Beth Kanell

Beth Kanell writes in northeastern Vermont, among mountain, rivers, and occasional bears and skunks and eagles. She reads, reviews, and writes mysteries, wider fiction, American history, and poetry, hikes the back roads and mountains, and digs into Vermont history to frame her “history-hinged” adventure novels: The Long Shadow, The Darkness Under the Water, The Secret Room, and Cold Midnight.

Find her essays in national magazines such as Lilith, and at Medium.com, with short items in Yankee, Grit, the New York Times, and more. Her poems scatter among regional publications and online. She shares her research and writing process at BethKanell.blogspot.com. Find connections there to her other online writing as well.

Book Reviews by Beth Kanell

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Who would guess that a time-turning fantasy twist could be braided into a grim and edgy mystery, ending up with one of the most complex, suspenseful, and original page turners of the season?

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How marvelous to have Charles Todd set the tenth Bess Crawford mystery in Wales, the least written about part of the British Isles.

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Whether it’s God or fate or karma or randomness, how should we respond when life skewers us with loss and cruel reshaping of dreams into walking nightmares?

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Spies, enemies, and friends with mixed motives: good thing investigator Billy Boyle has his close friends Kaz and Big Mike with him in Normandy, France, in July 1944, because that may be the only l

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Norwegian author Gunnar Staalesen just entered his seventies, and his crime novels date back to when he was 22. Still, he’s not well known in the US because of the lag in translation.

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The first chapter of Not Her Daughter is taut, intense, gripping—and by the end of its handful of pages, it’s clear the speaker, entrepreneur and CEO Sarah Walker, has taken someone else’s

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British author Sandie Jones brings out her debut crime novel The Other Woman as one of the creepiest “fall in love and step into danger” books ever.

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A debut thriller is always an adventure—has the author been secretly practicing the craft of tight, suspenseful writing, so that the plot will make sense, the pace will force the pages to turn, and

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“Closer to a Jeffery Deaver manhunt emotionally, than to Nordic noir, Manning’s debut crime novel is a keeper.”

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Young professor Jonah Baum teaches transcendental poetry and Gothic literature at a small Vermont college.