Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

PLAYED! by Michael A. Kahn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"The creator of Rachel Gold (The Dead Hand, 2016, etc.) provides precious little mystery here. But the spectacle of these ornaments of the Missouri bar attacking, undermining, and double-crossing each other provides brisk, sprightly entertainment, and the hapless defendant's baseball background comes into play just when it's most needed."
A bulldog St. Louis attorney interrupts his lawsuit against a swindling colleague long enough to defend his own kid brother, who's accused of killing the scamster's wife. Read full book review >
RUINED STONES by Eric Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An in-depth look at what it was like in England during World War II and how women took over men's jobs, leading to a social revolution that continues today. Plenty of interesting bits and pieces, but the mystery is not as exciting as that in Grace's debut."
A policeman's daughter is assigned to the police auxiliary of the much-depleted force in Newcastle-on-Tyne during World War II. Read full book review >

THE LIES WE TELL by Theresa Schwegel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Despite a brash heroine with an empathetic predicament, there's little to grasp onto here, leaving the reader adrift."
A Chicago cop tries to keep her own career-ending secret hidden while working an investigation that could cost her more than her badge. Read full book review >
THE LAKE by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"The Hammers, who put the procedure in procedural, keep the pot simmering at such a low temperature you'll wonder if they've mistaken the fridge for the stovetop. The stubborn lack of momentum makes this one a natural for travelers on endless flights."
The fourth of the Hammer siblings' accounts of Danish skulduggery follows a human trafficking ring to its untidy but logical end. Read full book review >
OVER MAYA DEAD BODY by Sandra Orchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Quicker than a nor'easter hitting a Cape Cod beachfront, romance swamps detection here, leaving the mystery buried deeper than a Mayan polychrome vase."
A wedding on Martha's Vineyard is spoiled by the death of the groom. Read full book review >

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 >
RAW WOUNDS by Matt Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"As much brutally choreographed action as Painted Skins (2016), much of it taking the form of rematches among gladiators who've already gone one round with each other. The family complications, though, make this sequel seem just a bit more deeply felt."
His third adventure recalls private eye Nicolas "Po" Villere and his partner, ex-cop Tess Grey, back to his roots in Baton Rouge for the world's worst, and most eventful, homecoming. Read full book review >
DEAD RECKONING by Glenis Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Prior knowledge of the first two volumes in this series would undoubtedly make this complicated tale of racing, violence, and murder easier to follow. Rest easy, Dick Francis: you're still way out in front."
A jockey is forced to investigate a murder by a violent criminal. Read full book review >
ELEVENTH HOUR by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Fans of Trow's charismatic playwright hero (Secret World, 2015, etc.) will welcome deeper insight into his complex character in this bawdy, witty, and mostly historically informed eighth adventure."
Elizabethan theater, intrigue, dark arts, and the man of many talents who takes on all three. Read full book review >
DEATH SCENE by Jane A. Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"The second case for this team is a worthy follow-up to their debut, leaving the reader hoping for more."
DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens return to solve the murder of a rising film star. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Sidelining her series heroine gives Spencer a chance to prove just how strong the DCI is, even as she lies unconscious in a hospital bed."
A grave injury to DCI Monika Paniatowski (Death in Disguise, 2016, etc.) sends her team scrambling to find who hurt their boss and why. Read full book review >
BLOOD RED, WHITE AND BLUE by Kathleen Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Although the mystery doesn't provide much of a challenge, getting there is half the fun with pleasant company like the heroine, her extended family, and several dogs who are quite definite about whom they like."
An amateur sleuth who finally learns to use a computer discovers that intuition still reigns supreme. 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 >