Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

A VOW OF DEVOTION by Veronica Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 1995

"For readers who like their mayhem easy, quiet, and polite."
The serenity of Cornwall's Convent of the Daughter of Compassion is being threatened by disquieting events that seem to have begun with the arrival of Bernadette Fawkes and Magdalen Cole. Read full book review >
ROTTEN APPLES by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 1995

"Compelling moments, but no flow."
London civil servant Willow King, who writes romances as Cressida Woodruffe, is savoring married life with longtime lover Chief Inspector Tom Worth (Bitter Herbs, 1994, etc.) when she's asked by George Profettthe newly appointed minister for Rights and Chartersto investigate the suicide of art historian Fiona Fydgett. Read full book review >

DEATH BY PUBLICATION by J.J. Fiechter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 1995

"Wonder what nefarious tale lies underneath that prize?"
The Information meets While England Sleeps? Read full book review >
AGAINST THE LAW by Michael C. Eberhardt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 1995

"Eberhardt (Body of a Crime, 1994) spins a series of coverups that spiral outward so wholeheartedlyeveryone's got something on everyone elsethat you're left with a pleasantly dizzy sense of paranoia yourself, as if the Hawaiian government had bugged your friendship lei. (Literary Guild selection)"
Hawaii governor Jim Slaton thinks he can appeal to both sovereignty activists and the big-ticket developers who've always buttered his bread. Read full book review >
THE CLUB by Jane Heller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1995

"Familiar characters, predictable plot, and lackluster dialogue, but fun for the ritzy details: a good-natured murder story with the appealing camp of a TV movie-of-the-week."
A recently fired cookbook editor and frustrated wife finds herself at the center of a cartoonish Connecticut country club murder: a well-meaning but uninspired second novel from Heller (Cha Cha Cha, 1994). Read full book review >

COLD SMOKED by K.K. Beck
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1995

"But the also mixed-up plot, overloaded—dare one say—with red herrings, is an unpalatable stew."
Seattle's Jane da Silva (Electric City, 1994, etc.), one of the genre's ditzier sleuths, takes on her fourth ``hopeless case.'' This time, while working as a lounge singer at the Meade Hotel, site of an international seafood show and convention, Jane is called on for help by food-writer Carla Elroy, who has discovered the body of Marcia St. Read full book review >
FORMOSA STRAITS by Anthony Hyde
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1995

"Intelligent, literate, and unsentimental."
Hyde (China Lake, 1992; The Red Fox, 1985) returns in top form with an intricately woven tale of love, murder, and family set in the new Asia. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S GONNA GET HIM by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1995

"Capably plotted downscale fun."
Investment banker Lincoln E. Storey's string of successesplus his status as one of Newark's local boys made very, very goodends abruptly when somebody slips a lethal dose of peanut butter (he's allergic) into the bean dip at a fund- raiser he's giving for Deputy District Attorney Stella Pharr's state assembly bid. Read full book review >
SASHA'S TRICK by David Rosenbaum
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 1995

"Even when he's a jerk, you'll find yourself pulling for Sasha. (Author tour)"
Second-novelist Rosenbaum (the Edgar-nominated Zaddik, 1993) returns with a tightly placed story of thieves, double-crosses, and the Russian mafia. Read full book review >
DARK PROVENANCE by Michael David Anthony
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 1995

"Plotting that's original and inventive but numbingly complex, plus an overload of dim minor characters and a ponderously wordy style—all make for a disappointing follow-up to the author's well- received debut novel (The Becket Factor, 1991)."
In the diocese of Canterbury Cathedral, onetime intelligence officer Richard Harrison, who now serves as overseer of building maintenance, lives quietly with wheelchair-bound wife Winnie. Read full book review >
ICED by Carol Higgins Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 1995

"Her obvious competitors, the Nancy Drew stories, are much cheaper, and illustrated with line drawings. (Mystery Guild main selection; national advertising; author tour)"
Regan Reilly, the LA investigator who's evidently never worked at home or for money, is at it again, this time dogging the steps of the thief who's been disguising himself as a Santa at children's parties in order to clean out paintings from some old acquaintances in Aspen, Colorado. Read full book review >
COLUMBO by William Harrington
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 1995

"Lots of action, gore, and sex in a fast-moving, well-crafted diversion that lacks the texture and tension of the author's legal thrillers."
The overriding question in Harrington's third Columbo saga (Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders, 1994, etc.) is not who killed tawdry superstar Regina, drowned in her Beverly Hills swimming pool, but who is the old man living in her mansionthe one she slept with most nights and called Grandpa? 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 >