Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

INSIDE SAM LERNER by Gwen Banta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2018

"A conventional but sometimes entertaining noir whodunit."
In Banta's (The Fly Strip, 2016) latest novel, a retired, 40-something Los Angeles police detective returns to his hometown of New Orleans only to become embroiled in a case of a dead sex worker. Read full book review >
THE IN-LAWS by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2018

"Another tale of incisive sleuths that's short but thoroughly enjoyable."
In Chen's (An Intangible Affair, 2017, etc.) latest series installment, Bostonian amateur detective and biologist Ann Lee sets out to prove the innocence of a friend accused of murder.Read full book review >

THE SLEEPING LADY by Bonnie C.  Monte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Enough tangents to keep readers guessing, with a strong female protagonist who finally comes into her own."
A debut mystery mixes murder and betrayal with a suspicious international enterprise. Read full book review >
ENTANGLED MOON by E.C.  Frey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A vivid, if sometimes-melodramatic, tangle of corporate intrigue, murder, friendship, and love gone wrong."
In Frey's debut novel, corporate players clash and old friends revisit buried secrets. Read full book review >
THE BOOGEYMAN'S INTERN by Matt  Betts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2018

"An offbeat, entertaining look at timeworn mythical characters."
A world of imaginary beings faces a possible homicide in Betts' (The Shadow Beneath the Waves, 2018, etc.) fantasy mystery.Read full book review >

BROKEN PLACES by Tracy Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Clark's kickoff to an exciting new character-driven series explores the dynamics between a black investigator and a white world in a story ripped from the headlines."
Nothing can deflect a private investigator from finding the killer of her surrogate father. Read full book review >
HUSH, MY INNER SLEUTH by M.E.  Meegs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2018

"Possibilities abound in this meta-noir page-turner."
College grad Willie Tigue, "looking forward to an adventure," gets one in spades when she is seemingly possessed by a freshly deceased private eye in 1940s Hollywood. Read full book review >
CALLAGHAN IN THE CROSS HAIRS by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2018

"A fast-paced, page-turning continuation of a singular and thought-provoking series."
Ekemar (The Callaghan Tetralogy, 2018, etc.) revisits the adventurous exploits of Matthias Callaghan in this exhilarating opening to a new trilogy. Read full book review >
EMBERS by Philip  Soletsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2018

"A conventional mystery, spearheaded by an unconventional first-time gumshoe with an intricate backstory."
In Soletsky's (Trail Blaze, 2016, etc.) mystery-thriller series starter, a firefighter sparks an amateur investigation to identify a murderer in his small New Hampshire town. Read full book review >
BROKEN CHORD by Alice A.  Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"An often engaging inspirational tale."
Retired journalist and radio broadcaster Jackson offers a debut mystery series-starter set in the music business, starring a middle-aged woman who rises to fame as a manager in Nashville's Music Row. Read full book review >
HAIR OF THE DOG by Carlene  O’Neil
Released: April 24, 2018

"An enjoyable and well-paced mystery with a surprise kicker."
An ex-photojournalist and owner of the Joyeux Winery on the central California coast finds herself at the scene of another murder—but this time her cousin turns out to be the prime suspect. Read full book review >
BLIND EYE by Meg  Lelvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2018

"More than a straight-up police procedural, this tale gives readers the excitement of the chase while taking them deep into the psyches of its diverse characters."
The adventures of Detective Jack Bailey continue as he and his partner run down clues in pursuit of a serial killer on the loose in Chicago in this sequel. 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 >