Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 3)

THE VINEYARD VICTIMS by Ellen Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Crosby (The Champagne Conspiracy, 2016, etc.) continues to explore the privileged world of the Virginia hunt country with a fine mystery, solid characterization, and a shocking finale."
A woman's determination to keep a promise puts her in a killer's cross hairs. Read full book review >
TYPHOON FURY by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Cussler and Morrison will always entertain when you're tired of binge-watching TV action shows."
Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon's crew are imperiled by Filipino communist guerrillas armed with deadly aquatic drones in Cussler and long-time co-writer Morrison's (The Emperor's Revenge, 2016, etc.) latest spy-ship adventure. Read full book review >

MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An enticing setting and diverse characters make this latest return to the Catskills a pleasure."
A Shakespearean theater group is rocked by a series of directorial changes. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE WEB  by George  Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"More proficient than The Last Best Friend (reviewed below) but less distinctive; after the brilliantly overheated opening movement, the detection is strictly routine, with little to show at the appropriately inconclusive fade-out."
Poisoned Pen exhumes a 1976 novel by Sims (1923-99) as further evidence in support of the proposition that "life is an obstacle race with most of the obstacles grouped at the far end." Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Layton Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Green, best known for his Dominic Grey series (The Resurrector, 2017, etc.), creates a fascinating new protagonist who's both tough and sensitive. The literary puzzles add interest, and the denouement is a real shocker."
The inhabitants of a little North Carolina town are horrified by a series of weirdly literate murders. Read full book review >

MONTREAL NOIR by John McFetridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Whether it's the quirkiness of the characters, the ingenuity of the puzzles, or the big hearts inside some of the darkest villains, noir's different north of the border. Here's hoping readers will say 'Vive la difference.'"
"Montreal has always been a popular destination for Americans," write McFetridge and Filippi, "though it's definitely nothing like America." These 15 new stories celebrate the differences between us and our northern neighbor. Read full book review >
THE SORCERER'S APPENDIX by P.J. Brackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This fourth series entry features a resourceful but not entirely lovable heroine, zany secondary characters, and the tendency to go for cheap laughs. Still, give Brockton (The Fickle Mermaid, 2016, etc.) high marks for creativity."
A brother and sister of fairy-tale fame stumble from one complication to another in their search for a missing magician. Read full book review >
BUENOS AIRES NOIR by Ernesto Mallo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Mallo's well-balanced collection gives readers a glimpse of both the geography of Buenos Aires and its heart."
As editor Mallo says, Buenos Aires is a city "in love with its own disorder." These 14 sly tales amply attest to that affection. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered."
A glimpse of a West Point class ring in a pawn shop window sends Jack Reacher on his latest adventure in the 22nd entry in Child's (No Middle Name, 2017, etc.) series. Read full book review >
DEAD OF WINTER by Wendy Corsi Staub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Though Staub's look at divisiveness within communities, especially differences over child-rearing, addresses some serious real-world concerns, the lack of focus in her small-town setting and her use of outsiders as the bad guys do little to develop the world of Lily Dale (Something Buried, Something Blue, 2016, etc.)."
Spirit, an omniscient guide, helps residents of a small town find a missing boy who may have been kidnapped. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS RETURN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"No real suspense or surprises, and even fans of Perry's holiday novellas (A Christmas Message, 2016, etc.) may find it hard to swallow the injunction to seasonal revenge. But as the vicar's wife points out, 'What's Christmas about, if not hope and giving a hand where it's needed?'"
Great news for everyone nervously contemplating a trip home for the holidays: it can't possibly be as fraught as Mariah Ellison's visit to Rowena Wesley to rescue her old friend from an ancient scandal that's roared back to life. Read full book review >
THE IRREGULAR by H.B. Lyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sherlock Holmes' delayed first appearance here is shrewdly calculated. Though Lyle's debut novel is certainly an homage, it's not a flat-footed imitation but a crisp, stylish spinoff."
When Britain wants to inaugurate a secret service, who better to assist than the greatest detective in history? 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 >