Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

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 >

CUCKOO by Alex Keegan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"A first novel that successfully melds painstaking police work and a strong romancea combination obviously aimed at fans of Prime Suspect."
Her first day in plainclothes, and already Detective Constable Caz Flood is on a homicidethe brutal slaying of her Brighton neighbor George Burnley. Read full book review >
THE MERCHANT OF DEATH by C.L. Grace
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1995

"The best of this series so far."
Third in a series from Grace (a.k.a. P.C. Doherty) set in medieval England and featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke, Canterbury's city physician (The Eye of God, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
A MOST DEADLY RETIREMENT by John Miles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1995

"Shame on you, though, if Laura and her beau, Deputy Aaron Lassiter, dope this one out before you do."
A third, vastly more potent dose of geriatric homicide for Laura Michaels, assistant director of Oklahoma's Timberdale Retirement Center. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1995

"Klavan's venture into humor pays off terrifically and quite equals the suspense, but his fiddle-playing for Beachum tires. (First printing of 250,000; film rights to Twentieth Century-Fox)"
Often laugh-out-loud suspense about a low-life, adulterous, sexist reporter who attempts to save what he thinks is an innocent man from a lethal injection in a Missouri state prison. Read full book review >
RAINBOW'S END by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1995

"Grimes seems intent on confirming her status as the successor to Dorothy Sayers, though it's the Sayers of Busman's Honeymoon — that notorious 'love story with detective interruptions' best appreciated by hopeless infatuates of the hero."
The first victim, American silversmith Angela Hope, is found at the bottom of a latrine at Salisbury's Old Sarum ruins. Read full book review >
ALONE WITH THE DEAD by Robert J. Randisi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 1995

"The behavior of both killers defies belief, but veteran Randisi's workaday authority in handling the boys in blue puts this miles above his fumbling recent novels about shamus Miles Jacoby (Stand-Up, 1994, etc.)."
Flatbush Det. Joe Keough thinks the latest rape- strangulation credited to a serial killer the press has dubbed The Lover is really the work of someone else—and he's right. Read full book review >
THE LAST CASTRATO by John Spencer Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1995

"Prose ceremonious and inert, as you might have feared from literary scholar Hill's first foray into crime fiction."
Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but why has Francesco Pistocchi waited so long before going after the five Florentines who tried unsuccessfully to launch his career as a countertenor 35 years ago? Read full book review >
GLINT by Joseph Valentinetti
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1995

"Like Hemingway, this guy knows just what to leave out."
The object that drops Denver car salesman Quitman O'Neil into a world of trouble is a 1964-D Peace dollar. Read full book review >
THE SEACOAST OF BOHEMIA by Nicolas Freeling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 1995

"Even more whimsically underplotted than You Who Know (1994), with the mystery rather endearingly mixed with travel notes and aperáus of Castang—by now, surely, the most thoroughly revealed of fictional detectives."
Henri Castang's cases have increasingly come to resemble Achilles' pursuit of the tortoise: The distance to the goal closes steadily, but never quite to zero. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE COLORS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 1995

"While Sigrid's been away, she's lost her place on the first team."
It's been five years since the last appearance of Lt. 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 >