Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

THRILL KILL by Don Bruns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Fans of the series debut may be underwhelmed: Bruns provides few new details of the hero's past and even less development of his relationship with his unlikely collaborator."
A New Orleans detective searches for the motive behind a puzzling series of murders, all with the same calling card left by the killer. Read full book review >
LIES THAT BIND by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Cameron provides several elements that will delight series fans, from an interesting frame for her story to a protagonist who can be charmingly human, a trait as rare as it is welcome in the genre."
The discovery of a murder victim in a Cotswolds village puts a family at risk of being torn apart. Read full book review >

HARDCASTLE'S RUNAWAY by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers who enjoy watching the irascible inspector browbeat his subordinates may enjoy Ison's latest entry, which offers precious little in the way of detection."
A wayward teenager spells trouble for Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Collector, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
STANDING STILL by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"The explanation is less satisfying than the exposition for the same reasons that it's always a letdown when magicians reveal their secrets. But if you're looking for a few hours' reading guaranteed to disturb your dreams, look no further than Ramsay's imperishably creepy Glasgow."
Kidnapping, murder, and worse dog the streets of Glasgow during the annual West End Festival. Read full book review >
LETHAL WAVES  by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Finally balancing his obsession with the past and his current workload, Horton manages to mount a decent investigation and produce a sound, if somewhat unlikely, conclusion."
DI Andy Horton (Fatal Catch, 2015, etc.) faces two seaside murders with few leads. Read full book review >

A GRAVE CALLING by Wendy Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers of this taut mystery don't need dowsing rods to detect series potential."
Is it a gift or a curse that Julie Hall has the ability to divine the whereabouts of dead bodies? Read full book review >
FIREBRAND by A.J.  Hartley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2017

"Readers who come for the tightly plotted mystery will stay for the heroine who does all she can to resist. (Mystery/fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three months after the events of Steeplejack (2016), Anglet Sutonga investigates an elite social club to uncover the identity of a thief and traitor. But as she follows each clue, the Lani girl discovers that wealth, bigotry, and political power intersect to deplorable effect. Read full book review >
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year."
A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that's both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits. Read full book review >
THE RAGTIME TRAVELER by Larry Karp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The fourth Ragtime Mystery (The Ragtime Fool, 2010, etc.) is filled with warmth and wonder and interesting music trivia, buoyed by the relationship between the two sleuths, which may well echo that between the late Larry Karp and his son, who finished this final installment after his death."
A musical scholar meets his ragtime idol and solves a tangled murder with help from the past. Read full book review >
SHIVER HITCH by Linda Greenlaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Greenlaw's (Lifesaving Lessons, 2013, etc.) experience as a Maine-based lobster-boat captain brings verisimilitude to her descriptions of the people, the landscape, and most of all the wild offshore weather, all neatly rolled into a mystery with plenty of suspects."
A Miami cop finds life very different when she moves to Maine, from the weather to the stubbornly independent people of Green Haven. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR WINE by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The appealing hero's accountant frets that his habit of taking pro bono cases is unsustainable. A more pointed complaint might be that in his hands, the simplest-seeming cases end up involving everyone in Yamhill County and even some folks who are just passing through."
Dundee, Oregon, attorney Cal Claxton's latest maybe-paying client is a neighbor and friend whose wine-growing operation may have proved irresistible to a killer. Read full book review >
MILES OFF COURSE by Sulari Gentill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Gentill's third (A Decline in Prophets, 2016, etc.) reads like a superior Western, alternating high adventure with social and political observations about prewar Australia."
A wealthy artist with a sideline in sleuthing is beset by danger in Depression-era Australia. 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 >