Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Renee Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brightly written tale of how Hollywood simmered while Atlanta, or at least David Selznick's simulation of it, burned. Patrick not only provides walk-ons for Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Dorothy Parker, and Leni Riefenstahl, but actually furnishes something for most of them to do."
The closing days of 1938 bring a second case to failed actress-turned-shopgirl-turned-Hollywood social secretary Lillian Frost. Read full book review >
SOULS OF MEN by A.R.  Ashworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The characterization is thin, and the violence against women goes well past gritty into gratuitous. Worthwhile only for thriller addicts with too much time on their hands."
DI Elaine Hope gets a promotion to DCI and a chance at romance in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"As even Lord Peter Wimsey demonstrated, a detective's entitled to a break during his honeymoon. Expect Rhyme and Company to be back to fighting strength by next year."
Quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme (The Steel Kiss, 2016, etc.) celebrates his nuptials by matching wits with perhaps the most dull-witted of his many opponents: a serial kidnapper whose crimes seem as toothless as they are motiveless. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND BELONGING by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"This third installment from Delany (We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, 2016, etc.) relies less on mystery than on moral outrage at the nasty business of human smuggling."
A romantic getaway almost ruins a policeman's marriage. Read full book review >
ALICE AND THE ASSASSIN by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The first daughter's lively personality, her chemistry with her Secret Service agent, and Koreto's (Death Among Rubies, 2016, etc.) detailed knowledge of turn-of-the century New York City make for an entertaining series debut."
Determined young Alice Roosevelt investigates the killing of her father Theodore's predecessor, William McKinley. Read full book review >

CALLED TO JUSTICE by Edith Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."
A 19th-century Quaker midwife faces daunting complications when a young woman is murdered. Read full book review >
GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors uncork their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."
A fortuneteller gets the surprise of her life. Read full book review >
WATER SIGNS by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"The amiable heroine (Cold Trail, 2015, etc.) is easy to like, but Dawson hasn't given her much of a mystery this time, and the minutely detailed look at Oakland, which considerably slows the story's pace, is most likely to interest house hunters."
An Oakland PI works to discover whether a former fellow worker's death was accident or murder. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S FOOL by Albert A. Bell Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"Bell knows his colorful main cast so well that this sixth installment hits the ground running. A nimble sex farce sets the table for a clever and highly readable whodunit. The use of classical tags to introduce each chapter adds another layer of antiquity to the tale."
Pliny the Younger (The Eyes of Aurora, 2014, etc.) engages in a high-stakes ruse that inadvertently triggers a murder spree. Read full book review >
A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. Read full book review >
THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers who can tolerate the clunky exposition, cartoon bogeymen, and snippets of Scientologist jargon will find the Alaskan finale a highly entertaining piece of payback."
The Dead Detective pursues miscreants attached to the Church of Scientology from their Florida headquarters to the Yukon State. Read full book review >
A CLASH OF SPHERES by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As usual, Chisholm moves effortlessly from fascinating historical background to philosophical musings to violent action. Although this latest installment can be read as a stand-alone, untutored readers might want to start the series from the beginning."
The court of Elizabeth I once more outpaces today's politicians for cunning, effrontery, and vengeful machinations. 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 >