Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

CANAL DAYS CALAMITY  by Jamie Blair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"Blair's cozy with an identity crisis dabbles in mystery while covering romance, family dynamics, and a love of dogs—all of which leaves little room for the whodunit."
The shock of a murder threatens to distract a small Indiana town from its annual festival. Read full book review >
A FATAL COLLECTION by Mary Ellen  Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"Hughes (Scene of the Brine, 2016, etc.) kicks off her new Keepsake Cove series with a charming locale, standard-issue cozy characters, and a schmaltzy storyline."
An unexpected new start in life morphs into a dangerous hunt for the truth. Read full book review >

OUTSIDE THE WIRE  by Patricia Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"The creator of amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair (Short Change, 2007, etc.) re-ups her tough-girl cred. Despite an egregious blunder on the subject of genetics, Smiley's second LAPD entry moves the plot as deftly as she moves the reader, with lots of action and just enough heart."
The LAPD's Davie Richards deals with the aftermath of a police-involved shooting by investigating a serial killing. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS AND A LIFE by Pierre Lemaitre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"French favorite Lemaitre's novel, about a preteen on whom fortune smiles in the most devious ways after he accidentally kills a little boy, is a feverish, wickedly entertaining work."
A chain of strange and sorrowful events is set in motion in the French town of Beauval when lonely 12-year-old Antoine Courtin angrily whacks his adoring 6-year-old neighbor, Rémi, in the head with a branch—and, to his great shock, kills him. Read full book review >
EASY ERRORS by Steven F. Havill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Unfortunately, neither the two lawmen working together nor the rest of the personnel in the Posadas County Sheriff's Department succeed in making this case as interesting as it is sad."
For series fans who didn't think One Perfect Shot (2012), which showed what happened when Estelle Reyes first joined the Posadas County Sheriff's Department, was prequel enough, Havill adds this prequel to a prequel that focuses on Deputy Robert Torrez's first big case way back in 1986. Read full book review >

THE LAST BEST FRIEND by George  Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The result, very reminiscent of John le Carré's early detective stories Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality, is a heightened sense of contrast between the vague impressions the hero's always assumed are reliable and the yawning gulf beneath."
Poisoned Pen's line of British Library Classic Thrillers takes a leap forward from the golden age in reprinting this 1967 tale by antiquarian bookseller Sims (1923-99), who certainly writes what he knows. Read full book review >
TRESPASS by Anthony J. Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This detective novel about the inescapability of history is itself trapped in the past of the genre."
A kidnapping case in Northern Ireland threatens to unearth long-buried secrets. Read full book review >
A DEADLY ÉCLAIR by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"On the evidence here, Gerber, who writes several other series (Day of Secrets, 2016, etc.), has aimed this new one at foodies who'll appreciate the cooking lore and appended recipes enough to overlook the unremarkable mystery."
Wedding plans go awry with the death of a treasured relative. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With minimalist prose, Indridason skillfully weaves the present-day murder with the past in this classic whodunit that ends with a satisfying and logical resolution."
A retired detective discovers a puzzling link between the death of a 90-year-old man and the murder of a young woman in Reykjavík during the American occupation in 1944. Read full book review >
DISPLACED by Stephan Abarbanell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Well-intentioned and instructive but short of thrills."
A post-World War II thriller from an unusual perspective. Read full book review >
PURPLE PALETTE FOR MURDER by R.J.  Harlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Plenty of well-developed characters and a storyline that raises pointed questions about land use. But the stunning beauty of the Northwest Territory is the real star of the story."
A woman suffering from PTSD battles to clear her husband of a murder charge. Read full book review >
HEAVEN'S CROOKED FINGER by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"You won't put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you've seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery."
A man whose whole life has been colored by the excesses of his father's execrable ministry tries to come to terms with his past. 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 >