Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 3)

THE KNOWLEDGE by Martha Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Grimes' endlessly fertile imagination conjures up new people, places, and episodes that you'll want to hear all about however tangential they end up being to the dubious case that's supposed to tie them all together."
Detective Superintendent Richard Jury (Vertigo 42, 2014, etc.) joins with the usual friends and relations and a covey of London black cab drivers to unravel a spectacularly public double murder. Read full book review >
THE BAD BREAK by Jill Orr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The laughs keep coming with Riley and her network of all-but-unbelievable co-stars, though the mystery plot could be trimmed without abating the otherwise high shine."
When a fun but flawed obituary writer investigates her subject, she finds that his death might not be as straightforward as she thought. Read full book review >

LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES by Paige Shelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"A complicated mystery with plenty of historically based characters and whose ending provides more than one kind of surprise."
Shades of the 19th-century Burke and Hare murders haunt an American lass working in Edinburgh. Read full book review >
MISS JULIA RAISES THE ROOF by Ann B. Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The hunt for the troublemakers is surprisingly captivating for so slight a mystery. And of course fans of Ross' long-running series (Miss Julia Inherits a Mess, 2016, etc.) will be eager to learn the latest about many of their favorite characters."
Do-gooders who are smugly pleased with their newest plan roil the waters in a quiet Southern town. Read full book review >
TART OF DARKNESS  by Denise  Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Like most entries in the female-entrepreneur-who-chucked-a-soulless-corporate-job-for-sole-proprietor-business-venture universe, Swanson offers a spunky heroine, a complicated second-chance love interest, and not much else in her series debut."
A comely caterer finds herself in hot water when a crabby client turns up dead. Read full book review >

DATE WITH MALICE by Julia Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Chapman's second entry positions her well in the world of village-life detection, with just enough puzzle, just enough romance, and more than its share of wacky villagers."
A local lad returns to Yorkshire to investigate threats to his clients, human and ovine. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF THE BASTIDE BLANCHE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"As usual, the strength of Longworth's tale is its depiction of the good life in Provence, with the detection providing an excuse for some splendid meals."
Strange doings at a country home in Provence. Read full book review >
ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Swanson's novel has the twisty plot and page-eating pace one expects from him, but it lacks the finesse and psychological acuity required to make its villains quite believable."
Swanson's (Her Every Fear, 2017, etc.) fourth suspense novel once again offers a bleakly idyllic setting, an intricate plot, and, à la Patricia Highsmith, remorseless sociopathic villainy. Read full book review >
WHY KILL THE INNOCENT by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Harris does a fine job of exploring the striking inequality and political intrigue of the Regency period in a mystery packed with historical detail and myriad motives."
The famous London Frost Fair of 1814, which took place on the frozen River Thames, provides the chilling backdrop to a death caused by a woman's desire to cast off the shackles of her unhappy life. Read full book review >
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"One of China's more interesting adventures weaves a tragic past into the fabric of Pecan Springs while indicating some clever and dangerous uses for botanicals."
A pragmatic former lawyer finds it hard to believe that her store is haunted. Read full book review >
CAVE OF BONES by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"As Hillerman continues her father's legacy through his beloved characters (Song of the Lions, 2017, etc.), she's gradually and gratifyingly finding her own voice."
A troubled teen's claims about the eponymous cave lead tribal officers through a search of the remote regions of the Navajo Nation. Read full book review >
A DYING NOTE  by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"By far the best of the mysteries featuring Parker's clever heroine. In addition to its historical interest, it provides a more complex problem to solve and leaves open a future in which her crime solver works with a mysterious new partner."
Leaving behind a life of secrets proves no easy task. 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 >