Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

HER KIND OF CASE by Jeanne Winer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."
A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn't want to be saved. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO COULDN'T MISS by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Familiar premise, busy plotting, stock characters. As usual, Hoagy's narration is the bright spot in a tangle of intrigue wilder than Noel Coward ever could have imagined."
Summer 1993 finds sometime novelist Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag back at work on a new book, happily resident on his ex-wife Merilee Nash's Connecticut farm, but unable to kick his fatal attraction toward inconvenient corpses in awkward places. Read full book review >

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Synthetic as all get-out, from the scenes with Mary's oh-so-Italian family to the unlikely events that bring about the amazingly happy ending. But Scottoline, who obviously knows her readers inside out, hits every mark, and the results are never less than pleasurable, down to the last satisfying twist."
It had to happen sooner or later: Philadelphia's premier, mostly female legal partnership, Rosato and DiNunzio, gets sued for sex discrimination. Read full book review >
DON'T EAT ME by Colin Cotterill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Cotterill's long-running series, now on its 13th installment, runs on the chemistry of his quirky comic characters, who once again deliver delightfully. Tart chapter titles like 'Enough Perverts to Keep Us All Busy' add another layer of ironic humor."
A mysterious skeleton, a controversial film project, local government corruption…who else could solve this puzzle but curmudgeonly coroner Dr. Siri? Read full book review >
BLACK LOTUS KISS by Jason Ridler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A bizarre trek through the supernatural (begun in Hex-Rated, 2017) that's at best wildly inventive and at worst misogynistic and incoherent."
A pulpy trip through the highs of 1970s Southern California finds a private eye searching for a mystical flower with magical properties. Read full book review >

DON'T SEND FLOWERS by Martín  Solares
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A sort of Mexico Confidential, with noirish atmosphere to burn and a very high body count."
Crime novels don't get much grittier or more brutal than the second thriller by Solares (The Black Minutes, 2010), set in a contemporary northern Mexico that's a blood-soaked moonscape. Read full book review >
LAST LOOKS by Howard Michael Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"It's fast, funny, and well worth a sequel."
In Gould's debut novel, ex-LAPD cop Charlie Waldo descends from his hill to investigate a high-profile murder. Read full book review >
THE BREAKERS  by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Though it works against suspense and urgency, the emphasis on the regular cast pays off this time in a truly traumatic development you can bet Muller will be exploring in further detail in her next installment."
Sharon McCone's search for the missing daughter of a pair of old friends leads her to a flurry of crimes old and new. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S TENTH by Richard Kluger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2018

"There are so many layers beneath layers of deception, in fact, that even the most enthralled readers—and there will be many—are more likely to greet the climactic twist with exhausted relief than satisfaction."
Think it would be fun to discover a lost symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven? Think again. Read full book review >
TAIL OF THE DRAGON by Connie di Marco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2018

"A by-the-numbers cozy distinguished only by its San Francisco setting and astrological appeal."
An astrologer relies on the stars to guide her investigation into the murder of an attorney at her former employer's firm. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD ENDING by Kellye  Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2018

"Though sometimes there's so much going on that you lose sight of the high-stakes main event, Garrett continues to build an appealingly quirky crime-solving team."
An oddly assembled crew digs into the depths of Hollywood's elite in an effort to solve crimes for cash. Read full book review >
CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island's fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions."
Land and culture erode on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. 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 >