Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

HER KIND OF CASE by Jeanne Winer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."
A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn't want to be saved. Read full book review >
FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Synthetic as all get-out, from the scenes with Mary's oh-so-Italian family to the unlikely events that bring about the amazingly happy ending. But Scottoline, who obviously knows her readers inside out, hits every mark, and the results are never less than pleasurable, down to the last satisfying twist."
It had to happen sooner or later: Philadelphia's premier, mostly female legal partnership, Rosato and DiNunzio, gets sued for sex discrimination. Read full book review >

DON'T SEND FLOWERS by Martín  Solares
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A sort of Mexico Confidential, with noirish atmosphere to burn and a very high body count."
Crime novels don't get much grittier or more brutal than the second thriller by Solares (The Black Minutes, 2010), set in a contemporary northern Mexico that's a blood-soaked moonscape. Read full book review >
LAST LOOKS by Howard Michael Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"It's fast, funny, and well worth a sequel."
In Gould's debut novel, ex-LAPD cop Charlie Waldo descends from his hill to investigate a high-profile murder. Read full book review >
THE BREAKERS  by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Though it works against suspense and urgency, the emphasis on the regular cast pays off this time in a truly traumatic development you can bet Muller will be exploring in further detail in her next installment."
Sharon McCone's search for the missing daughter of a pair of old friends leads her to a flurry of crimes old and new. Read full book review >

CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island's fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions."
Land and culture erode on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >
UNDER A DARK SKY by Lori Rader-Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Rader-Day (The Day I Died, 2017, etc.) juices her young-widow setup with enough soul-searching, menace, and dirty linen to make you think of Mary Higgins Clark with teeth bared."
A recent widow confronts her demons and a whole lot more during a trip to the Michigan wilderness. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLE by Susan Elia MacNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"MacNeal uses Christie's And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original."
Prisoners on a remote Scottish island play cat and mouse with a killer. Read full book review >
FOUR FUNERALS AND MAYBE A WEDDING by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Another stiff-upper-lip novel full of charm, romance, and a smidgen of mystery that's altogether delightful."
Wedding preparations may be the death of a distant heir to the British throne in this 1930s period piece. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A professional and entertaining thriller a little short on menace."
A thoroughly modern thriller, as real as the news. Read full book review >
JANE DOE by Victoria Helen Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"This beautifully balanced thriller will keep readers tense, surprised, pleased, and surprised again as a master manipulator unfolds her plan of revenge."
When her best friend commits suicide after being dumped by a worthless man, Jane, a self-described sociopath, decides revenge will be slow and sweet. Read full book review >
THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Kepler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"The husband-and-wife team writing as Kepler piles on the atmosphere, shocks, and details that are just as unsparing psychologically as they are physically. The result is some memorably over-the-top plotting and a guarantee of sleepless nights that will only begin with the night you stay up reading."
You know you've arrived in the empyrean of Nordic noir when a multigenerational crimefest first translated into English in 2011 gets "a thrilling new translation" only seven years later. 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 >