Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

DEATH RIDES THE FERRY  by Patricia Skalka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Music lovers will join outdoor enthusiasts in welcoming Skalka's third Door County entry."
Death stalks a classical music festival in a remote Wisconsin venue. Read full book review >
THE CROOKED STAIRCASE by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"The third book in Koontz's lively series tends to rehash scenes from the first two, but it's still an absorbing thriller full of fresh touches."
Former FBI agent Jane Hawk continues her no-holds-barred campaign against the mind-control conspiracy that caused the suicide of her decorated Marine husband. Read full book review >

GALE FORCE by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Action-loving readers will be thrilled with this one. Laukkanen is a damn fine storyteller."
The author of the Stevens and Windermere novels (The Forgotten Girls, 2017, etc.) taps into his nautical knowledge for this rousing seafaring yarn. Read full book review >
LAGOS NOIR by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2018

"Nor should you think for a minute that Lagos has a corner on African noir. Akashic has Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Accra, and Marrakech waiting in the wings."
Noir comes to Africa. Read full book review >
BATS IN THE BELFRY by E.C.R. Lorac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"The mystery is so complex, in fact, that Lorac, the pseudonym of Edith Caroline Rivett (1894-1958), requires the services of some aggressively facetious suspects, a low-key lead detective who's a welcome change of pace, and an army of nondescript and interchangeable satellite police officers. Ah, those were the days."
A mysterious disappearance that's just got to be a case of murder is at the center of Poisoned Pen's latest British reprint, first published in 1937. Read full book review >

THE BOMB SHELTER  by Jon Talton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"Talton continues to ladle out murky complications long after most patrons will be looking for the exit. Readers most likely to last till the final curtain are those with a serious interest in the real-life criminal history of Phoenix."
History professor-turned-sheriff's deputy David Mapstone celebrates the 40th anniversary of the only recorded murder of an American journalist on American soil by reopening the case, with decidedly mixed results. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE MENU by Lucy Burdette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2018

"Burdette's loving descriptions of food and the appended recipes are an added fillip for readers who enjoy some history and romance with their mysteries."
A Florida caterer's plans to build her reputation are complicated by murder. Read full book review >
MURDER ON UNION SQUARE by Victoria Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"The exotic mores of New York circa 1900 furnish a colorful background for the veteran sleuths as they seek to unmask a killer;Thompson provides fans with an update on their favorite characters."
A police officer-turned-private eye is accused of murder. Read full book review >
SO PRETTY A PROBLEM  by Francis  Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"The pseudonymous Duncan (William Underhill, 1918-1988), who started publishing detective fiction in the late 1930s, spins a tale typical of the genre's golden age, full of delightfully devious characters and clever plot devices."
A talented amateur sleuth helps the police solve an unexpectedly complicated case in this reprint from 1947. Read full book review >
WICKED RIVER by Jenny Milchman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Despite a picturesque setting replete with natural risks, this story is stuffed with unnecessary human drama."
A newlywed couple sets out on an Adirondack canoeing holiday only to discover that the most dangerous thing in the forest is their fellow man. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S OLD BLACK MAGIC  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"The case gets successively murkier, but Atkins, in his best imitation of Parker's voice to date, never gets lazy. Readers who approach the last chapter anticipating relief at finally seeing the case solved should be warned that a final twist virtually guarantees a sequel."
Twenty years after a storied theft from a Boston institution—no, not the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—the powers that be want Spenser, another Boston institution, to recover three stolen artworks that are still missing. Read full book review >
IN DUST AND ASHES by Anne Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Despite some climactic surprises that aren't, Holt closes her series with one of its strongest entries, combining a generous sensitivity to all with an unblinking portrait of a franchise sleuth who, pressed to defend the corners she's cut, acknowledges, 'I've become more pragmatic with age.'"
The 10th and reportedly last of Holt's novels about Oslo police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen ushers in 2016 with news of a 12-year-old murder that might just be a suicide and a brand-new suicide that smells more and more like murder. 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 >