Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An inventive thriller with a horrifying reveal and a happy ending."
While bed-bound in the hospital, an athletic young woman discovers the gruesome truth about her mother. Read full book review >
LETHAL WHITE  by Robert Galbraith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Let's hope Rowling's next book is sharper and shorter."
J.K. Rowling returns with her fourth pseudonymous mystery, putting Cormoran Strike and his now-partner in detecting, Robin Ellacott, in the middle of a scheme involving blackmail, murder, and the House of Commons. Read full book review >

ROBERT B. PARKER'S COLORBLIND  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"'Never thought we'd get this kind of thing come into Paradise,' sagely opines a regular who's somehow missed the previous 16 installments. Coleman sounds nothing like Robert B. Parker, but if you can accept a truly far-fetched premise, this will keep franchise fans more than satisfied."
Swearing that he's taken his last drink, alcoholic Paradise police chief Jesse Stone returns from the two months in rehab that followed his traumatic last case (Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet, 2017) to battle a white supremacist and investigate an assault that looks uncomfortably familiar. Read full book review >
HITTING THE BOOKS  by Jenn McKinlay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Prolific McKinlay enlivens a run-of-the-mill mystery with several twists and a good deal of excitement."
A Long Island librarian searches for justice. Read full book review >
#FASHIONVICTIM by Amina Akhtar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The shallow friendships, betrayals, shifting alliances, and many, many designer shoes will keep readers hooked and laughing, if a bit uncomfortably, from Page 1 until the shocking ending."
A psychotic fashion editor murders her co-workers to get closer to her intended BFF in this comedic mystery novel, the author's debut. Read full book review >

LIES by T.M. Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"British journalist Logan's first foray into crime fiction is an adrenaline-fueled page-turner that explores the fragility of domestic bliss."
A spur-of-the-moment detour leads to disaster in this psychological thriller debut. Read full book review >
READ AND GONE by Allison Brook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Brook takes the Lincoln's doctor's dog approach to the genre, piling cat on ghost on is-he-is-or-is-he-ain't-her-boyfriend to provide a cornucopia of coziness."
A librarian hunts a cache of stolen gems. Read full book review >
IF THE COFFIN FITS by Lillian Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The second in Bell's series is as lively as her first, with a quick-moving plot, a nicely crafted puzzle, and a heroine worth spending time with."
California funeral director Desiree Turner (A Grave Issue, 2018) imperils her family's business when she snoops into the death of one of its clients. Read full book review >
THE GUILTY DEAD by P.J. Tracy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"It's disappointing to see Tracy's franchise quartet mostly relegated to providing logistical support and serving as possible targets in this otherwise absorbing, proficient tale."
Monkeewrench Software's ninth installment—and Traci Lambrecht's first solo outing since the death of her mother and co-author under the Tracy pseudonym, P.J. Lambrecht (Nothing Stays Buried, 2017, etc.)—shunts the gang of lovable misfits into decidedly supporting roles in a case of revenge served ice cold. Read full book review >
IN WANT OF A KNIFE by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Buzzelli's well-developed characters (She Stopped for Death, 2017, etc.) are the stars of the show in a complex tale that tips more than a hat to Pride and Prejudice."
When a young woman is found dead on the side of a road and a second goes missing in Bear Falls, a quiet town on the shores of Lake Michigan, a local author turns sleuth. Read full book review >
MAGGIE TERRY by Sarah Schulman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Schulman offers, with mixed success, a sprawling exploration of New York nostalgia, police brutality, addiction memoir, and queer love, with a mystery as the cherry on top."
An ex-cop and ex-junkie tries to turn her life around and, in the process, stumbles into investigating a murder. Read full book review >
IN THE DARKEST HOUR by Anna Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"With her primary characters and general themes established (All the Secret Places, 2017, etc.), Carlisle may need to work harder to re-create the movement and dark moods that made her earlier work so successful. Though this entry is well-done, it lacks the intensity that would justify its title."
A body found by a high school drug dealer becomes the center of an opiate investigation when the dealer wants to trade his charges for information. 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 >