Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

SILENT RAIN by Karin Salvalaggio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Salvalaggio's fourth installment (Walleye Junction, 2016, etc.) lives up to her talent for dropping unhappy souls into grim circumstances and handing them over to her flawed but capable protagonist to save or arrest."
There are more tricks than treats when a quiet college town bursts into violence on Halloween. Read full book review >
BABYLON BERLIN by Volker Kutscher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."
Welcome to Berlin in the 1920s: a city filled with vice, violence, greed, corruption, and political mayhem. Read full book review >

CRIMES OF WINTER by Philippe Georget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The third installment from Georget (Autumn, All the Cats Return, 2014, etc.) dives deeper into character than most traditional detective yarns and is written with wit, poignancy, and panache. Some readers, though, might want less of the investigator and more of the investigation."
Just as a French police inspector learns of his wife's adultery, a crime spree hits his turf. Read full book review >
THE FINAL VOW by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Flower's third features less history, more romance, and a stronger mystery than its predecessors (The Final Tap, 2016, etc.)."
Only murder is worse than having to help plan your ex-husband's wedding—and it's not that much worse. Read full book review >
BAD TO THE BONE by Linda O. Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"Veteran Johnston has her formula down, but her characters often come off as too Pollyannaish or persnickety to be believed—fixating on who orders alcohol with dinner or how to work a business meeting for a free meal—and so risk losing the affection of readers who hunger for more realistic motivation."
After a friend's romantic rival is killed, a dog-focused entrepreneur investigates. Read full book review >

A PERFECT MANHATTAN MURDER by Tracy Kiely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"It's impossible to resist Kiely's charming trio of husband, wife, and dog (Killer Cocktail, 2016, etc.). The manner is effervescent and amusing, and the mystery surprisingly good."
A modern-day Nick and Nora Charles take their skills in sleuthing and repartee to the New York theater district. Read full book review >
UNCORKING A LIE by Nadine Nettmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2017

"A good mystery with a limited group of suspects and unlimited wine lore."
A California wine expert uses her famed palate to uncover a fake and solve a murder. Read full book review >
NEARLY NERO by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"Fans who rejoice in Estleman's deep knowledge and obvious love of Stout's oeuvre and his infectious playfulness will demand more adventures of the man who perpetually asks himself 'WWND (What Would Nero Do?)'—if only the author can come up with more punning story titles ('Wolfe at the Door'?)."
The chronicler of shamus Amos Walker (Don't Look for Me, 2014, etc.) and film preservationist Valentino (Brazen, 2016, etc.) rounds up 10 stories, all but one of them reprints from 2008-16, about a seemingly clueless Nero Wolfe wannabe who always gets his man anyway. Read full book review >
FAMILY MATTERS by Anthony Rolls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Rolls, clearly writing with both dry eyes on Francis Iles' Malice Aforethought and Before the Fact, will remind fond readers with long memories of better-known landmarks by Henry Wade, Richard Hull, and Raymond Postgate."
A deliciously anti-cozy tale of murder most multiplied that's perhaps the choicest blast yet from the past almost-masters of mystery resurrected by Poisoned Pen's British Library Crime Classics. Read full book review >
TOO LUCKY TO LIVE by Annie Hogsett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Cheesy dialogue between the newly minted couple interspersed with an endless series of threats to their lives make the lottery win in Hogsett's debut seem more like a death sentence than a boon."
Meeting the right guy makes a divorcée feel like she's won the lottery—that is, until it turns out he's won the lottery and she learns the extent which people will go to get their hands on the cash. Read full book review >
RANDOM ROAD by Thomas Kies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though the heroine's love life may be less interesting to mystery fans than her amateur sleuthing, Kies' fiction debut lays the groundwork for an entertaining series."
A hard-living newspaperwoman juggles multiple men and battles the bottle on her way to redemption via a high-profile murder story. Read full book review >
YOUR KILLIN' HEART by Peggy O'Neal Peden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Peden's debut paints a matter-of-fact picture of the city that lives for music. Her heroine is a typical cozy sleuth, bright and gutsy but also rather foolhardy as she stumbles in and out of dangerous situations while solving a murder whose solution many readers will spot ahead of her."
A Nashville travel agent's nosiness may be the death of her. 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 >