Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2630)

SCARLET ANGEL by Elizabeth Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"In the deliciously deadpan, confidential tone of an avid gossip, Palmer gives us a world in which the evil are very, very bad, and the good often betrayed by their own timidity. (First printing of 50,000)"
An English country manor is nearly consumed by a naughty adventuress from Rome—in this classic British melodrama's entertaining depiction of lust and greed. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A pivotal historical moment, but feebly reenacted, with an unfortunate tendency to substitute posturing for plotting—even the illicit relationships are more tepid than torrid."
Suspense writer Byrd (Target of Opportunity, Finders Weepers, etc.) shifts from familiar turf for a well-founded but listless historical saga about Thomas Jefferson in Paris during the French Revolution, depicting the author of the Declaration of Independence as a man whose actions ran counter to his principles. Read full book review >

STORM FLIGHT by Mark Berent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Not the place to start this worthy series."
American pilots languish in a secret Vietnamese prison as President Nixon and Henry Kissinger negotiate the end of US involvement in the war—in the fifth and concluding volume of Berent's highly detailed Air Force saga (Eagle Station, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
CAMERON'S CROSSING by Philip McCutchan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Quite good."
Riding as a passenger on a ship sailed by a madman, McCutchan's WW II Royal Naval hero Donald Cameron returns (Cameron's Commitment, etc.)—this time to face the worst the North Atlantic can offer in the way of weather and warfare. Read full book review >
BURNING TIME by Leslie Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Overscaled and overlong, but not otherwise remarkable."
Already tormented by his actress wife Emma Chapman's screen debut in an art porn fantasy, New York psychiatrist Jason Frank is frantic with worry over a series of rambling letters to Emma signed ``The One Who Saved You.'' But while he's planning a trip to San Diego to match the letter-writer with Emma's old high-school classmate Troland Grebs, Grebs, who likes to tattoo and burn his women, is already in New York waiting (a nice touch) for Frank to leave Emma alone and vulnerable. Read full book review >

THE HEAVEN TREE TRILOGY by Edith Pargeter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"A quite grand affair."
A robust and majestically peopled and paced medieval trilogy— a stormy tale of thunderous dark passions and spiritual triumphs— in a one-volume collection of two hitherto-out-of-print novels and one never-before published here: from the author, as Ellis Peters, of the hugely popular Brother Cadfael mysteries. Read full book review >
ECLIPSE OF THE HEART by Ronald Tierney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"MacGuffin-hunting, and now and then dips into bathos, but his writerly skills are also evident."
Melancholy derring-do introducing celibate-homosexual Zachary Grayson, a stodgy, middle-aged San Francisco food writer, whose life is turned upside down when he's befriended by the companionable Manny, who suggests he accompany him to Puerto Vallarta. Read full book review >
ESCAPADE by Jane Aiken Hodge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"The Windover crowd had more pep."
A rather talky romance from veteran Hodge: here, it's 1811 and a young English girl (daughter of the heroine of Windover, 1992) and her friend, a renowned beauty and popular singer, find themselves on the political anthill of Sicily during the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >
THE HOLDER OF THE WORLD by Bharati Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Mukherjee's enormous learnedness here to be worn lightly, and pulls her story along like a merchantman under full sail."
From Mukherjee (The Middleman, 1988; Jasmine, 1989, etc.), the tale of a 17th-century American girl who ends up an emperor's mistress in India. Read full book review >
VOODOO DREAMS by Jewell Parker Rhodes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"All the ingredients of a bewitching read—atmosphere, adventure, mystery, and romance—as well as enough intellectual substance to give it a satisfying heft."
A gripping first novel that limns the life of African-American Marie Laveau, the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, with all the brooding intensity and latent menace of a summer's night on a lonely bayou. Read full book review >
DREAMING BACK by M.E. Hirsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"Smaller in scale than Kabul (1986) but just as resonant: an unusually personal approach to Tony Hillerman territory."
The Chama, New Mexico, police are satisfied that jewelry designer Leigh Haring's adventurous older sister Leni, a doctoral student of mind-altering drugs, was strangled by her half-Hopi lover Ben Naya. Read full book review >
HOTEL PASTIS by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 1993

"A cedar box of Havana Churchills, a pint of white diamonds— the gift novel par excellence, its smart dialogue at full glitter throughout. (First printing of 100,000 is just frog jelly before the tads pop.)"
Consumer glories rendered by a master (the velvety Acquired Tastes, 1992) in a richly amusing first novel set in London and Provence, even more stylish than Mayle's travel hits (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). 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 >