Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

THE TELL-TALE TARTE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Cooking tips and Poe lore help move the mundane mystery along to a satisfying if not surprising conclusion."
A job as an author's stand-in puts a sleuth in jeopardy. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER by Lee Hollis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The recipes scattered through the book include several cocktail suggestions readers may need to get through this muddled mystery."
Three women's vacation from their everyday lives is cursed from the start. Read full book review >

BOOKED 4 MURDER by J.C. Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Eaton's debut introduces a retirement community filled with quirky characters and a sleuth who may have more talent for solving puzzles than she admits."
Can reading cause death? A most reluctant sleuth seeks an answer. Read full book review >
A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT by Ellie Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Just reading the descriptions of delectable desserts (and the appended recipes) can pile on the pounds, leaving the slight mystery to languish."
Who killed the stowaway? Read full book review >
LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"His emphasis on the thorny issues surrounding honor killings allows Billingham (Die of Shame, 2016, etc.) to put a new and urgent spin on his tried-and-true procedural formula."
DI Tom Thorne steps on more toes than usual to help out Nicola Tanner, a detective who's supposed to stay even further away from the case at hand than he is. Read full book review >

DEAD SPIDER  by Victoria Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2017

"Houston (Dead Loudmouth, 2016, etc.) can always be counted on for detailed depictions of a beautiful area known for fine fishing. This time she adds a better than average mystery as well."
The murder of a wealthy and well-known Wisconsin resident causes major headaches for a small-town police chief. Read full book review >
NO TURNING BACK by Tracy Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Readers' sympathy for Buchanan's (The Lost Mother, 2016, etc.) suffering heroine will be sorely tried by her endless wallowing as momentum builds toward an over-the-top denouement."
A news presenter makes news herself when she kills a schoolboy to defend her baby girl. Read full book review >
BAD HOUSEKEEPING by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Chance once again battles the balance between wit and overkill (Teetotaled, 2016, etc.), unfortunately erring on the side of the latter."
Dumped and depressed, a young woman must team up with her troublemaking great-aunt to solve a crime. Read full book review >
HELL'S DETECTIVE by Michael Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Logan (Wannabes, 2016, etc.) creates a world of the dead rich with details that range from the mundane to the sublimely vicious, suggesting a skill for humor that supersedes his mystery abilities."
A detective trapped in purgatory has a chance to win freedom from her past. Read full book review >
THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Lepionka's debut confidently portrays complex characters with multiple, sometimes contradictory, motivations and offers an unusually naturalistic perspective on sexual identity."
A down-and-out private investigator works a case that takes her back to her own past. Read full book review >
THE TEMPLARS' LAST SECRET by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Just the thing for readers hungry for a banquet of epicurean pleasures, ancient history, international terrorism, and holy matrimony. More timid souls who crave a less incongruous mix may want to wait till next year."
The good life in the Périgord countryside is menaced by pedophiles, terrorists, torturers, and a visiting magistrate from Paris. Read full book review >
ENDGAME by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Middling, professional-grade work for this long-running series, whose most notable feature is a broad hint in its closing pages that it may well be its nameless hero's last case."
An autumnal pair of cases for the Nameless Detective Agency explores the strains in two very different marriages. 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 >