Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 5)

LEAVE NO TRACE by Mindy Mejia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Mejia's (Everything You Want Me To Be, 2017) thrilling tale works both as an engaging mystery and a haunting meditation on grief, abandonment, and the lost places within ourselves. Brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting."
A young woman with a troubled past helps an unusual young man find his father in the beautiful but dangerous wilds of Minnesota. Read full book review >
AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"All the usual 1930s charm combined with a mystery whose ending is a stunner."
A shocking murder brings back bitter memories for an amateur detective. Read full book review >

PARIS IN THE DARK  by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Sensitive but unimpressive. The early paranoid previsions of all-too-contemporary fears about immigrants just aren't enough to lift Butler's latest above the crowd of stiff-upper-lip period tales of the War to End All Wars."
November 1915 finds Butler's durable war correspondent/secret agent Christopher Marlowe Cobb expecting some time away from cloak and dagger. Fate, the Germans, and his boss have other plans. Read full book review >
DEPTH OF WINTER by Craig Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The sheriff as the spirit of Quixote, riding a mule to the rescue."
An extended battle for kin and spirit in the Mexican desert. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE LIES by Laura Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Suspenseful fare that will resonate in the #MeToo era."
A woman attempts to retrace the steps leading up to her best friend's sudden disappearance, and all paths lead to a rape that occurred more than a decade ago. Read full book review >

FIELD OF BONES by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"On the plus side, Jance's heroine does get to hear the most suitable compliment imaginable from a hard-used victim: 'I never knew cops could be so nice.'"
Just because Sheriff Joanna Brady has a newborn baby in tow doesn't mean she can't do her best to take charge of a case of serial kidnapping, rape, and murder. Read full book review >
CLAIRE'S LAST SECRET by Marty Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Ambrose, author of the Mango Bay mysteries (Coastal Corpse, 2016, etc.), writes in a florid style that suggests romantic thrillers of bygone days. The cliffhanger ending, apparently promising further Claire Clairmont thrillers, may frustrate readers familiar with the historical record or earlier fictionalizations of the heroine's life."
Lord Byron's elderly former paramour relives a horrifying mystery from her haunted past. Read full book review >
THE LAST NIGHT OUT by Catherine O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"The creator of the High Society mysteries (Well Read and Dead, 2009, etc.) has produced a stand-alone that does for the 1980s what Mary McCarthy's The Group did for the '30s, with more than a little mystification thrown in."
A bachelorette party changes the lives of six Chicago women. Read full book review >
ICEPICK by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"The third installment of DePoy's franchise, which finds a compelling anchor in its sleuth, crackles with energy and a plot as twisty as a country road."
A tough Child Protective Services officer tangles with all kinds of miscreants in his efforts to help a pair of Seminole waifs. Read full book review >
A DEADLY HABIT by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"An agreeable, efficient, low-impact backstage whodunit from a savvy veteran, with just enough excerpts from earlier reviews of the hero's storied career to keep up the snark quotient."
Can it be? Minor actor and major alcoholic Charles Paris (The Cinderella Killer, 2014, etc.) is finally trying to get a handle on his drinking. Read full book review >
KINDRED SPIRITS by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Not much mystery here, and you'll forget the culprit before you return Bannister's latest to the shelf. What continues to shine in this series is the warts-and-all friendship that makes her hero and heroine, each one a perfectly reasonable sleuth, such an unlikely team."
In their fifth outing, damaged ex-intelligence operative Gabriel Ash and his friend PC Hazel Best (Other Countries, 2017, etc.) tackle an abortive kidnapping that gradually, gradually reveals murderous depth. Read full book review >
THE LUCIFER CHORD by F.G.  Cottam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Cottam (The Memory of Trees, 2013, etc.) is adept at creating an atmosphere so disquieting that a sliver of ice lodges in your brain and remains until the final twist."
Fans await the return of a mythic rock star who vanished in 1975. 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 >