Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

FUGITIVE FROM THE GRAVE  by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2018

"The Bow Street Rivals are the least well-known of the prolific Marston's many franchises (The Circus Train Conspiracy,2017,etc.). Despite the charismatic characters, there are a few too many strings to this particular bow."
A pair of identical twin brothers in Regency London work on three different mysteries, together and separately. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM BLIND RIVER by Gale Massey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Massey's debut novel manages to be both poetic and propulsive, unfolding a familiar story of the long odds against redemption posed by family dysfunction with power and grace."
A young woman whose broken family amounts to at least two strikes against her struggles to survive and protect her kid brother before she's overwhelmed by a rising tide of small-town criminal conspiracy. Read full book review >

TWO FACED by A.R.  Ashworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Not much mystery, not much suspense, but a mountain of sadness and suspicion on behalf of a pair of hard-used women too tough to whine themselves."
Could the lowlifes who nearly killed DCI Elaine Hope in her first case (Souls of Men, 2017) be back to finish the job?Read full book review >
IN THE VALLEY OF THE DEVIL by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Early's hero is a nice guy who certainly means well, but only those readers interested in further exploring mountain tropes will want to follow him on his next adventure."
Private investigator Earl Marcus thought he had battled every evil hidden in the North Georgia mountains, but when his girlfriend goes missing, he finds a level of depravity that surprises even him. Read full book review >
SHELVED UNDER MURDER by Victoria Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Just the thing for readers whose pulses quicken when they read: 'The way he looks at you sometimes…deserves an R-rating.'"
Virginia librarian Amy Webber's love of books is upstaged by two other art forms, painting and dance, in her second cozy. Read full book review >

FINAL RESTING PLACE by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Putnam's third period mystery is gracefully written, nicely balancing sleuthing with courtroom drama, and should especially please history buffs."
A small-town lawyer who will later become legendary unravels a complex murder plot to save the reputation and life of an old friend. Read full book review >
POISONED PAGES  by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The broad style leaves little room for nuance, though it's not always clear whether that's a choice on the part of the author or a heroine she seems to hold in high regard for reasons that remain mysterious."
Murder and misgivings surround a small-town bookseller who teams up with her sister to prove that she's not a jinx. Read full book review >
A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Spicing the mix with an impressive 14 recipes, from Autumn Quiche to Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies, Gerber balances a beautiful setting with a predictable but enjoyable cozy plot."
When a festival of sweets is imperiled by the murder of its organizer, the owner of the host restaurant investigates to clear her chef of the crime. Read full book review >
HER PRETTY FACE by Robyn Harding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Creepy and compelling."
A friendship between two very different women is threatened when long-buried secrets rise to the surface. Read full book review >
A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Ali Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"The heroine's uniquely comprehensive view of both the wealthy and their help is squandered in a debut more interested in expounding the details of estate law than going beyond the predictable."
An English pet portraitist uses her keen perspective to probe the mysterious death of one of her rich customers. Read full book review >
HALF MOON BAY by Alice LaPlante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"In a book that's more acute psychological study than thriller, LaPlante uses a seductively dangerous landscape to mirror her heroine's inner life."
A grieving, unstable mother who has lost her teenage daughter relocates to a small town on the coast of northern California in this brooding suspense novel. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO by Rachel McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"McMillan (The White Feather Murders, 2017, etc.) takes so long on the backstory for her new series that the mystery doesn't get underway till the second half. That's better for readers who are in for the long haul than those who, like the heroine, want to cut to the chase."
Two misfits run away from expectations and toward mystery when they try to solve a murder in Depression-era Boston's hottest new club. 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 >