Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

THE FIFTH SECRET by Joanna Hines
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Hines's first US publication is just the thing for readers who've found Barbara Vine's last few forays into a troubled past a little flat emotionally."
Nursery owner Jane Baer's life with her oppressively perfect husband Owen and their equally perfect children is already fraying around the edges when Jane gets a call invoking the childhood password (``Urgently Derby'') that sends her racing across England to Berkshire and a rendezvous with Rob Hallama glamorous crusader for the homeless whose recent return to his childhood sweetheart, Esme Drummond, has been shattered by an attack that's left Esme near death. Read full book review >
CLEAN BREAK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The Kerrchem quagmire, though, is a mess even when she gets done mopping up."
What does the theft of Lord Henry Naismith's prize Monetthe latest of a well-oiled series of art robberies from some of England's finest homeshave to do with a lethal spate of industrial extortion over at Kerrchem, Trevor Kerr's cleaning- chemical company? Read full book review >

PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY, AND CRIME by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Eight accompanying recipes look a lot less highly seasoned than peppery Magdalena."
Hollywood has duly noted the murders at the PennDutch Inn (Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, 1994), and turns upin the person of advance man Steve (Bugsy) Freemanon Magdalena Yoder's doorstep to rent the inn for filming. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rambling, unfocused, and overextended: not one of the author's better efforts."
Tireless Jenny Cain of Port Frederick, Mass. Read full book review >
ENIGMA by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A you-are-there re-creation you can crawl around in."
Former London Times columnist and BBC correspondent Harris returns, this time on much richer emotional ground. Read full book review >

TALKED TO DEATH by Louise Shaffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"A cheerfully unpretentious tale quite unworthy of its explosive subjecttalk shows' potential for unleashing violencebut neater and livelier than Angie's debut last year."
Brought aboard Cee Gee Jones's popular TV talk show to replace Cee Gee's longtime friend Grace Shipley, veteran soap- opera producer Angie DaVito (All My Suspects, 1994) finds even more fighting going on behind the cameras than onstage. Read full book review >
COME TO GRIEF by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Welcome back, Sid."
Big news for Francis fans: He's broken his rule against recycling heroes and brought back one-handed p.i. Read full book review >
RESURRECTION MAN by Eoin McNamee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"An eerie, memorable debut."
With bite and brilliance, rising Irish star McNamee burrows deep, to the brutal core of sectarian violence in Belfast, where a young psychokiller is sanctioned for his efforts to raise urban terror to new heights: a chilling, first-rate debut. Read full book review >
HO-HO HOMICIDE by Corinne Holt Sawyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Martinez that leaves his helpers, still chirping, to patiently wait for the next interminable coffee klatch."
Yet another tedious go-round with the pair of in-house, would- be sleuths at Camden-sur-Mer, a retirement home in southern California (Murder Has No Calories, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Enchanting."
Another richly entertaining Sherlockian romp for Oxford chemist/theologian Mary Russell (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, 1994), whose former housemate Lady Veronica Beaconsfield draws her into the circle of charismatic feminist preacher Margery Childe of the New Temple of God. Read full book review >
DYING FALL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"An equally unsparing sequel to Death by Election (1994) that's especially strong on a problem treated by too few mysteries: the need for the coppers to protect a community that wants nothing to do with them."
In the wake of a series of assaults on the children who live in the grim Heights project (universally dubbed ``Wuthering Heights''), Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd is approached by the TV series Case Re-opened to poke around in a ten-year-old homicide: the murder of young Tracy Miller. Read full book review >
THE HARRY CHRONICLES by Allan Pedrazas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"The breezy mystery creaks in places, but Harry's a sweetiea puppy-dog hero who keeps his dignity by never forgetting how ridiculous he looks in his tough-guy role."
The latest winner of the Private Eye Writers of America's first-novel competition kicks off with the hero getting fired from a job he's not even on. 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 >