Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

NO TURNING BACK by Tracy Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Readers' sympathy for Buchanan's (The Lost Mother, 2016, etc.) suffering heroine will be sorely tried by her endless wallowing as momentum builds toward an over-the-top denouement."
A news presenter makes news herself when she kills a schoolboy to defend her baby girl. Read full book review >
BAD HOUSEKEEPING by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Chance once again battles the balance between wit and overkill (Teetotaled, 2016, etc.), unfortunately erring on the side of the latter."
Dumped and depressed, a young woman must team up with her troublemaking great-aunt to solve a crime. Read full book review >

HELL'S DETECTIVE by Michael Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Logan (Wannabes, 2016, etc.) creates a world of the dead rich with details that range from the mundane to the sublimely vicious, suggesting a skill for humor that supersedes his mystery abilities."
A detective trapped in purgatory has a chance to win freedom from her past. Read full book review >
THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Lepionka's debut confidently portrays complex characters with multiple, sometimes contradictory, motivations and offers an unusually naturalistic perspective on sexual identity."
A down-and-out private investigator works a case that takes her back to her own past. Read full book review >
THE TEMPLARS' LAST SECRET by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Just the thing for readers hungry for a banquet of epicurean pleasures, ancient history, international terrorism, and holy matrimony. More timid souls who crave a less incongruous mix may want to wait till next year."
The good life in the Périgord countryside is menaced by pedophiles, terrorists, torturers, and a visiting magistrate from Paris. Read full book review >

ENDGAME by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Middling, professional-grade work for this long-running series, whose most notable feature is a broad hint in its closing pages that it may well be its nameless hero's last case."
An autumnal pair of cases for the Nameless Detective Agency explores the strains in two very different marriages. Read full book review >
PERDITION by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"Part mystery, part thriller, part social commentary, and all impossible to put down."
A battle of wills between officers of the law leaves a serial killer room to maneuver. Read full book review >
TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST by Leslie Budewitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"The fourth entry in Budewitz's series is a pleasing read with a thoughtful heroine, a plethora of red herrings, and some foodie tips though nothing to set it above many another culinary cozy."
Murder is bad for business in a Montana town that depends on the tourist trade. Read full book review >
FIREBRAND by A.J.  Hartley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2017

"Readers who come for the tightly plotted mystery will stay for the heroine who does all she can to resist. (Mystery/fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three months after the events of Steeplejack (2016), Anglet Sutonga investigates an elite social club to uncover the identity of a thief and traitor. But as she follows each clue, the Lani girl discovers that wealth, bigotry, and political power intersect to deplorable effect. Read full book review >
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year."
A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that's both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits. Read full book review >
WOLF ON A STRING by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Patient readers in no hurry will savor Black's dark, vivid mural of Prague at the turn of the 16th century."
The first night a young scholar arrives in Prague (in 1599) he becomes entangled in court intrigue and murder. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR WINE by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The appealing hero's accountant frets that his habit of taking pro bono cases is unsustainable. A more pointed complaint might be that in his hands, the simplest-seeming cases end up involving everyone in Yamhill County and even some folks who are just passing through."
Dundee, Oregon, attorney Cal Claxton's latest maybe-paying client is a neighbor and friend whose wine-growing operation may have proved irresistible to a killer. 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 >