Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >

NECESSARY ENDS  by Tina Whittle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The Author's Note and corresponding Pinterest board show Whittle's painstaking commitment to the details of her heroine's expensive La Perla lingerie and her hero's Ferrari in an adventure aimed at those with similar aspirations."
Partners in work and life investigate the Hollywood crew that's come to town. Read full book review >
GUMSHOE ON THE LOOSE by Robert Leininger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"A high-spirited pipe dream of nonstop wisecracks, female pulchritude, and physical combat most likely to appeal to readers who still miss the men's magazines of the 1950s."
After leaving the IRS, a Reno private eye-in-training lands a high-profile case, loses it, lands it again, and finally puts it, and several other parties, to bed. Read full book review >
EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE JEWEL OF PERU by Karen Lee Street
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enjoyable romp through the drawing rooms, theaters, and docks of early-19th-century Philadelphia."
Sensitive Edgar Allan Poe and his mysterious comrade C. Augustus Dupin team up with Poe's wife and an eccentric taxidermist in Street's (Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster, 2016) second novel. Read full book review >

THE FOURTH GUNMAN by John Lansing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The exuberant characters and swift pace will thrill new and returning readers."
In Lansing's (Dead is Dead, 2016, etc.) fourth series installment, retired inspector Jack Bertolino works a case for the feds to find an undercover FBI agent who's missing. Read full book review >
MILE HIGH MURDER  by Marcia Talley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Talley's 16th Hannah Ives mystery isn't exactly chair-grippingly suspenseful. But the tireless amateur detective placed in another amusingly colorful setting with a cast of mildly entertaining characters does what the police can't and provides a little poignancy as well."
A weekend at a Denver "bud-and-breakfast" turns from mellowness to mayhem. Read full book review >
MIND OF A KILLER by Simon Beaufort
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"In this series kickoff, Beaufort (The Killing Ship, 2016, etc.) introduces an intriguing new sleuth and an eerie mystery, cleverly mixing historical figures and crackpot theories that are still around to this day."
A chance encounter leads a reporter into grave danger. Read full book review >
WHISPER THE DEAD by Stella Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Cameron skillfully ties her mystery to her ongoing character arcs, providing a more compelling back story for the series."
Her determination to solve a murder on a nearby construction site threatens the life and well-being of a Folly-on-Weir bar owner. Read full book review >
FALSE PRIDE by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Part mystery, part drawing room farce, Heley's latest flails gamely until it arrives at its improbable conclusion."
A missing employer is just the beginning of a mounting catastrophe for Bea Abbot (False Fire, 2017, etc.) Read full book review >
LOCK 13  by Peter Helton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Helton puts his multitalented hero through his paces with typical disdain for either the problem that got him started or the goal he hopes to reach. For readers who think the pleasure's in the journey."
Painter-turned-detective Chris Honeysett (Worthless Remains, 2017, etc.) hunts for his missing model. Read full book review >
BAD COPS by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"A routine tale of rotten coppers distinguished by its brutality, its rapid pace, and its unexpectedly chilling final scene."
DS Henry Christie, sent to the Midlands to conduct a pro forma outside review of a pair of murders, swiftly discovers that the problems of the Central Yorkshire Police run a lot deeper. 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 >