Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

HAYWIRE by James Mills
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1995

"Veteran Mills (The Power, 1990; the nonfictional Underground Empire, 1986, etc.) has put together a staunchly action-packed male weepie, expertly shifting its hapless hero from the frying pan to a series of hotter and hotter fires."
A Father's Day nightmare: a son pressed into service as an illegal currency courier disappears with $100 million in bearer bonds sewn into his stuffed lion. Read full book review >
DOWN BY THE RIVER WHERE THE DEAD MEN GO by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1995

"Nick and his incomparably seamy milieu, in their third outing (Nick's Trip, 1993, etc.), get an A, though the case is the sort of five-finger exercise usually associated with tired old pros resting up between their big events."
Pelecanos returns from the striking Shoedog (1994) to the saga of D.C. barman and sometime shamus Nick Stefanos. Read full book review >

ZIA SUMMER by Rudolfo Anaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1995

"It's an omission that makes sense: His characters are all too invincibly themselves to be harboring any very mysterious secrets. (Author tour)"
Small-time Albuquerque p.i. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR BURNING by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1995

"Under a satisfyingly action-filled whodunit, she's buried a piercing tale of conflicting loyalties that makes her coppers flare into bold reliefas if they'd finally got the case that would show what they were made of."
A rash of suspicious fires in Castlemere has Chief Inspector Frank Shapiro and his team scrabbling for the common denominator (virulent racism? a past acquaintance among the property owners?) that will explain the three targets so far and help prevent the next. Read full book review >
THE VILLAIN OF THE EARTH by Simon Shaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1995

"Philip's fourth breach of the peace (Bloody Instructions, 1992, etc.) builds to a delightfully satisfying climax, with a wicked final twist still to come."
Cut out of Ben Ferris's production of Antony and Cleopatra, and panting for proximity to his old flame Natasha Fielding, randy character actor Philip Fletcher volunteers to play Antony to her Cleopatra in a rival productionand lives to see Rome in Tiber fall, as Natasha's lover and director, Sergei Shustikov (nicknamed ``Shitsky'' for a variety of apt reasons), makes his life miserable. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >