Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE CHA-CHA BABES OF PELICAN WAY by Frances  Metzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2018

"A thoroughly entertaining, lighthearted murder mystery."
Metzman (The Hungry Heart, 2012) offers a mystery novel about a trio of women attempting to solve a string of murders in a Florida retirement community for people 55 and older. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN CARS by B.J.  Leggett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2018

"A first-class whodunit and a witty, clever, and delightful read."
Leggett (Prosperity, 2014, etc.) delivers a murder mystery that also skewers university politics.Read full book review >

GIRL WITH A GUN by Kari  Bovée
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"A quick, fun read with engaging rodeo scenes."
Murder and mayhem strike Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in St. Louis right after Annie Oakley and her horse, Buck, join the entourage. Read full book review >
INSIDE SAM LERNER by Gwen Banta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2018

"A conventional but sometimes entertaining noir whodunit."
In Banta's (The Fly Strip, 2016) latest novel, a retired, 40-something Los Angeles police detective returns to his hometown of New Orleans only to become embroiled in a case of a dead sex worker. Read full book review >
THE IN-LAWS by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2018

"Another tale of incisive sleuths that's short but thoroughly enjoyable."
In Chen's (An Intangible Affair, 2017, etc.) latest series installment, Bostonian amateur detective and biologist Ann Lee sets out to prove the innocence of a friend accused of murder.Read full book review >

THE SLEEPING LADY by Bonnie C.  Monte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Enough tangents to keep readers guessing, with a strong female protagonist who finally comes into her own."
A debut mystery mixes murder and betrayal with a suspicious international enterprise. Read full book review >
ENTANGLED MOON by E.C.  Frey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A vivid, if sometimes-melodramatic, tangle of corporate intrigue, murder, friendship, and love gone wrong."
In Frey's debut novel, corporate players clash and old friends revisit buried secrets. Read full book review >
THE BOOGEYMAN'S INTERN by Matt  Betts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2018

"An offbeat, entertaining look at timeworn mythical characters."
A world of imaginary beings faces a possible homicide in Betts' (The Shadow Beneath the Waves, 2018, etc.) fantasy mystery.Read full book review >
BROKEN PLACES by Tracy Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Clark's kickoff to an exciting new character-driven series explores the dynamics between a black investigator and a white world in a story ripped from the headlines."
Nothing can deflect a private investigator from finding the killer of her surrogate father. Read full book review >
HUSH, MY INNER SLEUTH by M.E.  Meegs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2018

"Possibilities abound in this meta-noir page-turner."
College grad Willie Tigue, "looking forward to an adventure," gets one in spades when she is seemingly possessed by a freshly deceased private eye in 1940s Hollywood. Read full book review >
CALLAGHAN IN THE CROSS HAIRS by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2018

"A fast-paced, page-turning continuation of a singular and thought-provoking series."
Ekemar (The Callaghan Tetralogy, 2018, etc.) revisits the adventurous exploits of Matthias Callaghan in this exhilarating opening to a new trilogy. Read full book review >
EMBERS by Philip  Soletsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2018

"A conventional mystery, spearheaded by an unconventional first-time gumshoe with an intricate backstory."
In Soletsky's (Trail Blaze, 2016, etc.) mystery-thriller series starter, a firefighter sparks an amateur investigation to identify a murderer in his small New Hampshire town. 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 >