Book Reviews

Book Review: Agatha Christie, The Mystery Of Three Quarters

Sophie Hannah has released her third novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. Her latest work, "The Mystery of Three Quarters," is a fitting tribute to the greatest mystery novelist of all time and creator of the endearingly eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. (William ...

Book Review: Field of Bones

J. A. Jance continues her popular series featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady in her latest thriller, "Field of Bones." (William Morrow, 381 pages) While still grieving the loss of her mother and stepfather, Joanna Brady is busy sweating out a close reelection campaign. As she awaits the ...

Book Review: Walking Shadows

Faye Kellerman's "Walking Shadows" is the latest chapter in her popular series featuring Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus. (William Morrow, 367 pages) Decker and his wife have left the crime of Los Angeles and settled in the upstate New York college town of Greenbury. While ...

Book Review: Pieces Of Her

By REGINA M. ANGELI Books Writer Karin Slaughter, who has penned 18 novels including the Edgar-nominated work, "Cop Town," has a great mystery with one of the most original and thrilling plots conceived. Her latest thriller, "Pieces of Her" (William Morrow, 468 pages) is a most ...

Book Review: Little Girl Lost

By REGINA M. ANGELI Books Writer Wendy Corsi Staub, three-time nominee for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, has written the first installment in what promises to be an intriguing crimes series focusing on foundlings with the first entry, "Little Girl Lost." (William Morrow 385 ...

Book review: Under A Dark Sky

Lori Rader-Day, whose previous work "Little Pretty Things" won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, has another book "Under a Dark Sky" (William Morrow, 388 pages) which combines a touch of astronomy with a classic mystery genre. On what would have been her 10th wedding anniversary, ...

What Remains Of Her

Eric Rickstad's "What Remains of Her" (William Morrow, 404 pages) is a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of child abuse. One fateful day, Jonah Baum, an adjunct professor of poetry and literature at a small college in Vermont, returns to his home with an "apology" gift of a ...

The Summer Wives

In 1956, Grace Metalious rocked the literary world with the publication of her best-seller "Peyton Place" which told the story of sexual misdeeds among the seemingly proper residents of a quiet, conservative New England town. In like manner, Beatriz Williams has written a novel exposing the ...

The Other Woman

In the annals of espionage, the Cambridge Five, a group of intellectuals from the hallowed University of Cambridge, have earned a special notoriety in their efforts to spy for the Soviet Union. Having been recruited by the Soviets while they were students at Cambridge, the group were ...

Book review: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Charles Rosenberg, adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School, has written a nice piece of historical fiction perfect for the Fourth of July holiday. His work, "The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington," (Hanover Square Press/419 pages) is inspired by a few bits of forgotten ...

Splinter in the Blood

Britain has an interesting duo of mystery writers, Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper, who have written their debut story, "Splinter in the Blood" under the pen name, Ashley Dyer. (William Morrow, 388 pages) The women of Liverpool are being terrorized by a serial killer known as the Thorn ...

The Man Who Couldn’t Miss

Good read! Burt Angeli, The Daily News Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse in David Handler’s latest novel “The Man Who Couldn’t Miss.” (William Morrow, 240 pages). The Edgar award-winning series ...

The Moscow Offensive

Retired U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown has another chapter in his excellent military fiction series featuring the father and son team of Patrick and Brad McLanahan. The McLanahans continue their battle against the aggressive Russian President Gryzlov, who is plotting a number of daring ...

Overkill

Ted Bell's series featuring British aristocrat and special agent Alex Hawke continues in his latest work, "Overkill." (William Morrow, 487 pages) Vladimir Putin, fleeing the Russian oligarchs who have plotted his death, plans to regain power in a daring plot called "Overkill." The plan ...

The Perfect Mother

Aimee Molloy's debut novel "The Perfect Mother" is a successful movie thriller in the making. (Harper, 317 pages.) The plot centers around a group of New York City new mothers whose babies have been born in the month of May, hence the name of their support group, the May Mothers. Besides ...

The Corporation: An Epic Story of The Cuban American Underworld

The epic "Godfather" movie trilogy introduced much of America to the Italian Mafia. But a lesser known organization, run by Cuban Americans, was perhaps even more violent and powerful according to journalist and screenwriter T. J. English who delves into the world of bolita, a Cuban numbers ...

The Missing

C.L. Taylor's novel "The Missing" is a story of a dysfunctional family as it deals with the disappearance of their fifteen-year-old son Billy. (William Morrow, 472 pages) Told from the perspective of the missing boy's mother Claire, the novel emphasizes how a family may break down in the ...

The Wild Inside

Some novels are very difficult to read. Jamey Bradbury's "The Wild Inside" (William Morrow, 290 pages) is a case in point. Dubbed by bestselling author John Irving as "an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel” (think of the Bronte sisters and Stephen King), the book is a stomach ...

All The Beautiful Lies

“All The Beautiful Lies” was hard to put down. I’m usually reading sports books but this mystery with a twist was outstanding. — Burt Angeli, The Daily News “All The Beautiful Lies” (William Morrow) is from Peter Swanson, acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth ...

Look For Her

Emily Winslow's "Look for Her" (William Morrow Publisher, 278 pages) is a very tense crime drama told from the point of view of the main characters as they deal with the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a teenage girl. In 1976, in the tiny English hamlet of Lilling, which lies ...