Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 7)

A MURDER BY ANY NAME by Suzanne M. Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe (The Confessions of X, 2016) that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times."
An Elizabethan spy must uncover a murderer close to the court. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING BOX by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Griffiths combines plenty of theater lore, romance, and a clever mystery that's sure to please both newcomers and fans of the Magic Men detective team."
Murder reaches deep into the hearts of a magician and a police officer. Read full book review >

THE HOUR OF DEATH by Jane Willan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"The second entry in this charming series poses no great challenges for mystery buffs but is peopled with plenty of interesting characters and local color."
A Welsh nun with a passion for murder investigations sees every suspicious death as a case to solve. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN DOOR by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Having begun so impressively with The Silent Corner (2016), Koontz's four-title series still has its share of excitement but seems to have run out of ideas for its cagey heroine."
With evil forces closing in on her hidden-away little boy as a way of getting to her, disgraced former FBI agent Jane Hawk (The Crooked Staircase, 2018, etc.) intensifies her one-woman campaign against a full-blown mind-control conspiracy. Read full book review >
THE CONTRACT by JM Gulvin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Gulvin, who's written several novels as Jeff Gulvin, writes with a quiet authority that perfectly matches his laconic hero. Though the pace sometimes slackens, sober, ethical John Q is a highly engaging protagonist."
A righteous Texas Ranger keeps his cool as he chases shadows in a murder probe far from home. Read full book review >

A CRAFTER KNITS A CLUE by Holly  Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A promising debut that relies on small-town charm, a bit of romance, and plenty of red herrings—though nothing so far that sets it above many other crafting-themed cozies."
A childhood detective club reunites to solve a murder in small-town Wisconsin. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A RUSSIAN DOLL by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A down-to-earth heroine faces plenty of complications in her attempt to solve a crime that hits far too close to home."
What to do when you discover that your boyfriend is married and may have murdered his wife? Get ready, get set, detect. Read full book review >
DOWN THE BROKEN ROAD by J.R.  Backlund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Backlund's kick-ass heroine is just the person to clear up her own mistakes if she can only stay ahead of a dangerous conspiracy."
A former cop adjusts to a new career while guilt from her past hangs on. Read full book review >
MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"The mystery, as so often in Conan Doyle, is less interesting than the Holmes-ian byplay. But fans will want to read this sturdy pastiche if only for the deathless query: 'Do we bring Sherlock in? Or leave him in relative ignorance until after his exams?'"
The year 1872 finds Mycroft Holmes, not yet known as Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother, pulled into a drug-tinged series of murders that, against all odds, entangles his younger brother too in a piquant case of sibling rivalry. Read full book review >
CRISIS  by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Even if all the leading suspects are so despicable that it's hard to generate much interest in which of them is guilty of murder, Francis (Pulse, 2017, etc.) continues to work unexpected and welcome changes on the racing franchise he inherited from his father."
Francis' latest attempt to find a new approach to skulduggery in the world of horse racing revolves around a hero who'd rather be anywhere else than solving a surprisingly old-fashioned whodunit. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE SATURDAY NIGHT STRANGLER  by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2018

"Strictly routine, with perfunctory characters, little mystery or suspense—despite many superfluous chapters from the killer's point of view—and a particularly underwhelming windup."
A second case for Arn Anderson, who retired from Denver Homicide to move back to Cheyenne, finds him settled in more deeply and ready to look just as deeply into the relatively shallow locals' backgrounds when they start getting murdered. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE DEAD MISTRESS  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2018

"Readers will delight in watching Copperman's literal-minded hero grapple not only with unpredictable and nuanced human thinking, but with logic from beyond the grave."
A client asks a researcher to find out whether her husband is cheating on her with his late college girlfriend, who might seem to be above suspicion but isn't after all. 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 >