Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

HUNTING ANNABELLE by Wendy Heard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch."
A mentally disturbed young man tries to track down a woman who was kidnapped right before his eyes in Heard's debut thriller. Read full book review >
WINE AND PUNISHMENT by Sarah Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"It's hard to imagine how Fox, already author of the Pancake House Mysteries (Yeast of Eden, 2018, etc.) and the Music Lover's Mysteries (Deadly Overtures, 2016, etc.), can keep still another franchise going. But readers will cheer this brisk, literate addition to the world of small-town cozies."
A small town may mean big trouble for the owner of a New England pub. Read full book review >

FRACTURED TRUTH  by Susan Furlong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A striking mystery whose twists and turns are complemented by raw descriptions of prejudice, physical pain, and the horrors of addiction."
A harrowing tale of murder, bigotry, and redemption. Read full book review >
KAPPY KING AND THE PIE KAPER by Amy Lillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Experienced readers will have little trouble solving the mystery, but the likable characters and Edie's slow progress in re-embracing her Amish side will keep fans coming back for more."
Two wildly different ladies are challenged by yet another death in the Amish community of Blue Sky. Read full book review >
FASHIONS FADE, HAUNTED IS ETERNAL  by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Chock full of ghosts, supernatural guardians, cats possessed by spirits, a handsome police officer boyfriend, and tips on surviving the afterlife and vintage shopping, the latest from Pressey (A Passion for Haunted Fashion, 2018, etc.) again jams in too much to develop any one element beyond the obvious."
The murder of a fashion photographer and the appearance of a ghost from another era provide an excuse for a vintage-focused fashionista to resume her investigating hobby. Read full book review >

STEAMED OPEN  by Barbara Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Sure to appeal to readers who treasure the Maine coast, Ross' latest continues the lives and minor dramas of her fictionalized version of Boothbay Harbor with amiable characters and minimal fuss."
A Maine harbor town and clamming community is rocked by a new resident bent on upholding private property over community interests. Read full book review >
DEATH COMES TO BATH  by Catherine Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"An amusing combination of Regency mores, romantic aspirations, and a clever mystery makes this one of Lloyd's best."
The healing qualities of Bath's famous waters are no match for murder. Read full book review >
BOTCHED 4 MURDER by J.C. Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Eaton serves up enough curveballs to make the mystery admirably complicated, but there aren't as many giggles as in his heroine's last case."
Balancing the books takes second place to a murder investigation. Read full book review >
DEATH BY DRAGONFLY by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"The mystery is nothing to write home about, but the high-maintenance housemates and talking pythons will certainly hold your attention."
An art nouveau dragonfly entangles a detective and a psychic in a confusing case. Read full book review >
SINS AS SCARLET by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Obregón's second is a neonoir gem with a compelling story, solid prose, and a brooding, honorable, and all-too-human hero."
A cold case gets hot and deadly when a veteran detective digs too deep. Read full book review >
MURDER ON CAPE COD by Maddie Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"An unremarkable kickoff to a new series by Day, who writes other cozies under several bylines (Death Over Easy, 2018, etc.). Pleasant characters and local color just aren't enough."
Cozy mystery book club members try their hands at solving a real-life murder. Read full book review >
A BAKER STREET WEDDING by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Despite many of Robertson's trademark witty touches, the slapdash plotting, florid coincidences, and unbelievable motive of the culprit make this the weakest of his six après-Holmes pastiches. Wait till next year."
Senior solicitor Reggie Heath's honeymoon with actress Laura Rankin turns into a criminal mess that cries out for the gifts of Sherlock Holmes. 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 >