Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 4)

SONG OF THE DAMNED by Sarah Rayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"Rayne's third psychic mystery is less atmospheric but more volatile and unpredictable than her other work, with colorful characters and an inexorable threat of violence under the surface."
A school celebration is shadowed by a 200-year-old mystery. Can a noted ghostbuster unravel it? Read full book review >
THE POISONED CHALICE MURDER by Diane Janes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"Although mystery mavens will quickly follow the clues to the solution, there are still plenty of red herrings, period charm, and a love story to keep them reading."
Star-crossed lovers do their best to solve a series of crimes. Read full book review >

THE SAVAGE SHORE by David Hewson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"The tale floats on a tide of dark threats, double-crosses, abrupt changes of heart, revelations that characters aren't as they seem, and indications that the best-kept secrets aren't secrets at all. Hewson does provide an excellent tour of 'Italy's toe,' which sounds both savage and strangely appealing."
Whatever Rome police detective Nic Costa's been doing in the unusually long break since his last outing (The Fallen Angel, 2011), it hasn't prepared him for the ups and downs he faces when he goes undercover with the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta. Read full book review >
PRISONERS OF HOPE by Barbara Fradkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"The busy, overstuffed mystery, fueled by drugs, illegal immigration, and endless domestic feuding, never comes close to equaling the elemental power of the resilient heroine's opening adventure."
Aid worker Amanda Doucette continues a trek across Canada (The Trickster's Lullaby, 2017, etc.) that's supposed to be therapeutic but turns into a crime-riddled exploration of the area around Ontario's magnificent Georgian Bay. Read full book review >
UNEASY LIES THE CROWN by Tasha Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Alexander, who's adept at mixing historical facts with mysteries, includes chapters featuring a tale from 1415 that's easily as interesting as the convoluted mystery that finally brings past and present together."
What do the years 1415 and 1901 have in common? It's up to a married pair of sleuths to discover the answer. Read full book review >

PURLS AND POISON by Anne Canadeo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"The wrenching ordeal of a Black Sheep as a murder suspect makes this entry the strongest in Canadeo's series."
Members of the Black Sheep knitting group (Knit to Kill, 2017, etc.) must use their sleuthing talents to rescue one of their own. Read full book review >
OVERKILT  by Kaitlyn Dunnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Dunnett provides small-town charm and a determined sleuth who does a great job uncovering clues in a tale that rings all too true."
A quiet Maine town is beset by a series of disastrous happenings. Read full book review >
DARK SACRED NIGHT  by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Fans who don't think the supporting cases run away with the story will marvel at Connelly's remarkable ability to keep them all not only suitably mystifying, but deeply humane, as if he were the Ross Macdonald of the police procedural."
Harry Bosch, who just can't stay retired, unwillingly teams up with a Hollywood detective who has reasons of her own for wanting in on his latest cold case. Read full book review >
AN EASY DEATH  by Charlaine Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A refreshing and cinematic, weird Western starring a sharp-as-nails, can-do heroine. Harris' many fans will surely follow Gunnie Rose anywhere."
In the opening novel of Harris' new series, set in a dangerous and largely lawless alternate United States, a young gunslinger for hire hits the trail to track down a descendant of Rasputin. Read full book review >
THE LONG PAW OF THE LAW  by Diane Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Kelly's series style (Enforcing the Paw, 2017, etc.) of presenting chapters in alternating voices gives readers a chance to experience the icky cult setting, the heroine's warm albeit square side, and the full-on silliness of Brigit's canine voice."
A message sewn in an abandoned newborn's blanket appears to be a cry for help, but a local police officer determined to investigate isn't sure where to start. Read full book review >
DARK WINTER  by Anthony J.  Tata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A very readable and contemporary military action story."
Responding to a U.S. military computer-system failure, an elite group of American operatives must prevent pending nuclear strikes. Read full book review >
CAPE DIAMOND by Ron  Corbett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Frigid North Shore landscapes, kitchen-sink plotting, and a dogged investigator who doesn't know when or how to quit. Even though this is only his second outing, somebody definitely owes Corbett's hero a vacation."
A second case for Frank Yakabuski, senior detective with Canada's Springfield Regional Police Force, entangles him in gang warfare, kidnapping, murder, and theft on a grand scale. 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 >