Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >

IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE by Leslie S. Klinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Less notable for its individual stories than for the revised narrative they support that shows Victorian women actively working the field long before Miss Marple."
Veteran anthologist Klinger's fondness for shadows (In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe, 2015, etc.) leads him to a bit of overreaching: none of the 17 authors showcased here toiled in Christie's shadow, because their stories all appeared between 1850 and 1917, before Christie had published a word. Read full book review >
DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG by David Housewright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Housewright (Unidentified Woman #15, 2015, etc.) resurrects an appealingly troubled, self-tormenting hero who assures himself, 'you're the most pathetic human being alive,' even as he's dodging bullets, decking assailants, making nice to his neighbor's 11-year-old daughter, and coming up with a solution as dark as the mystery."
An impossible assignment leads Twin Cities shamus Holland Taylor, who's been sidelined ever since Dearly Departed (1999), to an even more combustible case in the past. Read full book review >
UNBOUND  by Stuart Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"As uncertain in its pacing and structure as a Road Runner cartoon—you just never know who'll be abruptly discarded and who'll turn out to matter in the Woods world—and equally formulaic in the conduct of individual episodes and the final outcome."
Invincible New York attorney Stone Barrington (Quick & Dirty, 2017, etc.) is shoved to the sidelines by even more formidable ex-CIA agent Teddy Fay, now operating under the names Billy Barnett when he's producing films for Centurion Studios and Ted Shirley when he's seeking full-throated revenge. Read full book review >

THE RIVER BELOW by Bonnie Hearn Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"This departure from Hill's Kit Doyle series (I Wish You Missed Me, 2017, etc.) is less a mystery than a psychological thriller offering insight into love, friendship, and mental illness."
A tortuous tale of murder and madness. Read full book review >
SEASON OF BLOOD by Jeri Westerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Although more academic-minded readers are likely to frown over Westerson's hit-or-miss approach to history, fans will welcome her hero's return in his 10th reliquary adventure."
A disgraced knight searches for a deadly holy object in medieval England. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE UNSUITABLE SUITOR by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Digging up the dirt is in the DNA of moles and WISE women alike. Ace spiffs up the standard village cozy with a set of sleuths worth a second look."
A croquet tournament threatens to disrupt the bucolic Welsh paradise of Anwen-by-Wye. Read full book review >
THE LIAR IN THE LIBRARY by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An unabashed reincarnation of golden-age plotting and decorum, right down to the deliciously overwrought detective novel Brett imagines and quotes as having inspired the killer's nefarious schemes."
Rolling-stone healer Jude Nicholls' reunion with her old friend Megan Sinclair's ex-husband runs into several problems, not the least of them his murder. Read full book review >
THE ISLAND by M.J. Trow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Although Trow (The Angel, 2016, etc.) puts modern slang into the mouths of his 19th-century characters and seems less consistently interested in history than in his other series, he's still good for a witty and clever tale."
Two Victorian private eyes find their fourth case—or rather it finds them—in New England. Read full book review >
THE WANTED by Robert Crais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"In his 21st book, Los Angeles ace Crais (The Promise, 2015, etc.) extends his streak of sharp, enjoyable thrillers."
In the latest Elvis Cole book, a teenager involved in a series of high-end burglaries is pursued by a murderous, wisecracking duo—possibly dirty cops—hired to recover a stolen laptop. Read full book review >
A DEVIOUS DEATH by Alyssa Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An unusual twist rooted in the recent horrors of World War I adds interest to a typical country-house mystery."
Money may be the root of all evil, but is it the motive for murder? 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 >