Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
PERDITION by R. Jean Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"Part mystery, part thriller, part social commentary, and all impossible to put down."
A battle of wills between officers of the law leaves a serial killer room to maneuver. Read full book review >

TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST by Leslie Budewitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2017

"The fourth entry in Budewitz's series is a pleasing read with a thoughtful heroine, a plethora of red herrings, and some foodie tips though nothing to set it above many another culinary cozy."
Murder is bad for business in a Montana town that depends on the tourist trade. Read full book review >
FIREBRAND by A.J.  Hartley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2017

"Readers who come for the tightly plotted mystery will stay for the heroine who does all she can to resist. (Mystery/fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three months after the events of Steeplejack (2016), Anglet Sutonga investigates an elite social club to uncover the identity of a thief and traitor. But as she follows each clue, the Lani girl discovers that wealth, bigotry, and political power intersect to deplorable effect. Read full book review >
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie, the model who's evoked here in dozens of telltale details, will welcome this wildly inventive homage/update/commentary as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year."
A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that's both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits. Read full book review >

WOLF ON A STRING by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Patient readers in no hurry will savor Black's dark, vivid mural of Prague at the turn of the 16th century."
The first night a young scholar arrives in Prague (in 1599) he becomes entangled in court intrigue and murder. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR WINE by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The appealing hero's accountant frets that his habit of taking pro bono cases is unsustainable. A more pointed complaint might be that in his hands, the simplest-seeming cases end up involving everyone in Yamhill County and even some folks who are just passing through."
Dundee, Oregon, attorney Cal Claxton's latest maybe-paying client is a neighbor and friend whose wine-growing operation may have proved irresistible to a killer. Read full book review >
THE RAGTIME TRAVELER by Larry Karp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The fourth Ragtime Mystery (The Ragtime Fool, 2010, etc.) is filled with warmth and wonder and interesting music trivia, buoyed by the relationship between the two sleuths, which may well echo that between the late Larry Karp and his son, who finished this final installment after his death."
A musical scholar meets his ragtime idol and solves a tangled murder with help from the past. Read full book review >
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Goldberg, well-known for his medical thrillers (Plague Ship, 2013, etc.), fuels the unquenchable fascination with Sherlock Holmes by combining detailed medical knowledge with the skills reincarnated in the Great Detective's daughter."
It's 1910. The elderly Dr. John Watson is asked to help a family in distress after their son's apparent suicide. Read full book review >
WHAT THE DEAD LEAVE BEHIND by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The hero emerges with his virtue intact and a brace of new heads for his trophy wall. The surprising number of malefactors at the company isn't a strength of the tale, but they're all well worth your cathartic scorn."
Rushmore McKenzie, who isn't a cop any more, and isn't a licensed investigator either, nonetheless agrees to take his 14th case for a friend of his lover's daughter and finds himself digging up felonies past and present. Read full book review >
CAST THE FIRST STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Ziskin's nice-but-no-nonsense hero is out seriously past her depth in these fleshpots, where, as she aptly notes, she can't trust a single person. Readers will end up rooting for her to get sent back to the East Coast, where people just murder each other."
An unsought assignment sends reporter Ellie Stone from upstate New York to Hollywood in the rainy month of February 1962. Read full book review >
MILES OFF COURSE by Sulari Gentill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Gentill's third (A Decline in Prophets, 2016, etc.) reads like a superior Western, alternating high adventure with social and political observations about prewar Australia."
A wealthy artist with a sideline in sleuthing is beset by danger in Depression-era Australia. 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 >