Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Lesser work from a sometime master, less striking for its echoes of a Victorian past than for its previsions of a xenophobic future marked on both sides by distrust and fear."
Cmdr. William Monk, of the Thames River Police, is faced with a series of murders among Shadwell's Hungarian circle as sanguinary as they are ritualistic. Read full book review >
WINNER'S LOSS by Mel  Bradshaw
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An enjoyable read with a likable protagonist and an engaging murder tale."
Bradshaw (Quarrel with the Foe, 2013) returns to 1927 Toronto with a mystery that pulls a detective deep into the post-World War I, avant-garde art world in a city emerging from Prohibition. Read full book review >

FINDING SYLVIA by Alan  Shayne
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A bleak but potent Hollywood tale with an exceptional and truly riveting protagonist."
In this mystery, a former actor with movie producer aspirations may have a good story to sell if he can find the woman he once loved, who inexplicably vanished. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2017

"A murder story with some clever twists."
A debut novel takes readers to the campus of a small Southern college where a serial killer lurks. Read full book review >
WHEN IT GROWS DARK  by Jorn Lier Horst
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not nearly as raw or powerful as Horst's earlier cases (Ordeal, 2017, etc.) but still a deft and effective 'prequel as well as a milestone' in the life of its suddenly retrospective hero."
As he's about to address a group of police officer trainees, Chief Inspector William Wisting receives a letter that dramatically changes his remarks, which now invite the student officers to join him in clearing up a cold case nearly a century old. Read full book review >

WILDERHALL by Jeanne Farewell
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"This tale should prove entertaining for readers who enjoy amusing characters and a less pulpy style of intrigue."
A novel details the gossip and rumors surrounding a renowned theater family, as its would-be biographer searches for the truth. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2017

"A hero who audaciously takes on bad guys, whether in court or out in the field."
A San Diego prosecutor puts together a case against top leaders of a new but menacing drug cartel in Dutton's debut legal thriller. Read full book review >
OFF THE EAST END by David  Kozatch
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"As one character notes of Paul's reporting, it's 'the best kind of mystery.'"
The discovery and disappearance of a young woman's body upends the interconnected lives of the Hamptons' residents. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >
DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH by Bill Crider
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"As usual in this gently humorous series, Crider pads out the slight mystery with enough anecdotes, updates, and digressions to make fans feel as if they've scarcely been away since Survivors Will Be Shot Again (2016)."
A Christmas Carol comes to Blacklin County, Texas, in the form of a production that leaves Sheriff Dan Rhodes (Survivors Will Be Shot Again, 2016, etc.) wondering just who made Jake Marley a ghost. Read full book review >
ORDEAL by Jorn Lier Horst
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"On top of Horst's mastery of detail, the countdown to the climactic trial infuses this solid procedural with a surprising energy."
The 10th case, and the fifth to appear in English, for Chief Inspector William Wisting, of the Larvik Police CID, strains both his patience and his already iffy professional ties with his colleagues. 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 >