Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. 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 >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON'T LOOK FRIENDLY by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"McKinty's hero is irreverent, charming, and mordantly, laugh-out-loud funny, and his eclectic personal soundtrack and bitter, pragmatic politics make for vivid period detail."
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Rain Dogs, 2016, etc.) tries to cut back on the smoking and do decent police work despite bombs, riots, and bureaucracy. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's refreshing to see Holmes be Holmes. Fans and neophytes alike should cheer Faye's reinvigoration of Conan Doyle's hero and his panoramic world."
Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) adds two new stories to 13 she's previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The intricately linked plotlines will appeal to puzzle fans. But it's Brekke's prodigious powers of invention, his ability to keep coming up with unforgettable characters and indelible episodes, that lift this above his own earlier work and most of the heavy Nordic competition."
Forgoing the historical excursions that tangled the first two cases of Trondheim's Inspector Odd Singsaker (Dreamless, 2015, etc.), Brekke mingles the immediate past, present, and future to produce an even more tangled, but deeply rewarding, tale. Read full book review >
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine."
A missing neighbor, a series of fires, and turmoil at work are just the start of Samantha Clair's problems. Read full book review >
THE DIME by Kathleen Kent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing. Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman."
Kent (The Outcasts, 2013, etc.) introduces a tough and engaging new detective in this police thriller set in Dallas. Read full book review >
CRUEL MERCY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"To call Mark's novels (Taking Pity, 2015, etc.) police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet."
A British policeman blunders into gang warfare and worse in New York City. Read full book review >
KILLING ADONIS by J.M.  Donellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A most unusual mystery, indeed."
A nurse is hired to care for a comatose patient. Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). 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 >