Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

A BAKER STREET WEDDING by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Despite many of Robertson's trademark witty touches, the slapdash plotting, florid coincidences, and unbelievable motive of the culprit make this the weakest of his six après-Holmes pastiches. Wait till next year."
Senior solicitor Reggie Heath's honeymoon with actress Laura Rankin turns into a criminal mess that cries out for the gifts of Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >
FOR BETTER AND WORSE by Margot  Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A twisty tale for fans of domestic thrillers."
After planning the perfect murder on their first date decades before—theoretically, of course—a married couple find themselves testing just how foolproof their plan was. Read full book review >

HOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING by Betty Hechtman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Hechtman's lucky 13th is a character-driven cozy whose mystery is solid enough to raise it above the average."
An exciting new opportunity is fraught with unexpected problems. Read full book review >
BATTER OFF DEAD by Maymee Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A standard cozy whose formula mixes romance, a lovable bunch of eccentrics, and a collection of recipes with murder most foul."
A Kentucky pastry chef's sweet treats continue to attract killers. Read full book review >
A MOMENT IN CRIME by Amanda Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Allen perfectly captures the serene enchantment of Santa Fe. Her gutsy heroine has plenty to work with in a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end."
A New York socialite must do everything in her power to save her cousin from a murder charge. Read full book review >

A SUSPICION OF SILVER by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Character-driven, swiftly moving, and filled with fascinating historical details about mining and the Scottish border country. Chisholm continues to impress with each new addition to a top-notch series."
There's never a dull moment for a clever spy. Read full book review >
DO NO HARM by Dawn Eastman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A strong protagonist with awesome research skills works her way through the possibilities and finds the answer in a surprising killer."
A busy doctor's new patient has more than just medical problems. Read full book review >
HUNTING ANNABELLE by Wendy Heard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch."
A mentally disturbed young man tries to track down a woman who was kidnapped right before his eyes in Heard's debut thriller. Read full book review >
SINS AS SCARLET by Nicolas Obregon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Obregón's second is a neonoir gem with a compelling story, solid prose, and a brooding, honorable, and all-too-human hero."
A cold case gets hot and deadly when a veteran detective digs too deep. Read full book review >
DEATH BY DRAGONFLY by Jane Tesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"The mystery is nothing to write home about, but the high-maintenance housemates and talking pythons will certainly hold your attention."
An art nouveau dragonfly entangles a detective and a psychic in a confusing case. Read full book review >
FASHIONS FADE, HAUNTED IS ETERNAL  by Rose Pressey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Chock full of ghosts, supernatural guardians, cats possessed by spirits, a handsome police officer boyfriend, and tips on surviving the afterlife and vintage shopping, the latest from Pressey (A Passion for Haunted Fashion, 2018, etc.) again jams in too much to develop any one element beyond the obvious."
The murder of a fashion photographer and the appearance of a ghost from another era provide an excuse for a vintage-focused fashionista to resume her investigating hobby. Read full book review >
STEAMED OPEN  by Barbara Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Sure to appeal to readers who treasure the Maine coast, Ross' latest continues the lives and minor dramas of her fictionalized version of Boothbay Harbor with amiable characters and minimal fuss."
A Maine harbor town and clamming community is rocked by a new resident bent on upholding private property over community interests. 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 >