Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LIAR IN THE LIBRARY by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An unabashed reincarnation of golden-age plotting and decorum, right down to the deliciously overwrought detective novel Brett imagines and quotes as having inspired the killer's nefarious schemes."
Rolling-stone healer Jude Nicholls' reunion with her old friend Megan Sinclair's ex-husband runs into several problems, not the least of them his murder. Read full book review >
THE ISLAND by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Although Trow (The Angel, 2016, etc.) puts modern slang into the mouths of his 19th-century characters and seems less consistently interested in history than in his other series, he's still good for a witty and clever tale."
Two Victorian private eyes find their fourth case—or rather it finds them—in New England. Read full book review >

THE WANTED by Robert Crais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"In his 21st book, Los Angeles ace Crais (The Promise, 2015, etc.) extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers."
In the latest Elvis Cole book, a teenager involved in a series of high-end burglaries is pursued by a murderous, wisecracking duo—possibly dirty cops—hired to recover a stolen laptop. Read full book review >
A DEVIOUS DEATH by Alyssa Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An unusual twist rooted in the recent horrors of World War I adds interest to a typical country-house mystery."
Money may be the root of all evil, but is it the motive for murder? Read full book review >
KAPPY KING AND THE PUPPY KAPER  by Amy Lillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Lillard (Pattern of Betrayal, 2015, etc.) kicks off a new series that seems aimed less at mystery buffs than armchair tourists seeking a rather sentimental look at the Amish lifestyle."
Two wildly different Amish women bond over a murder. Read full book review >

BETTER DEAD  by Pamela Kopfler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Banter and battling guide the plot, which is never as important as the leads' cutting interactions and the promise of romance."
In this first installment of the B&B Spirits series, the ghost of a playboy husband haunts a recent Louisiana widow who strikes a deal to use the haunting to increase business—but at what cost? Read full book review >
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER by Donna Malane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"An entertaining combination of detective work, psychological thriller, and romance gone wrong."
A New Zealand woman who finds people for a living has yet to find herself in Malane's second novel (Surrender, 2010). Read full book review >
GUNMETAL BLUE by Joseph G. Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"One of the Windy City's best-kept secrets, Peterson (Twilight of the Idiots, 2015, etc.) looks to grab attention with this skillfully calibrated, oddly compelling novel about a grieving detective."
In Peterson's short, sharp, offbeat novel, Chicago private detective Art Topp drifts between faulty memories of his happy marriage and the blank state he finds himself in five years after his wife was found riddled with bullets in his office. Read full book review >
PUSHING UP DAISIES by Penny Clover Petersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"The ditzy family has some amusing moments. And if you don't care for the elementary mystery, the appended cocktail recipes may soothe your disappointment."
A family of amateur sleuths gets some help from a ghost. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH COLUMN by John Fenzel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"Appealing heroes whom readers should cheer in every confrontation, explosive or otherwise."
Helping out a cancer-ridden friend, a former Green Beret colonel and CIA operative uncovers a conspiracy involving U.S. government officials in this thriller. Read full book review >
THE THIRD VICTIM by Phillip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"The setup is arresting, but the structure is awkward, with one large subplot awkwardly integrated and the final solution at once unlikely, obvious, and slow to arrive. A lesser outing for the highly variable Margolin (Violent Crimes, 2016, etc.)."
A novice lawyer signs on to an Oregon attorney's practice just in time to catch a case that will leave her skeptical about just about everyone involved, including her boss. Read full book review >
SHAKEDOWN by Martin Bodenham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2017

"Though the outcome is predictable, the storytelling is great. Thriller fans will enjoy this one."
A high-finance, high-stakes thriller pulsing with energy and tension. 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 >