Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

A FALL IN DENVER by Sarah Andrews
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Too many emotional entanglements and too much psychobabble slow the pace, and some unlikely coincidences don't help, but Andrews's fine ear for regional speech and her feisty, dogged heroine provide a sporadically absorbing look at not-too-familiar territory."
A second adventure for geologist Emily (``call me Em'') Read full book review >
SNAKE EYES by Richard Hoyt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The eco-disaster scenario, perhaps borrowing its urgency from Hoyt's recent international thrillers Red Card (1994) and Japanese Game (1995), sits oddly atop the laid-back crew of northwestern eccentrics Hoyt knocks off as well as anybody around."
Who says there's nothing doing along the banks of the Snake River in summer? Read full book review >

FAMILY BUSINESS by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 29, 1995

"A drolly minimalist sitcom whirligig with bits of mystery pureed in tiny doses like so many jalape§o peppers."
The author who put Indianapolis on the private-eye map (Underdog, 1993, etc.) turns his attention to the Lunghis—Angelo and his wife Gina, their children Marie and David, Angelo's sister Rosetta, his part-time brother Salvatore, and of course Mama and the Old Man—all members of Bath's only family of private detectives, who seem to specialize in investigating the most trivial crimes imaginable. Read full book review >
THE NEIGHBORHOOD by S.K. Epperson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"It would take a Carl Hiaasen to sustain the demented tone of this feverish fantasy to the end, but you have to admire the unbridled imagination that peopled Epperson's neighborhood—even if you wouldn't want to risk living next door to the author yourself."
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Kansas again, Toto, Epperson (The Moons of Summer, 1994, etc.) ladles up another middle-American passel of sociopaths, felons, and just plain weirdos. Read full book review >
PENANCE by David Housewright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 27, 1995

"Readers may doubt that politically savvy Minnesotans would elect airhead Monroe as dogcatcher, but the author's Spade-Archer derivative, although a bit preachy, might fare much better in a thinner porridge of a plot."
A first novel introduces Minnesota's Holland Taylor, a 40ish ex-cop turned p.i. who's been alone since his wife and child were killed by drunken driver John Brown some years ago. Read full book review >

WHERE THE MONEY IS by Ivan G. Goldman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"An impressive debut, one reminiscent of the work of Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake for the way it effectively combines antic action with sardonic commentary."
Backstage Las Vegas provides an appropriately raffish setting for a stylish, twisty first novel, this one featuring a full complement of lovable losers and blackguardly villains. Read full book review >
MURDER IN SCORPIO by Martha C. Lawrence
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 21, 1995

"Maybe the promised series will deliver the goods."
``Fantastic as they may sound,'' this enterprising first novel begins, ``the events in this narrative are true.'' Well, don't worry: The ensuing plot is considerably less fantastic than you'll find in most mysteries, let alone in Weird Stories. Read full book review >
CORRUPTION OF BLOOD by Robert K. Tanenbaum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"Here and there we get glimpses of Tanenbaum's virtuosic ability to sort out and dramatize complicated material, but this novel is sunk in its own self-importance."
Manhattan ADA Butch Karp gets a crack at the crime of the century in this heavy-breathing addition to a popular series that includes such brainy thrillers as Depraved Indifference (1989) and Material Witness (1993). Read full book review >
A PORTION FOR FOXES by Kay Mitchell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"For police procedural fans, and others: an uncommonly rewarding experience."
Fourth in a skillful series featuring Malminster's Chief Inspector John Morrissey and his able second-in-command Neil Barrett (Roots of Evil, etc.). Read full book review >
BLUE LONESOME by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"744, etc.) turns in a spare, beautifully controlled retake on Bad Day at Black Rock that's a- twang with piercing loneliness from the title to the last sorry secret."
For three months jazz-loving accountant Jim Messenger has watched the woman he's dubbed Ms. Lonesome order the same supper in San Francisco's Harmony CafÇ and leave every night without talking to him or anyone else. Read full book review >
PILLAR OF FIRE by Robert Irvine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"Irvine's eccentric, disjointed narrative style is unsettling, but the unique physical and psychological terrain he explores exerts a fascination that holds the reader to the finish."
Once more onto Irvine's turf—Salt Lake City, home to Moroni Traveler, his father, Martin, and the detective agency they share (The Hosanna Shout, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CADILLAC COWBOY by Michael Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"And when his story turns from detective yarn to a novel of character, it collapses into a series of speeches against rape and clear-cutting, and turns to family trees that explain every evil impulse."
The Santa Barbara police think Johnny Baliol tried to kill his father Ralph, a financial buccaneer; but Ralph's ex-wife Rachel, who can't believe Johnny would have the gumption to pull the trigger on his old man, summons her ex-husband, Langford Morgan, to the scene. 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 >