Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 7)

DATE WITH MALICE by Julia Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Chapman's second entry positions her well in the world of village-life detection, with just enough puzzle, just enough romance, and more than its share of wacky villagers."
A local lad returns to Yorkshire to investigate threats to his clients, human and ovine. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF THE BASTIDE BLANCHE by M.L. Longworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"As usual, the strength of Longworth's tale is its depiction of the good life in Provence, with the detection providing an excuse for some splendid meals."
Strange doings at a country home in Provence. Read full book review >

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Swanson's novel has the twisty plot and page-eating pace one expects from him, but it lacks the finesse and psychological acuity required to make its villains quite believable."
Swanson's (Her Every Fear, 2017, etc.) fourth suspense novel once again offers a bleakly idyllic setting, an intricate plot, and, à la Patricia Highsmith, remorseless sociopathic villainy. Read full book review >
WHY KILL THE INNOCENT by C.S. Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Harris does a fine job of exploring the striking inequality and political intrigue of the Regency period in a mystery packed with historical detail and myriad motives."
The famous London Frost Fair of 1814, which took place on the frozen River Thames, provides the chilling backdrop to a death caused by a woman's desire to cast off the shackles of her unhappy life. Read full book review >
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"One of China's more interesting adventures weaves a tragic past into the fabric of Pecan Springs while indicating some clever and dangerous uses for botanicals."
A pragmatic former lawyer finds it hard to believe that her store is haunted. Read full book review >

CAVE OF BONES by Anne Hillerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"As Hillerman continues her father's legacy through his beloved characters (Song of the Lions, 2017, etc.), she's gradually and gratifyingly finding her own voice."
A troubled teen's claims about the eponymous cave lead tribal officers through a search of the remote regions of the Navajo Nation. Read full book review >
A DYING NOTE  by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"By far the best of the mysteries featuring Parker's clever heroine. In addition to its historical interest, it provides a more complex problem to solve and leaves open a future in which her crime solver works with a mysterious new partner."
Leaving behind a life of secrets proves no easy task. Read full book review >
THE WAY I DIE by Derek Haas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"'You're not going to like me when this is over,' Haas' hit man warns his readers. Maybe not, but you won't be able to avert your eyes from a single scene in this stripped-down, dead-eyed, professional-grade actioner."
If you set a thief to catch a thief, should you hire a contract killer to thwart a contract killing? Read full book review >
TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE by Olivia  Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"As much a procedural as a character study of coming to terms with one's own capacity for perseverance in the face of tragedy, this will hopefully not be the last time readers encounter Kiernan's tough heroine."
A Dublin detective fresh off a case that nearly killed her delves into what looks like a suicide but soon blossoms into a web of murder. Read full book review >
AMERICAN BY DAY by Derek B. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Like his acclaimed debut, Norwegian by Night (2013), Miller's highly enjoyable new book is a solid mystery wrapped up in musings about individuality and freedom, grief and sadness."
Seasoned Norwegian cop Sigrid Ødegård travels to upstate New York to find her missing older brother, Marcus, a troubled soul suspected of pushing his African-American girlfriend, Lydia Jones, to her death. Read full book review >
HARD AGROUND by Brendan Dubois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"A low-impact chamber exercise best suited to fill the time between Storm Cell (2016) and whatever higher-octane adventure is around the next corner."
As magazine writer Lewis Cole convalesces from his latest medical adventures, the old house to which he's effectively confined becomes ground zero for every scrap of intrigue in New Hampshire. Read full book review >
GREEKS BEARING GIFTS  by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Inspired by real people and events, the latest novel by the celebrated author of the Berlin Noir trilogy is a deep but breezy work in which even the most trustworthy characters can harbor dark secrets."
In his 13th adventure, ever imperiled German detective Bernie Gunther investigates a string of murders in Greece with possible ties to Nazi war crimes. 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 >