Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

CALLED TO JUSTICE by Edith Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."
A 19th-century Quaker midwife faces daunting complications when a young woman is murdered. Read full book review >
GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE by Steve Hockensmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2017

"It's every man, woman, and teen for himself as the authors uncork their third free-wheeling adventure set in the craziest town west of Maggody, Arkansas."
A fortuneteller gets the surprise of her life. Read full book review >

WATER SIGNS by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"The amiable heroine (Cold Trail, 2015, etc.) is easy to like, but Dawson hasn't given her much of a mystery this time, and the minutely detailed look at Oakland, which considerably slows the story's pace, is most likely to interest house hunters."
An Oakland PI works to discover whether a former fellow worker's death was accident or murder. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S FOOL by Albert A. Bell Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"Bell knows his colorful main cast so well that this sixth installment hits the ground running. A nimble sex farce sets the table for a clever and highly readable whodunit. The use of classical tags to introduce each chapter adds another layer of antiquity to the tale."
Pliny the Younger (The Eyes of Aurora, 2014, etc.) engages in a high-stakes ruse that inadvertently triggers a murder spree. Read full book review >
A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. Read full book review >

THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS by William Heffernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers who can tolerate the clunky exposition, cartoon bogeymen, and snippets of Scientologist jargon will find the Alaskan finale a highly entertaining piece of payback."
The Dead Detective pursues miscreants attached to the Church of Scientology from their Florida headquarters to the Yukon State. Read full book review >
A CLASH OF SPHERES by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As usual, Chisholm moves effortlessly from fascinating historical background to philosophical musings to violent action. Although this latest installment can be read as a stand-alone, untutored readers might want to start the series from the beginning."
The court of Elizabeth I once more outpaces today's politicians for cunning, effrontery, and vengeful machinations. Read full book review >
DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The second in this cozy series (Terror in Taffeta, 2016) offers both a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the perfect wedding and a surprisingly tricky mystery."
Who knew wedding planning could be such a dangerous job? Read full book review >
BABY, TAKE A BOW  by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The fifth in Tesh's psychic series (Just You Wait, 2015, etc.) is again more enjoyable for the odd mix of characters than the meager mystery."
It will take more than one North Carolina psychic to solve a detective's tangle of cases. Read full book review >
THE LAST TO DIE by Kelly Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Garrett's failure to produce any sympathetic characters makes her debut tough going."
Burglaries turn deadly for a group of spoiled teenagers. Read full book review >
DATE WITH DEATH by Julia Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"An engaging cast of characters and a cleverly clued puzzle move Chapman's debut to the top of the English village murder list."
A prodigal son returns to the Yorkshire Dales to thwart a murderer. Read full book review >
EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Perhaps the most minimal of all Leon's mysteries, with no suspects to speak of and few details of the Commissario's domestic life or his eternal professional tussles at the Questura. Think of this barely-a-case as a vacation for your own soul."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, taking two weeks away from the Venetian Questura for complete rest and solitude, gets both more and less solitude than he bargained for and about the same amount of rest as when he's home. 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 >