Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The hero emerges with his virtue intact and a brace of new heads for his trophy wall. The surprising number of malefactors at the company isn't a strength of the tale, but they're all well worth your cathartic scorn."
Rushmore McKenzie, who isn't a cop any more, and isn't a licensed investigator either, nonetheless agrees to take his 14th case for a friend of his lover's daughter and finds himself digging up felonies past and present. Read full book review >
CAST THE FIRST STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Ziskin's nice-but-no-nonsense hero is out seriously past her depth in these fleshpots, where, as she aptly notes, she can't trust a single person. Readers will end up rooting for her to get sent back to the East Coast, where people just murder each other."
An unsought assignment sends reporter Ellie Stone from upstate New York to Hollywood in the rainy month of February 1962. 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 >
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 >
DEATH ON NANTUCKET by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"After a long hiatus, Mathews returns to Nantucket (Death in a Cold Hard Light, 1999, etc.) with this twisty tale of family relationships gone bad."
A police officer's wedding plans are complicated by a death in one of Nantucket's most prominent families. Read full book review >

ODD NUMBERS by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A prophetic counterterrorist procedural whose bold central conceit is likely to grow more depressingly plausible with every passing week."
Eleven years after she's sidelined from the Oslo police department by a bullet to the back, retired DI Hanne Wilhelmsen rejoins her old friend Billy T. to root out a particularly virulent cell of terrorists. Read full book review >
MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Black's detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them."
A job at the École des Beaux-Arts and a search for a Serbian lowlife combine to lead Aimée Leduc (Murder on the Quai, 2016, etc.) through the upscale part of Paris' Left Bank. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Light on mystery, heavy on the charms of San Francisco and the joys of food and wine."
A San Francisco bookbinder maintains her strange knack of finding dead bodies. Read full book review >
ONLY SKEIN DEEP by Maggie Sefton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Caffeine-free, stress-free, and detection-free, Sefton's latest rambles contentedly through the Colorado countryside, providing little incident and less suspense."
Accountant Kelly Flynn (Knit to Be Tied, 2016, etc.) knits a baby hat while awaiting the arrival of her first child. Read full book review >
OTHER COUNTRIES by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Bannister's most notable achievement here is to keep smoothly shifting gears from one set of suspense conventions to another without ever letting you forget the cleareyed heroine's premonition that 'somehow, trouble seemed to come looking for her.'"
Constable Hazel Best's fourth case brings her face to face with a determined terrorist before plunging her into even deeper waters. 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 >
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 >
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 >