Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS by Brian Rouff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Rouff (Money Shot, 2004, etc.) spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost's personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn's bris explained to her—which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too."
A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine—from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Read full book review >
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The purest mystery among Alexander's adventures (A Terrible Beauty, 2016, etc.) presents a challenging puzzle, a historically interesting period, and detailed descriptions of one of the world's most beautiful cities."
The breathtaking beauty of St. Petersburg before the Russian Revolution provides a dazzling backdrop for murder. Read full book review >

NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A captivating look at a little-known corner of rural Oklahoma burning up in a drought, rife with drug problems, yet peopled by tenacious, idiosyncratic characters you can't help rooting for."
Two Oklahoma police officers from separate forces work together to solve a series of bloody crimes in Lackey's debut. Read full book review >
HOW I LOST YOU by Jenny  Blackhurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Less thriller than soap opera."
A woman convicted of killing her baby comes to believe he's still alive and finds herself at the center of a vast revenge plot that nearly ruins her life in this debut novel. Read full book review >
CAT AMONG THE PUMPKINS by Mandy Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Is it a coincidence that the principal characters are not only all feline, but overwhelmingly female? Or just an unusually explicit hint of how well Morton knows her target audience?"
Halloween brings an appropriately grotesque second case to those purrfect partners, Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins, whose earlier adventures were chronicled in The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency (2017). Read full book review >

QUARRY'S CLIMAX by Max Allan Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Plenty of fatalities, but you won't mourn them, since they're all a lot more forgettable than the vintage '70s soundtrack that seems to be pounding away in every room in Memphis."
A 1970s hit man who starred in last year's Cinemax series gets his strangest assignment to date: to prevent an unknown rival contractor from killing his target. Read full book review >
A HUNT IN WINTER by Conor Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The window Brady (The Eloquence of the Dead, 2016, etc.) provides into the everyday lives of ordinary Irishmen caught in a dramatic moment gives his third entry a combination of the best elements of police procedurals and historical mysteries."
Murder and politics make for strange bedfellows in 1888 Dublin, when Ireland is still chafing under British rule. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS by Barbara Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The second series entry is an especially enjoyable cozy for lovers of vintage toys and surprise endings."
Could classic comic books be a motive for murder? Read full book review >
UNQUIET SPIRITS by Bonnie MacBird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A superior pastiche which, like the early work of Sena Jeter Naslund and Laurie R. King, is less interested in looking back to 1889, its nominal setting, than in refitting the Great Detective to modern sensibilities."
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson tangle with murder, vinicultural sabotage, and reputed ghosts in a Scottish whisky baron's estate. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF THE ABSENTEE FATHER  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"Fans coast to coast can take pleasure in seeing Copperman's quirky hero remain his rational, literal self, even out in fabulous La La Land."
Professional fact-finder Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Felonious Friend, 2016, etc.) accepts a query from a client he can hardly refuse: his mother. Read full book review >
MINING FOR JUSTICE  by Kathleen Ernst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"The eighth in the series contrasts the difficult life of Wisconsin's Cornish miners with the heroine's burgeoning romance, highlighting both her researching skills and her unusual feel for the past."
A curator takes on a temporary assignment in a new town. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE FIVE POINT KILLER  by C.M.  Wendelboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"A slow-burning cold case with copious clues, conscientious detection, a high body count, periodic interruptions from the killer's viewpoint, and all the pages and pages of unraveling you'd expect from such a generously plotted mystery."
The chronicler of FBI agent Manny Tanno (Death on the Greasy Grass, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that brings a retired Denver cop back to his roots, and a lot of other people's, in Cheyenne. 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 >