Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 6)

THOSE WHO GO BY NIGHT by Andrew  Gaddes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Rooted in the tumultuous history of its unique era, Gaddes' debut novel offers genuine tension and consistent surprises."
A naïve investigator in medieval England faces a wall of duplicitous suspects in probing a disturbing murder. Read full book review >
FOOL'S MOON  by Diane A.S. Stuckart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Stuckart, author of the Black Cat Bookshop books (Twice Told Tail, 2016, etc.), kicks off a new series that often puts animal antics ahead of narrative tension and sleuthing, but she writes throughout with charm and warmth. Anyone with a pet will enjoy."
Trusting tarot card reader Ruby gets help from some pet friends in solving a baffling mystery. Read full book review >

A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen  Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"To her gallery of typical cozy characters and obligatory local color Hughes adds a much stronger mystery than in her series debut (A Fatal Collection, 2017)."
Never volunteer for anything: A shop owner learns the truth of that maxim when her own volunteerism involves her in two murders. Read full book review >
FATAL FESTIVAL DAYS by Jamie Blair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Fast-moving follies take the place of character development in Blair's antic series, which focuses on forward action but not much else."
Solving a murder while planning a winter festival isn't half as much fun as solving two murders. Read full book review >
MONEY IN THE MORGUE by Ngaio  Marsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2018

"Though tart noir specialist Duffy (The Hidden Room, 2017, etc.) might seem an unlikely choice to flesh out the skeleton Marsh left behind, fans will be hard-pressed to find the joint between the two writers. Only the interminable denouement departs from Marsh's ruthlessly efficient last acts."
Marsh (1895-1982) gets her turn at resurrection in a posthumous tale, barely begun during World War II and set aside, that finds Scotland Yard's DCI Roderick Alleyn sorely distracted from his secret mission in Marsh's native New Zealand by the alarums and excursions of one wild night. Read full book review >

MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR by Olga Wojtas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2018

"Wojtas' debut is every bit as lighthearted, levelheaded, inventive, hilarious, and altogether enchanting as its heroine, who richly deserves another jaunt through time and space."
A middle-aged Edinburgh librarian is sent back to 19th-century Russia with orders to complete an unspecified mission within a single calendar week of a year she can't determine. Say what? Read full book review >
IN THE GALWAY SILENCE by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A tough, tender, sorrowful tour of the Bruen aquarium, with all manner of fantastic creatures swimming in close proximity and touching only the fellow creatures they want to devour. Just don't get too attached to the supporting cast or read this installment just before a trip to Galway."
Bruen's latest dip into the murky waters of Galway kicks off with alcoholic shamus Jack Taylor's literal dip in Claddagh Basin to pull out a man apparently bent on suicide. Things don't go well for either the rescued or the rescuer. Read full book review >
NIGHTTOWN  by Timothy Hallinan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Highly readable but relatively weightless, as if Hallinan (Fools' River, 2017, etc.) had padded a short story out to novel length by spinning loop after agreeable loop of his hero's woolly asides, reflections, and professional apothegms."
Junior Bender, everybody's go-to burglar in LA, takes on another job that doesn't smell right—it fairly reeks of talcum powder—and lives to regret it early and often. Read full book review >
TOP DOG by Jens Lapidus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Part sequel, part rehash of unfinished business from Stockholm Delete. As in Faulkner, the past in Lapidus isn't even past—and although it's not dead, it's more than capable of killing the living."
Talk about your star-crossed lovers. When Lapidus reunites Teddy Maksumic, who served eight years for a kidnapping he didn't commit, with newly independent lawyer Emelie Jansson, it's every man, woman, and child for themselves. Read full book review >
A SHOT IN THE DARK by Lynne Truss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"As in Cat out of Hell (2015), Truss piles up ingenious plot twists, preposterous coincidences, snarky asides, and characters out of P.G. Wodehouse, this time replacing her murderous felines with a setup out of the genre's golden age. Readers who can suspend their disbelief are in for quite a workout."
The shooting of an acerbic reviewer during the premiere of a play at the Theatre Royal opens endless avenues of investigation for the incompetents of the Brighton Constabulary in this effervescent farce. Read full book review >
VANCOUVER NOIR  by Sam Wiebe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Given the book's mix of wily pros, moody misfits, bewildered bystanders, and a touch of the supernatural, Wiebe makes a strong case that as far as crime is concerned, Vancouver is 'a city like any other.'"
Fourteen brand-new reasons why life isn't all shiny and bright in the City of Glass. Read full book review >
THIS I WOULD KILL FOR by Anne Buist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"The heroine, who's smart and driven to do what's best, still can't help but have an emotional reaction to the case and the possible consequences of making the wrong recommendation in this latest installment of Buist's well-informed, fast-paced look at the dangers in the child welfare system."
A psychiatrist working a child custody case hears increasingly alarming accusations from both parents' sides as a court battle ramps up. 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 >