Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

ODD NUMBERS by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A prophetic counterterrorist procedural whose bold central conceit is likely to grow more depressingly plausible with every passing week."
Eleven years after she's sidelined from the Oslo police department by a bullet to the back, retired DI Hanne Wilhelmsen rejoins her old friend Billy T. to root out a particularly virulent cell of terrorists. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Light on mystery, heavy on the charms of San Francisco and the joys of food and wine."
A San Francisco bookbinder maintains her strange knack of finding dead bodies. Read full book review >

ONLY SKEIN DEEP by Maggie Sefton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Caffeine-free, stress-free, and detection-free, Sefton's latest rambles contentedly through the Colorado countryside, providing little incident and less suspense."
Accountant Kelly Flynn (Knit to Be Tied, 2016, etc.) knits a baby hat while awaiting the arrival of her first child. Read full book review >
NEED YOU DEAD by Peter James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Despite some serious information overload—including a glossary of police terms, a chart of police ranks and insignia, and a superabundance of police characters—James has never forgotten how to make the pages fly. If a supercharged procedural is what you crave, fasten your seat belt."
His 13th case looks as close to routine as it ever gets for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (Love You Dead, 2016, etc.). But looks aren't everything. Read full book review >
MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Black's detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them."
A job at the École des Beaux-Arts and a search for a Serbian lowlife combine to lead Aimée Leduc (Murder on the Quai, 2016, etc.) through the upscale part of Paris' Left Bank. Read full book review >

OTHER COUNTRIES by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Bannister's most notable achievement here is to keep smoothly shifting gears from one set of suspense conventions to another without ever letting you forget the cleareyed heroine's premonition that 'somehow, trouble seemed to come looking for her.'"
Constable Hazel Best's fourth case brings her face to face with a determined terrorist before plunging her into even deeper waters. Read full book review >
STANDING STILL by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"The explanation is less satisfying than the exposition for the same reasons that it's always a letdown when magicians reveal their secrets. But if you're looking for a few hours' reading guaranteed to disturb your dreams, look no further than Ramsay's imperishably creepy Glasgow."
Kidnapping, murder, and worse dog the streets of Glasgow during the annual West End Festival. Read full book review >
HARDCASTLE'S RUNAWAY by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers who enjoy watching the irascible inspector browbeat his subordinates may enjoy Ison's latest entry, which offers precious little in the way of detection."
A wayward teenager spells trouble for Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Collector, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD CERTAIN by Adam Mitzner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Mitzner's (The Girl from Home, 2016, etc.) contemporary take on A Kiss Before Dying lacks the disturbing cohesion of Ira Levin's tale, but it packs enough of a punch to make it worth reading on its own terms."
A Manhattan lawyer labors to keep the police from hounding a suspect in one murder even as she tries her best to link him to another. Read full book review >
LETHAL WAVES  by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Finally balancing his obsession with the past and his current workload, Horton manages to mount a decent investigation and produce a sound, if somewhat unlikely, conclusion."
DI Andy Horton (Fatal Catch, 2015, etc.) faces two seaside murders with few leads. Read full book review >
COVER UP by Patricia Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"A gritty period piece with an intriguingly different, darker take on the swinging '60s."
Photojournalist Kate O'Donnell and her boyfriend, DS Harry Barnard, find themselves facing off with the powers that be in their sixth case (Deep Waters, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
LIES THAT BIND by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Cameron provides several elements that will delight series fans, from an interesting frame for her story to a protagonist who can be charmingly human, a trait as rare as it is welcome in the genre."
The discovery of a murder victim in a Cotswolds village puts a family at risk of being torn apart. 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 >