Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

A TASTE FOR VENGEANCE by Martin Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2018

"Walker's latest is replete with incident, but like the frequent dinners his hero prepares for friends, paying guests, and the occasional visiting FBI agent, its abundance seems just one more testimony to the richness of the region."
A promotion comes with a host of challenges for the Périgord region's Bruno Courrèges (The Templar's Last Secret, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A complicated plot, richly drawn characters, and a vein of horror will keep readers devouring the pages."
Private detective Charlie Parker faces a pair of otherworldly foes in a crime novel packed with colorful characters. Read full book review >

BLOWN by Mark Haskell Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Another madcap crime caper, one with a little temper and a dirty mind."
When a Wall Street trader rips off $17 million of his brokerage's cash, it initiates an island-hopping chase across the Caribbean. Read full book review >
THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN by Bryan Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Many twists and turns that keep readers guessing till the end."
A novel about the consequences of a terrorist attack in New York City. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF THE MAD by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Precious little for Sherlock Holmes to do, and not much more for his wife, not even in the way of King's trademark dialogue between the two. Come for the mystery, stay for the sightseeing, the gibes at fascism, and the heroine's climactic masquerade as silent film star Harold Lloyd."
Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, seek a friend's missing relative in the most unlikely places. Read full book review >

A STUDY IN TREASON by Leonard Goldberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Goldberg (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, 2017) matches the style of Conan Doyle's stories and adds the fillip of a female protagonist."
Dr. Watson, his son, and the daughter of Sherlock Holmes solve a case of treason in 1914. Read full book review >
LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A page-turner chock full of lies and betrayals and a very creepy mother-son relationship."
Laurence Fitzsimons has a mother who's determined to control everything, and everyone, around her—even if she has to kill to do it. Read full book review >
YOSEMITE FALL  by Scott Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"As always, the highlight of Graham's National Park Mystery series (Yellowstone Standoff, 2016, etc.) is his extensive knowledge of the parks system, its lands, and its people."
A trip to Yosemite turns deadly for an archaeologist, his family, and the old climbing friends the trip is reuniting him with. Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE BALLROOM by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Koreto's second Alice Roosevelt mystery manages to be accessible while conveying an authentic period feel. The two investigators are delightful, and the historical figures sprinkled throughout the tale never overwhelm the plot."
Teddy Roosevelt's daughter uses guile and grit to clear an innocent man accused of murder. Read full book review >
WIDOW'S WREATH by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Riggs' heroine has a smaller role than usual in an exciting and twisted tale of hatred and family honor that will keep you guessing until the end."
A favor for a relative involves a poet and sleuth in yet another murder. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY LINE OF SIGHT by Mike Maden
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 12, 2018

"Fast-moving and exciting, this one reads like it came from Clancy himself."
Clancy's thriller industry lives on in this Jack Ryan Jr. adventure by Maden. Read full book review >
SECRETS, LIES, & CRAWFISH PIES by Abby L. Vandiver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Vandiver's debut, which launches a character-driven series, has plenty of local color and interesting tidbits on Creole history though not much of a mystery."
A small-town girl returning to her roots becomes a reluctant sleuth. 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 >