Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

SECRETS AND SHAMROCKS  by Phyllis Gobbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"The second in Gobbell's travel series is filled with delightful descriptions of Ireland and offbeat characters, though some judicious pruning could have kept the story moving more smartly along."
A visit to the verdant Irish countryside is marred by murder. Read full book review >
MARRY IN HASTE  by Susan Van Kirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"Van Kirk (Three May Keep a Secret, 2014, etc.) balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection."
A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Read full book review >

A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR DIAMONDS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Even though the privileged status of her leads may be hard to take, Chase, who's already published as Julie Anne Lindsey (A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice, 2016, etc.), puts her experience to good use in this well-crafted series kickoff."
Returning to New Orleans signally fails to make life easier for the owner of a pet boutique accused of killing a man she's never met. Read full book review >
DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Once the murder is connected to the Nazis, everyone becomes a potential suspect—except, of course, Hunt's improbably virtuous hero, whom readers are likely to either love or loathe."
A Mormon police officer's beliefs about good and evil are tested when the murder of a race car driver appears related to the rising Nazi party. Read full book review >

WHEN SHE'S GONE by Jane Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A straightforward, fast-paced series kickoff in which character development is limited to whatever qualities most directly drive the plot."
Is the mysterious past of a wealthy family's bodyguard behind the kidnapping of their teenage daughter? Read full book review >
THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU by Neil S.  Plakcy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Not every thread here is equally successful; it's Plakcy's characters, not his plot, that charm."
A rookie FBI agent is determined to show his worth when he's tapped for his very personal connections to Fort Lauderdale's gay community. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Fleet, conscientious, and utterly true to its carefully wrought formula."
Laurie Moran and the staff of Under Suspicion reopen a cold case almost everyone else is convinced was closed tight 15 years ago. Read full book review >
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE EISENDORF ENIGMA by Larry Millett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"Millett (The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes, 2012, etc.) offers a novel Holmes: out of his urban element and uncharacteristically (and not always convincingly) caught up in the vagaries of the human heart. Even the flashbacks to Munich can't redeem the American Gothic flavor of this pastiche."
A trip to the Mayo Clinic plunges the famed sleuth into an adventure as perilous as the Reichenbach Falls. Read full book review >
STOPPING INJUSTICE by Diana Taylor Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A vivid and earnest story about the terrible ways children can be violated that lacks fully developed characters."
A novel examines unspeakable crimes, consequences, and punishments affecting children and young teens in an Arizona barrio. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT OF MURDER  by C.S. Challinor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"The denouement is only the latest of many twists, turns, and surprises. One of Challinor's best."
No good-deed condolence call goes unpunished. Read full book review >
RHYTHM & CLUES  by Sue Ann Jaffarian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"More corpses surely lie in wait for the heroine of A Body to Spare (2015). But it's fun to see her ditzy niece share the spotlight this time around."
Odelia Grey temporarily surrenders her title as Corpse Magnet to her niece, Lorraine. 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 >