Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

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 >

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 >
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 >
DEATH ON NANTUCKET by Francine Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"After a long hiatus, Mathews returns to Nantucket (Death in a Cold Hard Light, 1999, etc.) with this twisty tale of family relationships gone bad."
A police officer's wedding plans are complicated by a death in one of Nantucket's most prominent families. 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 >
ODD NUMBERS by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A prophetic counterterrorist procedural whose bold central conceit is likely to grow more depressingly plausible with every passing week."
Eleven years after she's sidelined from the Oslo police department by a bullet to the back, retired DI Hanne Wilhelmsen rejoins her old friend Billy T. to root out a particularly virulent cell of terrorists. Read full book review >
MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN by Cara Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Black's detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them."
A job at the École des Beaux-Arts and a search for a Serbian lowlife combine to lead Aimée Leduc (Murder on the Quai, 2016, etc.) through the upscale part of Paris' Left Bank. 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 >
THE TEMPLARS' LAST SECRET by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Just the thing for readers hungry for a banquet of epicurean pleasures, ancient history, international terrorism, and holy matrimony. More timid souls who crave a less incongruous mix may want to wait till next year."
The good life in the Périgord countryside is menaced by pedophiles, terrorists, torturers, and a visiting magistrate from Paris. 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 >