Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

HAPPY NEVER AFTER by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Callahan's fans may be disappointed that her interest in House Mouse has about run its course after only three appearances, but Trocheck's fey bonhomie is much better suited to the pop music scene than to the family traumas of Homemade Sin (1994)."
Sniffing a possible comeback spurred by a forthcoming movie about their 60's girl group—the VelvetTeens—Vonette Hunsecker and her cousin Rita Fontaine hire Callahan Garrity away from House Mouse, her cleaning service, to locate Delores Carter, the third VelvetTeen. Read full book review >
CAT IN A CRIMSON HAZE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"A clunker, except perhaps to the cat-obsessed."
Yet another chapter in the frenetic life of footwear-obsessed p.r. woman Temple Barr (Cat on a Blue Monday, 1994, etc.) and her all-knowing, self-obsessed cat Midnight Louie. Read full book review >

TERMINATION DUST by Sue Henry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Meanwhile, Murder on the Iditarod Trail is slated to be a CBS-TV movie this year."
A second outing for homicide detective Alex Jensen of Alaska's State Troopers (Murder on the Iditarod Trail, 1991), who's now in Canada's Yukon Territory helping RCMP Inspector Del Delafosse with a cross-border case of robbery and murder. Read full book review >
KNIGHT AND DAY by Ron Nessen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Nessen (The Hour, 1984, etc.) and USA Today correspondent Neuman have cobbled together the perfect mystery for people who do their reading with remote control in hand."
He's Jerry Knight, the vain, left-baiting host of an all-night radio talk show. Read full book review >
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Peg Tyre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Kate Murray and John Finn are as interesting as ever, but this time around, the obstacles to their blissful fadeout aren't."
A drug bust that goes bad—two guys are dead, a cop and an unarmed seller—once again brings together crime reporter Kate Murray and her ex-lover John Finn, NYPD Narcotics, when they meet over the bodies. Read full book review >

POINT OF DARKNESS by Mike Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1995

"Tension-laden meets, sexual couplings, beatings, and killings, interrupted by Sam's windy flights of introspection and sidelong glances into immigrant life in New York—all make for an overextended story that sags too often despite the heavy action."
Black, Caribbean-born Sam Dean (The Late Candidate, 1990; Blood Rights, 1989), a freelance, London-based journalist, has promised to find his dying friend Hector's daughter Mary—in New York City but long-unheard from—and bring her home. Read full book review >
THE GEORGE ELIOT MURDERS by Edith Skom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 1995

"A breezy, ultimately silly story."
Beth Austin (The Mark Twain Murders, 1989), a young English professor from Chicago, is on a winter vacation at Hawaii's top-of- the-line Royal Aloha Hotel—courtesy of a grandmother's trust fund. Read full book review >
ON A BLANKET WITH MY BABY by Bill Kent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 1995

"The best installment yet in this fine, underrated series."
Even though they're married now, there's no happy ending for Atlantic City Officer Louis Monroe and his wife, ex-hooker Ellie. Read full book review >
THE VENUS THROW by Steven Saylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 1995

"The remarkably vivid and finely etched historical background at once roots the characters firmly in their time and brings them alive for our own—in this finest flower yet of Saylor's admirable Roma sub Rosa series."
A brilliantly effective return to straight detection for Gordianus the Finder (Catilina's Riddle, 1993, etc.), who now turns away his old teacher, Dio of Alexandria—the Egyptian ambassador who fears assassination by hirelings of the king, whose reign over Egypt he's come to Rome to protest—only to find on his return to Rome that Dio was murdered the very night he left Gordianus' house. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1995

"With its near-perfunctory narrative style, aimless detours and endless cups of tea, this isn't one of Beaton's better efforts, but Agatha's romantic dreams may soon be fulfilled."
A rather bedraggled fourth excursion for retired p.r. woman/amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin. Read full book review >
SPECIMEN SONG by Peter Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 1995

"Du PrÇ's demotic patois, which skims endearingly over city complexities, ends up reducing the victims, the motive, and the killer to a joke that's a cut below his debut in Coyote Wind (1994)."
Back from a stint playing the fiddle and brushing with murder at a folk festival in the wilds of the nation's capital, sometime investigator Gabriel Du PrÇ reluctantly agrees to accompany festival director Paul Chase on a trip into the scarcely less wild reaches of Montana in search of some new old music. Read full book review >
DEAD, MR. MOZART by Bernard Bastable
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1995

"For music mavens, a tour de force; others may wish for more Barnard, less Bastable."
Robert Barnard, writing his second novel as Bernard Bastable (To Die Like a Gentleman, 1993), has fun with the story of a 64- year-old Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart. 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 >