Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 8)

DEATH MAKES A PROPHET by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Once Bude's franchise hero arrives, the elaborately facetious but essentially toothless satire of the first half gives way to the head-scratching complications of the second. Pick your poison: although neither kind of pleasure is sustained all the way through, they're both amply in evidence."
Bude, the pen name of Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-57), juices this 1947 cozy by spending more than half the story setting the stage for a double murder whose victims are both active in a fantastical cult that's taken root in the English village of Welworth. Read full book review >
DOMINIC by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"His surface charm, intelligence, wealthy upbringing, and good looks make Pryor's antihero popular with his co-workers. Readers, by contrast, may find it hard to work up much sympathy for a man who lacks any normal human feelings."
How to get away with murder, again. Read full book review >

AN AEGEAN APRIL  by Jeffrey Siger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"The ninth case for Siger's Greek detective (Santorini Caesars, 2016, etc.), brimming with suspense and a distinct sense of place, continues to deepen the back story of its band of heroes."
Brutal murder stains the idyllic Greek island of Lesvos. Is organized crime attempting to gain a foothold in paradise, or is this the work of refugees? Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF WINTER by Tyrell Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A strong addition to the literature of dystopia, Johnson's outdoor adventure novel is lifted by his command of natural settings and his understanding of family bonding under extreme duress."
In the aftermath of nuclear wars and a devastating Asian flu pandemic, feisty 23-year-old Gwendolynn McBride—call her Lynn—faces life-and-death challenges in the Canadian wilds. Read full book review >
MOOD INDIGO by Ed Ifkovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"So many Broadway types that most of them never stand out in a crowd whose motto, as one of them puts it, is, 'When you're rich, you can't afford to like anyone.'"
"BROADWAY BEAUTY STRANGLED" scream the headlines that ring in Christmas 1932 in this ninth case for novelist Edna Ferber (Old News, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

THE BOMB MAKER by Thomas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perry (The Old Man, 2017, etc.) provides a hero worth caring about, a villain who stays one step ahead of him, and a supporting cast designed to keep up the nerve-shredding suspense. If the ending feels like a letdown, that's because this ultimate professional rivalry can't possibly continue forever."
The Explosive Ordnance Unit of the LAPD battles a methodical bomber whose principal target seems to be them. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna's past and what fresh hell is unfolding now."
A lonely woman in New York spends her days guzzling merlot, popping pills, and spying on the neighbors—until something she sees sucks her into a vortex of terror. Read full book review >
PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Another complex, compelling romantic suspense novel from a queen of the genre."
Two childhood survivors of a cult massacre investigate the death of another survivor and discover a trail that may finally lead them to the group's missing psychopathic leader. Read full book review >
FALSE WITNESS by Andrew Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Overall, a good story with a multilayered hero. The author's fans won't be disappointed."
The flawed homicide detective Cooper Devereaux returns for a second outing (False Friend, 2017), this time chasing down a quirky killer in Birmingham, Alabama. Read full book review >
THE PYRAMID OF MUD  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"The usual humor and strong personalities we expect from Camilleri will be missed by fans in this book, but the more intricate portrait of the detective will make the pages turn anyway."
When a construction company's senior accountant is found dead on a work site, Inspector Montalbano can't shake the feeling that the murdered man was trying to send a message. Read full book review >
PAVING THE NEW ROAD  by Sulari Gentill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"The combination of famous historical figures, detailed descriptions of a troubling time, and plenty of action makes for a tale as rousing as it is relevant."
A trip to Germany opens the eyes of four reluctant Australian spies in 1933. Read full book review >
SCONES AND SCOUNDRELS by Molly MacRae
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Enough motives and suspects to provide plenty of twists and turns, but once again MacRae draws out her tale too long to sustain interest till the denouement."
A second murder mystery for four intrepid Highland sleuths. 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 >