Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 7)

A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The third adventure for the attractively eccentric duo is a clever and witty follow-up to A Perilous Undertaking (2017)."
Two Edwardian sleuths search for a missing member of a star-crossed archaeological expedition. Read full book review >
THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though the villains remain little more than sketches and two romantic subplots never really sizzle, the disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."
British Special Branch officers Jack Fenwick and Matthew Ryan are brought together and torn apart by their shared experience of grief over their losses—Fenwick of his brother, Ryan of his father—in Hannah's (Gallows Drop, 2016, etc.) stand-alone European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >

HANG TIME by S.W. Lauden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Lauden's prose zooms along with an arch energy, and the final installment in his Greg Salem trilogy (Grizzly Season, 2016, etc.) keeps the plot twists coming at warp speed."
A free-wheeling private detective runs afoul of a powerful record producer, the police, and thugs of all shapes and sizes. Read full book review >
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience."
A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in Yates' (Black Chalk, 2015) psychological thriller. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Margot  Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Hunt's thriller races toward a lackluster conclusion but offers interesting characters and a twisting plot."
How well do you know your closest friend? Read full book review >

TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"What starts as a harrowing children-in-peril tale falls prey to cliché and melodrama."
A young female bounty hunter partners with a disgraced former cop to find a pair of missing girls. Read full book review >
LAST STOP IN BROOKLYN by Lawrence H. Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The heroine (Brooklyn on Fire, 2016, etc.) finally unmasks a clever killer, but there's little to celebrate in this fact-based study of the corrupting power of money."
A female detective must be mentally, physically, and morally tough to solve crimes involving corruption at the highest level. Read full book review >
STRANGERS by Ursula Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Archer (Five, 2014) and Strobel's debut as a team keeps building suspense until you're frantically counting the pages until the end, because you know that only when you reach it will you get the answers you crave as much as the bewildered leads do."
An extreme case of he says/she says drives this psychological thriller. Read full book review >
OPERATOR DOWN by Brad Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A believable account of elite operators working outside traditional government parameters to track international villains."
An off-the-books anti-terrorist task force travels to Israel to pursue an international arms dealer and help old friends in the process. Read full book review >
A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Readers will savor getting to know this singular heroine, a cop who feels the call of a lost child as sharply as the knife's edge that she uses to score her own skin."
A troubled FBI agent must find a missing teen while coming to terms with her father's impending death in the pseudonymous Ellis' satisfying debut. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S CLAW by Lara  Dearman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Dearman's debut is overwrought in its addiction to italicized flashbacks, highly competent in its use of serial-killer conventions, and appealingly heartfelt in its heroine's entirely believable dedication."
A Guernsey-bred reporter who's retreated from the criminal cobwebs of London to her birthplace finds the Channel Islands just as deep in malfeasance and a lot deeper in denial. Read full book review >
THE PERPETUAL SUMMER by Adam Walker Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Nuanced character portraits and slowly building suspense make this both an involving human story and a crackling crime yarn."
The search for a vanished teenager leads a reluctant shamus back to the powerful man who hired him. 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 >