he launched in Time of Departure (2015, etc.). There's probably more here for detective fans than paranormal buffs but still enough for both camps."
A cop's widow tries to clear her late husband's name. Read full book review >
STORM CELL by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Though the plot eventually bogs down in details of civic malfeasance, nobody is better than DuBois at kicking his reluctant hero into action or at rooting every complication in something that feels disconcertingly like the normal rhythms of life outside the justice system."
His 10th case drives a deep wedge—make that several wedges—between former government research analyst Lewis Cole and his long-standing comrade in arms Felix Tinios. Read full book review >
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Eriksson's seventh (Black Lies, Red Blood, 2015, etc.) is full of twists, three-dimensional characters, quiet authority, and heart."
When a speeding car kills a young mother and daughter, complications indicate much more than a simple hit-and-run. Read full book review >
EXILES by Lawrence J. Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2016

"A flavorful Lost Generation-era confection with a promising protagonist."
A haunted American World War I veteran stumbles into a murder mystery among the 1920s Paris literary set in this first installment of a planned series. 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 >