Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE WOMAN INSIDE by E.G. Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Although it's as shallow as the grave an inconvenient body is buried in, this thriller does offer some nastily entertaining twists."
A marital thriller aspiring to the Gone Girl model offers some dark surprises. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF LAW by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Lescroart plots so cleverly that he has you believing his split-level thriller is really a single foreshortened novel. The perfect read for those who agree that 'it's only trouble if somebody's shooting at you.'"
Defense attorney Dismas Hardy's long streak of getting along with everyone on both sides of the courtroom ends with a whimper when his friend Wes Farrell loses his campaign for re-election as district attorney of San Francisco to a rising star who wastes no time changing the rules. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine, who's capable of confiding in her readers with a perfectly straight face: 'I don't know if you've ever dissected a rat, but to me, there was only one word for it: exhilarating.'"
Flavia de Luce hasn't lost a sister, she's gained a case—and what a case. Read full book review >
RUPTURE by Ragnar Jónasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Readers disappointed in the present-day subplots, which are wound up with remarkable dispatch, will be rewarded by the even more disturbing revelations from half a century ago."
Jónasson returns from his recent Icelandic stand-alone (The Darkness, 2018) to an equally bleak puzzle for Ari Thór Arason, of the Siglufjördur police. Read full book review >
THE NOWHERE CHILD by Christian White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"By the end of all the melodramatic twists, readers will have a hard time sustaining any interest in the protagonist, her relations, or her revelations."
When a 30-year-old Australian woman is told she may be the child who was kidnapped as a 2-year-old from a small Kentucky town, her search for the truth uncovers secrets that others are desperate to keep hidden. Read full book review >

RESTORATION HEIGHTS by Wil Medearis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Socially conscious Brooklyn noir."
Medearis' moody debut is a sensitive portrait of gentrifying Brooklyn dressed up as a whodunit. Read full book review >
THE SUSPECT by Fiona Barton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"This has the potential to be a thoughtful thriller with an interesting setting, but Barton is too willing to cater to expectations—short chapters, familiar clues, and stereotypical villains."
When two girls traveling in Thailand turn up dead in a suspicious fire, journalist Kate Waters follows the story without disclosing a hidden agenda. Read full book review >
CRUCIBLE by James Rollins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Another mindless entertainment to fill time better spent with Monty Python—or Indiana Jones."
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Especially when there's AI involved in the brouhaha. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT AGENT by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2019

"Quirk goes for timeliness in imagining the Russians taking control of Washington, but while the book does resonate to a small degree with current events, reality beat fiction to such possibilities as our enemy owning a sitting U.S. president."
After all their meddling with America, the Russians have placed a mole in the White House, leaving over-his-head surveillance specialist Peter Sutherland the only man who can stop them. Read full book review >
AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE by JoAnn Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch."
Marriage is murder in Chaney's creepy new tale of deadly domestic woe. Read full book review >
MALA VIDA by Marc Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A diabolically forceful crime novel that takes all the noir tropes and uses them in foreign territory to great effect."
A dogged investigative journalist hunts a killer with a deeply personal agenda in contemporary Spain. Read full book review >
TEAR IT DOWN by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"This is an appealing outing which hits the right balance between tough and compassionate."
Combat veteran Peter Ash (Light It Up, 2018, etc.) finds himself protecting both a threatened photojournalist and a young homeless man who may be a blues prodigy in the fourth entry in this series. 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 >