Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

MERLIN AT WAR by Mark Ellis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2017

"A historically realistic and dramatically enthralling crime story."
An international murder mystery, largely set in London in 1941, that also dramatizes the withering impact of World War II on Europe. Read full book review >
THE AU PAIR by Anna Dowdall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A well-crafted Gothic suspense story with an engaging heroine."
An aspiring private investigator uncovers a mystery when she takes a job as an au pair. Read full book review >

RACE TO JUDGMENT by Frederic  Block
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A relentlessly paced legal drama that ably chronicles a city's past racial tensions."
A historical novel dramatizes a defense attorney's perilous stand against judicial corruption in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
ONE PERSON WILL KNOW by Mary Watson Webber
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"An often entertaining, fast-moving crime tale featuring a brave and bright child protagonist."
A small-town story of murder and blackmail that centers on a young girl. Read full book review >
THE CHATTERBOX CHIP by Janine  Marie
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"This novel's dazzling setting, meticulous plotting, and entertaining characters make for a pleasant voyage with danger at every port."
Marie (The Single Shoe Mystery, 2014, etc.) and debut author JHC's series mystery follows a yachting family from Canada to the British Virgin Islands. Read full book review >

HOW I'M SPENDING MY AFTERLIFE by Spencer  Fleury
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A breezy, if flawed, debut that promises better things to come."
A fugitive attorney gets a new lease on life after faking his own death in Fleury's debut crime novel. Read full book review >
SNOW by Mike Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An often captivating story of three friends on opposing sides of a betrayal."
Bond (Assassins, 2016, etc.) tells the story of three friends who become divided over an unexpected temptation in this thriller. Read full book review >
RETROGRADE by Kat Hausler
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances."
A woman suffering from amnesia doesn't realize she's been separated for years from the husband who cares for her in this debut novel. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF MURDER by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Lesser work from a sometime master, less striking for its echoes of a Victorian past than for its previsions of a xenophobic future marked on both sides by distrust and fear."
Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, is faced with a series of murders among Shadwell's Hungarian circle as sanguinary as they are ritualistic. Read full book review >
WINNER'S LOSS by Mel  Bradshaw
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An enjoyable read with a likable protagonist and an engaging murder tale."
Bradshaw (Quarrel with the Foe, 2013) returns to 1927 Toronto with a mystery that pulls a detective deep into the post-World War I, avant-garde art world in a city emerging from Prohibition. Read full book review >
FINDING SYLVIA by Alan  Shayne
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A bleak but potent Hollywood tale with an exceptional and truly riveting protagonist."
In this mystery, a former actor with movie producer aspirations may have a good story to sell if he can find the woman he once loved, who inexplicably vanished. Read full book review >
MURDER IN MEMORY by Mike Thorne
Released: Sept. 6, 2017

"A murder story with some clever twists."
A debut novel takes readers to the campus of a small Southern college where a serial killer lurks. 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 >