Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
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 >
LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Holahan (The Widower's Wife, 2016, etc.) spins a suffocating double nightmare that provides compelling support for her heroine's rueful article of faith: 'To be a writer is to be a life thief.'"
Granted exactly one month to write her way back into her editor's good graces, a spinner of romantic suspense hatches a plot with unnerving echoes of her own troubled life. Read full book review >
THE BLOODY BLACK FLAG by Steve Goble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The mix of pirates and detection works surprisingly well. If the guilty party is no great surprise, both the mystery and the sleuthing are neatly turned. First of a series."
Avast, Watson! Journalist Goble's fiction debut sets its murder mystery aboard an 18th-century pirate ship. Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite its reliance on well-worn cozy tropes (is every local cop a secret heir to millions?), Chase's light touch makes this a tale worth telling."
A Southern belle finds herself up to her delicate neck in murder. Read full book review >
ASKING FOR TRUFFLE by Dorothy  St. James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The first in a new series for St. James (Oak and Dagger, 2013, etc.) features an appealingly reflective heroine and a varied roster of suspects."
A woman who's never been properly loved has a chance for a new start in life. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. 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 >