Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

UNDERSTUDY FOR DEATH by Charles Willeford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"A treasure for Willeford fans, who'll know not to expect a socko ending; a forgettable curio for most everyone else, who may well turn the last page feeling that they're owed a refund."
Hard Case reprints a real rarity for fans of Florida noir stylist Willeford (1919-1988; The Shark-Infested Custard, 1993, etc.): a barely-published paperback original from 1961. Read full book review >
DOUBLE BLIND by Iris Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The heroine's miraculous powers, the seemingly unstoppable villains, the perfunctory interest in character, the punchy dialogue, and the highly efficient action sequences suggest more clearly than ever that what the Johansens have been doing throughout this series is writing superhero comics without the pictures."
No-longer-blind music therapist Kendra Michaels, who's already survived 26 attempts on her life (Look Behind You, 2017, etc.) while consulting with the FBI, gets an offer she can't refuse about a new case. Read full book review >

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Stage fuses horror with domestic suspense to paint an unflinching portrait of childhood psychopathy and maternal regret."
A mute, diabolical 7-year-old wages war against her mother in this chilling debut. Read full book review >
GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"In Abbott's deft hands, friendship is fused to rivalry, and ambition to fear, with an unsettling level of believability. It will take more than a cold shower to still the blood thumping in your ears when you finish this."
A rising star in a famous laboratory can track her success back to the one person in her life she'd like to forget. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARING by Lori Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"A twisted Southern gothic winner."
Roy (Let Me Die in His Footsteps, 2015 etc.) proves that sometimes you can't, or shouldn't, go home again when a woman returns to Florida, and the hold of her family's troubled legacy, after a failed marriage. Read full book review >

RESCUED by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Rosenfelt, like Dick Francis, keeps coming up with inventive ways to ensnare his hero in cases involving animals. But this time, the mystery, fueled by his persistent fondness for implausible government intrigue, is thin, and the hero, presumably because he's defending his beloved wife's ex, is less funny than usual."
Paterson's laziest lawyer is dragged back into the courtroom for a 17th time in his most reluctant role yet: as defender of his wife's ex-boyfriend. Read full book review >
THE BIG CON by Adam Walker Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"The subtly arch first-person narrative gives the third series installment from Phillips (The Perpetual Summer, 2018, etc.) a smooth noir vibe, and the additional wrinkle of an unreliable sidekick adds delicious tension to a plot that unfolds with a satisfying series of twists."
Corporate coaching can be fatal. Read full book review >
THE SINNERS  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Though it's amusing on its own terms, the constant infighting among lowlifes keeps this installment below Atkins' high standard (The Fallen, 2017, etc.). When bad guys are mostly targeting other bad guys, there's just not that much for good guys to do besides stand aside and watch the carnage."
Quinn Colson, the sheriff of Mississippi's Tibbehah County, juggles old-school and newfangled gangs while praying that someone will get him to the church on time. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gripping as always and grimly realistic."
Gabriel Allon is back in action. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >