Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 3)

ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A formulaic twofer combines some interesting philosophical questions with more familiar charges of Beltway corruption that could be ripped from the latest headlines."
Not one but two exciting new cases for Coulter's FBI (Insidious, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
DARK CHAPTER by Winnie M.  Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Li's offbeat crime novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner."
Inspired by true events in the author's life, this debut novel describes the rape of a young Taiwanese-American woman by a psychologically damaged Irish boy and the traumatic aftereffects of the attack. Read full book review >

ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE HANGMAN'S SONNET  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The convoluted plot entangles a remarkable number of suspects. If you think you've picked out the guilty party, you're probably right."
An upcoming birthday celebration sticks Paradise police chief Jesse Stone with a case that even Spenser, his private-eye counterpart in the late Parker's better-known franchise, couldn't solve. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOV RANSOM by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Cussler's plots sometime slip outside of the box of believability, but he's always entertaining."
Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna offered a mega-fortune in jewels while attempting to ransom Czar Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks, but she certainly didn't expect those riches to finance a Nazi Fourth Reich. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Tattoo artists will be interested in the as-if-born-in-fire origins of Lisbeth's body art, while fans of Larsson, while perhaps not thrilled, certainly won't be disappointed."
"First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge." Thus the ninjalike guiding ethos of Lagercrantz's (The Girl in the Spider's Web, 2015, etc.) latest installment in the Lisbeth Salander series. Read full book review >

THAT LAST WEEKEND by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"DiSilverio's signature easy-to-follow plotting draws readers in without relying on a specific theme, as proven by recent forays into science fiction (Incubation, 2016, etc.) and political thrillers (Close Call, 2016, etc.)."
Returning to the scene of a past crime, five friends don't know whom to trust because they fear one of them may be a murderer. Read full book review >
HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Although the idea isn't original, the clever way McPherson (Quiet Neighbors, 2016, etc.) reveals each hint of the truth makes this a one-sitting read."
A Scottish woman's psychological history causes her to question her sanity. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS PERIL by J. A. Hennrikus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Despite its title, blessedly light on the holiday trimmings. But the backstage antics, the second-act romance, the hard-boiled back story, the family drama, and the tourist-town backdrop are too many disparate elements that never gel. Unsatisfying and forgettable."
Ex-cop Edwina "Sully" Sullivan struggles to keep a ragtag theater company afloat while working with her ex-husband to solve a murder in this series debut from Hennrikus, who's also written as Julianne Holmes (Clock and Dagger, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
MARCH OF CRIME by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Earthy language, quirky suspects, and much related tomfoolery for those who like their comic mayhem painted in broad strokes."
The founding member of the Murder-by-Month club is at it again. Read full book review >
CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Sheila Simonson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"The forth in Simonson's Latouche County series (Beyond Confusion, 2013, etc.) marries a story that draws you in with some fascinating characters worth being drawn to. The ending, alas, is a letdown."
Two dysfunctional families in Washington state are sunk in a morass of murder and suicide. Read full book review >
SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The 45th entry in this fleet, easy-reading series provides a dramatic opening scene, a second act guaranteed to raise your most self-righteous hackles, and a denouement even Robb must have recognized as an anticlimax."
Lt. Eve Dallas (Echoes in Death, 2017, etc.) investigates the murder of a gossip columnist whose death answers a thousand prayers. Read full book review >
MISSING PERSONS by Michael Brandman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"As they're hauled off to jail, the screamingly obvious villains are still asking how likely it is that they really would have acted as they're charged with doing, and you have to admit that they have a point."
Movie producer/Robert B. Parker ghostwriter Brandman, lately spotted mostly in Paradise, Massachusetts, moves his base of operations to Freedom, California, in this series kickoff. 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 >