Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

EIGHTEEN BELOW by Stefan  Ahnhem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Hats off to Ahnhem for creating a villain more powerful than the franchise team charged with bringing him in."
The third appearance for Swedish cop Fabian Risk and his colleagues in Helsingborg's crime squad (The Ninth Grave, 2017, etc.) presents them two very different crime waves, one that might have been ripped from the headlines, the other more baroque, fantastic, and transcendentally evil. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE MILL by M.B. Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Pseudonymous Shaw, who under her given name of Tilly Bagshawe writes her own novels and inherited the late Sidney Sheldon's franchise (Sidney Sheldon's The Silent Widow, 2018, etc.), makes a smooth transition to the world of puzzlers."
A portrait painter seeks solace but finds murder in a quaint Hampshire cottage. Read full book review >

NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino's hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here's hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West."
Demoted back to local policing from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Division, Kyochiro Kaga (Malice, 2014) makes a deep impression on the quiet Nihonbashi Precinct. Read full book review >
MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR by Olga Wojtas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2018

"Wojtas' debut is every bit as lighthearted, levelheaded, inventive, hilarious, and altogether enchanting as its heroine, who richly deserves another jaunt through time and space."
A middle-aged Edinburgh librarian is sent back to 19th-century Russia with orders to complete an unspecified mission within a single calendar week of a year she can't determine. Say what? Read full book review >
GO TO MY GRAVE by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"McPherson (House. Tree. Person., 2017, etc.) provides a virtuoso exploration of guilt, remorse, and revenge in a haunting psychological thriller. The ending will leave you astounded."
A rousing gothic tale of past and present in a Galloway beach house. Read full book review >

THE SO BLUE MARBLE by Dorothy B. Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"The debut by one of the great American suspense writers will suck you in even as it makes you keep asking, 'Did I just read that?'"
A movie star-turned-designer gets swept into a murderous hunt for a precious gem in this reissued 1940s thriller. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER GAME by Peter Gadol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Beautiful, thoughtful meditation on the invisible ties that bind us—even to strangers."
When Rebecca's boyfriend goes missing, she learns that he may be caught up in the stranger game. So she, too, begins to play. Rule No. 1: Choose random people to follow, and don't get caught…. Read full book review >
UNDER MY SKIN by Lisa Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Unger brings the reader along as her narrator's grip on reality is tested and keeps the twists coming in this standout thriller."
A young woman struggling with the aftermath of her husband's murder finds herself in escalating danger in this novel of psychological suspense. Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW OF FEAR  by Sherry Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A novel in which you cannot wait to find out what happens next—even as you do not want it to end. For everyone who wants their mysteries spiced with plentiful twists and a delicious dose of sexual chemistry."
In the third Lady Sherlock novel, a murder tests the dispassionate sleuth's deductive mind and enigmatic heart. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE BLACKTOP by Sara Gran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Give it a bit of time to wind up and you'll be charmed by this eccentric, enticingly artful mystery."
An existentially weary PI confronts three major cases that may be related in Gran's (Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, 2013, etc.) fragmented take on the hard-boiled mystery genre. Read full book review >
LEAVE NO TRACE by Mindy Mejia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Mejia's (Everything You Want Me To Be, 2017) thrilling tale works both as an engaging mystery and a haunting meditation on grief, abandonment, and the lost places within ourselves. Brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting."
A young woman with a troubled past helps an unusual young man find his father in the beautiful but dangerous wilds of Minnesota. Read full book review >
SUNRISE HIGHWAY  by Peter Blauner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A highly readable and unnervingly close-to-home view of power in the service of evil."
A string of murders on Long Island leads a New York cop into a web of corrupt police officers and politicians in this first-rate suspense novel. 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 >