Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

EVIL AWAKENED by J. M. LeDuc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 2017

"A well-crafted novel hampered by a reliance on troubling stereotypes."
A teenage girl does battle with a demon from the spirit realm in LeDuc's (Cursed Presence,2015, etc.) Read full book review >
KILLING SEASON by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The mystery, with a forgettable killer whose most serious threat against the hero is slashing his tires, gets buried in the coming-of-age story. If you want to spend 700 pages revisiting the normal yet fraught rituals of adolescent romance, though, here's your chance."
A curious stand-alone from the creator of Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker (Bone Box, 2017, etc.): a New Mexico teen tracks down clues in the rape and strangling of his older sister three years ago while he faces the pressure and angst common to all high school seniors. Read full book review >

RIGHTEOUS by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A thrilling follow-up to one of the more auspicious detective-series debuts in recent memory."
The game's afoot once again for 20-something genius sleuth Isaiah Quintabe, who has two cases to deal with: one leading him to mayhem in Las Vegas, the other to the man responsible for his brother's death. Read full book review >
MRS. JEFFRIES AND THE THREE WISE WOMEN  by Emily Brightwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fans of Brightwell's venerable series (Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong, 2017, etc.) will be delighted to revisit the clever sleuths as they wade through a plethora of suspects and motives in this pleasant holiday tale."
Victorian sleuths from every social stratum imaginable work in the background to solve cases. Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN  by James Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Direct and fast-paced, Tucker's debut takes readers on an adventurous ride that extends from questions about custody of a young charge to an art deal that may have its roots in the exploitation of Jews in World War II."
A detective is pressed into guarding a 10-year-old boy who's the last surviving member of his family. Read full book review >

DEEP FREEZE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"As so often in Sandford's small-town adventures (Escape Clause, 2016, etc.), the greatest pleasures here are incidental: clipped conversations, quietly loopy humor, locals mouthing off to and about each other. Pull up a seat, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, works an altogether unremarkable murder and a surprisingly inventive case on the side. Read full book review >
AN OLD, COLD GRAVE by Iona Whishaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A fascinating picture of a life in which many people spent every waking hour working and a disturbing look at the fate of orphaned children raise this mystery above the ordinary."
Anyone who yearns for the good old days should think twice before approaching this gritty tale. Read full book review >
DARK SIGNAL by Shannon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Baker's follow-up to Stripped Bare (2016) pushes her franchise across the cold prairie landscape as steadily and professionally as a BNSF freight train, leaving readers eager for the next stop."
A newly minted Nebraska sheriff faces an unexpected challenge when a Burlington Northern/Santa Fe engineer is murdered on his train. Read full book review >
PULSE by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite all the heavy-handed foreshadowing, an efficient, steadily absorbing suspenser guaranteed to draw in even fans who can't stand horses."
A female lead, ailing but remarkably strong, joins all the males, many with similar profiles, who've helmed the storied father-and-son horse-racing franchise (Triple Crown, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Brian Rouff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Rouff (Money Shot, 2004, etc.) spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost's personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn's bris explained to her—which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too."
A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine—from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Read full book review >
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The purest mystery among Alexander's adventures (A Terrible Beauty, 2016, etc.) presents a challenging puzzle, a historically interesting period, and detailed descriptions of one of the world's most beautiful cities."
The breathtaking beauty of St. Petersburg before the Russian Revolution provides a dazzling backdrop for murder. Read full book review >
NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A captivating look at a little-known corner of rural Oklahoma burning up in a drought, rife with drug problems, yet peopled by tenacious, idiosyncratic characters you can't help rooting for."
Two Oklahoma police officers from separate forces work together to solve a series of bloody crimes in Lackey's debut. 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 >