Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

THE PICTURES by Guy Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An atmospheric if familiar noir that provides a pleasant tour of Hollywood's golden age."
An LAPD detective investigating a producer's apparent suicide is drawn into a web involving murder and blackmail among Los Angeles' rich and powerful. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite its reliance on well-worn cozy tropes (is every local cop a secret heir to millions?), Chase's light touch makes this a tale worth telling."
A Southern belle finds herself up to her delicate neck in murder. Read full book review >

DEATH AT THE SEASIDE by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"In addition to re-creating the feeling of the golden age, Brody this time provides a stronger mystery than usual."
A private investigator finds yet another vacation ruined by murder. Read full book review >
DOOM WITH A VIEW by Kate Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A distinct improvement over the series debut that provides lots of suspects, family problems, and a hint of romance to come."
A haunted inn finally opens, with decidedly mixed results. Read full book review >
BODY ON BAKER STREET by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Remarkably, the heroine, who is often indeed annoyingly like Sherlock Holmes, manages to solve the mystery without alienating all her friends."
A sleuthing bookstore owner may be too clever for her own good. Read full book review >

ASKING FOR TRUFFLE by Dorothy  St. James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The first in a new series for St. James (Oak and Dagger, 2013, etc.) features an appealingly reflective heroine and a varied roster of suspects."
A woman who's never been properly loved has a chance for a new start in life. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. Read full book review >
THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Benn's 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser."
A doughboy detective hunting for hidden Nazi gold solves a murder puzzle in the process. Read full book review >
ALL THE SECRET PLACES by Anna Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Developing characters introduced in her series debut, Carlisle continues her fascination with small-town secrets."
A medical examiner inspecting the body of a Civil War soldier searches for evidence that will identify the deceased and protect her boyfriend. Read full book review >
BEACH, BREEZE, BLOODSHED by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although not as spectacular as his debut, the hero's first outing as a full-fledged constable offers more than its share of adventure."
Teddy Creque (Sun, Sand, Murder, 2015) continues his Caribbean crime-fighting career by investigating the death of a doctor on Virgin Gorda. Read full book review >
ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A formulaic twofer combines some interesting philosophical questions with more familiar charges of Beltway corruption that could be ripped from the latest headlines."
Not one but two exciting new cases for Coulter's FBI (Insidious, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
DARK CHAPTER by Winnie M.  Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Li's offbeat crime novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner."
Inspired by true events in the author's life, this debut novel describes the rape of a young Taiwanese-American woman by a psychologically damaged Irish boy and the traumatic aftereffects of the attack. 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 >