Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

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 >
BLOOD BUSINESS by Joshua Viola
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Two sharp, distinctive, and complementary clusters of stories."
Editors Acevedo (University of Doom, 2017, etc.) and Viola (Blackstar, 2015, etc.) offer an anthology of noirish tales exploring the dark recesses of both real and supernatural worlds. Read full book review >
HIRED MAN by Mark Beyer
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rock-solid premise produces an enthralling plot and characters."
A good Samaritan comes to the aid of a dying man, who writes him a check with six zeroes in return for a favor in Beyer's debut mystery. 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 >
THE KILL CIRCLE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Freed's mostly formulaic thriller, the sixth in this series, is best in its one-on-one scenes and observations of modern life."
One accidentally killed CIA analyst is a tragedy. Two accidentally killed CIA agents is a job for Cordell Logan. Read full book review >
DARK NETWORK by James McCrone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A rousing and provocative political thriller, though the labyrinthine plot can make for an arduous read."
The FBI races to uncover a complex conspiracy to hijack a presidential election. Read full book review >
MERLIN AT WAR by Mark Ellis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2017

"A historically realistic and dramatically enthralling crime story."
An international murder mystery, largely set in London in 1941, that also dramatizes the withering impact of World War II on Europe. 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 >