Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

PERSONS UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A second adventure that strikes all the right notes—layered mystery, incisive cultural context, and a delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives."
Steiner's (Missing, Presumed, 2016, etc.) intrepid, dysfunctional detective, Manon Bradshaw, returns on a case that quickly becomes personal. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Whatever you think of the mystery, the heroine's interviews of the nine Brody kids, each crazier than the next, are worth the price of admission."
It's mutts vs. purebreds as Melanie Travis (Live and Let Growl, 2016, etc.) investigates the death of a dog-loving philanthropist. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE  by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The cast and crew of a reality show are perfect foils for sharp-tongued Jaine, who outwits everyone on the set, except possibly her cat."
There's trouble in paradise for a freelance writer working on a reality television show. Read full book review >
IF THE HAUNTING FITS, WEAR IT by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Since Pressey (Haunted Is Always in Fashion, 2016, etc.) isn't especially witty or persuasive in presenting a heroine and situation she seems to find charming, the main payoff of her extravagant premise is confusion."
Haunted by three ghosts, a young woman searches for a jockey's murderer at the Kentucky Derby. Read full book review >
THE TELL-TALE TARTE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Cooking tips and Poe lore help move the mundane mystery along to a satisfying if not surprising conclusion."
A job as an author's stand-in puts a sleuth in jeopardy. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER by Lee Hollis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The recipes scattered through the book include several cocktail suggestions readers may need to get through this muddled mystery."
Three women's vacation from their everyday lives is cursed from the start. Read full book review >
BOOKED 4 MURDER by J.C. Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Eaton's debut introduces a retirement community filled with quirky characters and a sleuth who may have more talent for solving puzzles than she admits."
Can reading cause death? A most reluctant sleuth seeks an answer. Read full book review >
A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT by Ellie Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Just reading the descriptions of delectable desserts (and the appended recipes) can pile on the pounds, leaving the slight mystery to languish."
Who killed the stowaway? Read full book review >
LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"His emphasis on the thorny issues surrounding honor killings allows Billingham (Die of Shame, 2016, etc.) to put a new and urgent spin on his tried-and-true procedural formula."
DI Tom Thorne steps on more toes than usual to help out Nicola Tanner, a detective who's supposed to stay even further away from the case at hand than he is. Read full book review >
DEAD SPIDER  by Victoria Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2017

"Houston (Dead Loudmouth, 2016, etc.) can always be counted on for detailed depictions of a beautiful area known for fine fishing. This time she adds a better than average mystery as well."
The murder of a wealthy and well-known Wisconsin resident causes major headaches for a small-town police chief. Read full book review >
NO TURNING BACK by Tracy Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Readers' sympathy for Buchanan's (The Lost Mother, 2016, etc.) suffering heroine will be sorely tried by her endless wallowing as momentum builds toward an over-the-top denouement."
A news presenter makes news herself when she kills a schoolboy to defend her baby girl. Read full book review >
BAD HOUSEKEEPING by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Chance once again battles the balance between wit and overkill (Teetotaled, 2016, etc.), unfortunately erring on the side of the latter."
Dumped and depressed, a young woman must team up with her troublemaking great-aunt to solve a crime. 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 >