Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Reading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off."
A plain-Jane daughter's 31st birthday celebration explodes into a nightmare within a nightmare in Slaughter's latest stand-alone. Read full book review >
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Melodramatic yet wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist."
A woman meets her dream guy, but his mother is something out of a nightmare in Jones' debut thriller. Read full book review >

SWIFT VENGEANCE by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Prolific Parker's impressive prose and skill in sketching concise character portraits make his complex follow-up to The Room of White Fire (2017) an all-too-believable page-turner."
A private eye seeking to help a military friend matches wits with a devious, deviant killer. Read full book review >
BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Fans of this brilliant series will not be disappointed by the murder mystery or the big reveal of its heroine's motivation for trashing her life."
A woman determined to atone and make a difference returns to her drug-plagued hometown. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOUIS BLOOM by Paul Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Once again, it's hard to resist a hero who realizes, 'He just had a habit of opening his mouth and not knowing what was going to come out.'"
A welcome return for Brendy McCusker, the rent-a-cop who used to work for the Ulster Constabulary, and DI Lily O'Carroll, who still does. Read full book review >

CITY OF INK by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Highly atmospheric and elegantly appointed, this mystery from Hart (The White Mirror, 2016, etc.) shines brightest in her detective's sublime cat-and-mouse interrogations of the gallery of witnesses and suspects. The introverted, intellectual sleuth is a perfect match for most any armchair detective."
An 18th-century sleuth risks his own safety in his pursuit of justice and the truth. Read full book review >
RED, WHITE, BLUE by Lea Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2018

"Employing a failed spy operation as the backdrop for a young woman's search for identity, Carpenter's mesmerizing follow-up to her acclaimed war novel, Eleven Days (2013), is as deeply affecting as it is razor-sharp."
The day before Anna's wedding in Switzerland, her powerfully connected, globe-trotting father mysteriously dies on a ski slope. It's only after his death that she learns just how deep the mysteries around him run. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"As in her two earlier Agatha Christie pastiches (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.), Hannah is content to supply boundless ingenuity in place of more 1930s detail, this time adding a divinely inspired denouement that seems to go on for longer than the week that leads up to it."
Hercule Poirot gets pulled into a mystery in the most awkward possible way when someone signing himself Hercule Poirot writes four letters accusing four different people of the same murder. Read full book review >
LITTLE COMFORT  by Edwin Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Hill's debut is a chilling psychological thriller with an unusual heroine and a page-turning storyline."
A woman who uses her research skills to track down missing people finds herself over her head in a dangerous case. Read full book review >
RIVER OF SECRETS by Roger Johns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A worthy sequel with plenty of procedural detail and a shattering conclusion."
Racial hatred rears its ugly and murderous head. Read full book review >
DIM SUM OF ALL FEARS by Vivien Chien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A worthy sophomore outing provides plenty of twists and turns and a perky, albeit conflicted, sleuth."
A young woman's plans to straighten out her life must make room for murder. Read full book review >
WALKING SHADOWS by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"As usual, Kellerman (Killing Season, 2017, etc.) is more interested in the big scenes than in the cartilage that binds them together. The result is a methodical procedural whose method is to look everywhere, ask everything, and deal with the inevitable disappointment when the pieces just refuse to come together."
An unwelcome discovery on the grounds of an empty house brings Detective Peter Decker, who retired from the LAPD, to the allegedly quiet town of Greenbury, New York, up against a criminal plot that stretches back 20 years. 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 >