Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

COLD HEARTED RIVER by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An exciting adventure set against some of the West's most stunning landscapes. Cleverly interwoven with the true story of Hemingway's lost trunk, it goes far to elucidate the mystique of fly-fishing."
A tragic accidental death, a suicide, and a probable murder roil the waters in prime Montana fishing country. Read full book review >
PENHALE WOOD by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"The elegant writing, complex characters, and surprising conclusion of Thomas' second (The English Boys, 2016) all add up to a fine mystery that will appeal to readers of Catriona McPherson's psychological thrillers."
A cold case turns hot enough to burn lives to the ground. Read full book review >

MURDER AT THE MALE REVUE by Elizabeth Perona
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"Mirth and murder make for a winning combination in this cozy whose sleuths are as quirky as the suspects."
Strippers may bring out the worst in some people, but murder is surely excessive. Read full book review >
TEN DEAD COMEDIANS by Fred Van Lente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Van Lente, a comic-book writer publishing his first mystery, focuses more closely on the big picture than its components. Even so, his plot requires so many moving parts that readers may feel he should have included a Cast of Characters, like all those Agatha Christie paperbacks he's emulating."
In an homage to And Then There Were None, a group of comedians is picked off one by one as they try to out-personality one another. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MUSE by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Loehfelm doesn't need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way."
A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don't apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events. Read full book review >

DEATH ON DELOS by Gary Corby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"In his brisk seventh mystery set in the world of ancient Greece (The Singer from Memphis, 2016, etc.), Corby highlights the crackling chemistry between the two leads and provides another helpful, amusing list of characters that includes a description of and a quotation from each of them."
On the sacred isle of Delos, the priestess Diotima, multitasker extraordinaire, must tamp down the turmoil created by brutish politico Pericles, solve a tricky murder, and then give birth. Read full book review >
MURDER IN MAYFAIR by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Dashing and enjoyably melodramatic."
A gentleman traveler with a secret wound gallantly rescues a lady and uncovers the truth of a murder in Regency London. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVE by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Part sequel, part remake of the hero's last case. It will be a distinct pleasure to see him move on to fresh targets next time."
Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair's third case awakens painful, and painfully specific, memories of his second. Read full book review >
PERISH FROM THE EARTH by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles."
Kentucky gentleman Joshua Speed teams up with his friend Abraham Lincoln for the second time (These Honored Dead, 2016) to bring justice to a Mississippi riverboat in 1837. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The two unlikely sleuths (The Ninja's Daughter, 2016, etc.) once again solve a difficult crime, this one with the extra kick that comes from their own personal stake in its outcome."
A return to his home is a painful experience for a shinobi assassin. Read full book review >
DARK WATER by Parker Bilal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2017

"Bilal's sixth (City of Jackals, 2016, etc.) again plants a seed of suspense as an entree into a nuanced look at an unfamiliar culture."
An Egyptian detective is lured into protecting a maverick scientist in hiding from terrorists. But who's the real target? Read full book review >
THE FALLEN by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence. The satisfyingly inconclusive ending of this sequel to the equally dark The Innocents (2016) puts a whole new spin on catharsis."
Reluctantly back in the saddle as the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson goes up against a trio of bank robbers as cunning as they are clueless. 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 >