THE PAINTED QUEEN by Elizabeth Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Hess (Pride vs. Prejudice, 2015, etc.) undoubtedly had a daunting task in completing the final manuscript of the late Egyptologist Peters (A River in the Sky, 2010, etc.). Fans will cherish the legacy; newcomers will be forgiven for fidgeting through the busy plot and arch humor."
The 19th installment of the adventures of an archaeological family facing a vendetta as they chase a real-life artifact. Read full book review >
LET THE DEAD SPEAK  by Jane Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Casey's hallmark ability to balance character development and suspense works well in a story sure to make readers squirm."
Unreliable witnesses make a London detective's job all but impossible in a missing person investigation that turns into a murder case. Read full book review >

A TOAST TO MURDER  by Allyson K. Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Though Abbott resolves the mystery posed by Shots in the Dark (2016), which first introduced the threatening letters, there's hardly enough plot here for a stand-alone volume."
Synesthesia, a neurological condition that, among other sensory-heightening effects, allows you to see music and smell colors, helps a bar owner find the identity of a threatening letter writer. Read full book review >
NOTHING STAYS BURIED by P.J. Tracy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Despite all the high tech and ballyhoo, the mother-and-daughter team writing as Tracy give their once formidable foursome (The Sixth Idea, 2016) practically nothing to do in the way of either detective work or antic byplay and provide virtually no surprises along the way. Sad."
The misfit computer geeks of Monkeewrench Software are called in to reopen a missing person case that rapidly blossoms, as if in response to their involvement, into a case of serial homicide. Read full book review >
BROOKLYN WARS by Triss Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Though Stein doesn't seem to notice it, her heroine comes off as self-absorbed, uninterested in other characters until it suits her. Readers might be more motivated to see her learn an important lesson than solve another mystery."
The murder of a community organizer sparks the academic interest of a student of Brooklyn history who wants to include the back story in her dissertation. Read full book review >

BEYOND ABSOLUTION by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Beneath the entertaining historical tidbits, Harrison (A Shocking Assassination, 2016, etc.) provides a puzzle that will challenge the most dedicated mystery reader."
The murder of a beloved priest sends shock waves through Cork. Read full book review >
MURDER IN DISGUISE by Mary Miley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The murders are only the tip of the iceberg in this densely plotted tale. Despite its busy program of felonies, you can't help cheering on the brave heroine and her young helper, both of whom have faced a life of adversity."
A woman with a shady past continues to prove a capable amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
THE AMBER SHADOWS by Lucy Ribchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory, 2016) convincingly re-creates wartime life and the enclosed world of code-breaking and plays out the suspense in a Hitchcock homage almost worthy of the master."
Mysterious parcels that may connect a British World War II typist with her past make a dangerous gift. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye  Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."
A stone-broke actress struggles to land the reward for solving a cold case. Read full book review >
BIBLIOMYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >
DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"As usual in this gently humorous series, Crider pads out the slight mystery with enough anecdotes, updates, and digressions to make fans feel as if they've scarcely been away since Survivors Will Be Shot Again (2016)."
A Christmas Carol comes to Blacklin County, Texas, in the form of a production that leaves Sheriff Dan Rhodes (Survivors Will Be Shot Again, 2016, etc.) wondering just who made Jake Marley a ghost. Read full book review >
ORDEAL by Jorn Lier Horst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"On top of Horst's mastery of detail, the countdown to the climactic trial infuses this solid procedural with a surprising energy."
The 10th case, and the fifth to appear in English, for Chief Inspector William Wisting, of the Larvik Police CID, strains both his patience and his already iffy professional ties with his colleagues. 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 >