Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

THE FALLEN by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence. The satisfyingly inconclusive ending of this sequel to the equally dark The Innocents (2016) puts a whole new spin on catharsis."
Reluctantly back in the saddle as the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson goes up against a trio of bank robbers as cunning as they are clueless. Read full book review >
ARROWOOD by Mick Finlay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A great concept worked out with more grit than inspiration. The inevitable franchise has already been optioned for television, a medium you can only hope will hang on to the best bits here and toss out the rest."
Finlay debuts with a tale built on a wonderful premise: a downscale Sherlock Holmes for the rest of us. Read full book review >

COLLARED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Rosenfelt's matchless gift for feather-light exposition that hurtles along without ever feeling rushed or foggy allows him to keep the complications coming until nearly the end. It's only the denouement that feels as if a lesser ghostwriter, perhaps an obliging pooch, had taken over."
Ebulliently inventive Rosenfelt finds yet another way to involve unwilling Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, 2016, etc.) in a case in which one of the leading roles is played by a canine. Read full book review >
A DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"'I have a tendency, I'm afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,' the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven."
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases (The Novel Habits of Happiness, 2015, etc.) keep getting slighter and slighter. But her exceptionally well-titled 11th may be the slenderest of them all. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S MUSE by Bill Loehfelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Loehfelm doesn't need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way."
A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don't apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events. Read full book review >

PERISH FROM THE EARTH by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles."
Kentucky gentleman Joshua Speed teams up with his friend Abraham Lincoln for the second time (These Honored Dead, 2016) to bring justice to a Mississippi riverboat in 1837. Read full book review >
DEATH ON DELOS by Gary Corby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"In his brisk seventh mystery set in the world of ancient Greece (The Singer from Memphis, 2016, etc.), Corby highlights the crackling chemistry between the two leads and provides another helpful, amusing list of characters that includes a description of and a quotation from each of them."
On the sacred isle of Delos, the priestess Diotima, multitasker extraordinaire, must tamp down the turmoil created by brutish politico Pericles, solve a tricky murder, and then give birth. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The two unlikely sleuths (The Ninja's Daughter, 2016, etc.) once again solve a difficult crime, this one with the extra kick that comes from their own personal stake in its outcome."
A return to his home is a painful experience for a shinobi assassin. Read full book review >
PENHALE WOOD by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"The elegant writing, complex characters, and surprising conclusion of Thomas' second (The English Boys, 2016) all add up to a fine mystery that will appeal to readers of Catriona McPherson's psychological thrillers."
A cold case turns hot enough to burn lives to the ground. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE CRIME by Lois Austen-Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Recommended to all mystery fans."
Miss Prudence Pinsent, daughter of the master of Prince's College at Cambridge, epitomizes her time and place in this first mystery by Jane Austen's great-great-niece, originally published in 1931 and now reissued for the first time. Read full book review >
CHILD OF MY WINTER by Andrew Lanh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"As complex and tricky as Lanh's other Vietnam-centric mysteries, with a psychological component that makes this installment especially intense."
The Vietnam War continues to cast long shadows. Read full book review >
A GAME OF GHOSTS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Connolly creates complicated plots that never unravel. He's just that good."
The games begin anew as retired police detective Charlie Parker, along with fan-favorite sidekicks Angel and Louis, bring their special brand of cynicism and expertise to Connolly's latest paranormal thriller. 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 >