Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 4)

THE HANGING PSALM by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"An exciting debut for the third of Nickson's Leeds-based detectives (The Tin God, 2018, etc.). Filled with his trademark social commentary and steeped in Regency atmosphere, it holds your interest from beginning to end."
Leeds in 1820 provides the setting for another challenging mystery. Read full book review >
A DELICATE TOUCH by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"The best of Woods' recent thrillers, a primer on election rigging that plays to both Democrats' recent alarm and Republicans' attachment to the material perks of the good life."
A long-hidden safe turns out to contain enough material to juice the next half-dozen adventures of jet-setting lawyer Stone Barrington. Read full book review >

YOU'RE DEAD by Chris Knopf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"Finally, a professional-grade detection-cum-actioner with a hero who actually has a logical reason for being so emotionally disengaged. More, please."
The versatile Knopf (Tango Down, 2017, etc.) kicks off a new series starring a reluctant investigator who's "like the Terminator with an advanced degree." Read full book review >
VERSES FOR THE DEAD  by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"Readers will love the quirky characters in this clever yarn. Pendergast and Coldmoon make an excellent pair."
The 18th installment in the Pendergast series by Preston and Child (City of Endless Night, 2018, etc.) gives the hero a partner in the hunt for a strange killer. Read full book review >
WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2018

"An engrossing and haunting psychological thriller."
A young newlywed's life is upended, and a picturesque neighborhood is shattered, when she is suspected of a savage murder. Read full book review >

FIVE DAYS, FIVE DEAD by Carol Wright Crigger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2018

"If Crigger, like Janet Evanovich, aims to do for the numbers what Sue Grafton did for the alphabet, she'll need to bump her plotting up a notch or her next entry is likely to wind up six feet under."
A female sleuth makes her mark on 19th-century Spokane. Read full book review >
HUNTING ANNABELLE by Wendy Heard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch."
A mentally disturbed young man tries to track down a woman who was kidnapped right before his eyes in Heard's debut thriller. Read full book review >
WINE AND PUNISHMENT by Sarah Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"It's hard to imagine how Fox, already author of the Pancake House Mysteries (Yeast of Eden, 2018, etc.) and the Music Lover's Mysteries (Deadly Overtures, 2016, etc.), can keep still another franchise going. But readers will cheer this brisk, literate addition to the world of small-town cozies."
A small town may mean big trouble for the owner of a New England pub. Read full book review >
FRACTURED TRUTH  by Susan Furlong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A striking mystery whose twists and turns are complemented by raw descriptions of prejudice, physical pain, and the horrors of addiction."
A harrowing tale of murder, bigotry, and redemption. Read full book review >
KAPPY KING AND THE PIE KAPER by Amy Lillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Experienced readers will have little trouble solving the mystery, but the likable characters and Edie's slow progress in re-embracing her Amish side will keep fans coming back for more."
Two wildly different ladies are challenged by yet another death in the Amish community of Blue Sky. Read full book review >
FASHIONS FADE, HAUNTED IS ETERNAL  by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Chock full of ghosts, supernatural guardians, cats possessed by spirits, a handsome police officer boyfriend, and tips on surviving the afterlife and vintage shopping, the latest from Pressey (A Passion for Haunted Fashion, 2018, etc.) again jams in too much to develop any one element beyond the obvious."
The murder of a fashion photographer and the appearance of a ghost from another era provide an excuse for a vintage-focused fashionista to resume her investigating hobby. Read full book review >
STEAMED OPEN  by Barbara Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Sure to appeal to readers who treasure the Maine coast, Ross' latest continues the lives and minor dramas of her fictionalized version of Boothbay Harbor with amiable characters and minimal fuss."
A Maine harbor town and clamming community is rocked by a new resident bent on upholding private property over community interests. 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 >