Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"Middling for this distinguished series: yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists."
Retired Inspector Harry Hole, who thinks he's safe from his demons as an underpaid lecturer in Oslo's Police College, gets blackmailed into returning to the Crime Squad Unit, with predictably explosive results. Read full book review >
BLOOD WORK by Michael Lister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Set aside a block of time to read the 12th in Lister's series (Blood Oath, 2016, etc.), for it may be impossible to put down. Conflicted characters and a shocking solution add up to an enthralling experience."
A Florida prison chaplain with investigative experience reopens an ice-cold case that will change his life forever. Read full book review >

A TWISTED VENGEANCE by Candace Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The heroine's second adventure, a complicated mystery set against the turmoil that led to the War of the Roses, is most likely to appeal to fans of serious historical intrigue."
As King Richard II and his cousin Henry of Lancaster jostle for power, a widow caught between them struggles to support her family. Read full book review >
THE PLAY OF DEATH by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pötzsch's (The Castle of Kings, 2016, etc.) sixth tale from the Hangman's Daughter series chronicles another provocative mystery in an uncommon setting."
In the shadow of Bavaria's Kofel Mountain, "that old demon," Venetian dwarves, family rivalries, xenophobia, and greed make a witch's brew of murders. Read full book review >
THE RUN-OUT GROOVE by Andrew Cartmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This is one vinyl nerd you won't mind spending time with."
A tracker of rare records goes on the hunt to find out the truth behind the suicide of a 1960s legend and the kidnapping of her child in the second outing of Cartmel's (Written in Dead Wax, 2016) series. Read full book review >

SILENT RAIN by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Salvalaggio's fourth installment (Walleye Junction, 2016, etc.) lives up to her talent for dropping unhappy souls into grim circumstances and handing them over to her flawed but capable protagonist to save or arrest."
There are more tricks than treats when a quiet college town bursts into violence on Halloween. Read full book review >
BABYLON BERLIN by Volker Kutscher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."
Welcome to Berlin in the 1920s: a city filled with vice, violence, greed, corruption, and political mayhem. Read full book review >
CRIMES OF WINTER by Philippe Georget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The third installment from Georget (Autumn, All the Cats Return, 2014, etc.) dives deeper into character than most traditional detective yarns and is written with wit, poignancy, and panache. Some readers, though, might want less of the investigator and more of the investigation."
Just as a French police inspector learns of his wife's adultery, a crime spree hits his turf. Read full book review >
THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Flower's third features less history, more romance, and a stronger mystery than its predecessors (The Final Tap, 2016, etc.)."
Only murder is worse than having to help plan your ex-husband's wedding—and it's not that much worse. Read full book review >
BAD TO THE BONE by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Veteran Johnston has her formula down, but her characters often come off as too Pollyannaish or persnickety to be believed—fixating on who orders alcohol with dinner or how to work a business meeting for a free meal—and so risk losing the affection of readers who hunger for more realistic motivation."
After a friend's romantic rival is killed, a dog-focused entrepreneur investigates. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MANHATTAN MURDER by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"It's impossible to resist Kiely's charming trio of husband, wife, and dog (Killer Cocktail, 2016, etc.). The manner is effervescent and amusing, and the mystery surprisingly good."
A modern-day Nick and Nora Charles take their skills in sleuthing and repartee to the New York theater district. Read full book review >
UNCORKING A LIE by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"A good mystery with a limited group of suspects and unlimited wine lore."
A California wine expert uses her famed palate to uncover a fake and solve a murder. 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 >