Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
OAKLAND NOIR by Jerry Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Thompson and Muller have taken such pains to choose stories highlighting Oakland's diversity and history that the result is a volume rich in local culture as well as crime."
San Francisco's grittier next-door neighbor gets her day in the sun in 16 new stories in this tightly curated entry in Akashic's Noir series. Read full book review >

WHERE THE DEAD LIE by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Harris (When Falcons Fall, 2016, etc.) is as determined as her lead couple to explore London's underbelly. Hold onto your carriage strap: the tangle of familial, criminal, and political conflict makes for bleak reading."
In Regency England, a viscount pursues the sadistic killer of London's most vulnerable denizens. Read full book review >
OF BOOKS AND BAGPIPES by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"This sequel to The Cracked Spine (2016) is rich in Scottish dialect and eccentric characters, including a well-meaning heroine who brings on most of her own troubles."
A murder at a Scottish castle reveals a murky past. Read full book review >
FATAL MUSIC by Peter Morfoot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lacking the political overtones of Morfoot's terrorist-tinged fiction debut, this more strictly domestic case seems overlong, more padded, fussier, smacking of much ado about nothing until the author detonates a string of fireworks at its tail."
Capt. Paul Darac's second recorded case begins with an elderly woman found dead in her hot tub and then gets into deeper and deeper waters. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF LA FONTAINE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix's Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life."
A chef's plan to expand his restaurant ignites a furor in a wealthy quarter of Aix-en-Provence. Read full book review >
ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"The mixture is as before, with a bit less of everything except suspects and red herrings."
The latest from Clark (The Sleeping Beauty Killer, 2016, etc.) is retro even for her: the maiden voyage of a trans-Atlantic ship crammed with more beautiful people, gossips, thieves, and killers than Death on the Nile—or her own daughter Carol Higgins Clark's 1992 debut, Decked. Read full book review >
A RING OF TRUTH by Michelle Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"An engaging and effective romp rich with historical details."
In this second installment of a mystery series, a young woman navigates her future with her fiance and the unfriendly world of the upper class. Read full book review >
MURDER IN A CORNISH ALEHOUSE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meandering mystery with far too many red herrings that's still enjoyable for its historical insights and detailed descriptions of everyday life in Tudor England."
In 1584, a headstrong woman vows to find her stepfather's murderer. 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 >