Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

IF I'D KILLED HIM WHEN I MET HIM... by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1995

"Quite a banquet—if you don't mind all that arsenic. (Literary Guild, Doubleday & Mystery Guild selections)"
Looks like open season on cheating husbands in Danville, Virginia. Read full book review >
VOODOO RIVER by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1995

"Half a masterpiece is better than none, but you've gotta feel for poor Jodi, abandoned still again just when she thought she finally had it made."
Missing-persons specialist Elvis Cole (Free Fall, 1993, etc.) thinks his fifth case is right up his alley: locate the blood family of white-hot TV actress Jodi Taylor, adoptive and concerned about her long-term medical history. Read full book review >

ROYAL CAT by Garrison Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"A decorously giddy costume romp strictly for the like- minded."
Murder comes, just barely, to the Authentic Elizabethan Spring Faire in Empty Creek, Ariz., when somebody ends Carolyn Lewis's reign as Queen Elizabeth with a bare bodkin and catapults bookseller Penelope Warren (the paperback Desert Cat) into her place. Read full book review >
DEKOK AND MURDER IN SEANCE by
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"His adventures read like Maigret's cases without Maigret."
``JANE DIES,'' warns the Ouija board at blind Jennifer Jordan's latest sÇance, and minutes later, sÇance regular Black Julie, nÇe Jane Truffle, complies. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAIN MASSACRES by David Champion
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Think of those quaintly efficient Perry Mason TV shows, before they got swollen to monstrous two-hour telemovies."
Don't get your hopes up—three of the four victims in mountainous Angleton, Calif., are Bart O'Neil's dogs, shot by Bart's neighbor Alf Ritchie after one of them kills Alf's dog. Read full book review >

BLOODSTREAM by P.M. Carlson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"The evil is real enough, but not the disguise it takes this time."
As wealthy developer Bob Rueger wrestles with his not-so- wealthy neighbors over his attempt to re-create his stern, religious visionary great-great-grandfather's dream of an Indiana utopia, a couple of local boys find some human bones on the bank of the White River. Read full book review >
GRAVE DOUBT by Michael Allegretto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Jake's fifth case is unsurprising but fleet and businesslike—a welcome recovery from Allegretto's last novel, the overcooked gothic Shadow House (1994)."
Martin Blyleven was killed in a plane crash four years ago. Read full book review >
PIGTOWN by William J. Caunitz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Pigtown'' is right. (Author tour)"
Caunitz, whose recent work (Cleopatra Gold, 1993, etc.) makes you wonder whether the bad guys don't adhere to a higher moral code than the boys in blue, dishes more dirt on New York's finest. Read full book review >
THE LAST COYOTE by Michael Connelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Bosch grabs you and shakes you — and it feels great."
Connelly dishes out another big, satisfying helping of LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (The Concrete Blonde, 1994, etc.), returning for a fourth time in this dark, angry story of murder and obsession. Read full book review >
SHOW OF EVIL by William Diehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Will score no points with the mental-health community, which looks smug, stupid and flat-out dangerous thanks to one Dr. Woodward, but a tense and often scary read for the rest of us. (First printing of 100,000)"
Diehl expertly juggles three murder investigations in a high- octane legal thriller, his follow-up to Primal Fear (1992). Read full book review >
RANSOM FOR AN ANGEL by Fred W. Hunter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"The plot is a perfectly good short-story idea stretched as thin as that last smidgen of marmalade."
The street signs outside Detective Jeremy Ransom's office say it's Chicago, but inside—and inside his mind and heart and speech—it's rural England circa 1930. Read full book review >
HARD-BOILED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"No matter how long your shelf of hard-boiled anthologies, you'll want this one."
Even though all 36 stories here are reprints, this anthology is notable, and highly desirable, for several reasons. 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 >