Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
THE INCREDIBLE CRIME by Lois Austen-Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Recommended to all mystery fans."
Miss Prudence Pinsent, daughter of the master of Prince's College at Cambridge, epitomizes her time and place in this first mystery by Jane Austen's great-great-niece, originally published in 1931 and now reissued for the first time. Read full book review >

THE STATE COUNSELLOR by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Through every twist and turn, both Akunin and his hero maintain an imperturbable decorum that makes this the most ceremonious tale of terrorism and counterterrorism you're ever likely to read."
Readers who think State Counsellor Erast Petrovich Fandorin has encountered every kind of criminal plot imaginable (He Lover of Death, 2010, etc.) can cheer him as he matches wits with a problem both more traditional and more modern: a cabal of up-to-the-minute terrorists in czarist Russia. Read full book review >
CHILD OF MY WINTER by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"As complex and tricky as Lanh's other Vietnam-centric mysteries, with a psychological component that makes this installment especially intense."
The Vietnam War continues to cast long shadows. Read full book review >
A GAME OF GHOSTS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Connolly creates complicated plots that never unravel. He's just that good."
The games begin anew as retired police detective Charlie Parker, along with fan-favorite sidekicks Angel and Louis, bring their special brand of cynicism and expertise to Connolly's latest paranormal thriller. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >