Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 9)

THE TIN GOD by Chris Nickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"An excellent character-driven procedural. Nickson (On Copper Street, 2018, etc.) uses the historical battle for women's rights to expose the prejudice and misogyny that still persist today."
Superintendent Harper works a case that threatens his wife. Read full book review >
SHE BE DAMNED by M.J. Tjia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"It's a pleasure to watch Tjia's unusual sleuth get mad and get even in a grisly tale with a surprising climax; readers will eagerly await the sequel."
Tjia's debut introduces a London courtesan who's also a detective and a Victorian woman of mystery. Read full book review >

THE RED HAND OF FURY by R.N. Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"Morris' third is taut and twisty with a psychological intensity that's rare and compelling."
A rash of inexplicable crimes prompts an intuitive investigator to probe perilous territory indeed: his own turbulent past. Read full book review >
SABOTAGE IN THE SECRET CITY by Diane Fanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"Even in the labs, everyone's a generic 'scientist.' No biology, no physics, and precious little chemistry."
Libby Clark (Treason in the Secret City, 2016, etc.) continues her crusade against sexism at the Oak Ridge nuclear research facility in 1945. Read full book review >
QUICK ON THE DRAW  by Susan Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"The best character in the novel is the beguiling city of Venice, but it's doubtful you would want Moody's detective as your companion on your trip."
A former detective must unravel the secrets of Venetian high society when a friend asks her to investigate a series of thefts from his aristocratic uncle. Read full book review >

A HANGMAN FOR GHOSTS by Andrei Baltakmens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"Baltakmens (The Raven's Seal, 2012), echoing the voices of 19th-century masters like Conrad and Melville, combines adventure and mystery in a high-stakes tale of class, morality, and justice"
A righteous man labors mightily to find justice and expose a devious killer. Read full book review >
THE KILLING HABIT by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"The unusual premise will hook you, but it's Billingham's patience and persuasiveness in unfolding its grim details that will keep you reading long past the hour when all cats are gray."
One of DI Tom Thorne's most harrowing cases begins with evidence that someone's taken to slaughtering…cats. Read full book review >
KAPPY KING AND THE PICKLE KAPER by Amy Lillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"Plenty of details about the Amish lifestyle and a more complex mystery than the heroine's first case."
A quiet Amish community is rattled by the death of a young girl. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE MANSION by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"The prolific Connelly (Many a Twist, 2018, etc.) kicks off a new series that skillfully combines history, romance, and mystery."
A Maryland businesswoman is caught up in a Victorian mystery. Read full book review >
A STEEP PRICE by Robert Dugoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"Dugoni (The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, 2018, etc.) winds up both cases satisfactorily, if not very compellingly or brilliantly, in this solid grade-B procedural."
The sixth case for Detective Tracy Crosswhite (Close to Home, 2017, etc.) poses a pair of unrelated but equally vexing problems for the Violent Crimes squad of the Seattle Police Department. Read full book review >
A LADY'S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER  by Dianne  Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"Despite its heroine's many problems, this lighthearted debut tale of mystery, love, and a delightful sleuth will leave you wanting more—which is presumably just what Freeman has in mind."
A Victorian lady's sense of self-worth is much improved when she takes control of her life. Read full book review >
BURIED IN BOOKS  by Kate Carlisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"Books, fashion, cocktails, tearful displays of affection, and more books. Oh, and half a dozen appended recipes, because weddings make everyone hungry, especially when they've just witnessed another near murder."
The run-up to San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright's wedding to security expert Derek Stone immerses her in a librarians' conference before the ceremony itself unfolds as a race between the minister and the meat wagon. 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 >