Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE MOSCOW SLEEPERS by Stella Rimington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Proof, if any were needed by now, that Rimington is better at worldbuilding than storytelling. The threat is real, the bureaucratic infighting sharply detailed, the tradecraft circumspect. The only thing left shortchanged is the plot."
Those pesky Russians, who just don't know when to quit, are at it again in this sedate 10th adventure for Liz Carlyle. Read full book review >
BLOOD IS BLOOD  by Will Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"As Thomas shifts the focus of his period franchise (Old Scores, 2017, etc.) to a second-fiddle investigator, his hero gathers confidence through every step of a dangerous case."
An assistant detective in Victorian London finally makes his mark. Read full book review >

NAUGHTY ON ICE  by Maia Chance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Charming one-liners battle overelaborate setups with insufficient payoffs that are serious distractions from the latest developments in Chance's enjoyable, tangent-filled series (Gin and Panic, 2017, etc.)."
Called to Vermont by an anonymous letter, two female detectives break down Prohibition barriers to enjoy themselves while getting into trouble on a case. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Full of Christmas cheer, punning names of places and characters, and several Santas who play a major role."
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in a Maine town revved up for St. Nick goes most unseasonably wrong when a body is found in a giant bowl of peppermints. Read full book review >
IN PEPPERMINT PERIL by Joy Avon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A delightful debut that combines the ambience of the board game Clue with whodunits in the family-secrets mold of Mary Roberts Rinehart and Leslie Ford."
A world traveler goes home to Maine for a Christmas visit that will change her life forever. Read full book review >

DEATH AND DAISIES by Amanda Flower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A surprising killer, oodles of local color, and a touch of mysticism all add up to a charming read."
A young woman moves to Scotland to take up a strange inheritance. Read full book review >
DEBRIS LINE  by Matthew FitzSimmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"As usual, FitzSimmons provides nonstop action and a high body count, though it's hard to maintain a consistent rooting interest when the ground is so constantly shifting beneath his stalwart hero's feet."
Portugal may be a paradise for some, but for soldier of fortune Gibson Vaughn and his mates, it turns out to be an exceptionally bad spot to hide out from the FBI. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ASHES by Loretta Marion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Marion's constant shuttling between different time periods may intensify her heroine's anxiety, but it lends some heft and complexity to an otherwise straightforward search."
A haunted house's latest inhabitants go missing without a trace. Read full book review >
A SCANDAL IN SCARLET by Vicki Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Each new entry in this series has been better than the last. Delany's down-to-earth heroine wraps up this investigation with even more than her customary panache."
Sherlock Holmes is reinvented as a curious bookshop owner. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO GO BY NIGHT by Andrew  Gaddes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Rooted in the tumultuous history of its unique era, Gaddes' debut novel offers genuine tension and consistent surprises."
A naïve investigator in medieval England faces a wall of duplicitous suspects in probing a disturbing murder. Read full book review >
FOOL'S MOON  by Diane A.S. Stuckart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Stuckart, author of the Black Cat Bookshop books (Twice Told Tail, 2016, etc.), kicks off a new series that often puts animal antics ahead of narrative tension and sleuthing, but she writes throughout with charm and warmth. Anyone with a pet will enjoy."
Trusting tarot card reader Ruby gets help from some pet friends in solving a baffling mystery. Read full book review >
A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen  Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"To her gallery of typical cozy characters and obligatory local color Hughes adds a much stronger mystery than in her series debut (A Fatal Collection, 2017)."
Never volunteer for anything: A shop owner learns the truth of that maxim when her own volunteerism involves her in two murders. 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 >