Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE GARDEN OF BLUE ROSES by Michael  Barsa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"With his first novel, the influences of which include the gothic visions of Hawthorne, the morally charged horror of Shirley Jackson, and the twisty storytelling of Italo Calvino, Barsa emerges as a unique voice in contemporary fiction."
Living with his sister, Klara, in the aftermath of their parents' deaths in a car accident, Milo Crane becomes fixated on the connection between Klara and Henri, an odd gardener who seems plucked from one of Milo's famous father's gruesome horror novels. Read full book review >
THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A delicious Southern California noir riddled with muddled identities and family secrets."
When Eliza Fontaine awakens in the hospital, her family tells her she's survived yet another attempt at suicide by drowning. The trouble is, Eliza knows she was pushed. But by whom? Read full book review >

THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS by Alex Grecian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A solid if unsurprising thriller in need of some restraint."
Old Nazis never die—where would thrillers be without them? Read full book review >
LIAR'S CANDLE by August Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"An unconvincing romp through a convincingly described Turkey."
Young spies, in and out of love, crisscross Turkey in Thomas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
WHISPERS OF THE DEAD  by Spencer Kope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"With its deadpan banter and gritty narrative, Kope's second case has a Dirty Harry vibe and finds a sweet noir groove."
An investigator with a unique and invaluable skill leads an elite team on the hunt for a serial offender known as The Ice Box Killer. Read full book review >

SHOT IN THE DARK by Cleo Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"A complicated murder mystery with some penetrating insights into the treacherous world of dating apps and throwaway relationships."
A coffeehouse manager gets a crash course in the rules of the new dating game. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN by Sasscer Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Sound racing lore mixes with sex and murder to provide a blood-soaked edge-of-your-seat thriller."
The sport of kings is sullied by underhanded dealings. Read full book review >
THE BATTERED BADGE by Robert Goldsborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"As usual, the characters are forgettable, the mystery perfunctory, and the solution unremarkable. But Goldsborough works a nifty change on the climactic gathering of suspects for the big reveal that's worth the price of admission all on its own."
Nero Wolfe goes to work on behalf of the most unlikely person ever: Inspector Lionel T. Cramer, head of NYPD Homicide. Read full book review >
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"The result is a nail-biting thriller but a terrible mystery, with the third-act jitters so frequently in evidence in the author's earlier work running amok as they spin out a series of improbable complications, a barrage of shameless cliffhangers, and a culprit ex machina before the absurdly happy ending."
Scottoline takes another leave of absence from the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Exposed, 2017, etc.) to fulfill a mother's fondest wish and then makes her pay through the nose for it. Read full book review >
MACBETH  by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare's great tragedies remains, whether it's updated or not."
The reigning king of Scandinavian noir (The Thirst, 2017, etc.) updates the Scottish play. Read full book review >
TIME IS A KILLER by Michel Bussi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A well-constructed literary thriller with a strong sense of place and deep understanding of human nature."
Returning to the scene of a family tragedy, a woman confronts secrets and murder. Read full book review >
TIN MEN by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A memorably coldhearted case that offers abundant evidence for the grim proposition that 'not every cop is dirty, but the good ones are.'"
Knowles takes a break from the chronicles of dead-eyed professional thief Wilson (Rocks Beat Paper, 2017, etc.) to shine a remorseless spotlight on three variously bent Canadian cops seeking justice for a fourth who's been gruesomely murdered. 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 >