Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

CHAIN OF EVIDENCE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"His fans probably won't even notice when the brains in this page-turner turn into testosterone. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Good cops, rogue cops, and unscrupulous pharmaceutical CEOs duke it out in this near-miss technothriller from normally reliable Pearson (No Witnesses, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
WHIRLPOOL by Barry Estabrook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Packed with loony-tunes characters, complex money scams, cross and double-cross, and esoteric fishing lore: This wild and wooly tale doesn't always make sense, but it's unfailingly entertaining all the way."
A second outing for the author of Bahama Heat (1991), this time set in New York's Adirondacks. Read full book review >

CHOKE by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"A fleet, mindless tale that doesn't include a thing, from the slightest unexpected plot twist to the ghost of an original idea, that might slow you down to its nominal hero's speed. (Author tour)"
A middle-aged tennis pro who blew his chance at Wimbledon glory 20 years ago gets involved with a cardboard cast trying to cut each other out of the Key West landscape. Read full book review >
KILLER ON ARGYLE STREET by Michael Raleigh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"Tahiti."
How does Chicago shamus Paul Whelan survive on all that pro bono work? Read full book review >
THE DUKE OF CLEVELAND by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"A welcome recovery from the untidy The Lake Effect (1994)a neatly turned mystery with Milan's wit providing a piquant counterpoint to the grim proceedings."
Beautiful, featherheaded April Delavan's boyfriend Jeff Feldman, a slimy potter/con artist old enough to be her father, has gone missing, and April wants him backor at least the $18,000 he glommed from her before he left. Read full book review >

77TH STREET REQUIEM by Wendy Hornsby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 1995

"Hornsby's tension- filled, offbeat world will hold the reader to the end."
Filmmaker/sleuth Maggie MacGowen (Bad Intent, 1994, etc.) has a new projecta network documentary on the 20-year-old unsolved murder of Roy Frady, a cop with the 77th precinct of LAPD. Read full book review >
DOCTORS AND LAWYERS AND SUCH by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 1995

"Attention-grabbing plot twists, vividly drawn characters, unsticky but heartfelt domestic episodes, credible solutions, and a hero who grows ever more simpatico: the best of the Kovak series to date."
Beneath its bucolic veneer, life in Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is rife with problems, and middle-aged, newly remarried Sheriff Milt Kovak gets a lot of them (Dead Moon on the Rise, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SUMMONS by Peter Lovesey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"Full marks to Diamond (Diamond Solitaire, 1993, etc.) and his inventive creator."
John Mountjoy has done plenty of vile things to women, but he's always insisted that killing sexy journalist Britt Strand wasn't one of them. Read full book review >
SMOKE by Donald E. Westlake
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Only the anti-tobacco satire hits square on the mark."
Don't confuse this with the recent Paul Auster/Wayne Wang movie; think instead of Ellison's The Invisible Man. Read full book review >
KILLING FROST by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Garth's tenth case (Cold Hearts and Gentle People, 1994, etc.) is as coldly compassionate as the others."
Harold Adams, the nominal sheriff of Adams County, is in such a deep funk about his ineptitude that his special deputy, Oakalla Reporter owner Garth Ryland, has even more to do than usual in clearing up the mystery of the headless, limbless torso that crude Amos Hogue finds on his farm. Read full book review >
THE BAD SAMARITAN by Robert Barnard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Literate and readable, as always with Barnard, but without the spark and sparkle that grace his best work."
There's lots of gossip among the members of Church of England's St. Read full book review >
SOLD TO MISS SEETON by Hamilton Crane
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"So although this entry in the long-running series (Miss Seeton Rules, 1994, etc.) has more mystification and less pottering about the village than usual, you'd need a Ouija board to put together the pieces before, or even after, Miss Seeton."
A crime wave in Miss Emily Seeton's placid corner of Kent? 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 >