Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 5)

A LONG WAY DOWN by Ken  McCoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Perfect reading for anyone who wishes Midlands procedurals were plotted and paced more like Hollywood action films."
A West Yorkshire cop who thinks he's Jack Reacher—an opinion evidently shared by all the people who've improbably heard of him—returns from a stint as a private inquiry agent after being booted off the force (Dead or Alive, 2016) to another perfect storm of homicides. Read full book review >
LOST VOYAGE  by Pauline Rowson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in the third in the series."
The death of a businessman triggers a probe into the long-ago disappearance of a salvage ship. Read full book review >

WORLD ENOUGH by Clea Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Simon (When Bunnies Go Bad, 2016, etc.), a former Bostonian who once wrote for magazines covering the music scene, kicks off her Boston Noir series with a fascinating reminiscence of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But any hint of murder remains a hint right up to the unsatisfying end."
A woman obsessed with the Boston rock music scene of 20 years ago discovers that it's not quite what she remembers. Read full book review >
CREMAINS OF THE DAY by Misty Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Simon kicks off a new series that combines a bit of humor and romance with a heroine who knows no boundaries while searching for the truth that will keep her out of jail."
A former rich snob who's transformed her lifestyle and attitude faces further—involuntary—changes. Read full book review >
KNIT TO KILL  by Anne Canadeo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A leisurely investigation into a murder with plenty of time for beautiful scenery, delicious food, and, of course, knitting."
A pre-wedding getaway is interrupted by murder. Read full book review >

THE SECRET, BOOK & SCONE SOCIETY by Ellery Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Adams (Peach Pies and Alibis, 2013) kicks off a new series featuring strong women, a touch of romance and mysticism, and both the cunning present-day mystery and the slowly revealed secrets of the intriguing heroines' pasts."
Four women with hidden secrets form a group to combat deceit and solve murders. Read full book review >
EVEN IF IT KILLS HER by Kate White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A murder case almost two decades old often takes a back seat to the ups and downs of a friendship finding its footing after years and tragedy have taken their tolls—a familiar but well-executed mix."
A true-crime writer travels to small-town Massachusetts to investigate the murder of a friend's family years earlier only to find a tangle of secrets and lies. Read full book review >
MURDER IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE  by Jessica Ellicott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"As formulaic as its title suggests, Ellicott's debut delivers the traditional trappings of the cozy mystery without adding any bothersome complications or emotions."
Two ladies of a certain age rekindle their friendship and solve a murder in 1920 England. Read full book review >
TWO KINDS OF TRUTH by Michael Connelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"All the structural problems you'd expect from jamming two urgent but unrelated cases together: during much of the second half, Connelly (The Late Show, 2017, etc.) seems to be tying up increasingly low-impact loose ends. But a marvelous courtroom sequence will bring you cheering to your feet."
Harry Bosch juggles yet another cold case turned disconcertingly hot with the sort of brand-new case that would be routine for anyone but him. Read full book review >
RING IN THE YEAR WITH MURDER by Auralee Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Wallace's madcap third is frequently confusing but also very funny as the often hapless detectives try their best to stop a murder."
A fancy shmancy New Year's Eve party proves a wild ride for a couple of wannabe private eyes. Read full book review >
CRAZY LIKE A FOX by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The book begins with a multipaged cast of characters, which includes sections for humans, American foxhounds, horses, foxes (red), foxes (gray), birds, and Sister's house pets and a separate glossary of useful terms. These should help identify potential readers who will enjoy a mild mystery filled with lovingly painted details—while deterring the uninterested."
An older community of Virginians competes with exhaustively detailed descriptions of fox hunting to investigate the mysterious return of one of their own. Read full book review >
THE SPY'S DAUGHTER by Adam Brookes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Brookes' third and possibly final novel to feature Philip Mangan sends the beaten-down rogue spy out in high style while introducing a terrific new character in a teenager trapped in her own secretive life."
Having abandoned people he cared about and compromised his humanity since becoming a spy, British journalist Philip Mangan finds a chance to redeem himself when he meets a Chinese-American teenager targeted by Beijing for her genius in the field of artificial intelligence. 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 >