Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

SUNBURN by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Plotty, page-turning pleasure plus instructions on how to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and how to stab a man in the heart."
A redheaded waitress, a good-looking private eye, insurance fraud, arson, rough sex, and a long hot summer: some like it noir. Read full book review >
DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"It's getting to be a bigger blues band on Mosley's stage, with Joe King Oliver now sitting in with Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. But as long as it sounds sweet and smoky, let the good times roll."
Mosley (Charcoal Joe, 2016, etc.) begins what looks to be a new series with a protagonist whose territory covers New York City's outer boroughs—and, yes, that means Staten Island, too. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN IN THE WATER by Charles Finch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A case with enough momentum to recharge this series and grab new readers with its pull."
The prequel to the career of astute Victorian private detective Charles Lenox. Read full book review >
KILL THE ANGEL by Sandrone  Dazieri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A harrowing if entertaining ride. Fans of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series will, beg pardon, eat this up."
More murder, mayhem, and madness, Italian-style. Read full book review >
CLAWS FOR CONCERN  by Miranda James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Charlie's even temper so completely sets the tone for James' cat cozy that the brutal truth, when it finally comes, is quite a surprise."
A mild-mannered mystery-solver and Maine coon cat owner roots around in his past in order to determine whether to condemn or exonerate a stranger come to town. Read full book review >

BETRAYAL AT THE BUFFALO RANCH  by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Oklahoma native Hoklotubbe (Sinking Suspicions, 2014, etc.) once again shows evildoing in the area of her childhood home. A deep feeling for both the country and its inhabitants adds authenticity to her cunning tale."
Arrogance and greed add up to a powerful motive for murder. Read full book review >
THE THRONE OF CAESAR by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"The 16th volume in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series (The Triumph of Caesar, 2008, etc.) uses the reader's foreknowledge of history to create a special kind of suspense. Its slow pace and abundant period detail tantalize, as Gordianus has multiple near misses with the truth."
Veteran Roman investigator Gordianus tries to ease the fears of an obsessed Julius Caesar by locating the cabal that may be plotting against him. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"One of the most convoluted and striking in this venerable series (Death of a Ghost, 2017, etc.), whose fans will relish the newest complications in the hero's chaotic life."
Honesty may not be the best policy if it makes your acquaintances want to kill you. Read full book review >
AGENT IN PLACE by Mark Greaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of pleasure for thriller fans."
Seventh in the high-powered Gray Man series (Gunmetal Gray, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
SIRENS by Joseph Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerfully assured debut by a British novelist who has the potential to be a leading player in modern noir."
On the outs since being caught stealing drugs from the evidence room, Manchester police detective Aidan Waits is pressured by a superior into posing as a bounced cop to investigate a top drug dealer and hired by a member of Parliament to find and report back on his runaway teenage daughter. Read full book review >
THE LIAR'S GIRL by Catherine Ryan Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"Although Howard (Distress Signals, 2017) meanders a bit through the streets and shops and pubs of Cork and Dublin, she picks up the pace when it most matters—and tosses a lovely curveball at the end, too."
An Irish expatriate steps back into a nightmare from her student days. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE ONE PERCENT by Saralyn  Richard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"Richard's inclination to favor the one-percenters' perspectives may leave readers craving more of the wicked socialite skewing that's employed only intermittently in her adult mystery debut."
An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect. 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 >