Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 3)

THE TORCH BETRAYAL by Glenn Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A well-crafted espionage tale set during World War II."
In this debut spy novel, two secret agents attempt to protect the Allies from intelligence leaks. Read full book review >
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU  by Aimee Hix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"Hix's heroine is appealing enough to warrant a second chance if her author can concoct a better mix of detection and romance."
Ex-cop Willa Pennington investigates the murder of a family friend's granddaughter's boyfriend in this debut novel. Read full book review >

SAY NO MOOR  by Maddy Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"Older readers may take exception to their characterization as cellphone-obsessed loonies. Among the lame jokes and over-the-top characters, though, there's a pretty decent mystery."
Modern-day murder interrupts a tour of Old World sites. Read full book review >
PRE-MEDITATED MURDER by Tracy Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"Weber's yoga-inspired series regulars (A Fatal Twist, 2017, etc.) hit the road in a passable installment light on yoga and heavy on complex relationship dynamics."
On learning that her boyfriend is already married, a sleuthing yoga instructor tries to disentangle him from his wife, first living, then dead. Read full book review >
BOTTOM FEEDERS by John  Shepphird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2018

"Instead of attempting to link the drastically different halves of this tale, Shepphird seems to revel in the contrast between them. Like-minded readers will get two stories for the price of one; others may be more wary."
Is it harder to dodge the weapons of death aimed by an obsessive archer or to wrap up a bare-bones TV movie on time and under budget? Shepphird (Beware the Shill, 2016, etc.) presents enough evidence on both sides to let you make the call. Read full book review >

THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A collection of curiosities best spaced out over several sessions but still a most civilized anecdote to contemporary stories about the police, fictional or non-."
Tired of newspaper headlines that accuse cops of malfeasance or worse? Veteran editor Edwards (Continental Crimes, 2017, etc.) has the perfect antidote: 15 reprints of stories from 1908 to 1966 showing English police officers at (generally) their most sterling. Read full book review >
DEATH MAKES A PROPHET by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Once Bude's franchise hero arrives, the elaborately facetious but essentially toothless satire of the first half gives way to the head-scratching complications of the second. Pick your poison: although neither kind of pleasure is sustained all the way through, they're both amply in evidence."
Bude, the pen name of Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-57), juices this 1947 cozy by spending more than half the story setting the stage for a double murder whose victims are both active in a fantastical cult that's taken root in the English village of Welworth. Read full book review >
DOMINIC by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"His surface charm, intelligence, wealthy upbringing, and good looks make Pryor's antihero popular with his co-workers. Readers, by contrast, may find it hard to work up much sympathy for a man who lacks any normal human feelings."
How to get away with murder, again. Read full book review >
AN AEGEAN APRIL  by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"The ninth case for Siger's Greek detective (Santorini Caesars, 2016, etc.), brimming with suspense and a distinct sense of place, continues to deepen the back story of its band of heroes."
Brutal murder stains the idyllic Greek island of Lesvos. Is organized crime attempting to gain a foothold in paradise, or is this the work of refugees? Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF WINTER by Tyrell Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A strong addition to the literature of dystopia, Johnson's outdoor adventure novel is lifted by his command of natural settings and his understanding of family bonding under extreme duress."
In the aftermath of nuclear wars and a devastating Asian flu pandemic, feisty 23-year-old Gwendolynn McBride—call her Lynn—faces life-and-death challenges in the Canadian wilds. Read full book review >
MOOD INDIGO by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"So many Broadway types that most of them never stand out in a crowd whose motto, as one of them puts it, is, 'When you're rich, you can't afford to like anyone.'"
"BROADWAY BEAUTY STRANGLED" scream the headlines that ring in Christmas 1932 in this ninth case for novelist Edna Ferber (Old News, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOMB MAKER by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perry (The Old Man, 2017, etc.) provides a hero worth caring about, a villain who stays one step ahead of him, and a supporting cast designed to keep up the nerve-shredding suspense. If the ending feels like a letdown, that's because this ultimate professional rivalry can't possibly continue forever."
The Explosive Ordnance Unit of the LAPD battles a methodical bomber whose principal target seems to be them. 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 >