Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

LOOK FOR HER by Emily Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England's Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending."
Annalise Williams, 24, is obsessed with an unsolved crime: the disappearance and presumed murder years earlier of a 16-year-old girl with the same first name: Annalise Wood—"the kind of girl you look at and think, of course someone would want to take her." Read full book review >
POISON by John Lescroart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Though it lacks both the sociological scope and the double-barreled plotting of Lescroart's best, this relatively routine, expertly handled case is still well worth your time."
Back in the saddle after a brief hiatus for the stand-alone Fatal (2017), San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy spends most of his time wishing he weren't. And he's not the only one. Read full book review >

THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A worthwhile caper, if a little overweight."
You can beat him up, arrest his wife, try to acid bomb him, but you can't hustle a hustler. Read full book review >
MISTER TENDER'S GIRL by Carter Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Wilson turns the creep factor up to 11, balancing his prose on a knife's edge. A highly satisfying high-tension thriller."
After Alice spends years working to get over her tragic past, her life is about to become as terrifying as the graphic novels her father used to write featuring a demonic bartender called Mister Tender. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE STARS by Frances Brody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"As usual (Death at the Seaside, 2017, etc.), Brody provides an excellent feel for life in postwar England along with a clever mystery full of theatrical red herrings."
The solar eclipse of 1927 provides the perfect backdrop for murder. Read full book review >

HELP I AM BEING HELD PRISONER by Donald E. Westlake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Instead of sharing the hero's fears, fans of Westlake's Dortmunder series, which got started around the same time with The Hot Rock (1970), will appreciate the author's consummate blending of comedy and suspense, often within the same sentence, and rejoice that more Westlakes are slated for resurrection."
Westlake, nine years dead but still enjoying a very productive season (Forever and a Death, 2017), returns in a bright reprint from 1974 that shows him working the field in which he remains unrivaled: the comic caper in which Murphy's law reigns supreme. Read full book review >
DEATH BY A WHISKER by T. C.  LoTempio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The second in LoTempio's series (Purr M for Murder, 2017) reprises her signature blend of cozy and cats in a mild mix sure to please fans of the subgenre."
When a disastrous event promoting the local animal shelter leaves an employee as a potential murder suspect, her colleagues and friends rally to clear her name. Read full book review >
THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The second in Delany's series, a marked improvement over the first (Body on Baker Street, 2017), features better-developed characters and a more congenial and cerebral sleuth."
A bookstore owner once more channels Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder. Read full book review >
MURDER IN BLOOMSBURY by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A spirited and romantic mystery with a most surprising ending."
Who would want to poison the handsome footman? That's what adventurer and amateur sleuth Atlas Catesby tries to discover at the behest of the woman he loves, Lady Roslyn Lilliana Sterling, sister to the Duke of Somerville. Read full book review >
NO ONE CAN KNOW by Lucy Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A nicely balanced blend of medical knowledge, political trickery, and hints of the heroine's future."
A nurse's curiosity and strong sense of duty involve her in a high-profile murder case. Read full book review >
A GRAVE ISSUE by Lillian Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Bell's debut is a worthy addition to the 'home again' corner of the cozy world, with enough wit and moxie to warrant a return appearance."
A disgraced reporter who returns home to work at her family's funeral parlor runs into even more fatalities than the job provides. Read full book review >
THE KREMLIN'S CANDIDATE by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Readers will finish the book, but their memories of Matthews' brilliant and fearless heroine will linger well past the final page."
The third and final installment of Matthews' (Palace of Treason, 2015, etc.) Red Sparrow series delivers a wallop on all fronts, from adrenaline-charged action to dark political intrigue to gripping emotional stakes. 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 >