Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A WILLING MURDER by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Fans of Deveraux and the cozy mystery genre will find common ground in this twisted tale of forgotten graves, small-town grudges, and new friends."
The mystery debut of bestselling romance author Deveraux (As You Wish, 2018, etc.) starts with an unhappily-ever-after—an unsolved murder. But its heroine, a romance novelist, has a better ending in mind. Read full book review >
ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI by Kerri Maniscalco
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A gripping mystery with a compelling heroine and just the right touch of romance (Mystery. 15-adult)"
In the winter of 1889, a luxury cruise liner leaves Liverpool, England, with a murderer on board. Read full book review >

THE BEAST OF KUKUYO by Kevin Jared Hosein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A heartbreaking, realistic tale filled with just the right amount of suspense. (Mystery. 14-adult)"
Ever since her mother's death, 15-year-old Arundhati "Rune" Mathura has lived with her brother and grandfather in her rural Trinidad village of Kukuyo. Read full book review >
LAST CALL by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"A familiar but action-packed whodunit."
A bar owner takes on the role of detective in the first installment of Kirsch's (The Big Job, 2018, etc.) new mystery series. Read full book review >
HAWKE'S DISCOVERY by Mark  Willen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2018

"An unhurried tale that makes its enthralling characters the biggest mystery of all."
A small-town journalist digs into an old assault case, in which the mayor's improper conduct may prove detrimental to her gubernatorial run, in this third installment of a series. Read full book review >

SHELTER COVE by Colin Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"A tightly written and thoroughly engaging crime tale."
This sixth installment of a series features the ongoing adventures of a British cop. Read full book review >
DEATH, UNCHARTERED by Dorothy Van Soest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2018

"A solid, engaging mystery with a timely plot."
The second novel in Van Soest's (At The Center, 2015, etc.) Sylvia Jensen Mystery Series reunites the recently former social worker with Native American investigative reporter J.B. Harrell, setting them on a quest to uncover the truth about the disappearance of a young boy in the Bronx almost four decades ago.Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF COMPASSION by A.B.  Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A well-thought-out legal drama, full of intrigue and duplicity."
Michaels (The Promise, 2016, etc.) offers a historical novel about a surgeon who's accused of murder after mysterious events at a medical clinic leave a man dead. Read full book review >
A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH by Alexa  Padgett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective."
A reverend in New Mexico tries her hand at sleuthing when a recent homicide shares similarities with her twin sister's unsolved murder in this mystery. Read full book review >
BLESSED BE THE WICKED by D.A. Bartley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Although the book's setting and subject material give it potential, the lackluster style keeps this off the must-read list."
As the lone detective in her small Mormon community, Abish "Abbie" Taylor must use her understanding of the faith she rejected when a religious leader is murdered. Read full book review >
AN ACCIDENTAL CORPSE by Helen A.  Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A refreshingly original reinvention of artistic history."
A work of historical fiction reimagines the death of iconic painter Jackson Pollock as a murder mystery. Read full book review >
THRILL GIRL by Jack  Curran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A well-crafted tale that, like Thrill Girl herself, is full of intrigue."
It is anything but a typical day on the job for a seasoned reporter when two sensational cases grip Los Angeles in this debut thriller. 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 >