Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 8)

SNAP by Belinda Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"This thriller, though gripping to the end, is a victim of its own niceness."
The three children of a murdered woman hide in plain sight. Read full book review >
CAUGHT IN TIME by Julie McElwain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"McElwain's cross between a Regency romance and a time-travel fantasy combines a mediocre mystery with an exposé of many of the inequities of the era."
An FBI agent struggles to adjust when she accidentally time travels back to the Regency period in England. Read full book review >

AFTER THE MONSOON by Robert Karjel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Karjel's second novel to be translated into English is a solid, dependable work that makes us believe in its characters and situations; the author brings firsthand knowledge to his unusual story of Swedes in Africa."
After a Swedish army lieutenant is shot dead on a shooting range in Djibouti, security agent Ernst Grip is sent to the African nation to investigate what some fear was an act of terrorism. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN EDEN by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"The river's so crowded, in fact, that it's a miracle that there's only a single death in Eden. This is one of those eventful journeys that's a lot more satisfying than its conclusion."
A pair of high-stakes journeys along Montana's beautiful, deeply endangered Smith River crisscross repeatedly without ever quite converging. Read full book review >
SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Prolific spy novelist Fesperman delivers another winner, this one as fiendishly clever as it is richly entertaining."
In 2014, 35 years after Berlin-based CIA worker Helen Abell went rogue to uncover a high-level agent as a serial rapist, she and her husband are murdered in their farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore—both shot in the face with a hunting rifle. Read full book review >

THE MOMENT BEFORE DROWNING by James Brydon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining addition to the shelf."
An exploration of political oppression wrapped in a carefully constructed mystery. Read full book review >
DYEING UP LOOSE ENDS  by Maggie Sefton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Sefton spins out so many threads that it's a lucky thing that the murder basically solves itself."
New mom Kelly Flynn takes a stroll down Memory Lane before helping a younger friend walk down the aisle. Read full book review >
IT ALL FALLS DOWN by Sheena Kamal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A stunning, emotionally resonant thriller."
The troubled Nora Watts searches for the truth about her father's supposed suicide in Kamal's follow-up to The Lost Ones (2017). Read full book review >
THE NIGHT VISITOR by Lucy Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"With shades of Rebecca and The Secret History, Atkins has produced an eerie page-turner that will have readers guessing from the first."
An academic partnership turns sour in this tense and moody thriller. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT FERRY  by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Even the most ravenous appetites for more gruesome revelations about the Bosnian nightmare will be sated. Despite the weight of all this historical detail, the most powerful sequences are the very first and the very last, showing the slaughter on the canal and the final apprehension of the culprit."
A particularly horrific crime kicks off the fifth case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and the Homicide Department of the Copenhagen PD. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST FELONY by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A waggish, hallucinatory, blood-soaked demonstration of the maxims collected in the titular Baby's First Felony, a brief, fully illustrated do-it-yourself manual for stupid criminals that's helpfully appended after the judges' verdict on the hero."
After 17 years, Straley checks back in with Cecil Younger and the citizens of Sitka, Alaska, and finds them as wacky as ever and even more murderous—a description that applies this time to Cecil as well. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A NOVICE by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"A thin mystery with forgettable suspects and a tangled conclusion make this one of Reverend Mother's lesser efforts."
A fifth case for Reverend Mother Aquinas, of St. Mary's of the Isle Convent, strikes shockingly close to home. 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 >