Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: July 18, 2017

"'I have a tendency, I'm afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,' the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven."
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases (The Novel Habits of Happiness, 2015, etc.) keep getting slighter and slighter. But her exceptionally well-titled 11th may be the slenderest of them all. Read full book review >
DARK WATER by Parker Bilal
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 >

NIKOLAI DELOV by James Dante
Released: July 12, 2017

"The sympathetic and flawed lead character puts a haunting human face on contemporary Russia, often demonized by the media."
A successful businessman's involvement with a woman determined to rescue sex trafficking victims exposes the underbelly of the New Russia in this noir-esque character study. Read full book review >
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
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 >

SHALLOW GRAVE by Brian Thiem
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
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 >
DEATH ON DELOS by Gary Corby
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 >
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 >
BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann
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 >
SON OF A BITCH by Jason  B. Sheffield
Released: July 10, 2017

"A tale with a realistic legal backdrop that spotlights the engrossing trials of a contentious mother-and-son relationship."
Caught in a sexually compromising position with one of her Mafioso clients, a bulldog attorney must call on her long-estranged, up-and-coming lawyer son to defend her at an ethics hearing in this debut novel. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE MALE REVUE by Elizabeth Perona
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 >
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 >