Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

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 >
BRYANT & MAY: Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"The inspired idea of revisiting the youth of his aged sleuths in swinging England is matched by Fowler's customary gusto in sweating the details. More fully fleshed-out suspects, clues, red herrings, twists, and honest mystery and detection than in the last three whodunits you read."
A prequel that finds Fowler's imperishable detective duo (Bryant & May: Wild Chamber, 2017, etc.) already in hot water back in 1969 as they struggle to solve a country-house mystery deep in Kent, far from the resources of their Peculiar Crimes Unit. Read full book review >

DEEP WAR by David Poyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"So long as readers understand they'll need to buy the sequel (at least!) to learn America's fate, they'll enjoy this exciting story."
The latest hair-raising volume featuring U.S. Navy hero Dan Lenson (Tipping Point, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BLOOD by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Thomson's third Jem Flockhart mystery (Dark Asylum, 2017, etc.) is grim but compelling, with a righteous heroine you can't help but root for."
The death of a prostitute in Victorian London has personal relevance for a secretive sleuth. Read full book review >
THE SURROGATE by Louise Jensen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An addictive, darkly satisfying treat."
The all-consuming desire to have a child leads one woman down a very dark road. Read full book review >

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 >
COLD, COLD HEART by A.J.  Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Cross' fifth forensic entry has all the elements of a winning puzzler: a sympathetic heroine, a complicated case, and a crisis to lend a sense of urgency that justice be served."
Forensic psychologist professor Kate Hanson (Something Evil Comes, 2017, etc.) risks her career to solve a cold case. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to-pain au chocolat ratio."
The Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec finds himself in a unique position: He's tangled up in the life of a recently deceased woman, and it doesn't involve her murder. Read full book review >
TOM CLANCY OATH OF OFFICE  by Marc Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An enjoyable read for Clancy fans."
The spirit of Tom Clancy lives on as two generations of Jack Ryans continue to save America's cookies (Power and Empire, 2017, etc.) in this doorstop-sized thriller. Read full book review >
THE COMFORTS OF HOME by Susan Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Hill continues to split her focus between exploring procedural conventions and showing her hero as he builds a family, emphasizing his development over his caseload."
A long-serving procedural hero faces health challenges that make him question his future with the police. Read full book review >
MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Even your most extravagant speculations about what's really going on with these wildly contrasting yet oddly simpatico siblings will be trumped in this skillful, sardonic debut."
From the hospital rooms and living spaces of Lagos, Nigeria, comes a dryly funny and wickedly crafty exercise in psychological suspense. 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 >
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 >