Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 9)

CLASSIC AMERICAN CRIME FICTION OF THE 1920S by Leslie S. Klinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Though die-hard fans may find it disappointing to return to these hoary landmarks, Klinger has provided the perfect gift for newcomers lucky enough not to have read its contents already—and the perfect excuse to wonder if a 1930s sequel may be lurking around the corner."
A gargantuan, extensively annotated collection of five cornerstones of American crime fiction that every fan will want to own even if they never read (or reread) them. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER GAME by Peter Gadol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Beautiful, thoughtful meditation on the invisible ties that bind us—even to strangers."
When Rebecca's boyfriend goes missing, she learns that he may be caught up in the stranger game. So she, too, begins to play. Rule No. 1: Choose random people to follow, and don't get caught…. Read full book review >

LOOSE TONGUES  by Chris Simms
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A routine setup distinguished by Simms' decision to strip away all the extra bits, his skill at ratcheting up the tension, his insights into tracking criminals in a culture in which public surveillance is the norm, and his predictable but inspired choice of the killer's climactic target."
Simms (A Price to Pay, 2014, etc.) kicks off a new series about a Manchester detective who, after benefiting from early promotion, can't catch a break. Read full book review >
CRUISING TO MURDER by Mark  McCrum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A mundane mystery, typical shipboard hijinks, and a splash of local color vie for the reader's attention in the second outing for McCrum's crime-solving crime writer."
A crime writer confronts the real deal on a cruise ship headed up the coast of West Africa. Read full book review >
STONE COLD, STONE DEAD by Margaret Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Fans will enjoy the excitement and action of the clever pair's newest cases and be very surprised indeed by some of their solutions."
A daring sleuthing duo's wish for a peaceful life is not to be. Read full book review >

MURDER BY SUGGESTION  by Veronica Heley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Heley's latest entry delivers both more and less than it promises. The women show grit and ingenuity, while the men are all formula bluster and bad behavior, and the solution comes straight out of left field."
It's the gals against the guys as Ellie Quicke (Murder for Nothing, 2017, etc.) tries to referee a slugfest between five businessmen and their wives. Read full book review >
THE SIDEMAN by Caro Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A solid police procedural with more twists and turns than some of Scotland's dangerously narrow roads."
A police officer is so sure a man's getting away with murder that she quits to investigate on her own. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL IN THE GLASS by Alys Clare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Plenty of historical detail and a twisty story make the second in Clare's new series a step up from the first."
A physician and a coroner must make do with rudimentary crime-solving tools in 1604 England. Read full book review >
GETTING OLD CAN HURT YOU by Rita Lakin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Lakin's frantic pace and manic dialogue don't do much to sell her heroine as a force to be reckoned with, and her detective's 'funny, adorable and sometimes impossible partners' are more tedious than any of the above."
Florida senior Gladdy Gold (Getting Old Can Kill You, 2017, etc.) helps a friend deal with an obstreperous grandchild. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN HAVANA NIGHT by Manuel Ramos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"Ramos plots with all the coherence of an unusually antic comic strip. But the Cuba sequences are gripping, and it's hard to resist a hero who observes, 'I've never had a positive experience with a man who carried a briefcase.'"
Ramos (My Bad: A Mile-High Noir, 2016, etc.) kicks off a new series about a Latino detective who gets involved with a Colorado Rockies star and pretty much every lowlife in Denver and beyond. Read full book review >
LIAR LIAR by Nancy Boyarsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Though Boyarsky adds nothing to currently raging debates about sexual assault, readers whose appetites for he-said, she-said haven't been sated by the spate of recent #MeToo headlines are invited to prolong their engagement just a little bit longer."
A third appearance for Nicole Graves, now a rookie investigator for an LA firm, revolves around a virginal student's accusation that she's been raped by her Christian college's star athlete. Read full book review >
BURY THE LEAD  by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"As so often before, Mayor traverses the Green Mountain State from end to end piling on complications and subplots that fans won't expect to see any more neatly tied together than the collected works of William Shakespeare."
"We're talking Shakespearean tragedy here," says teammate Sammie Martens, evaluating Joe Gunther of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation's latest carnival of crime. Well, yes and no. 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 >