Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The mystery, past and present, isn't up to much, and Haines doesn't know any more about filmmaking than you do. But who else would create a climactic scene of which one witness observes: 'I've never seen a woman give birth and do a vault onto a man's shoulders'?"
Hollywood roars into Zinnia, Mississippi, along with several less welcome blasts. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE ABSTRACT by Emily Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The second case for Barnes' heroine uses a relatively simple mystery to showcase the many talents of a tough and resilient woman."
A retired police chief uses her skills to help out an old friend in trouble. Read full book review >

THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE by Timothy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"There's some confusion in the piecemeal mosaic of complex episodes and speculations from Trotti's past, but it's hard to resist Williams (Big Italy, 2015, etc.) as he unfolds his tale in tiny, deliciously wry narrative nuggets—100 titled chapters of puckish literary pointillism."
In his sixth outing, a retired detective tries to determine the identity of a clever killer who's seeking revenge against him. Read full book review >
BLUE FIELD by Elise Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A transgressive, gut-wrenching portrayal of grief that asks what it's like to drown."
A deeply damaged woman flirts with death in the depths of underwater caves. Read full book review >
EDITED OUT by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Copperman, whose autistic sleuth, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) can be quite charming, doesn't yet have a handle on whether to play his new detective straight, fantastical, or just plain nuts. If he doesn't jump soon, his new franchise threatens to go quickly from whimsy to tedium."
A mystery writer continues to be plagued by one of her characters. Read full book review >

TWO LOST BOYS by L.F. Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The author's work as a defense attorney handling death penalty cases brings authenticity to an exciting debut that focuses on providing grist for the slow-moving wheels of the criminal justice system."
An attorney specializing in death row appeals discovers plenty of reasons to plead for clemency for her client. Read full book review >
THE CHIRON CONFESSION by Thomas Greanias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A skillful, exciting blend of history, action, and drama set in the ancient world."
In ancient Rome, a playwright accused of plotting against the emperor finds refuge with a secret group of Christians in this adventure novel. Read full book review >
EXIT STRATEGY by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Though this book lacks the depth of the series opener, its hard-wired plot and adrenaline-fueled scenes make it another must-read for fans of lean, mean crime fiction."
Nick Mason, who has been killing people for Darius Cole, the all-powerful inmate who got him sprung from a maximum security prison in exchange for such services, is targeted himself after initiating a scheme to free himself from Cole's clutches. Read full book review >
ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >
YOU WERE HERE by Gian Sardar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An impressive if flawed debut with a touch of the otherworldly."
A woman, haunted by terrible dreams, digs into her grandmother's past, uncovering a tragic love triangle and a stunning crime. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by Scott Turow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Worth staying the course."
An Illinois prosecutor seeks to learn who annihilated a group of refugee gypsies in Bosnia. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT STRANGER by Megan Miranda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Familiar elements shuffled around can make for an entertaining read, but in the end, the pieces will still be just that: familiar."
After her journalism career goes up in flames, a young woman reconnects with an old friend in an attempt to start anew only to become embroiled in a series of increasingly violent crimes. 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 >