Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE GHOST TOWN PRESERVATION SOCIETY by Julie Clark  Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"Happily, the third act exchanges Simon's focus on obfuscating tangents and context-free character studies for a renewed interest in the plot of this uneven debut."
In search of answers about her past, an aging professor makes her way to the Montana town that's wrapped the key in a cast of colorful characters. Read full book review >
BLAZE by S.L. Menear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"An exciting paranormal action tale, notwithstanding its excessive plot summaries."
In the third installment of Menear's (Poseidon's Sword, 2015, etc.) thriller series, an airline pilot is the key to activating a weapon with the potential to destroy much of the world. Read full book review >

MURDEROUS MISTRAL by Cay Rademacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Rademacher (The Wolf Children, 2017, etc.) writes with quiet authority, methodically filling in pieces of the puzzle and laying a solid foundation for further clever whodunits with a strong supporting cast."
Criminal misdeeds turn out to be just as devious in charming Provence as in the mean streets of Paris. Read full book review >
BOOK OF JUDAS by Linda Stasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner offering a modern interpretative twist on the life and teachings of Jesus."
A New York journalist must unravel secrets related to the lost Gospel of Judas. Read full book review >
BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying."
A husband and father has a very, very special weekend planned for his wife in this creepy little chiller. Read full book review >

WHITE BODIES by Jane Robins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Had this been a character study of the obsessive, bordering on fanatical, relationship between twin sisters it would be a stellar novel; unfortunately, it's the crime that bogs down the story."
A woman worries that danger lurks beneath the seeming happiness of her twin sister's relationship with a new man and becomes obsessed with uncovering the couple's every secret. Read full book review >
A STRANGE SCOTTISH SHORE by Juliana Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Readers of A Most Extraordinary Pursuit (2016) may not be satisfied by the abrupt conclusion of the will-they/won't-they plot; those who skipped the series debut may not have sufficient background to invest in this sequel's fantastic doings."
A woman who researches historical anachronisms must travel through time to rescue her love interest. Read full book review >
THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A good day's work from an old pro."
Old bones and old grudges in contemporary Havana. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS by Terrence McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"McCauley's third account of the University (A Murder of Crows, 2016, etc.) boasts tech savvy, international settings, nail-biting action, and an arsenal of twists."
A clandestine spy team refuses to buckle under to the CIA, causing its members to find themselves under siege from all sides. Read full book review >
WHISPERS OF WARNING  by Jessica  Estevao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Well-paced and appealingly quirky. The ideal entertainment for the reader's own restorative visit to the seaside."
Young spiritualist and suffragette Ruby Proulx (Whispers Beyond the Veil, 2016) investigates a second suspicious death at a resort hotel on the coast of Maine in 1898. Read full book review >
KEEP HER SAFE by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Hannah (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.) continues her quest to identify all the reassuring certitudes mystery novels take for granted and demonstrate how much fun it is to toss them overboard. There's no point in objecting to the coincidences and implausibilities required to launch this brilliant nightmare: resistance is futile."
Overwhelmed by complications arising from her unplanned third pregnancy, a Hertfordshire housewife flees her home for the comforts of an upscale Arizona resort and lands smack in the middle of a fictionalization of the JonBenét Ramsey case, which quickly swallows her up. Read full book review >
A WHISPERED NAME by William Brodrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The third of six mysteries in Brodrick's cycle (The Discourtesy of Death, 2017, etc.), this complex thriller, winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, explores some of life's biggest moral questions and puts a human face on the war to end all wars."
A sleuthing clergyman gets more than he bargained for when he delves into war records to clear the reputation of a fellow monk. 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 >