Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 4)

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Though the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency increasingly feels more like a therapy group than a commercial enterprise, there's no denying the slow-burning power of its revelations in this 18th installment."
A deceptively slow opening movement ushers in one of the most complicated dockets ever for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >
LET DARKNESS BURY THE DEAD by Maureen Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Jennings (Dead Ground in Between, 2016, etc.) provides a melancholy and nuanced meditation on the war and a welcome return for fans of this long-dormant series."
After a 10-year hiatus from print, during which he was seen only on television (in The Artful Detective), Detective William Murdoch resurfaces, older, wiser, and sadder, in 1917 Toronto, amid the fear and losses of World War I. Read full book review >

PARTING SHOT  by Linwood Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Barclay's latest small-town thriller is one of his best."
In the dark aftermath of mass killings in their (fictional) upstate New York town of Promise Falls, police detective Barry Duckworth and PI Cal Weaver find themselves on parallel tracks while investigating the targeting of two local young men by vigilantes. Read full book review >
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers who recognize early on that the most suspenseful question here is whether the heroine will regain her lost love will know perfectly well whether this latest installment is for them."
Laurie Moran, intrepid executive producer of the true-crime series Under Suspicion, agrees to reopen a cold case so recent that it's hardly fair to call it cold. Read full book review >
BLOOD BUSINESS by Joshua Viola
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Two sharp, distinctive, and complementary clusters of stories."
Editors Acevedo (University of Doom, 2017, etc.) and Viola (Blackstar, 2015, etc.) offer an anthology of noirish tales exploring the dark recesses of both real and supernatural worlds. Read full book review >

THE ARMAGEDDON FILE by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"If you believe a criminal lost the White House in 2016, give Coonts' (Liberty's Last Stand, 2016, etc.) latest a try. But be warned: it won't make American literature great again."
Tommy Carmellini returns in this thriller based on the 2016 presidential election. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF GALWAY by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2017

"Dispensing with the genre's customary pleasures—promising plot developments go nowhere, menacing characters are abruptly killed off, the solution solves nothing—Bruen still manages to deliver prose that's both tough and elegiac, plus enough white space per page to tempt even Alice in Wonderland."
Jack Taylor goes looking for an explosive volume and finds it and a whole lot of other explosions. Read full book review >
WHISPER OF DEATH by Patricia Wynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A gripping series continues with energy and thrills to spare."
The latest book in Wynn's (Acts of Faith, 2014, etc.) historical detective series finds the hero known as "Blue Satan" and lady-in-waitingHester Kean investigating the murder of an English lord.Read full book review >
HEADHUNTER by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Fans of body bags would find this bloodbath perfection if only Oldham didn't keep crosscutting among characters faster than a music video en route to this tranquilly satisfying reflection: 'Usually revenge was a dull sensation, but this wasn't. It was good.'"
Soldier of fortune Steve Flynn continues his one-man, no-holds-barred campaign against the forces of evil that just won't leave him in peace. Read full book review >
MR. CAMPION'S ABDICATION by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Ripley sets Allingham's hero a more substantial mystery than in Mr. Campion's Guilt (2016), and the evocations of everything from 1930s manners to an American teenager in 1970 are spot-on. Fans, however, are most likely to be drawn by the nonstop blather, which has a marvelous time-capsule freshness."
Margery Allingham's imperishable Albert Campion, now officially the last survivor of detection's golden age, looks back from 1970 to the surprisingly multilayered intrigue surrounding the Duke of Windsor's visit to a Suffolk archaeological dig shortly before he gave up the throne for the woman he loved. Read full book review >
MURDER FOR NOTHING by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Heley's latest round of good versus evil is most likely to appeal to fans who like their puzzles uncluttered by moral complexity."
Philanthropist Ellie Quicke solves the murder of a young woman she doesn't know in a house she doesn't own. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Dolores Gordon-Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An exciting spy novel partly based on historical events is excellent as a stand-alone but even more enjoyable if you read Frankie's Letter first."
A British doctor who doubles as spy makes a dangerous trip to occupied Belgium during World War I. 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 >