Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE NIGHT AGENT by Matthew Quirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2019

"Quirk goes for timeliness in imagining the Russians taking control of Washington, but while the book does resonate to a small degree with current events, reality beat fiction to such possibilities as our enemy owning a sitting U.S. president."
After all their meddling with America, the Russians have placed a mole in the White House, leaving over-his-head surveillance specialist Peter Sutherland the only man who can stop them. Read full book review >
AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE by JoAnn Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch."
Marriage is murder in Chaney's creepy new tale of deadly domestic woe. Read full book review >

MALA VIDA by Marc Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A diabolically forceful crime novel that takes all the noir tropes and uses them in foreign territory to great effect."
A dogged investigative journalist hunts a killer with a deeply personal agenda in contemporary Spain. Read full book review >
TEAR IT DOWN by Nick Petrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"This is an appealing outing which hits the right balance between tough and compassionate."
Combat veteran Peter Ash (Light It Up, 2018, etc.) finds himself protecting both a threatened photojournalist and a young homeless man who may be a blues prodigy in the fourth entry in this series. Read full book review >
LAST WOMAN STANDING by Amy Gentry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Combining high-tech mayhem with good old-fashioned gore and violence, this extended fantasy of truths revealed and vengeance wreaked will be a satisfying read for those who share its righteous rage."
A #MeToo revenge thriller set in the world of stand-up comedy. Read full book review >

SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Melding inventive supernatural activities with scorching sex scenes, this final entry in Jones' series answers many questions but is a tad complicated. Readers who want to make sense of it all are well-advised to start all the way back with First Grave on the Right (2011)."
Whether she's dealing with other gods or acting as the Grim Reaper, Charley Davidson's adventures are never dull. Read full book review >
NO SUNSCREEN FOR THE DEAD by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"All Dorsey mayhem is vintage Dorsey mayhem, but Florida's retirement scene provides the perfect backdrop for this latest round of lunacy."
Florida's biggest—and craziest—fan discovers the Sunshine State's greatest natural resource: old folks. Read full book review >
THE DEATH MESSENGER by Mari Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"An intriguing premise devolves into a so-so thriller that's more about in-fighting and time-wasting than mystery, danger, or peril."
Two British detectives team up to investigate four murders in Northumbria, Scotland, and Denmark in this European police-procedural thriller. Read full book review >
THE BREAK LINE  by James Brabazon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Plenty of action and violence but thematically unsatisfying."
An assassin embarks on a mysterious mission. Read full book review >
NO MERCY by Joanna Schaffhausen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Ultimately, this remains more superficially focused on sparking potential romance than creating the same creepy thrills that made Schaffhausen's debut (The Vanishing Season, 2017) so memorable."
A childhood kidnap victim-turned-cop looks to the FBI agent who rescued her for help in tracking a serial sex criminal in a case that may change their relationship forever. Read full book review >
A RISKY UNDERTAKING FOR LORETTA SINGLETARY by Terry Shames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A surprise ending makes this entry one of Shames' best in an enjoyable series that raises small-town problems and their solutions to an art form."
The dangers of internet dating surprise the chief of police in a small Texas town. Read full book review >
THE SMILING MAN by Joseph Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"With his second novel in what looks to be an enduring series, Knox takes his place alongside such writers as Val McDermid, David Peace, and Sophie Hannah in making Manchester a destination for crime fiction."
Stuck on the graveyard shift after using and stealing drugs—from the evidence room—Detective Constable Aidan Waits is squeezed from all sides after finding a murdered man in an abandoned Manchester hotel. 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 >