Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE MARSHAL AND THE MOONSHINER by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"Lots of violent action tempered with hints of romance and cultural clashes and a climactic surprise, though much of it comes across as serviceable exposition in search of a strong throughline."
Wendelboe turns from the contemporary American West (Hunting the Five Point Killer, 2017, etc.) to the Depression era to kick off a new series that packs the U.S. Marshal for Wyoming off to Oklahoma in pursuit of a murder suspect. Read full book review >
LIGHT IT UP  by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"This novel has a virtuoso opening over rugged terrain that soon turns into too-easily-recognizable territory."
An Iraq veteran stumbles into trouble when he signs on as security for a Colorado marijuana business. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT MARKET by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"You'll never look at a flock of sparrows the same way again."
A sharp and scary near-future thriller that delivers a dark message about society's love affair with technology. Read full book review >
I KNOW MY NAME by C.J. Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A fast-paced novel that deftly strikes at the heart of what it means to survive traumatic personal and familial ruptures."
When an Englishwoman disappears from her home, her husband is forced to acknowledge problems in their marriage and all he does not know about his wife and her troubled childhood. Read full book review >
THE TAKE by Christopher Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Solid if underwhelming jaunt through France."
A reluctant agent pursues a mysterious document through multiple layers of deception and misdirection. Read full book review >

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"One of the best in the series—tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow."
Preston and Child's (The Obsidian Chamber, 2016, etc.) eccentric FBI special agent A.X.L. Pendergast is still on his boss's bad side, which means his next assignment is to aid in what seems to be a routine, albeit bloody, New York City murder investigation. Read full book review >
A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The third adventure for the attractively eccentric duo is a clever and witty follow-up to A Perilous Undertaking (2017)."
Two Edwardian sleuths search for a missing member of a star-crossed archaeological expedition. Read full book review >
THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though the villains remain little more than sketches and two romantic subplots never really sizzle, the disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."
British Special Branch officers Jack Fenwick and Matthew Ryan are brought together and torn apart by their shared experience of grief over their losses—Fenwick of his brother, Ryan of his father—in Hannah's (Gallows Drop, 2016, etc.) stand-alone European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >
HANG TIME by S.W. Lauden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Lauden's prose zooms along with an arch energy, and the final installment in his Greg Salem trilogy (Grizzly Season, 2016, etc.) keeps the plot twists coming at warp speed."
A free-wheeling private detective runs afoul of a powerful record producer, the police, and thugs of all shapes and sizes. Read full book review >
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience."
A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in Yates' (Black Chalk, 2015) psychological thriller. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Margot  Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Hunt's thriller races toward a lackluster conclusion but offers interesting characters and a twisting plot."
How well do you know your closest friend? Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"What starts as a harrowing children-in-peril tale falls prey to cliché and melodrama."
A young female bounty hunter partners with a disgraced former cop to find a pair of missing girls. 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 >