Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

THE CON ARTIST by Fred Van Lente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Despite his signature fast pace and multifaceted, visually striking characters, Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians, 2017) merges mystery and comics culture with mixed results and perhaps too many subplots. Tom Fowler's accompanying illustrations are accomplished, but the book format doesn't display them to best advantage."
A roving comic-book artist loses his mentor, his nemesis, and his hope for a love life over the course of one Comic-Con, which threatens the loss of his freedom as well. Read full book review >
WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"This novel revels in its weird creepiness and its roots in reality TV shows and horror movies. The conspiracy behind the women's disappearances pushes far past believability but doesn't detract from the fun."
A TV actress has two missing sisters in this campy debut thriller by Wolfe. Read full book review >

LIVE AND LET CHAI by Bree Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A charming cozy debut with characters as sweet as the titular tea, a mystery with numerous attractive byways, and a budding romance waiting to be explored."
Forever tied to Charm Island, a native daughter returns to fulfill a dream. Read full book review >
A GATHERING OF SECRETS by Linda Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish."
Kate Burkholder (Down a Dark Road, 2017, etc.), police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, is called to the scene of a fire at the home of Miriam and Gideon Gingerich, a well-regarded Amish couple with four children. Read full book review >
LAST CALL by Paula Matter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2018

"Meantime, Matter's debut provides mystery lite and forgettable suspects but a heroine who's not only feisty, but sometimes downright funny as well."
A bartender at a Florida VFW post who's already been written up more than once for her bad attitude gets called out once again when she's suspected of murdering one of her customers. Read full book review >

UPSTAGED BY MURDER by C.S. Challinor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2018

"Challinor, who often modernizes and repurposes golden-age mystery ploys, this time takes the further step of recruiting the stars of those classic novels to help solve the case."
A night at the theater provides another retro puzzle for an amateur detective to solve. Read full book review >
FEAR ON FOUR PAWS by Clea Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"It's hard to get noir when most of your cast is warm and furry. Simon's latest is more likely to appeal to cozy fans than the hard-boiled crowd."
Animal empath Pru Marlowe (Parrots Prove Deadly, 2017, etc.) uses her gifts in service of every amateur sleuth's time-honored quest: clearing a pal suspected of murder. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN  by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Ramsay's final salute to his hero, completed by his friend and admirer Dana Stabenow, is a fitting conclusion to a career spent chronicling the exploits of hardworking folks in rural America."
The late Ramsay's second and last adventure for Jesse Sutherlin (Copper Kettle, 2017) brings his hero home from the Great War to a world unknowingly on the brink of further disaster.Read full book review >
DARK RHAPSODY by Helaine Mario
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Although this intercontinental race/chase relies far too much on its predecessor (The Lost Concerto, 2016), Mario hooks you with layers of mysteries almost completely enough to overcome the sentimentality seeping out between perils."
A war veteran and a concert pianist face a deadly rival over stolen art. Read full book review >
TRIAL ON MOUNT KOYA by Susan Spann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Spann's homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None combines a puzzling mystery with a fascinating look at historical Buddhism."
Who's killing the Buddhist monks at a sacred mountain temple? Read full book review >
PANDORA'S BOY  by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"The sixth case for Davis' heroine (The Third Nero, 2017, etc.) boasts a brisk pace, a colorful cast, and her customary attention to period detail. Maps and a list of characters help armchair sleuths keep the story's twists straight."
An ancient Roman sleuth learns that love can be fatal. Read full book review >
THE CHAIRMAN'S TOYS by Graham Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Reed's lively mystery debut may be overloaded with colorful characters and tricky subplots, but too much of a good thing is still a good thing."
In Vancouver, an ex-drug dealer's plan to clean up his act is complicated by a vengeful former partner, a corpse in the bathroom, and other outrageous obstacles. 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 >