Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

VANISHED by Nancy A.  Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2018

"An engrossing read that's built around a chilling premise."
In this final volume of Hughes' (Redeeming Trust, 2017, etc.) mystery trilogy, a married couple's infant son is kidnapped and police are convinced that they're responsible for his disappearance.Read full book review >
STUCK IN MANISTIQUE by Dennis  Cuesta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2018

"A hypnotic tale of family secrets that also features delightfully silly humor."
Two troubled lives intersect in a novel combining cozy mystery, comedy, and reflections on fractured relationships. Read full book review >

GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY by Daisy  Pettles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"A spirited beginning to a new mystery series that's haunted with humor."
Senior sleuths search for ghosts, gold, and a missing dachshund in Indiana. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Tom  Minder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2018

"An enjoyable crime novel that will make readers hope for future volumes of the series."
In this second book in the Long Harbor mystery series, Minder (The Long Harbor Testament, 2017) looks at various characters who are all lured by the promise of easy money. Read full book review >
BROKEN THINGS by Lauren Oliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A page-turner for sure, but this meta romp teeters into preciousness. (Mystery. 14-adult)"
Friendship and fandom turn deadly for a group of teen girls. Read full book review >

REVENGE IN 3 PARTS by Valerie J.  Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A zigzagging tale reinforced by a striking and complicated protagonist."
A former criminal lawyer, seeking vengeance against the man she believes is responsible for her sister's suicide, gets entangled with dangerous culprits in this thriller. Read full book review >
PERCY'S FIELD by Christopher Brookhouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"Beautifully written, sprinkled with sarcasm, and engrossing; ordinary people haunted by the past and coping with the present."
A reluctant sheriff must contend with the discovery of one long-missing corpse and two new murders in this second installment of a four-volume series. Read full book review >
THE MOVING BLADE by Michael Pronko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"A tight, rock-solid installment in a series that's only getting better."
Pronko's (The Last Train, 2017, etc.) Tokyo-based thriller follows a detective's search for a manuscript so valuable some will kill for it.Read full book review >
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 >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A disturbing but intelligently crafted crime drama."
A New York prosecutor heads an investigation into the brutal murder of a child in this novel. 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 >