Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

EVERY BODY ON DECK by G.A. McKevett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Savannah and Dirk's spousal sparring would pack more of a punch if they weren't squashed in by the whole mishpocha. Here's hoping their next outing will give them more room to romp."
A private eye's plum job turns sour when her client cuts her loose. Read full book review >
DEAD OF SPRING  by Sherry  Knowlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Using current and recent news stories about fracking and Three Mile Island to make a case for her own causes, Knowlton hangs it all on a middling mystery/thriller/romance with a complex heroine."
A lawyer who yearns for the quiet life proves a magnet for murder. Read full book review >

FLAMINGO ROAD by Sasscer Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Hill (Racing from Evil, 2016, etc.) boasts a knowledge of horses and the very real problems in horse racing that fill this sound mystery with thrills and hair-raising action from first to last."
The dark and dirty underbelly of horse racing is exposed when a Baltimore cop goes to visit relatives in Florida. Read full book review >
FALLOUT by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A steadily deepening historical nightmare that ends up implicating pretty much everyone in sight in a multilayered coverup. Whodunit purists may be frustrated at the absence of a single villain to blame, but Paretsky's legion of fans will rejoice in her heroically scaled 20th novel."
Think V.I. Warshawski butts too many heads in Chicago? Wait till you see what happens when she and her dog, Peppy, leave the big city for the wide-open spaces of Kansas. Read full book review >
KALE TO THE QUEEN by Nell Hampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A charming debut foodie cozy with a gutsy heroine, a neat little mystery, and the requisite appended recipes."
A chef's dream job may be the death of her. Read full book review >

DEVIL'S BREATH by G.M. Malliet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though dedicated readers may miss local favorites (The Haunted Season, 2015, etc.), it's great to see the return of Malliet's wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life."
A former MI5 agent who's taken Holy Orders is recruited to investigate a murder on the high seas that's brought Hollywood to the English coast. Read full book review >
A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
ATHENIAN BLUES by Pol Koutsakis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Koutsakis' first appearance in English translation is more interested in multiplying oddball suspects than in giving them anything to do. But it's hard to resist his hero, a freelance killer who describes himself as 'a kind of social worker, except I get properly paid.'"
An unlikely Athens "caretaker" meets his match when both members of an estranged couple seek his help in a domestic dispute that turns homicidal. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BYLINE by Jill Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Though not every line rings true, Orr is #soclose with her debut mystery, with interspersed emails from Click.com's Personal Romance Concierge as the #cherryontop."
For a small-town girl in over her head, finding love is hard enough without having to find a murderer. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE LION by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that will reward long-term readers."
Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a car bomb—or is the motive something closer to home? Read full book review >
MURDER IS FOR KEEPS by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Duncan's character-driven series delivers again. While the story telegraphs the killer's identity pretty clearly, the information on the real-life Welsh estate and gardens makes up for the simple mystery."
Fascination with a ruined faux castle involves an artist in a case of murder in North Wales. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF GASLIGHT LANE by M.R.C. Kasasian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Kasasian faithfully imitates the tale's Gothic forbears in both bloody horror and florid prose. Readers might be better served by digging into the original Victoriana."
A fourth case for pre-eminent personal detective Sidney Grice and his ward and assistant, Miss March Middleton (Death Descends on Saturn Villa, 2016, etc.), delves into grisly murders old and fresh in Victorian London. 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 >