Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 6)

THE SECLUDED VILLAGE MURDERS by Shelly Frome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Since the intricate relationships among villagers that form the beating heart of every village mystery are absent on both sides of the Atlantic, Frome's story remains both overwrought and lifeless."
After the death of her mentor, a tour guide from a small village in the Berkshires takes an eccentric family to a quite different small village in the U.K. Read full book review >
MURDERS AT BISHOP by J. Lea Koretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Atmospheric, often incoherent, and not for the fainthearted."
Koretsky, who gave readers three chilling tales of childhood trauma in Mandated Reporter (2015), offers up some darker, murkier, and more lethal stories. Read full book review >

COLD BAYOU by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Another atmospheric, beautifully written mystery in which Hambly continues to explore the repugnant practice of classifying people by the color of their skin."
A rewardingly complex tale of murder in families related by blood and stratified by color in 1839 New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"As in her two earlier Agatha Christie pastiches (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.), Hannah is content to supply boundless ingenuity in place of more 1930s detail, this time adding a divinely inspired denouement that seems to go on for longer than the week that leads up to it."
Hercule Poirot gets pulled into a mystery in the most awkward possible way when someone signing himself Hercule Poirot writes four letters accusing four different people of the same murder. Read full book review >
LITTLE COMFORT  by Edwin Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Hill's debut is a chilling psychological thriller with an unusual heroine and a page-turning storyline."
A woman who uses her research skills to track down missing people finds herself over her head in a dangerous case. Read full book review >

RIVER OF SECRETS by Roger Johns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A worthy sequel with plenty of procedural detail and a shattering conclusion."
Racial hatred rears its ugly and murderous head. Read full book review >
WALKING SHADOWS by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"As usual, Kellerman (Killing Season, 2017, etc.) is more interested in the big scenes than in the cartilage that binds them together. The result is a methodical procedural whose method is to look everywhere, ask everything, and deal with the inevitable disappointment when the pieces just refuse to come together."
An unwelcome discovery on the grounds of an empty house brings Detective Peter Decker, who retired from the LAPD, to the allegedly quiet town of Greenbury, New York, up against a criminal plot that stretches back 20 years. Read full book review >
DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS by Vivien Chien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A worthy sophomore outing provides plenty of twists and turns and a perky, albeit conflicted, sleuth."
A young woman's plans to straighten out her life must make room for murder. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE OVAL LIBRARY  by C.M. Gleason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An excellent mystery combined with brilliant historical detail."
A pall hangs over Washington, D.C., as the citizens await an imminent attack by Confederate forces. Read full book review >
RED, WHITE, BLUE by Lea Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2018

"Employing a failed spy operation as the backdrop for a young woman's search for identity, Carpenter's mesmerizing follow-up to her acclaimed war novel, Eleven Days (2013), is as deeply affecting as it is razor-sharp."
The day before Anna's wedding in Switzerland, her powerfully connected, globe-trotting father mysteriously dies on a ski slope. It's only after his death that she learns just how deep the mysteries around him run. Read full book review >
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Reading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off."
A plain-Jane daughter's 31st birthday celebration explodes into a nightmare within a nightmare in Slaughter's latest stand-alone. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Melodramatic yet wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist."
A woman meets her dream guy, but his mother is something out of a nightmare in Jones' debut thriller. 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 >