Mystery Thriller Book Reviews

EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Despite some overheated damsel-in-distress complications toward the end, a stellar demonstration of the proposition that although it can't bring back the dead, 'justice was still the best consolation prize going.' The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah."
Rosato & DiNunzio, Philadelphia's most drama-ridden law firm (Damaged, 2016, etc.), faces perhaps its most dramatic episode ever when it's threatened from both outside and in. Read full book review >
THE BEQUEST by Nancy Boyarsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Boyarsky's weightless complications expertly combine menace with bling, making the heroine's adventures both nightmarish and dreamy."
Back from an eventful trip to London (The Swap, 2017), legal office manager Nicole Graves finds her homecoming to LA just as replete with criminal mischief, some of it from quite unexpected sources. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by David Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The set pieces, from the killing to the denouement, feel staged and forced, but the characters and dialogue don't disappoint, and the sorely missed hero's mixture of cynicism and sweetness plays as well as ever."
Who says there are no second acts in American lives? Twenty years after his most recent case (The Man Who Loved Women to Death, 1997, etc.), celebrity-biography ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag runs into more murders in 1992 Hollywood. Read full book review >
THE SILENT SECOND by Adam Walker Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Chuck's engaging first-person narrative effectively puts the reader into his unsteady shoes in this promising series kickoff."
Compassion blossoms into obsession, turning a corporate middleman into a neophyte sleuth. Read full book review >
THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS by Colin Cotterill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The 12th case for the irrepressible Laotian coroner (I Shot the Buddha, 2016, etc.) has a rambling plot but crackles with humor and overflows with eccentric characters. Droll chapter titles add an extra soupcon of mirth."
Cotterill's curmudgeonly coroner visits the Moscow Olympics, uncovering diverse dastardly deeds. Read full book review >

DOG DISH OF DOOM by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The wry, feisty heroine is a welcome addition to Copperman's troupe. It's only to be hoped that he'll save some ink for his sleuthing mystery author or, especially, his autistic detective."
Copperman (Written Off, 2016, etc.) adds yet another franchise to his growing resume when he introduces Kay Powell, "Agent to the Paws." Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As the plot grows more complicated, it also sheds believability, leaving sex and witty banter to carry the day."
Brown (Mean Streak, 2014, etc.) ticks off the boxes that elevate her books to the bestseller lists in this sexy romantic thriller set in Texas. Read full book review >
SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end."
DS Alan Banks is snapped out of mourning his long-ago first love by a particularly nasty murder spree that interrupts the nuptials at St. Mary's Church. Read full book review >
COUNTING WOLVES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A deeply affecting, hard-to-put-down work that depicts a girl's dark odyssey through obsession toward healing insight."
In this latest novel by a prolific author of YA fiction, a teenager's life spirals out of control as she desperately attempts to evade the savage manifestation of her fear. Read full book review >
JACK OF HEARTS by Christopher Greyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A mystery with a sharp protagonist whose appeal is matched by that of the characters surrounding him."
Former cop Jack Stratton takes a case in his parents' gated community in this installment of Greyson's (And Then She Was Gone, 2016, etc.) mystery series. Read full book review >
BIBLIOMYSTERIES by Otto Penzler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"No matter. Readers who love books will love reading about books, the people who love them, the people who kill for them, and the people who kill with them—often the very same people."
Indefatigable mystery bookseller/editor Penzler (The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, 2016, etc.) has assembled—wait for it—a collection of 15 stories linking murders to books, originally commissioned between 2011 and 2013 as feuilletons distributed by the Mysterious Bookshop. Read full book review >
A NEST OF VIPERS by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Expect the ending to make you squirm, though you have to admire Camilleri's ability to disarm horror with his particular charm; the town of Vigàta quietly soldiers on."
When you're a loan shark with an open liking for younger women, the occasional death threat maybe isn't so alarming. 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 >