Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >
THE MEATING ROOM by T. Frank Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Luridly over the top from beginning to end, though it's hard to resist a hero who reflects, 'Of all the suicides he had seen, McCulloch was certainly the best dressed.'"
An apparent suicide and the irrefutable evidence of three murders that swiftly follow are only the tip of the iceberg as DCI Andy Gilchrist of the Fife Constabulary follows a dark and bloody trail of mayhem. Read full book review >

FALSE FIRE  by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The 11th case for Heley's smart, unflappable heroine (False Wall, 2016, etc.) proves once more that dysfunctional families can be combustible."
Fire disrupts a British family gathering. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD  by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Witnessing a bloodbath of this scope is like trying to develop rapport with individual ants: characters barely have time to show up before they're erased. This one is strictly for readers who want action without any stake in who's onstage."
A former policeman's retirement is thrown off course by a deranged killer's deadly spree. Read full book review >
BETRAYED  by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The third in this high-tension series (Shadowed, 2016, etc.) is by far the most complex. Newcomers seeking to understand the weird and dangerous world of the hacking community will have to stay on their toes. The finale will leave everyone wanting more."
An addicted hacker struggles to return her life to something that passes for normal. Read full book review >

PALE GUARDIAN by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The seventh series installment in Hambly's series (Darkness in His Bones, 2015, etc.) is laden with enough flashbacks, unappetizing details, and earnest expository passages to exclude all but series (or vampire) fans."
Mortals form an uneasy alliance with vampires during World War I. Read full book review >
I WISH YOU MISSED ME by Bonnie Hearn Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Hill's heroine (Goodbye Forever, 2016, etc.) is a poor example of show-not-tell in a road story that just doesn't generate the interest that it needs."
The disappearance of a friend sends a former radio host on a road trip from which she promises she won't return without him. Read full book review >
SNOOK WALLOW by Janet Heijens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Heijens, whose earlier foray into the topic (Wrongful Conviction, 2015) featured criminal defender Jean Jankowski, presents another heroine who's equally smart, resourceful, and empathetic—and more than worthy of an encore appearance."
A retired lawyer hopes to prove a death row inmate innocent before his time runs out. Read full book review >
LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Part mystery, part supernatural thriller, part family drama, and all pretty obscure except to devoted fans of the Cainsville series (Betrayals, 2016, etc.)."
Has the legend of a vanishing hitchhiker come to life, or is it just a fae up to no good? Three interconnected mysterymongers straddling the line between the mundane and the supernatural must band together to investigate. Read full book review >
DUPLICITY  by Jane Haseldine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Haseldine (The Last Time She Saw Him, 2016) uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale, though it has perhaps a few too many complications for a smooth flow."
A Detroit crime reporter is still haunted by a 30-year-old mystery in her own family. Read full book review >
THE NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY by Mandy Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The mystery is gossamer-thin, the detective work modest, the characterization ditto, and the puns—well, you already know how you feel about them. But everyone who suspects that cats have always run the world will be at least a bit curious about how that works out in an alternate reality."
Tired of watching Lilian Jackson Braun's Koko and Yum Yum get upstaged by that do-nothing Jim Qwilleran? Wish the sleuthing pets in Rita Mae Brown's tales had even more prominent roles? Morton's debut, featuring an all-feline cast running amok in something like modern England, is the answer to your prayers. Read full book review >
CONVICTION by Julia Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The novel's authenticity is enhanced by Dahl's painfully spot-on grievances about the deteriorating newspaper industry and her cogent observations about Brooklyn in both its post-millennium growth and its past lives—which somehow never seem all that far in the past."
Hard-bitten tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts returns to investigate a decades-old triple murder case in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, finding not only a potential wrongful conviction, but also some disquieting revelations close to her own 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 >