Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 6)

WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS by Heather  Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 2018

"A taut, compelling family tale."
A debut novel mixes high school drama, teen romance, and a strong thread of mystery and thriller. Read full book review >
NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"If you don't expect a deeply thoughtful thriller, you'll get carried away by the action enough to enjoy it."
In Cleveland's debut novel, a CIA analyst tracks Russian sleeper agents—to her own front door. Read full book review >

WALKING THE BONES by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Further evidence, if any was needed, that all the author's heroes are direct descendants of Edgar Allan Poe, whom Silvis' own fictionalizations of (Disquiet Heart, 2002, etc.) successfully dramatized without exorcising."
Will Sgt. Ryan DeMarco, already so traumatized in his first recorded case (Two Days Gone, 2017), ever fully rejoin the human race? Seven dead girls do their best to pull him back in. Read full book review >
THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"The solution to the puzzle feels a bit implausible, but the heroine is appealingly plucky, and the reader sinks into the rich period detail as pleasantly as into an overstuffed sofa."
Fellowes transitions from providing the history behind the fiction (Downton Abbey—A Celebration: The Official Companion to all Six Seasons, 2015) to adding some fiction to history in her first mystery based on the life of the legendary literary Mitford sisters. Read full book review >
THE WIFE by Alafair Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Classic domestic-thriller elements—the too-perfect couple, the unreliable narrator, the troubled past—are given a good workout in this satisfying round of 'Who's the Psycho?'"
A woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator. Read full book review >

THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Lauren Doyle Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A slow-burning thriller that explores the cost of love turned askew."
In the sleepy community of Seven Springs, Florida, a serial killer is targeting elderly women. Read full book review >
THE MARSHAL AND THE MOONSHINER by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"Lots of violent action tempered with hints of romance and cultural clashes and a climactic surprise, though much of it comes across as serviceable exposition in search of a strong throughline."
Wendelboe turns from the contemporary American West (Hunting the Five Point Killer, 2017, etc.) to the Depression era to kick off a new series that packs the U.S. Marshal for Wyoming off to Oklahoma in pursuit of a murder suspect. Read full book review >
LIGHT IT UP  by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"This novel has a virtuoso opening over rugged terrain that soon turns into too-easily-recognizable territory."
An Iraq veteran stumbles into trouble when he signs on as security for a Colorado marijuana business. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT MARKET by Jonathan  Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"You'll never look at a flock of sparrows the same way again."
A sharp and scary near-future thriller that delivers a dark message about society's love affair with technology. Read full book review >
I KNOW MY NAME by C.J. Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A fast-paced novel that deftly strikes at the heart of what it means to survive traumatic personal and familial ruptures."
When an Englishwoman disappears from her home, her husband is forced to acknowledge problems in their marriage and all he does not know about his wife and her troubled childhood. Read full book review >
THE TAKE by Christopher Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Solid if underwhelming jaunt through France."
A reluctant agent pursues a mysterious document through multiple layers of deception and misdirection. Read full book review >
CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"One of the best in the series—tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow."
Preston and Child's (The Obsidian Chamber, 2016, etc.) eccentric FBI special agent A.X.L. Pendergast is still on his boss's bad side, which means his next assignment is to aid in what seems to be a routine, albeit bloody, New York City murder investigation. 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 >