Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

DONE WRONG by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Crisp action sequences, dirty cops, dogged procedural work, quietly telling family scenes: Marti's fourth appearance (Gone Quiet, 1994, etc.) has it all."
A Chicago narcotics cop's suspiciously fatal fall from the roof of a parking garage rips open Marti MacAlister's three-year- old wounds of grieving for her own husbanda colleague of Julian Cantor's who supposedly ate his gun in a Chicago cemetery. Read full book review >
THE DIAMOND CAT by Marian Babson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"This one, unfortunately, hits the pits."
Bettina Bilby, 40-ish, lives in a modest suburban house with her hectoring, widowed mother, next door to best friend Zoe Rome and her mother. Read full book review >

THE LADIES OF THE VALE by Andrew Puckett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"A charmless heroine and a flat-footed style are no help in this exercise in tedium."
Cardiology patients (especially those with donor organ cards) at St. Read full book review >
BLOOD LINE by Rex Burns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Solid if unspectacular work from a reliable pro (Endangered Species, 1993, etc.)."
If the gang-style execution of 13-year-old John Erle Hocks isn't enough to wring Denver cop Gabe Wager's heart, there's also the murder of Gabe's cousin Julio Lucero, a kid only a few years older shot down shortly after telling Gabe he wasn't involved in any of the stuff Gabe's Aunt Louisa was worried about. Read full book review >
MOMMY AND THE MURDER by Nancy Goldstone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 19, 1995

"Mildly diverting."
A first mystery, set in Lenox, Mass., from former Wall Streeter Goldstone (Trading Up, 1988; the thriller Bad Business, 1991). Read full book review >

BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 19, 1995

"The Loudermilk chronicles are an irresistibly rollicking riposte to the family-values crowd, though Haywood does seem to be making it all up as he goes along."
The Airstream trailer that's become home to retired California cop Big Joe Loudermilk and his wife Dottie pulls up outside the D.C. apartment of their radical pacifist son Eddieand weird and wonderful adventures commence. Read full book review >
NO VIRTUE by James D. Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1995

"Though there's never much doubt about who really killed Cassie Pierce, Williamson, Baldridge, and Tyner have a high old time bringing the culprits to book in this lively Reconstruction tale."
Talk about starting with a bang. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT PARTNER by Bart Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1995

"Davis actually has an earnest intentionto contrast the lure of life on the wild side with the rewards of long-term marriagebut this inquiry gets drowned out by the cacophonous clanks of unoiled plot machinery. (First printing of 30,000; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Ultra-busy exposÇ of lurid goings-on in suburbia, from the author of Blind Prophet (1983), as well as several paperback suspense novels. Read full book review >
THE GOOD LIFE by John Brady
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1995

"An unwavering air of menace accompanies a brilliant depiction of the city's slatternly underside—its foul smells, foul language, mean streets, and desperate lives overshadowing the twists and turns of plot—all of it riveting to the last page."
The fifth in Brady's superb police procedural series, Irish- style, finds Dublin's Murder Squad—sparked by Inspector Matt Minogue (All Souls, 1993, etc.)—grappling with the killing of ex- prostitute Mary Mullen. Read full book review >
LADY OF ICE AND FIRE by Colin Alexander
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1995

"Sluggish, bloodless high points—and few of those."
Alexander stumbles badly in his second outing (God's Adamantine Fate, 1993) with a tepid tale of industrial espionage and international terrorism. Read full book review >
EDGE OF THE CITY by Dan Mahoney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 1995

"With guidance, the author could become a real page-turning contender in the police thriller genre."
A two-fisted thriller throws several one-two punches but flags to a lazy last round. Read full book review >
MR. DONAGHUE INVESTIGATES by Anna Shone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 1995

"If you've ever wondered what Agatha Christie's characters would talk about if they came back in the '90s, you'll find that there's precious little on their minds."
Shone's first novel is an endearingly amateurish Agatha Christie pastiche with echoes of Death on the Nile, Appointment with Death, and Mrs. McGinty's Dead, among others. 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 >