Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

LIVING PROOF by John Harvey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Just like his first six."
Providing police protection to Cathy Jordan, the visiting hard-boiled American author who's being threatened with the same gruesome fates she's visited on her characters, doesn't leave Inspector Charlie Resnick and his Nottingham team much manpower to pursue leads in another casefour attacks on local men who've been remarkably closemouthed about the women (woman?) who stabbed them. Read full book review >
SHOOT, DON'T SHOOT by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Only the mystery itself is less than tough and smart."
Joanna Brady has hardly settled into her new job as sheriff of Cochise County when she's called out to a training course at the Arizona Police Officers Academy for six weeks of hitting the books. Read full book review >

TURKEY TRACKS by Lizbie Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 1995

"Elizabeth's second outing (Broken Star, 1993) is overpeopled with cookie-cutter British types and plotted within an inch of its life, but it's set forth with all the no-nonsense briskness of a superior office manager."
Drafted into completing distraught Jane Maddocks's History of Patchwork lecture series at Bath's Wetherburn Museum, transplanted American Elizabeth Blair naturally settles down to figure out who shot Joanna Drewsister of Jane's husband, sleek museum curator Tom Maddocksand then laid the staff low. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S DANCE by Robert Ferrigno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 27, 1995

"But the choreography seems to be a problem, too. (First printing of 150,000; $250,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Mystery Guild featured alternate)"
Though Ferrigno struggles valiantly to inject gallons of angst and attitude into his latest, the result is a wandering, joyless attempt to reinvent the gruff roman policier. Read full book review >
A FLUSH OF SHADOWS by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 1995

"Even though most of her many novels are outside the mystery field, the taste for fantasy Wilhelm reveals here unleashes the archaic, primitive power the detective story had before it settled into the soothing rhythms of the whodunit."
Five substantial stories, two of them new, posing a suitably varied bill of fare for Wilhelm's indefatigable husband-and-wife sleuths, retired policeman Charlie Meiklejohn and psychologist Constance Leidl (Seven Kinds of Death, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

HAYWIRE by James Mills
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1995

"Veteran Mills (The Power, 1990; the nonfictional Underground Empire, 1986, etc.) has put together a staunchly action-packed male weepie, expertly shifting its hapless hero from the frying pan to a series of hotter and hotter fires."
A Father's Day nightmare: a son pressed into service as an illegal currency courier disappears with $100 million in bearer bonds sewn into his stuffed lion. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE RIVER WHERE THE DEAD MEN GO by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1995

"Nick and his incomparably seamy milieu, in their third outing (Nick's Trip, 1993, etc.), get an A, though the case is the sort of five-finger exercise usually associated with tired old pros resting up between their big events."
Pelecanos returns from the striking Shoedog (1994) to the saga of D.C. barman and sometime shamus Nick Stefanos. Read full book review >
ZIA SUMMER by Rudolfo Anaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1995

"It's an omission that makes sense: His characters are all too invincibly themselves to be harboring any very mysterious secrets. (Author tour)"
Small-time Albuquerque p.i. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR BURNING by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1995

"Under a satisfyingly action-filled whodunit, she's buried a piercing tale of conflicting loyalties that makes her coppers flare into bold reliefas if they'd finally got the case that would show what they were made of."
A rash of suspicious fires in Castlemere has Chief Inspector Frank Shapiro and his team scrabbling for the common denominator (virulent racism? a past acquaintance among the property owners?) that will explain the three targets so far and help prevent the next. Read full book review >
THE VILLAIN OF THE EARTH by Simon Shaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1995

"Philip's fourth breach of the peace (Bloody Instructions, 1992, etc.) builds to a delightfully satisfying climax, with a wicked final twist still to come."
Cut out of Ben Ferris's production of Antony and Cleopatra, and panting for proximity to his old flame Natasha Fielding, randy character actor Philip Fletcher volunteers to play Antony to her Cleopatra in a rival productionand lives to see Rome in Tiber fall, as Natasha's lover and director, Sergei Shustikov (nicknamed ``Shitsky'' for a variety of apt reasons), makes his life miserable. Read full book review >
NICE PEOPLE by Clare Curzon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"Absorbing from first to last."
Superintendent Mike Yeadings tackles yet another offbeat case (Death Prone, 1994, etc.), this time in Fords Green, a quiet backwater on his Thames Valley beat. Read full book review >
BUSY BODIES by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"Die-hard fans may accept the frenetic plotting; others will direct heartfelt sympathies to Lieutenant Peter Rosen."
Farberville, Ark., home to Claire Malloy (Tickled to Death, 1994, etc.)—queen of the busybodies, owner of the local bookstore, and mother of wearing teenager Caron—is agog over the antics of bankable Houston artist Zeno Gorgias. 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 >