Judy Clemens

Judy Clemens' books in several mystery genres include the Agatha- and Anthony-nominated Stella Crown Mysteries. Her most recent book is Beyond the Grave (Poisoned Pen Press, 2018), the fifth in the Grim Reaper Mystery Series. She also wrote the standalone Lost Sons (Herald Press 2008), as well as the Agatha- and Anthony-nominated YA thriller Tag, You’re Dead (Poisoned Pen Press, 2016), which was published under the pen name J.C. Lane and translated into Turkish (Bilgi, 2018).

She is a playwright and essayist, with short stories in multiple publications, including Bound by Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press, 2017). She is a past-president and active member of Sisters in Crime, whose mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.” She is also an active member of Mystery Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Ms. Clemens has a degree in theater and has worked as an Equity stage manager, mostly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She now lives in a century-old farmhouse in rural Ohio, where she bakes, goes for runs, and attends many soccer games. She enjoys reading, vacationing in Wildwood, New Jersey, attending Grace Mennonite Church, and spending time with her family.

Book Reviews by Judy Clemens

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“emotional, heartfelt, and moving. Lia and the people in her life are relatable and loving.

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“Past Perfect Life is gripping, touching, and raw. . . . Highly recommended for teens, and any adult who enjoys a well-drawn story.”

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“dark and violent, while also beautiful. The protagonist is a young teen, but the themes are harsh and painful. The fantasy aspects allow the darkness to come to life . . .”

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“does not try to say exactly what is right and wrong in how we view the world, but shows that to every answer there is a question.

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“funny, touching, and thought-provoking. Izzy is likeable and real, while the story studies both her good characteristics and her flaws.

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“Ordinary Girls is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys smart writing, clever storytelling, and interesting, lovable characters.”

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“Dessen gets it right yet again with her trademark lovable and interesting characters.

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“Virtually Yours is a fun book with diverse characters, questions that plague many teens, and the separate worlds of home and college.”

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“Sorry for Your Loss is a beautiful, sad, humorous book that traverses the deep and debilitating world of sorrow.”

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“Again, but Better is a fun idea. Who doesn’t like a love story with time travel and a chance to do things over again—and do them the right way?”

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“The Missing Season is a creepy read, thrilling, fast-paced, and spooky. . . . There is much to entertain, and much to send shivers up your spine. . .

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“Those who have been waiting a long time for this new addition to the Shadowhunters series will be thrilled with the story brought to them by Clare and Chu.”

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“This book will appeal to teens—or adults—who like dark murder mysteries with just a touch of supernatural terror.”

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“Anyone looking for a deep, thoughtful story about love and life and coming of age will enjoy the relationships, the search, and the lovely magic that may or may not be a part of every pers

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“Four Dead Queens is entertaining from start to finish.”

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“Un-su Kim takes us on a ride, but a ride with both action and contemplation. Highly recommended.”

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“Snow weaves her way around so many complex issues that teenagers face, and does it with kindness and a sense of love for what teens deal with.”

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When 15-year-old Jackie Stone’s father is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it sends her into a tailspin. Her father is her world.

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“The characters are well-drawn and compelling, the story dark and disturbing, but also redeeming.

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“Harper’s writing is beautiful and descriptive.

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“The Unteachables is a lively, feel-good book.”

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“Tursten’s writing is witty and sharp, humorous and edgy. The stories read quickly and easily . . .”

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“Pandian paints a lovely picture of relationships throughout the book’s mystery of greed and violence.”

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“Teens who are feeling out of place, struggling to find their place in a new school, wondering where they want to go to college, or dealing with dating issues should find the book both fun

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“the story is one of love, trust, and risk—all three of which must be found in order to make life work in all its messiness.

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“This book is a study, a narrative, a poem of what life means when you have to deal with the guilt and the pain of being a survivor. . .