Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 4)

WILD FIRE by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Fans disappointed to see the last of Cleeves' hero will be happy to know that the final case in this complex, character-driven series (Cold Earth, 2017, etc.) is a tour de force."
A long look into the dynamics of a troubled family is needed to solve several murders. Read full book review >
JOHN WOMAN by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Somehow, it makes sense that when Walter Mosley puts forth a novel of ideas, it arrives with the unexpected force of a left hook and the metallic gleam of a new firearm."
The versatile, justly celebrated creator of Easy Rawlins, Leonid McGill, and other iconic crime solvers raises the stakes with this tightly wound combination of psychological suspense and philosophic inquiry. Read full book review >

SUNRISE HIGHWAY  by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A highly readable and unnervingly close-to-home view of power in the service of evil."
A string of murders on Long Island leads a New York cop into a web of corrupt police officers and politicians in this first-rate suspense novel. Read full book review >
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Kubica is a helluva storyteller, and while this doesn't quite equal her best efforts, it's still pretty darn good."
When Jessie Sloane's mother, Eden, dies of cancer, Jessie is left rudderless. Then she discovers she might not be the person she thought she was. Read full book review >
DEATH AT SEA by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This is a fine introduction for newcomers to Camilleri's work and, for the dedicated, eight examples of why Inspector Montalbano is so beloved."
Sicilian police inspector Montalbano returns in this collection of eight short cases. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO CAME UPTOWN by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Using his customary knowing dialogue and stripped-down, soulful prose, Pelecanos skillfully, sensitively works the urban frontier where the problems and stresses of everyday life cross the line into the sort of criminal behavior that could tempt anyone—anyone at all."
Pelecanos (The Martini Shot, 2015, etc.) follows the trails of three nominally free agents drawn together by the matrix of the D.C. jail. Read full book review >
LEVERAGE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A nifty, if exceptionally coldblooded, criminal plan buried in close to 400 pages of mostly forgettable suspects and dialogue. There's not even much detail about the good life in 2061 this time around."
The 44th case for future-dwelling Lt. Eve Dallas is less whodunit than whydunit and howtocatchem. Read full book review >
GOLD DUST  by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The result reads like a stranger-than-strange collaboration between Lee Child, handling the assault on the CIA with baleful directness, and Steven F. Havill, genially reporting on the regulars back home."
The seventh of Wortham's Red River mysteries brings a pair of sinister intruders into Center Springs, Texas, in 1969 to launch a crime so monstrous that two of the town's patriarchs will have to travel far from home to avenge it. Read full book review >
FOE by Iain Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"As much a surgical dissection of what makes a marriage as an expertly paced, sparsely detailed psychological thriller, this is one to read with the lights on."
In the near future, a man and his wife are visited by a mysterious stranger offering a chance for previously unimagined adventure, though the true exploration—and danger—might be closer to home. Read full book review >
MOVING TARGETS  by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Though the implication of the mob in real estate isn't the most imaginative gambit, Easley continues in every installment of this series to get a better handle on his characters and the vital balance between principal and supporting plots."
A hit-and-run may be a mob play to move into a real estate venture, according to a pro bono lawyer hired by the victim's daughter. Read full book review >
THE CATS CAME BACK  by Sofie Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Simple to engage with, Kelly's cozy series (A Tale of Two Kitties, 2018) uses another murder of an outsider to continue its gradual development of its characters' lives. Given their powers, though, it's a shame that her heroine's magical cats don't do a little bit more to help their human."
With the help of her two magical cats, a small-town Minnesota librarian investigates the murder of the assistant to a singer come to town. Read full book review >
SOLEMN GRAVES  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Benn's plotting and his first-person narrative both acquire more gravitas as they continue to chart the course of World War II. His latest outing is a complex tale that hinges on a particular moment in world history he captures incisively."
Brash Billy Boyle faces special challenges as he tries to implement a low-profile probe. 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 >