Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kirkus Reviews on the Book Sense Picks for February

Earlier this month, Book Sense, the American Booksellers Association program, announced the February 2006 Book Sense Picks: 20 books that Dan Cullen, editor-in-chief of Book Sense Picks, called a "national staff picks presentation."

More than 1,200 independent bookstores will participate in the program, which Cullen said "was designed from the outset [to] give people flexibility and choice."

Four of these twenty books are mysteries; three were featured in the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books New Mystery Titles for January 2006; the fourth was included in the New Mystery Titles for February 2006.

Here is what Kirkus Reviews said about these mysteries:

Whale Season, by N. M. Kelby, is "deep-fried strangeness" with a "wacky, tacky premise: a Jesus-impersonating serial killer [who] rampages through Florida strip clubs and gator swamps."

Carved in Bone is "a neatly done mystery aimed straight at the CSI set. . . . Crime and science slug it out in this second book from writing team Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass."

"More of the same from [Carol] Goodman," in The Ghost Orchid: "Not half bad, not all that good."

"Inspired by the Baker Street genius, a Montana cowboy solves some murders at the cattle ranch where he works," in Steve Hockensmith’s Holmes on the Range:" a winning twist on a proven franchise."

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