Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

PERISH FROM THE EARTH by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles."
Kentucky gentleman Joshua Speed teams up with his friend Abraham Lincoln for the second time (These Honored Dead, 2016) to bring justice to a Mississippi riverboat in 1837. Read full book review >
DEATH ON DELOS by Gary Corby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"In his brisk seventh mystery set in the world of ancient Greece (The Singer from Memphis, 2016, etc.), Corby highlights the crackling chemistry between the two leads and provides another helpful, amusing list of characters that includes a description of and a quotation from each of them."
On the sacred isle of Delos, the priestess Diotima, multitasker extraordinaire, must tamp down the turmoil created by brutish politico Pericles, solve a tricky murder, and then give birth. Read full book review >

MURDER IN MAYFAIR by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Dashing and enjoyably melodramatic."
A gentleman traveler with a secret wound gallantly rescues a lady and uncovers the truth of a murder in Regency London. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The two unlikely sleuths (The Ninja's Daughter, 2016, etc.) once again solve a difficult crime, this one with the extra kick that comes from their own personal stake in its outcome."
A return to his home is a painful experience for a shinobi assassin. Read full book review >
SON OF A BITCH by Jason  B. Sheffield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2017

"A tale with a realistic legal backdrop that spotlights the engrossing trials of a contentious mother-and-son relationship."
Caught in a sexually compromising position with one of her Mafioso clients, a bulldog attorney must call on her long-estranged, up-and-coming lawyer son to defend her at an ethics hearing in this debut novel. Read full book review >

MURDER AT THE MALE REVUE by Elizabeth Perona
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"Mirth and murder make for a winning combination in this cozy whose sleuths are as quirky as the suspects."
Strippers may bring out the worst in some people, but murder is surely excessive. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >