Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE MAN UPON THE STAIR by Gary Inbinder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The third of Inbinder's lush, leisurely period procedurals (The Devil in Montmartre, 2014, etc.) favors the journey over the destination, with back stories and period touches in nearly every chapter."
In fin de siècle Paris, international intrigue clouds the search for a missing nobleman. Read full book review >
DEAD LINKS by Joshua  Ingle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Starring an appealing gumshoe, this ambitious hybrid punches above its weight."
A sci-fi crime novel introduces a private eye up against revolutionary technology. Read full book review >

THE COMPLETE DIARIES OF YOUNG ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE by John Raffensperger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An entertaining, rollicking addition to the Holmes-verse, combining real-world lore with over-the-top melodrama."
Ever wonder where Arthur Conan Doyle got his Sherlock Holmes ideas? Read full book review >
TIED UP WITH STRINGS by Madeline  McEwen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2017

"A pleasant diversion and a perfectly sized puzzle for PBS Mystery! fans."
In this novel, an American part-time detective suspects foul play during her Christmas visit to check on her best friend's daughter in the British village of Abbeyvayle. Read full book review >
YOU CAN RUN by Steve Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
WHAT HAPPENED TO FLYNN by Pat  Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2017

"Don't let this engaging story of a missing fisherman be the one that got away."
In this procedural, police cast a wide net in their hunt for a fisherman; reeling in drug traffickers and money launderers becomes a bonus of the search. Read full book review >
A DOOMSDAY KILLING by Glenn H.  Ickler
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mitch's cheerful devotion to his work—absurd subjects, gloomy colleagues, and all—will make any reader a believer."
In Ickler's (A Cold Case of Killing, 2016, etc.) mystery, a newspaper reporter investigates a religious cult whose leader says that the end of the world is only two weeks away. Read full book review >
AMAZING DETECTIVE by Walter Marks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"An entertaining mystery with an engaging hero and deftly handled plot twists."
The discovery of a body on a Long Island beach leads a detective into a complex murder investigation with possible ties to drug trafficking in this novel. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE EMERALD by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
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 >
WHERE THE RIVER RUNS DEEP by Lynne  Handy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"A witty sleuth as keen and profound as the art form she teaches."
In this thriller, a poet at a writers' retreat digs into the past of a troubled North Carolina town, the site of a current string of murders. 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 >