Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 6)

TRESPASS by Anthony J. Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This detective novel about the inescapability of history is itself trapped in the past of the genre."
A kidnapping case in Northern Ireland threatens to unearth long-buried secrets. Read full book review >
A DEADLY ÉCLAIR by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"On the evidence here, Gerber, who writes several other series (Day of Secrets, 2016, etc.), has aimed this new one at foodies who'll appreciate the cooking lore and appended recipes enough to overlook the unremarkable mystery."
Wedding plans go awry with the death of a treasured relative. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With minimalist prose, Indridason skillfully weaves the present-day murder with the past in this classic whodunit that ends with a satisfying and logical resolution."
A retired detective discovers a puzzling link between the death of a 90-year-old man and the murder of a young woman in Reykjavík during the American occupation in 1944. Read full book review >
DISPLACED by Stephan Abarbanell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Well-intentioned and instructive but short of thrills."
A post-World War II thriller from an unusual perspective. Read full book review >
PURPLE PALETTE FOR MURDER by R.J.  Harlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Plenty of well-developed characters and a storyline that raises pointed questions about land use. But the stunning beauty of the Northwest Territory is the real star of the story."
A woman suffering from PTSD battles to clear her husband of a murder charge. Read full book review >

HEAVEN'S CROOKED FINGER by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"You won't put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you've seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery."
A man whose whole life has been colored by the excesses of his father's execrable ministry tries to come to terms with his past. Read full book review >
BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fast-paced thriller that doesn't reinvent the wheel but introduces a tough female lead who's easy to root for."
A young environmental lawyer returns to her small Indiana hometown to investigate pollution by a regional plastics giant—but settling old scores and healing old wounds weigh heavily on her mind. Read full book review >
THE QUANTUM SPY by David Ignatius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"While the science gets geeky in spots, it's still fun—and the complex intrigue will please thriller fans."
China and the U.S. scramble for cyberdomination in this spy thriller by Washington Post columnist and bestselling novelist Ignatius (The Director, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
UNHOLY CITY by Carrie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Smith's first-rate police procedural provides plenty of likely suspects and a clever detective who manages to solve the crime in just five days."
The members charged with governing a church community are hiding secrets that could help solve several murders. Read full book review >
NANTUCKET RED TICKETS by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In the fourth installment of this seabound series, Axelrod (Nantucket Grand, 2016, etc.) and his protagonist bring an amused, judicious, and ultimately tolerant eye to the foibles large and small of a mixed Santa's bag of characters."
Current crimes and a cold case enliven a police chief's holiday season. Read full book review >
THE VINEYARD VICTIMS by Ellen Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Crosby (The Champagne Conspiracy, 2016, etc.) continues to explore the privileged world of the Virginia hunt country with a fine mystery, solid characterization, and a shocking finale."
A woman's determination to keep a promise puts her in a killer's cross hairs. Read full book review >
TYPHOON FURY by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Cussler and Morrison will always entertain when you're tired of binge-watching TV action shows."
Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon's crew are imperiled by Filipino communist guerrillas armed with deadly aquatic drones in Cussler and long-time co-writer Morrison's (The Emperor's Revenge, 2016, etc.) latest spy-ship adventure. 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 >