Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 8)

THE LACEMAKER'S SECRET  by Kathleen Ernst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2018

"In this heartfelt tale of labor and love, Ernst (Mining for Justice, 2017, etc.) produces one of her most winning combinations of historical evocation and clever mystery."
Lace is the fabric that holds together past and present. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A RAINMAKER by Laurie Loewenstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"This warm and evocative novel captures a time and place, with well-researched details shown through the lives and circumstances of one American town."
A small-town sheriff in 1930s Oklahoma, already dealing with the effects of the Depression and a drought, must solve the murder of a rainmaker who failed to make it rain. Read full book review >

UNDER MY SKIN by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Unger brings the reader along as her narrator's grip on reality is tested and keeps the twists coming in this standout thriller."
A young woman struggling with the aftermath of her husband's murder finds herself in escalating danger in this novel of psychological suspense. Read full book review >
THE PINT OF NO RETURN  by Ellie Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Beer mavens will enjoy the information on myriad brewing styles; mystery fans will enjoy winnowing down the short list of suspects. Prost!"
Oktoberfest returns to Leavenworth, Washington, bringing happy crowds and murder. Read full book review >
PENNED by Eileen Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Veterinarian Brady (Chained, 2017, etc.) imbues this page-turner with authentic details about a vet and the critters she treats."
A sleuthing veterinarian plays cat and mouse with a serial killer. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENT ON THE A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"With or without the metafictional frame, an engaging tale of domestic intrigue in backwater France with two appealing detective figures."
The Man Booker Prize finalist (for His Bloody Project, 2015) spins another tale within a tale in this "Historical Thriller by Raymond Brunet, Translated and Introduced by Graeme Macrae Burnet." Read full book review >
MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW by Erin Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Lindsey (The Bloodsworn, 2016) kicks off her new series with a spooky paranormal mystery/thriller filled with historical tidbits, a touch of romance, and a talented and delightfully gritty sleuth."
An Irish maid's attempts to help her employer change her life dramatically in Gilded Age Manhattan. Read full book review >
THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Best known as a collaborator on the Star Wars series (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2013, etc.), Bohnhoff combines well-paced adventure and double-crossing in her mystery debut, although some of the distinctive character traits she incorporates are hit-or-miss."
Pairing with the National Park Service to catch dealers in stolen artifacts gets personal for a private investigator whose best friend has been taken down by a smuggling ring. Read full book review >
AN EMPIRE FOR RAVENS  by Mary Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"The 12th franchise entry (Murder in Megara, 2015, etc.) places the reader in the middle of the turmoil of sixth-century Rome and into a tense historical mystery."
An exiled Lord Chamberlain unravels layers of deception when he returns to the site of his banishment to rescue a friend. Read full book review >
CONSUMED  by J.R. Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"For a story centered around flames, there is no spark between the characters."
A Massachusetts firefighter injured on the job finds new purpose as an arson investigator and discovers that looking for the sources of fires can be just as dangerous as trying to put them out. Read full book review >
EXCELLENT INTENTIONS  by Richard Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"While one applauds the idea of reissuing classic crime novels, this isn't the choice to reawaken fans' interests or to charm new readers to the genre."
Originally published in 1938, this British mystery ponders which of several people could have killed a rich man everyone agreed was better off dead. Read full book review >
NANTUCKET COUNTERFEIT  by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"The fifth in Axelrod's clever series (Nantucket Red Tickets, 2017, etc.) casts a cynical eye on Nantucket's decidedly diverse denizens. Only the most careful readers, undistracted by his satire, will figure out whodunit."
It's a good thing the Nantucket Island police chief loves to solve puzzles, because he finds himself investigating another doozy. 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 >