Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

YOU CAN RUN by Steve Mosby
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma guaranteed to play havoc with both your brain cells and your heartbeat."
A troubled cop, an even more troubled novelist, and a serial killer go 15 feverish rounds. Read full book review >
DARK ECHOES OF THE PAST by Ramón Díaz Eterovic
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Heredia is an iconic figure in Chilean crime fiction, the subject of graphic novels and a TV series, and one hopes his U.S. debut will be followed by many more outings."
The first of Chilean crime novelist Eterovic's books to be translated into English features a hard-nosed PI named Heredia investigating a crime whose roots lie in the political kidnappings and torture of the Pinochet regime four decades ago. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Koreto's third period mystery, beautifully appointed and written with measured authority, reads uncannily like a reprinting of an authentic novel from the early 20th century."
A noblewoman and sometime sleuth helps a distraught mother learn the truth about her beloved daughter, who vanished back in 1875. Read full book review >
BLOOD BUSINESS by Joshua Viola
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Two sharp, distinctive, and complementary clusters of stories."
Editors Acevedo (University of Doom, 2017, etc.) and Viola (Blackstar, 2015, etc.) offer an anthology of noirish tales exploring the dark recesses of both real and supernatural worlds. Read full book review >
HIRED MAN by Mark Beyer
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rock-solid premise produces an enthralling plot and characters."
A good Samaritan comes to the aid of a dying man, who writes him a check with six zeroes in return for a favor in Beyer's debut mystery. Read full book review >

HIGH DESERT HIGH by Steven  Schindler
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sublimely unusual tale of a man's dementia or, perhaps, his awakening."
A newly retired NYPD cop moves to the California desert and experiences culture shock—with hippies and UFO sightings that may be driving him crazy—in this mystery. Read full book review >
THE KILL CIRCLE by David Freed
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Freed's mostly formulaic thriller, the sixth in this series, is best in its one-on-one scenes and observations of modern life."
One accidentally killed CIA analyst is a tragedy. Two accidentally killed CIA agents is a job for Cordell Logan. Read full book review >
DARK NETWORK by James McCrone
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A rousing and provocative political thriller, though the labyrinthine plot can make for an arduous read."
The FBI races to uncover a complex conspiracy to hijack a presidential election. Read full book review >
THE AU PAIR by Anna Dowdall
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A well-crafted Gothic suspense story with an engaging heroine."
An aspiring private investigator uncovers a mystery when she takes a job as an au pair. Read full book review >
RACE TO JUDGMENT by Frederic  Block
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A relentlessly paced legal drama that ably chronicles a city's past racial tensions."
A historical novel dramatizes a defense attorney's perilous stand against judicial corruption in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
ONE PERSON WILL KNOW by Mary Watson Webber
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"An often entertaining, fast-moving crime tale featuring a brave and bright child protagonist."
A small-town story of murder and blackmail that centers on a young girl. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"This novel's dazzling setting, meticulous plotting, and entertaining characters make for a pleasant voyage with danger at every port."
Marie (The Single Shoe Mystery, 2014, etc.) and debut author JHC's series mystery follows a yachting family from Canada to the British Virgin Islands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >