Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >

THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE by Howard Owen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2017

"Despite an overlong last act, Owen produces another grim, tightly woven, and resolutely professional piece of work with a memorably nightmarish payoff."
Richmond reporter Willie Black's sixth adventure kicks off when one of his favorite watering holes becomes the site of a truly epic brush with the law. Read full book review >
SCABLANDS by EJ Averett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2017

"A zigzagging mystery with an intuitive, competent protagonist."
A forensic psychologist in the mid-1990s consults on an investigation of the murder of her former intern in Averett's (Cameron and the Girls, 2013, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >
COLD CASE CLOSURE by Patrick  Ian O'Donnell
Released: June 28, 2017

"A thrilling novel, intelligently crafted."
A crime drama follows a retired cop's frustrated search for justice. Read full book review >
PERSONS UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A second adventure that strikes all the right notes—layered mystery, incisive cultural context, and a delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives."
Steiner's (Missing, Presumed, 2016, etc.) intrepid, dysfunctional detective, Manon Bradshaw, returns on a case that quickly becomes personal. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Whatever you think of the mystery, the heroine's interviews of the nine Brody kids, each crazier than the next, are worth the price of admission."
It's mutts vs. purebreds as Melanie Travis (Live and Let Growl, 2016, etc.) investigates the death of a dog-loving philanthropist. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE  by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The cast and crew of a reality show are perfect foils for sharp-tongued Jaine, who outwits everyone on the set, except possibly her cat."
There's trouble in paradise for a freelance writer working on a reality television show. Read full book review >
IF THE HAUNTING FITS, WEAR IT by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Since Pressey (Haunted Is Always in Fashion, 2016, etc.) isn't especially witty or persuasive in presenting a heroine and situation she seems to find charming, the main payoff of her extravagant premise is confusion."
Haunted by three ghosts, a young woman searches for a jockey's murderer at the Kentucky Derby. 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 >