Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

TAMBURLAINE by Gregory A. Kompes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2017

"A colorful, surprising novel about an over-the-hill artist grappling with times gone by."
In Kompes' (The Middle Man, 2016, etc.) mystery, an aging drag performer tries to save his business—and his life.Read full book review >
RESERVATIONS  by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"Florio (Disgraced, 2016, etc.) captures the culture and poverty on reservations still suffering from greed and mismanagement in a ripped-from-the-headlines story with a shocking ending."
A Montana journalist's trip to visit her bridegroom's Arizona relatives becomes a horror story. Read full book review >

AN IMPERFECT PAST by Eve Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"Seymour, who could improve this series by paring down her subplots, aims to please readers who like to keep guessing and aren't put off by a gruesome murder or more."
A therapist searches for a client's long-missing brother while a figure from her own family threatens her view of her past. Read full book review >
PRESSED TO DEATH by Kirsten Weiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"Weiss trades down from a focus on her characters' personal lives to something more plot-driven, diminishing the charm of her series debut (The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, 2016)."
The curator of a most unusual museum tries to prove she's innocent of murder when the original owner of her latest exhibit winds up dead. Read full book review >
OLD NEWS by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lot of conversations, some heavily salted with Yiddish, that mostly reveal the same consistent bad feelings toward the convicted killer. It's nice that the publication of So Big is about to make the real-life heroine (Cold Morning, 2016, etc.) a major literary star."
Edna Ferber's eighth case finds her on the cusp of fame—though little does she know it, since she's stuck back in Chicago with her imperious mother and a long-ago murder case. Read full book review >

THE VIOLATED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Prozini's stand-alones are frequently less formulaic and more sensitive than his trademark Nameless Detective franchise (Zigzag, 2016, etc.). This one doesn't scale the heights of his finest work, but fans won't feel let down either."
Will the execution-style murder of a suspected rapist heal the wounds in a California town or tear them open even further? Read full book review >
THE PAINTED GUN by Bradley Spinelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"'I keep meeting people who wind up dead,' aptly observes the narrator/hero, in a fair epitome of this retro pastiche's style. If you'd like more where that came from, Spinelli (Killing Williamsburg, 2013) is your man."
An unofficial San Francisco shamus whose tale is set in 1997 but whose heart is stuck in 1947 hunts for the world's most elusive missing person. Read full book review >
BURIALS by Mary Anna Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Evans' signature archaeological lore adds even more interest to this tale of love, hate, and greed."
An archaeologist picks up an unexpectedly mysterious job on a visit to her father-in-law. Read full book review >
FRACTURED FAMILIES by Charlotte Hinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Hinger does a wonderful job connecting a young boy's grim life with a horrific crime spree and the knotty problem of for-profit prisons."
The planned Northwestern Kansas regional police department is just coming to birth when its very first case puts the whole concept in jeopardy. Read full book review >
POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON'T LOOK FRIENDLY by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"McKinty's hero is irreverent, charming, and mordantly, laugh-out-loud funny, and his eclectic personal soundtrack and bitter, pragmatic politics make for vivid period detail."
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Rain Dogs, 2016, etc.) tries to cut back on the smoking and do decent police work despite bombs, riots, and bureaucracy. Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Obregon's full-bodied prose is by turns gritty and poetic, and it's consistently energetic. Given the terrific chemistry between the two lead detectives, here's hoping this debut novel kicks off a new series."
A tough Tokyo detective faces resistance in his new post as he faces off against a brutal and taunting serial killer. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's refreshing to see Holmes be Holmes. Fans and neophytes alike should cheer Faye's reinvigoration of Conan Doyle's hero and his panoramic world."
Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) adds two new stories to 13 she's previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. 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 >