Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

A DEATH IN A DELPHI SEMINAR by Norman N. Holland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A curious fictional primer of contemporary literary theory too flatfooted as fiction to capture many of Robert Barnard's readers, though it may compete with Robert Grudin's zanier opus Book (1992)."
Prolific literary theorist Holland (English/Univ. of Florida) indulges in an academic mystery set on his former campus, SUNY Buffalo. Read full book review >
BURNING ANGEL by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But the ingredients this time are so familiar—the tormented vet, the moralizing killer, the buried treasure that should've stayed buried, and of course Dave's own barely governable violence—that he seems to be writing almost as formulaically as Dick Francis."
Burke's last several novels have shown a deepening fascination with the weight of past history; here, in his ninth Dave Robicheaux adventure (Dixie City Jam, 1994, etc.), a treasure buried by Jean Lafitte joins a telltale set of Vietnam-era dog tags to drag his characters down. Read full book review >

UNDER GROUND by Michael Daly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A vivid and satisfying slice-of-life tale from an astute observer: Daly's grasp of the urban milieu of ethnic whites could make him heir to Jimmy Breslin's mantle."
A Big Apple transit cop's unsuspected taste for forbidden fruits brings him grief and self-awareness: an impressive first novel from New York Daily News columnist Daly. Read full book review >
A HOBBY OF MURDER by E.X. Ferrars
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Her fans will love it."
Retired botany professor Andrew Basnett (Smoke Without Fire, 1991, etc.), a bored widower, is pleased to accept an invitation from old friends Mollie and Ian Davidge to visit for a few days at their home in the village of Lower Milfrey. Read full book review >
THE DUTCHMAN'S DILEMMA by Maan Meyers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The account of Racqel's banishment from, and reentry into, the Jewish community is intriguing; the rest is a confusing bore."
The fourth in this series about the Dutch-Jewish Pieter Tonneman family (The High Constable, 1994, etc.) returns to the New York of 1675, where Tonneman lives and prospers with second wife Racqel and their several children. Read full book review >

A WILD AND LONELY PLACE by Marcia Muller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Overpopulated and overplotted, but gripping from first-page attention-grabber to last-page irony."
Another chapter in the tension-fraught life of p.i. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Barbara Taylor Bradford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But, still, all the Bradford stylistic pontoonsgarrulous smoothies holding forth in luxurious settingskeep this afloat for the waiting fans. (Literary Guild main selection; $250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The tenth romantic leviathan from Bradford (Everything to Gain, 1994, etc.), now with more than a bit of mystery thrown in. Read full book review >
THE PARIS EDGE by E. Howard Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Competently written pulp trash for the 90s, verging on self- parody most of the way."
In the latest from Hunt (Islamorada, Feb. 1995, etc.), ex-US secret agent Bradley Mason (``call me Mace'') now owns and runs Secours S.A. in Paris, with help from secretary Yasmi, henchmen Rene and Raoul, and a clutch of on-call aids. Read full book review >
DANCE OF THE MONGOOSE by T.J. Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Different and distinctive."
A second novel by Tom Savage (Precipice, 1994), here using a pseudonym, in the same settingSt. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Truth in labeling, then: The title should be Murder Almost Medical."
Fifteen reprints dating from the venerable past (Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Michael Innes) to the other day (Ashley Curtis, John Mortimer, Arthur Porges). Read full book review >
A HOMECOMING FOR MURDER by John Armistead
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Low-concept mystery-mongering mainly for fans of decent, overworked Bramlettand for Mississippi specialists."
Another deep-roots homicide for Sheriff Grover Bramlett of Mississippi's Chakchiuma County (A Legacy of Vengeance, 1994). Read full book review >
WINDY CITY by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Warts and all, a bravura performance."
An unhinged pair of serial murderers surface early in Holton's second outing (Presumed Dead, 1994): Chicago's Neil DeWitt and wife Margo, socialite millionaires, who share a well-hidden blood lusthis for nubile young women, hers for black boy children. 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 >