Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

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 >
THE AMAZON DETECTIVE AGENCY by Patrick Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An enjoyable diversion with a little something extra for political junkies and followers of the Supreme Court."
In this mystery, a Supreme Court justice suddenly dies days before the court is expected to rule on a Florida presidential election recount. Read full book review >

WRATH OF THE FURY BLADE by Geoff  Habiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"This rich fusion of crime and fantasy should enchant readers."
A killer targets high-ranking victims in a society of elves obsessed with genetic purity. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH GUNMAN by John Lansing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The exuberant characters and swift pace will thrill new and returning readers."
In Lansing's (Dead is Dead, 2016, etc.) fourth series installment, retired inspector Jack Bertolino works a case for the feds to find an undercover FBI agent who's missing. Read full book review >
VERONICA MARS by Merrick  Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"An admirable tie-in that gives its protagonist all the qualities that made her indelible on TV more than a decade ago."
Whip-smart teen detective Veronica Mars does some off-the-books gumshoeing for a friend in Green's debut mystery, inspired by the cult mid-2000s TV series. Read full book review >

TO DIE BUT ONCE by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2018

"In addition to providing a very good mystery, Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real."
Britain teeters on the brink as World War II ramps up. Read full book review >
BONNIE AND CLYDE by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2018

"A crisply written, well-researched, and thoroughly entertaining romance/thriller/mystery."
In this crime-fiction sequel, legendary criminals Bonnie and Clyde go undercover to prevent a landmark dam from being blown up before it's completed. Read full book review >
THE POLICEMAN'S DAUGHTER by Trudy Nan Boyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Even so, Boyce presents compelling evidence in support of the heroine's conclusion that 'there seemed no way to do right without collateral damage.'"
Though she's only notched two earlier appearances, Detective Sarah "Salt" Alt, of the Atlanta PD, gets a prequel that will be her ticket from the ranks of uniformed patrol to the homicide squad. Read full book review >
THE ISOTONER ORDEAL by Christopher Leibig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2018

"Proof that a legal case can be riveting long after the trial is over."
An attorney offers a confession of sorts to a Manhattan socialite concerning a murder trial in which he was the teen defendant in this mystery/drama. Read full book review >
LIES IN THE WIND by Judy Bruce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2018

"Another fine series entry featuring a well-rounded heroine whose psychic abilities are just some of her gifts."
A psychic small-town lawyer in western Nebraska investigates a double murder in this fifth installment of Bruce's mystery series. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL AT THE BUFFALO RANCH  by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Oklahoma native Hoklotubbe (Sinking Suspicions, 2014, etc.) once again shows evildoing in the area of her childhood home. A deep feeling for both the country and its inhabitants adds authenticity to her cunning tale."
Arrogance and greed add up to a powerful motive for murder. Read full book review >
THE HORNED OWL by Lu Clifton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2018

"Another sharp mystery in a continually improving series."
In the third installment of Clifton's (The Bonepicker, 2017, etc.) thriller series, Detective Sam Chitto of the Choctaw Tribal Police in southeastern Oklahomatries to prove a high schooler innocent of murder while also digging into his own father's decade-old homicide. 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 >