Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 2)

NAKED FLAMES  by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"An eminently typical Ison procedural, although it may make readers queasy about public swimming pools."
DCI Harry Brock (Deadlock, 2018, etc.) investigates the death of a con man. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER  by Amy Patricia Meade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2019

"Obscure secrets, eccentric characters, and a soupçon of romance embellish an appealing mystery."
Could a fiercely contended garden competition provide a motive for murder? Read full book review >

BLOODY GENIUS  by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2019

"Steadily absorbing revelations of all manner of malfeasance, beautifully handled, even if the final twist is less than the best."
Virgil Flowers' 12th appearance takes him into the homicidal heart of the University of Minnesota. Read full book review >
SORRY FOR THE DEAD by Nicola Upson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Achingly perceptive about forbidden relationships and the unreasoning hatred they can provoke, then as now."
Real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey's eighth encounter with fictional crime toggles back and forth between her brush with murder during her early years as a teacher and the time a generation later when the chickens come home to roost. Read full book review >
A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by W.C. Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"Throughout the alarums and excursions, the low-maintenance heroine maintains a composure that should serve her well in the promised series."
Ryan, best known as William Ryan for his three historical novels about Moscow police captain Alexei Korolev (The Twelfth Department, 2013, etc.), goes back even further in time for some homefront intrigue in 1917 England. Read full book review >

MUMBO GUMBO MURDER  by Laura Childs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"The Big Easy is the real star of this lighthearted gastrophile's delight."
Two hard-partying New Orleans businesswomen dive into another murder investigation. Read full book review >
THE BUTTERFLY GIRL by Rene Denfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"A humane, though frequently mawkish, look at a system where too many fall through the cracks."
An investigator who specializes in locating missing children turns her attention to a case closer to home. Read full book review >
BLOOD SUGAR by Daniel Kraus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Whether you love or hate this nihilistic little oddity, you probably won't forget it."
A troubled man plans to unleash his rage on trick-or-treaters with tainted candy, enlisting the help of three neighborhood children to carry out his plan. Read full book review >
THE CHESTNUT MAN by Søren  Sveistrup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"A tantalizing, un-put-down-able novel by an instant master of the form."
In a debut novel by the creator of the television show The Killing, a serial killer in Copenhagen targets young mothers as part of a complex scheme that seems to have ties to the apparent murder of government minister Rosa Hartung's 12-year-old daughter, Kristine, a year ago. Read full book review >
FUDGE BITES by Nancy Coco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"An easy romantic read complete with fudge recipes that make it even sweeter."
Off-season for Mackinac Island tourists is not off-season for murder. Read full book review >
MR CAMPION'S VISIT by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"The solution is piffle, but that's appropriate to an outing that's all piffle—sparkling, sublime piffle."
Forty years after the fact, Albert Campion returns to the scene of his very first crime. Read full book review >
YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY by Steph Cha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2019

"Cha's storytelling shows how fiction can delicately extract deeper revelations from daily headlines."
A real-life racial incident is transfigured into a riveting thriller about two families' heartbreaking struggles to confront and transcend rage and loss. 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 >