Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER by Parnell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"The Puzzle Lady, who seems to improve with each new adventure (Presumed Puzzled, 2016, etc.), spreads red herrings with reckless abandon this time out."
A loyal Yankees fan does everything in her power to save the wife of a promising pitcher from a murder charge. Read full book review >
SCHEDULED TO DEATH by Mary Feliz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An engaging but not complex mystery that moves forward quickly with freshness, a few surprises, and a couple of real scares."
In this California-based cozy, a professional organizer sorts through suspects in the mysterious death of a client's fiancee. Read full book review >

TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."
A Pennsylvania police officer digs deep, then still deeper, into the mystery of an inexplicably slaughtered family. Read full book review >
A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Although Raybourn's wit and whimsy veer dangerously close to the twee, you have to admire her self-sufficient heroine, who divides her attention so comfortably between lepidoptery and Victorian sexcapades."
An unconventional 19th-century sleuth and her equally eccentric sidekick uncover dark secrets of the upper class in this sequel to A Curious Beginning (2015). Read full book review >
THE RIPPER'S SHADOW by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Rowland, author of the long-running Sano Ichiro mystery series (The Iris Fan, 2014, etc.), has assembled an appealingly ragtag collection of amateur sleuths and keeps suspense high."
An intrepid female photographer tracks the serial killer of the (19th) century. Read full book review >

KILLING ADONIS by J.M.  Donellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A most unusual mystery, indeed."
A nurse is hired to care for a comatose patient. Read full book review >
AN UNSETTLING CRIME FOR SAMUEL CRADDOCK by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A favorite of fans who like their police procedurals with a strong ethical center, Shames provides the back story of a Southern cop caught between his job and his culture."
A fire on the wrong side of the tracks starts an investigation that digs as deeply into the crime as it does into the people surrounding it. Read full book review >
THE EDIT by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Jones (A Matter of Breeding, 2014, etc.) brings deliciously dark humor to his psychological thriller, a worthy cousin to John Fowles' classic The Collector."
A Nazi war criminal who fled his homeland shares his story with a young journalist he's kidnapped. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >