Mystery & Crime Book Reviews

DEATH AT THE EMERALD by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Koreto's third period mystery, beautifully appointed and written with measured authority, reads uncannily like a reprinting of an authentic novel from the early 20th century."
A noblewoman and sometime sleuth helps a distraught mother learn the truth about her beloved daughter, who vanished back in 1875. Read full book review >
HIGH DESERT HIGH by Steven  Schindler
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sublimely unusual tale of a man's dementia or, perhaps, his awakening."
A newly retired NYPD cop moves to the California desert and experiences culture shock—with hippies and UFO sightings that may be driving him crazy—in this mystery. Read full book review >

THE CHATTERBOX CHIP by Janine  Marie
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"This novel's dazzling setting, meticulous plotting, and entertaining characters make for a pleasant voyage with danger at every port."
Marie (The Single Shoe Mystery, 2014, etc.) and debut author JHC's series mystery follows a yachting family from Canada to the British Virgin Islands. Read full book review >
RETROGRADE by Kat Hausler
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances."
A woman suffering from amnesia doesn't realize she's been separated for years from the husband who cares for her in this debut novel. Read full book review >
WINNER'S LOSS by Mel  Bradshaw
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An enjoyable read with a likable protagonist and an engaging murder tale."
Bradshaw (Quarrel with the Foe, 2013) returns to 1927 Toronto with a mystery that pulls a detective deep into the post-World War I, avant-garde art world in a city emerging from Prohibition. Read full book review >

WHEN IT GROWS DARK  by Jorn Lier Horst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not nearly as raw or powerful as Horst's earlier cases (Ordeal, 2017, etc.) but still a deft and effective 'prequel as well as a milestone' in the life of its suddenly retrospective hero."
As he's about to address a group of police officer trainees, Chief Inspector William Wisting receives a letter that dramatically changes his remarks, which now invite the student officers to join him in clearing up a cold case nearly a century old. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. Read full book review >
OFF THE EAST END by David  Kozatch
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"As one character notes of Paul's reporting, it's 'the best kind of mystery.'"
The discovery and disappearance of a young woman's body upends the interconnected lives of the Hamptons' residents. Read full book review >
BIBLIOMYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >
DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"As usual in this gently humorous series, Crider pads out the slight mystery with enough anecdotes, updates, and digressions to make fans feel as if they've scarcely been away since Survivors Will Be Shot Again (2016)."
A Christmas Carol comes to Blacklin County, Texas, in the form of a production that leaves Sheriff Dan Rhodes (Survivors Will Be Shot Again, 2016, etc.) wondering just who made Jake Marley a ghost. Read full book review >
ORDEAL by Jorn Lier Horst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"On top of Horst's mastery of detail, the countdown to the climactic trial infuses this solid procedural with a surprising energy."
The 10th case, and the fifth to appear in English, for Chief Inspector William Wisting, of the Larvik Police CID, strains both his patience and his already iffy professional ties with his colleagues. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye  Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Veteran TV writer Garrett uses her Cold Case experience to inform her debut, which sets up more than one charming character and isn't afraid to go cynical on all things LA."
A stone-broke actress struggles to land the reward for solving a cold case. 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 >