Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

HARDCASTLE'S RUNAWAY by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers who enjoy watching the irascible inspector browbeat his subordinates may enjoy Ison's latest entry, which offers precious little in the way of detection."
A wayward teenager spells trouble for Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Collector, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD CERTAIN by Adam Mitzner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Mitzner's (The Girl from Home, 2016, etc.) contemporary take on A Kiss Before Dying lacks the disturbing cohesion of Ira Levin's tale, but it packs enough of a punch to make it worth reading on its own terms."
A Manhattan lawyer labors to keep the police from hounding a suspect in one murder even as she tries her best to link him to another. Read full book review >

LETHAL WAVES  by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Finally balancing his obsession with the past and his current workload, Horton manages to mount a decent investigation and produce a sound, if somewhat unlikely, conclusion."
DI Andy Horton (Fatal Catch, 2015, etc.) faces two seaside murders with few leads. Read full book review >
COVER UP by Patricia Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"A gritty period piece with an intriguingly different, darker take on the swinging '60s."
Photojournalist Kate O'Donnell and her boyfriend, DS Harry Barnard, find themselves facing off with the powers that be in their sixth case (Deep Waters, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
LIES THAT BIND by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Cameron provides several elements that will delight series fans, from an interesting frame for her story to a protagonist who can be charmingly human, a trait as rare as it is welcome in the genre."
The discovery of a murder victim in a Cotswolds village puts a family at risk of being torn apart. Read full book review >

THRILL KILL by Don Bruns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Fans of the series debut may be underwhelmed: Bruns provides few new details of the hero's past and even less development of his relationship with his unlikely collaborator."
A New Orleans detective searches for the motive behind a puzzling series of murders, all with the same calling card left by the killer. Read full book review >
ON COPPER STREET by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Nickson (Modern Crimes, 2017, etc.) is particularly adept at fleshing out his characters and providing a surprising solution to this procedural."
A Victorian police detective's newest cases and the vicissitudes of his private life give him cause to ponder his own mortality. Read full book review >
A GRAVE CALLING by Wendy Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers of this taut mystery don't need dowsing rods to detect series potential."
Is it a gift or a curse that Julie Hall has the ability to divine the whereabouts of dead bodies? Read full book review >
THE CHALK PIT by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Like its predecessors (The Woman in Blue, 2016, etc.), Griffith's ninth is complex and character-driven, providing an excellent mystery whose very last sentence will leave you yearning for the next installment."
The discovery of some not-so-old bones opens up surprising possibilities of a mysterious underground world. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH VICTIM by Tessa Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Although Harris (Secrets in the Stones, 2016, etc.) gives away a little too much a little too soon, she still combines two perceptive points of view with a convincing portrait of London's seamier side and a neat twist of an ending."
A reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper with a supernatural touch. Read full book review >
MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER by Staci McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"The characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue stilted, the romance bland, and the villain all too obvious. Basic and forgettable."
Nearly-married Dana Lewis digs into small-town gossip to find a killer in her sixth escapade in scenic California. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE WIDOW'S CURSE by Nancy Atherton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Perhaps the most heartwarming entry in this long-running series (Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure, 2016, etc.), one that presents a very different path to solving the case."
When a neighbor admits to killing her husband, a haunted sleuth feels obliged to investigate. 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 >