Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

STAR OF THE NORTH by D.B. John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A sometimes-suspenseful but never gripping novel about North Korea circa 2010."
A dozen years after her 18-year-old identical twin sister disappeared from a beach on South Korea's Baengnyeong Island, just west of North Korea, Georgetown geopolitics professor Jenna Williams risks her life to find her. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"While this mediocre thriller may provide a fix for some die-hard fans of domestic noir, most readers will be disappointed."
Marital infidelity, drug addiction, house swapping, stalking, and a surprise ending add up to a psychologically suspenseful story in British novelist Fleet's U.S. debut. Read full book review >

FALL OF ANGELS  by Barbara Cleverly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"In this new series kickoff, Cleverly (Diana's Altar, 2017, etc.) provides the requisite period detail, adds a cunning mystery, and acknowledges that the fight for equality continues to this day."
A series of murders roils suffragists in Cambridge, England. Read full book review >
CHARMED BONES by Carolyn Haines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Confusing multiple plots and double agents make this latest installment a little hard to follow, but Haines comes through in showcasing her heroine's romance and friendship where it really matters."
The arrival of a trio of Wiccan sisters creates chaos in a Mississippi town and brings plenty of business to a female-fronted detective agency. Read full book review >
THE CONSULTANT by Tj O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"The first in a planned new series for O'Connor (New Sins for Old Scores, 2017, etc.) has a complex plot filled with plenty of action, but the lack of character development makes it hard to warm to his new protagonist."
A summons from a long-estranged brother dumps a secret agent into a world of trouble. Read full book review >

THE DARK ANGEL  by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"The latest in Griffiths' impressive series, which cleverly weaves several mysteries into the continuing story of the leading couple and their circle of friends, is certain to delight devoted fans and newcomers alike."
An Italian vacation involves a bone expert in yet another murder. Read full book review >
SECOND STRIKE by Peter Kirsanow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"A riveting political thriller short on narrative embellishments and high on frontline action heroes defending plausible threats from outside and inside the U.S."
The former leader of an off-the-books elite special operations team comes across a planned Russian attack against the U.S. Read full book review >
A HOWL OF WOLVES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Anyone interested in mysteries and books and humor—and who isn't?—will enjoy Flanders' latest delightful novel."
Theater people may be superstitious, but even they don't expect to find the director hanging from the rafters on opening night—in the middle of the play. Read full book review >
A MILLION DROPS by Victor del Árbol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Meticulously plotted and stylishly written, this is a page-turner with fresh twists and surprises right up to the very end."
A mystery on an epic scale, extending over decades, generations, and nations as it attempts to illuminate the deepest mystery of all—the evil within the human soul. Read full book review >
HOW IT HAPPENED by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Crime fiction doesn't get any more enjoyable."
Boston FBI agent Rob Barrett gets himself sent to Port Hope, Maine, the town where his grandfather lived and where he spent his childhood summers, to help crack the case of a young couple's murder, which appears to have been committed by a childhood antagonist of Barrett's. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE by Clare O'Donohue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"O'Donohue (The Double Wedding Ring, 2013, etc.) kicks off a new series with an overly complicated adventure that still boasts plenty of thrills and hints at an exciting future for the reluctantly daring duo."
A bored professor is looking for excitement in her life. Read full book review >
FOR THOSE WHO KNOW THE ENDING by Malcolm Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Dour, dead-eyed, and appropriately disillusioned, though the unfolding is more ritualistic than suspenseful."
As a captured Czech killer sits bound in a Glasgow warehouse awaiting his fate, Mackay provides a series of flashbacks detailing the events that brought him to such a dire spot. 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 >