Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

ISLAMORADA by E. Howard Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 1995

"More than you ever wanted to know about guns, boats, and Florida fish, along with its ritual assortment of double-crosses, acts of violence, and boudoir antics."
A third appearance for Jack Novak, an ex-one-man army for the DEA (Ixtapa, 1994, etc.) who's now holed up in a Florida Keys fishing shack recovering from a shoulder injury, an ignominious retreat from Mexico, and a brush-off from a longtime girlfriend. Read full book review >
ILL WIND by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1995

"But the supporting characters have stubborn lives of their own — you never get the sense that they've spent their whole lives waiting to be suspects in a murder case — and Barr's sense of place is as wondrous as ever."
As historians and contractors slug it out over replacing the ancient waterlines in Mesa Verde National Park, noncombatant park ranger Anna Pigeon battles a demon of her own: her growing attraction to Stacy Meyers, a law-enforcement temp unhappily married (what did he and Rose Meyers ever see in each other, anyway?) and burdened with a special-needs stepchild. Read full book review >

BLOODLINE by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1995

"Jack, who has a nice line in patter, seems to relate to people through a combination of avoidance and sarcasm; the dialogue hums and crackles as engagingly as his master's."
Low-profile freelance reporter Jack McMorrow (Deadline, 1993, not reviewed) sticks his head above the treeline long enough to contract for an article on ``Kids Having Kids,'' then homes in on one particular high-school kid: Missy Hewitt, a success story of sorts who put her baby up for adoption and left Prosperity, Maine, to enter a nursing program in Portland six months ago. Read full book review >
THE CODICIL by Tom Topor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1995

"Breathless stuff right down to the wire: a rare civil case that comes on as strong as all those fictional actions across the hall in the criminal courtroom."
A lawyer-turned-shamus is hired to hunt up a former American serviceman's Vietnamese child—with a $50 million bequest as the stakes. Read full book review >
SEVEN BLACK STONES by Jean Hager
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1995

"While the chilly disharmonies of failing marriages get sensitive treatment here, the rough-hewn, undermotivated murder plot fares less well."
Handsome, convivial construction worker Ed Whitekiller, living on the outskirts of Tahlequah, Okla., is out of work and has just concluded his latest extramarital affair when he's found by Maggie, his 14-year-old daughter, in their garage—dead of carbon-monoxide poisoning. Read full book review >

THE FAT INNKEEPER by Alan Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 1995

"All that's lacking is the O.J. Simpson jury."
A new Japanese owner has taken over that La Jolla institution the Hotel California, but it still seems to security director Am Caulfield (The Hotel Detective, 1994) that nothing goes right. Read full book review >
HAMMURABI'S CODE by Charles Kenney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Disappointing."
The murder of a respected public official brings to light his seamy personal dealings—in this first novel by a Boston Globe reporter. Read full book review >
CACTUS BLOOD by Lucha Corpi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A well-nigh impenetrable mystery full of stilted dialogue, murky scene-setting, wild poetry, and furious evocations of the 1973 grape boycott and 1989 Oakland earthquake."
Twenty years ago, Carlota Navarro—escaping from the doctor who'd smuggled her into the US, used her as a cook-housekeeper, and raped her—ran through a field newly fertilized with parathion, or devil's blood. Read full book review >
WITH MALLETS AFORETHOUGHT by Brian Johnston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Typically bland Hudson Valley fare, illustrated with eight line drawings of architectural details (a newel post, a fireplace, etc.), which, come to think of it, may be the real high point."
Here's a familiar story: Wealthy patriarch plans heroic folly—this time, a reconstructed 1870s village in Longmeadow, N.Y.—whereupon key family member, vociferously opposed, enlists aid from reasonable outsider in talking the old man out of it. Read full book review >
IRISH CHAIN by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"You got a problem with that?"
Bad news for the Senior (Citizens') Read full book review >
YOUR NAME HERE:_________ by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few well-crafted and moving moments, then, but ultimately tedious and grating."
From the author of Exposed (1994), etc.: another tense, slightly out-of-focus personal drama, but this one runs on too long, its effect dissipated by its own relentless intensity. Read full book review >
THE LAST HOUSEWIFE by Jon Katz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Katz may never get the hang of plotting a whodunit, but the readers whose buttons he's so alarmingly skilled in pushing will hardly notice, much less care. (Author tour)"
The shooting of middle-school principal Nancy Rainier-Gault brings Kit Deleeuw, the Suburban Detective (Family Stalker, 1994, etc.), out for another walk on the wild side of his New Jersey town—this time in defense of police suspect Shelly Bloomfield. 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 >