Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER by Jody Jaffe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Nattie herself, however, more than offsets the killer's blandness: bright, lively, self-consciously a Philadelphia yenta, she's a most appealing guide to a Carolina show-jumping circuit delightfully remote from the racetracks of Dick Francis and Bill Shoemaker."
Shades of Arthur Conan Doyle's ``Silver Blaze''! Read full book review >
THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by T.C. Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A morality play too obvious to be swallowed whole: Boyle's first real lemon so far. (First printing of 100,000; First serial to Los Angeles Times Magazine; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The inestimably gifted Boyle (The Road to Wellville, 1993, etc.) puts on a preacher's gown and mounts the pulpit to proclaim a hellfire sermon against bigotry and greedin this rather wan updating of The Grapes of Wrath. Read full book review >

UNDER THE BEETLE'S CELLAR by Mary Willis Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Check your political sympathies at the door, stock up on your blood-pressure medication, and enjoy. (First printing of 200,000; author tour)"
A sect of religious fanatics imprisons a dozen school-aged hostages in their Texas compoundand Walker gets a chance to show how a tough-minded writer might have turned Waco around. Read full book review >
JUSTICE by Faye Kellerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The result is unrelieved but highly effective melodrama, fleet and heavy-breathing, whose outrageous coincidences and third- quarter longueurs will be redeemed for her fans by three final surprises. (Author tour)"
A psychopathic New York mob scion involved with a starry- eyed high-school seniorit spells trouble even before LAPD Sgt. Read full book review >
ROCK OF AGES by Walter Jon Williams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Adroitly handled but flatly unamusing: not one of Williams's (Metropolitan, etc.) better prospects."
First hardcover appearance for an established paperback series (House of Shards, 1988, etc.) about Drake Maijstral, the top-rated Allowed Burglar in the Human Constellation that shares the galaxy, now amicably, with the alien Khosali Empire. Read full book review >

THE MIRROR OF MONSTERS AND PRODIGIES by Pamela Ditchoff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Shallow furrows in a fallow field, these snippets and summaries make clear that the world of the malformed could richly reward more sustained efforts to fathom it."
A chorus line of freaks throughout the ages parades here in a determinedly sympathetic but thin and clumsily all-inclusive debut from poet Ditchoff. Read full book review >
DIVORCING JACK by Colin Bateman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The promised sequel can't arrive too soon."
Here's what happens as a result of Belfast columnist Dan Starkey's oh-so-brief dalliance with Margaret McBride, whose ``eyes were close together, but not so close as to suggest Catholicism'': Dan's tax-inspector wife Patricia catches the pair together and throws Dan out. Read full book review >
THE HEAT OF THE SUN by Louis D. Rubin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Literate period charm: a poignant reminder of what now seems an age of innocence."
Veteran man of letters Rubin (Small Craft Advisory, The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree, both 1991, etc.) offers a tale of love and graft in early 1940s Charleston that's redolent of old novels and faded photographs and no less appealing. Read full book review >
FINAL ACCOUNT by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"If the tangle of clues is a little predictable, the final confrontation makes up for it all."
Whoever said accountants lead boring lives never met Keith Rothwell, Yorkshire squire, owner or part-owner of 15 businesses, and victim of a no-nonsense shotgun execution in his own barn. Read full book review >
THESE BONES WERE MADE FOR DANCIN' by Annette Meyers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fun for the Broadway obsessed; little payback for the puzzle fanand overextended for either."
The author's hipper-than-thou heroine Leslie Wetzon (Murder: The Musical, 1993, etc.), still a Wall Street headhunter in partnership with frenetic Xenia Smith, and still involved with NYPD Detective Silvestri, faces a new challenge. Read full book review >
BLACK BRIDGE by Edward Sklepowich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"For puzzle-lovers, however, a washout."
Another tangled Venice-based tale revolving around American expatriate writer/sleuth Urbino Macintyre and his Venetian connection Barbara, the Contessa da Capo-Zendrini (Liquid Desires, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
MOTHER LOVE by Laurali R. Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"If you have a taste for grownup demons looming out of the fog of memory, you can't do better than this wrenching tale from Canada's Ruth Rendell. (Author tour)"
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 >