Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION  by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The vast storehouse of characters and interwoven subplots will challenge readers new and old to Pandian (The Elusive Elixir, 2017 etc.), who seems more intent on opening doors she's kept carefully locked until now than on making the new developments pay off."
An alchemist is eager to answer a call for help her long-vanished mentor may have concealed within a painting even though pursuing it may force her to disclose her alchemical identity. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S SECRET by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Rowland's engaging team of sleuths and a colorful rogues' gallery of suspects make her third Victorian mystery a genuine page-turner."
A Victorian sleuth's probe of a suspicious suicide leads to a deeper mystery surrounding a notorious serial killer. Read full book review >

MURDER LIKES IT HOT  by Tracy Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Light on the yoga, the latest from Weber (Pre-Meditated Murder, 2018, etc.) pushes her heroine's story toward an ending that's equal parts heartwarming and saccharine."
A yoga teacher struggling with fertility woes starts working at a drop-in center for homeless teens just in time for a staff member to be murdered. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF WAR by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A believable story with the kind of interesting details that keep the pages turning."
An elite U.S. task force tries to prevent North Korea from selling lethal chemical weapons to the Syrian regime Read full book review >
INVISIBLE by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Another solid and entertaining thriller."
An Army vet keeps a low profile as he seeks to understand his father's death in the latest by Grant (False Witness, 2018, etc.). Read full book review >

FIRST, KILL THE LAWYERS by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An irresistible premise and a fast-moving plot carry Housewright's latest along for a miraculously extended flight before it sinks under the weight of its complications somewhere in the third act."
Minneapolis private eye Holland Taylor (Darkness, Sing Me a Song, 2018, etc.) is called on to bail out the only people in the Twin Cities more morally compromised than he is: members of the bar. Read full book review >
AMSTERDAM NOIR by René Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"Taking the road less traveled is a winning strategy for the editors. The 15 dark takes they've collected provide a variety of methods, motives, and menace, while their movie-themed chapters anchor the varied menu firmly in the noir tradition."
Appel and Pachter take an unexpected turn as they explore Amsterdam's dark side. Read full book review >
THE RING by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"The fifth Victorian whodunit from the prolific author of the Kit Marlowe and Lestrade mysteries offers Dickensian portraits of period archetypes and a shrewdly layered puzzle."
Could the body in the river be that of the missing tea heiress? And why are so many of the interested parties lying? Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE QUEEN'S OLD CASTLE by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"The 1920s ambience enriches one of the best entries in Harrison's franchise."
A nun solves a mysterious death, but not to her satisfaction. Read full book review >
SYDNEY NOIR by John Dale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"Although Dale's approach is traditional, the stories he's assembled offer ample variety in this cavalcade of crime Down Under."
The former British penal colony provides fertile ground for dark doings, as these 14 tales demonstrate. Read full book review >
WHEEL OF FIRE by Hilary Bonner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"Even a clever twist at the end can't save this story from being ultimately forgettable."
After the head of an international bank dies in a fire at his isolated English manor, a detective must decide if he's dealing with an accident or a case of murder. Read full book review >
MURDER À LA MOCHA by Sandra Balzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"Balzo, who usually keeps her plots under fairly strict control, unleashes a whopper that quickly devolves from mystery to shaggy dog story."
A minuscule pooch drags coffee-shop owner Maggy Thorsen (The Importance of Being Urnest, 2017, etc.) into yet another round of homicide. 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 >