Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

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 >
THE CHATTERBOX CHIP by Janine  Marie
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"This novel's dazzling setting, meticulous plotting, and entertaining characters make for a pleasant voyage with danger at every port."
Marie (The Single Shoe Mystery, 2014, etc.) and debut author JHC's series mystery follows a yachting family from Canada to the British Virgin Islands. Read full book review >
SNOW by Mike Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An often captivating story of three friends on opposing sides of a betrayal."
Bond (Assassins, 2016, etc.) tells the story of three friends who become divided over an unexpected temptation in this thriller. Read full book review >
RETROGRADE by Kat Hausler
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances."
A woman suffering from amnesia doesn't realize she's been separated for years from the husband who cares for her in this debut novel. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF MURDER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Lesser work from a sometime master, less striking for its echoes of a Victorian past than for its previsions of a xenophobic future marked on both sides by distrust and fear."
Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, is faced with a series of murders among Shadwell's Hungarian circle as sanguinary as they are ritualistic. Read full book review >
WINNER'S LOSS by Mel  Bradshaw
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An enjoyable read with a likable protagonist and an engaging murder tale."
Bradshaw (Quarrel with the Foe, 2013) returns to 1927 Toronto with a mystery that pulls a detective deep into the post-World War I, avant-garde art world in a city emerging from Prohibition. Read full book review >
FINDING SYLVIA by Alan  Shayne
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A bleak but potent Hollywood tale with an exceptional and truly riveting protagonist."
In this mystery, a former actor with movie producer aspirations may have a good story to sell if he can find the woman he once loved, who inexplicably vanished. 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 >