Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

LAST RESPECTS by John  Essick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2017

"A satisfying mystery and sympathetic characterization make this author a writer to watch."
A down-at-the-heels journalist returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of an old friend in this debut novel. Read full book review >
A DOOMSDAY KILLING by Glenn H.  Ickler
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mitch's cheerful devotion to his work—absurd subjects, gloomy colleagues, and all—will make any reader a believer."
In Ickler's (A Cold Case of Killing, 2016, etc.) mystery, a newspaper reporter investigates a religious cult whose leader says that the end of the world is only two weeks away. Read full book review >

AMAZING DETECTIVE by Walter Marks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"An entertaining mystery with an engaging hero and deftly handled plot twists."
The discovery of a body on a Long Island beach leads a detective into a complex murder investigation with possible ties to drug trafficking in this novel. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE EMERALD by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Koreto's third period mystery, beautifully appointed and written with measured authority, reads uncannily like a reprinting of an authentic novel from the early 20th century."
A noblewoman and sometime sleuth helps a distraught mother learn the truth about her beloved daughter, who vanished back in 1875. Read full book review >
BLOOD BUSINESS by Joshua Viola
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Two sharp, distinctive, and complementary clusters of stories."
Editors Acevedo (University of Doom, 2017, etc.) and Viola (Blackstar, 2015, etc.) offer an anthology of noirish tales exploring the dark recesses of both real and supernatural worlds. Read full book review >

HIRED MAN by Mark Beyer
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rock-solid premise produces an enthralling plot and characters."
A good Samaritan comes to the aid of a dying man, who writes him a check with six zeroes in return for a favor in Beyer's debut mystery. Read full book review >
HIGH DESERT HIGH by Steven  Schindler
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sublimely unusual tale of a man's dementia or, perhaps, his awakening."
A newly retired NYPD cop moves to the California desert and experiences culture shock—with hippies and UFO sightings that may be driving him crazy—in this mystery. Read full book review >
HAIR OF THE DOG by Carlene  O’Neil
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An enjoyable and well-paced mystery with a surprise kicker."
An ex-photojournalist and owner of the Joyeux Winery on the central California coast finds herself at the scene of another murder—but this time her cousin turns out to be the prime suspect. Read full book review >
THE KILL CIRCLE by David Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Freed's mostly formulaic thriller, the sixth in this series, is best in its one-on-one scenes and observations of modern life."
One accidentally killed CIA analyst is a tragedy. Two accidentally killed CIA agents is a job for Cordell Logan. Read full book review >
WHERE THE RIVER RUNS DEEP by Lynne  Handy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"A witty sleuth as keen and profound as the art form she teaches."
In this thriller, a poet at a writers' retreat digs into the past of a troubled North Carolina town, the site of a current string of murders. Read full book review >
KRUM'S AT CHRISTMERE by Laurence J. Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2017

"The Marx Brothers meet the mob; recommended especially for readers who grew up in the Bronx."
A comic crime caper debut novel, set in the Bronx in the late 1950s, features an engaging hero and a large cast of characters with nicknames such as "Sally Bats," "Nicky Eyes," and "Shmoogie." Read full book review >
MAUI MURDERS by Kathy  Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"As addictive as a soap opera; a fun beach read—with a killer ending."
A grisly, senseless murder in a city on the Hawaiian island of Maui becomes the catalyst for new friendships in this debut novel. 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 >