Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

A PERFECT MANHATTAN MURDER by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"It's impossible to resist Kiely's charming trio of husband, wife, and dog (Killer Cocktail, 2016, etc.). The manner is effervescent and amusing, and the mystery surprisingly good."
A modern-day Nick and Nora Charles take their skills in sleuthing and repartee to the New York theater district. Read full book review >
UNCORKING A LIE by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"A good mystery with a limited group of suspects and unlimited wine lore."
A California wine expert uses her famed palate to uncover a fake and solve a murder. Read full book review >

NEARLY NERO by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"Fans who rejoice in Estleman's deep knowledge and obvious love of Stout's oeuvre and his infectious playfulness will demand more adventures of the man who perpetually asks himself 'WWND (What Would Nero Do?)'—if only the author can come up with more punning story titles ('Wolfe at the Door'?)."
The chronicler of shamus Amos Walker (Don't Look for Me, 2014, etc.) and film preservationist Valentino (Brazen, 2016, etc.) rounds up 10 stories, all but one of them reprints from 2008-16, about a seemingly clueless Nero Wolfe wannabe who always gets his man anyway. Read full book review >
FAMILY MATTERS by Anthony Rolls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Rolls, clearly writing with both dry eyes on Francis Iles' Malice Aforethought and Before the Fact, will remind fond readers with long memories of better-known landmarks by Henry Wade, Richard Hull, and Raymond Postgate."
A deliciously anti-cozy tale of murder most multiplied that's perhaps the choicest blast yet from the past almost-masters of mystery resurrected by Poisoned Pen's British Library Crime Classics. Read full book review >
TOO LUCKY TO LIVE by Annie Hogsett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Cheesy dialogue between the newly minted couple interspersed with an endless series of threats to their lives make the lottery win in Hogsett's debut seem more like a death sentence than a boon."
Meeting the right guy makes a divorcée feel like she's won the lottery—that is, until it turns out he's won the lottery and she learns the extent which people will go to get their hands on the cash. Read full book review >

RANDOM ROAD by Thomas Kies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though the heroine's love life may be less interesting to mystery fans than her amateur sleuthing, Kies' fiction debut lays the groundwork for an entertaining series."
A hard-living newspaperwoman juggles multiple men and battles the bottle on her way to redemption via a high-profile murder story. Read full book review >
YOUR KILLIN' HEART by Peggy O'Neal Peden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Peden's debut paints a matter-of-fact picture of the city that lives for music. Her heroine is a typical cozy sleuth, bright and gutsy but also rather foolhardy as she stumbles in and out of dangerous situations while solving a murder whose solution many readers will spot ahead of her."
A Nashville travel agent's nosiness may be the death of her. Read full book review >
LOVE & DEATH IN BURGUNDY by Susan C. Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Shea (The King's Jar, 2013, etc.) kicks off a new character-driven series with an amusing portrait of life in a tiny French town that turns out to be integral to solving what may or may not be a murder."
A woman desperate to fit into her community is given her chance by the death of a man with a past. Read full book review >
KISS THE BRICKS by Tammy Kaehler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"As usual, Kaehler combines a credible group of suspects with some detailed racing lore. Even readers who don't care about cars may well be hooked by the feminist angle."
Have you really come a long way, baby? Read full book review >
INVISIBLE DEAD by Sam Wiebe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A promising-enough start for what might turn out to be an engaging series."
An ex-cop-turned-private eye revives the cold case of a young woman's disappearance in contemporary Vancouver. Read full book review >
MURDEROUS MAYHEM AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An overstuffed cream puff of a farce, with secret identities, family heirlooms, and ghosts oozing from every corner."
Plucky blonde Kat Stanford once again finds herself mixed up in the antics, antiques, and sudden deaths of the local gentry and village (A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall, 2016) in this featherweight treat. Read full book review >
TRINIDAD NOIR by Earl Lovelace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Whether history repeats itself or progress is stalled by people's infinite capacity to get in their own ways, these 19 reprinted tales offer a bittersweet perspective on the cussedness of human nature."
Lovelace and Antoni offer a "subversive" take on island culture to complement the 21st-century look at Trinidad offered by Lisa Allen-Agostini and Jeanne Mason's Trinidad Noir (2008). 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 >