Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 5)

IDYLL FEARS by Stephanie Gayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Hobbled only by a monotonously terse style, Gayle's follow-up to Idyll Threats (2015) is believable in both characterization and the ebb and flow of police detection."
A kidnapped boy disrupts a small Connecticut town's holiday season. Read full book review >
MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lively and admirable female characters emboldened by their circumstances, impeccably realized and given new life by Stewart."
With a growing number of young women being arrested on morality charges, and no one to defend them, it's up to Under Sheriff Constance Kopp—based on a real-life female deputy—to ask the tough questions. Read full book review >

FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This debut suffers from a few too many clichés but contains important truths about the effects of peer pressure and bullying."
A Facebook message dredges up painful secrets from a woman's past, one that she's spent decades suppressing. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S ROSARY by Seabury Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An editorial introduction suggests that these memorable doses of fustian are best enjoyed 'over an extended period of time,' say one story a week. That's excellent advice: binge-reading de Grandin's battles with diverse monsters can give you the sort of stomachache associated with too much fruitcake."
Hercule Poirot meets Fox Mulder in these 19 pulpy tales from 1929-30, the second of five volumes reprinting the complete adventures of occult sleuth Dr. Jules de Grandin. Read full book review >
DEAD WOMAN WALKING by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Less of a shock to the system than Daisy in Chains (2016) but still guaranteed to provide its share of chills."
The lone survivor of a balloon crash flees from a heartless killer bent on silencing her. Read full book review >

THE DOWNSIDE by Mike Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A taut caper whose high-tech trappings neatly complement its old-fashioned formula. Happy New Year."
Introducing Finn, a one-named thief whose plans to go straight once his seven years in stir are up last only one night before he signs on for an elaborate new haul. Read full book review >
GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down."
Land asks if we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers—or, in this case, mothers—in her assured, creepy debut. Read full book review >
ENEMY OF THE STATE by Vince Flynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Fast-moving, fun, and not overly deep. But if the U.S. has a real-life version of Flynn and Mills' hero, that could be scary."
In the 16th installment of the series started by the late Flynn, author Mills (Order to Kill, 2016, etc.) continues CIA agent Mitch Rapp's deadly derring-dos. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW LIST  by Todd Moss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Far more action than diplomacy in this page-flipping yarn. Fans of diplomatic thrillers will love this one.
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Another fast-paced diplomatic thriller featuring State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker (Minute Zero, 2015). Read full book review >
PROOF OF LIFE by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Twenty-three cases into the franchise, the indefatigable Jance's (Man Overboard, 2017, etc.) formerly hard-drinking detective is showing signs of wear. Although newcomers may wax impatient with too much back story, loyalists who've followed her hero from the beginning will be glad he's still kicking."
A retired cop honors a crime journalist's last request. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This second mystery solidifies the lineup of our heroine's allies and nemeses while leaving matters intriguingly open-ended on the personal front. Readers of Victorian fiction, romance, and detective stories will each find something to draw them in."
A new adventure for Charlotte Holmes—the Victorian lady detective who poses as a man named Sherlock—brings old mysteries to light and buried passions to the fore. Read full book review >
THE TRICKSTER'S LULLABY by Barbara Fradkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2017

"Fradkin downplays sleuthing and suspense in favor of counterterrorism twists; when the violence begins, there's less interest in who killed whom than in whether the heroine and her friends can foil a diabolical bombing plot."
Continuing a trek across Canada that seems unwittingly aimed at unearthing traumas to rival the nightmare she experienced when Boko Haram struck in Nigeria, returning aid worker Amanda Doucette (Fire in the Stars, 2016) takes a dozen Montreal teenagers on a camping trip into deep troubles. 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 >