Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

BLOOD MEMORY SOCIETY by D.A. Field
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2017

"Methodically maps out its concept; an admirable start to a series rife with potential."
A doctor must aid a handful of people with life-changing abilities, all of whom are targets for assassination, in Field's debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE by Eileen Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2017

"Fans of felines will appreciate Cassie's demonstrated attachment to the master species, which Watkins successfully integrates throughout her debut, a deft blend of mystery and cat love."
A cat groomer boarding the cat of a slain millionaire suspects her feline tenant may be the missing piece in solving the murder. Read full book review >

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Moretti's tale of jealousy and obsession is nothing less than dark magic. Witchery indeed."
Crime fiction adores girls in trouble. Moretti's latest nail-biter (The Vanishing Year, 2016, etc.) is no exception, but it is exceptional. Read full book review >
THE BLIND by A.F.  Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A satisfying, darkly funny tale of redemption."
A woman in pieces must put herself back together before she loses everything she's worked for and everyone she cares about. Read full book review >
DEPTH OF LIES by E.C. Diskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sometimes-glib mystery that's at its best when it explores what lies beneath the surface of suburbia."
A woman's search for answers after her friend is found dead in a bathtub uncovers secrets and lies in this novel. Read full book review >

A HIVE OF HOMICIDES  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"More moth than bee, Lester's third floats all over the landscape before settling on a target. Interrogations, pie recipes, aphorisms, and disturbingly detailed accounts of bee copulation all vie for the reader's attention."
Trouble swarms around beekeeper Abigail Mackenzie (Murder of a Queen Bee, 2016, etc.) as she tries to discover who shot her faithful friend and her friend's faithless husband. Read full book review >
YULETIDE HOMICIDE by Jennifer David Hesse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Hesse (Bell, Book & Candlemas, 2016, etc.) easily balances murder and romance in this holiday tale that's so cozy even its high stakes feel like low stakes."
An Illinois lawyer turns detective when her boss asks her to do some sleuthing against a romance-infused Yule backdrop. Read full book review >
DEAD AND GANACHE by Colette London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Chocolate lovers will appreciate the detailed information on all things chocolate; the less besotted may find the heroine too ditzy to be a credible sleuth."
A chocolatier's caring nature and lack of self-preservation skills put her in danger yet again. Read full book review >
THE VISITORS by Catherine Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The creepiness begins as a slow burn, but logic ruins the sense of horror—despite the horrible truth that lurks in the basement."
A socially awkward middle-aged woman learns some dark truths about her family in Burns' debut psychological thriller. Read full book review >
WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Melanie's adventure in winter wonderland provides a welcome break from her usual tales, which stick doggedly to show-pooch settings."
Connecticut dog breeder Melanie Travis (Murder at the Puppy Fest, 2017, etc.) finds a sleighful of trouble when her brother buys an abandoned Christmas tree farm. Read full book review >
SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Harris writes cozies to reckon with. But her world is surprisingly insular. Kids are often bullies or delinquents, Jewish neighbors whiny and demanding, African-Americans irresponsible or criminal. Can't Harris, who endowed Sookie Stackhouse with a fantastic array of vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, and fairies, spare some diversity for Lawrenceton?"
Librarian Aurora Teagarden copes with motherhood and murder. Read full book review >
TURKEY TROT MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Unlike the Public Theater's assassination of Julius Caesar, Meier's offing of a Trump avatar may fly under the radar. The dots between drugs, immigrants, and murder just can't be connected neatly enough to qualify this entry as either old-fashioned puzzle or contemporary social commentary."
Meier dips her toes into the issues du jour as opioid addiction and white supremacy invade Tinker's Cove. 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 >