Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 12)

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 >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Readers taken in by Atkins' sureness of touch in the first half of this schizoid yarn richly deserve to get flimflammed by the bait-and-switch that follows."
A damsel in distress enlists Boston's most storied private eye in her cause and then has second and third thoughts. Read full book review >

CLOSE by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The often amusing, infallibly precious dialogue and self-reflexive asides will remind many readers of that other James, the one who wrote The Awkward Age, The Sacred Fount, and What Maisie Knew, without introducing a single homicide to trouble the waters."
The most willfully playful installment yet in James' increasingly playful saga of Harpur and Iles. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH DEATH by Amy Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Suffering succotash! The feisty heroine Myers (Classic at Bay, 2016, etc.) places at the center of this new series has an affinity for food-based alliteration and a knack for discovering secrets. Like so many other cozies harkening back to the past, it supplies plenty of suspects and a surprise ending."
A chef suddenly finds herself acting as a detective in Jazz Age England. Read full book review >
FOOL'S GOLD by Caro Peacock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Peacock (Friends in High Places, 2015, etc.) gives her heroine plenty of scope for investigating a host of suspects, all tied to the enduring mystique of Lord Byron."
A chance meeting on a Greek island leads to a murder investigation in London. Read full book review >
A LITTLE DEATH by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hanson merges thorough police procedure with wit and intuition in the heroine's lively third entry."
Forensic pathologist Kate Hanson (Art of Deception, 2013, etc.) struggles to solve the grisly murder of a promising student. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE DEAD by Jim Eldridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The second case from Eldridge (Assassins, 2016) features colorful characters, crisp prose, and interesting nuggets of history."
In order to save the woman he loves from a charge of capital murder, must a veteran detective reveal their affair? Read full book review >
F.O.X. by Kelly Oliver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"A dark, engaging biomedical mystery with a clever, no-nonsense detective."
Crime strikes close to home in Oliver's (Coyote, 2016, etc.) third series installment featuring the unconventional cowgirl-philosopher-sleuth Jessica James.Read full book review >
TRUMPET OF DEATH by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Riggs' pleasantly old-fashioned sleuth (Bloodroot, 2016, etc.) is still clever enough to come up with a surprising culprit in another graceful homage to the island both she and her author call home."
It takes a sleuth with years of experience and loads of local connections to solve the murder of a very unpopular woman. 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 >