Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

MURDER AT THE GOD'S GATE by Lynda S. Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"But this sequel is still a powerfully imagined tonic for readers who say they don't like historical mysteries."
Troubled times for King Tutankhamun, who has to fend off threats from the marauding Hittites against the outlying territories of his empire and rivalry from the priests of the god Amun at home. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Richard Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Save this one for your beach bag."
Joshua Rabb, a transplanted Brooklynite lawyer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1940s, is the only person who can understand the Yiddish ramblings of the survivor of an execution on one of the Papago reservations outside Tucson. Read full book review >

BLACKWATER SPIRITS by Miriam Grace Monfredo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 1995

"More densely imagined, satisfying historical fare whose proto-feminist spin feels just right."
A woman physician is an exotic beast in 1857, and it's no wonder that the citizens of Seneca Falls, N.Y., don't all welcome Dr. Neva Cardoza with open arms. Read full book review >
HARDWARE by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Not as richly satisfying as some of Carlotta's earlier cases (Snapshot, 1993, etc.), but still a guaranteed one-two punch for fans, and a solid introduction to this fine series for newcomers. (Author tour)"
Who's got it in for Boston's Green & White Cab Company? Read full book review >
NEST OF VIPERS by Linda Davies
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"This gripping read reveals a flashy merchant class and a moral void—akin to an upholstered pit in a gambling casino. (Film rights to MGM; Literary Guild main selection)"
The game of fast-track money deals is as much an aphrodisiac as power and forbidden sex in this financial thriller, a first novel. Read full book review >

SLEEPWALKING by Julie Myerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"Patchy, but more successful than most takes on dysfunctional family life (and afterlife). (Author tour)"
In this British debut, a convincing character has an unconvincing affair. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 1995

"Braun's childlike characters take these activities and themselves almost as seriously as they take their cats. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selections)"
Floyd Trevelyan, president of the Lumbertown Credit Union, is gone, and so are his secretary Nella Hooper and millions of Moose County dollars. Read full book review >
ORIGINAL SIN by P.D. James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"One of James's most successful meldings of the old-fashioned whodunit onto the novel of character—a Middlemarch of the classic detective story."
The directors of London's venerable Peverell Press think that the suicide of senior editor Sonia Clements in the archive room of the firm's palatial offices in Innocent House is the last and most shocking episode in a series of disruptions to their business: some lost illustrations, a manuscript maliciously altered in proof, an unsigned note to one of the current authors pointing out that two other Peverell authors have recently died. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CANCELLED HIMSELF by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"Even so, Handler's easy mastery of sitcom cant and sitcom madness will keep you reading long after you've given up on the conscientious, forgettable plot."
TV comic Lyle Hudnut is in such deep doo-doo—he's been caught in a Vice sweep of a New York adult cinema—that he needs the best ghostwriter on earth to write his comeback autobiography. Read full book review >
MISSING by Jonathan Valin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"An unforgettable gallery of human monsters with human faces, presented by the legitimate heir to Ross Macdonald."
Mason Greenleaf, Cindy Dorn's bisexual lover, isn't just missing; within a week of taking the assignment to look for him, Harry Stoner finds that he's dead, an apparent pills-and-booze suicide after a tense confrontation with two unidentified strangers in a local gay bar. Read full book review >
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Together with Hard Currency (see above), this tale provides dramatic evidence of Kaminsky's versatility—and a bright spot in the spottiest of his three detective series."
``I like my jobs straight and simple,'' laments Hollywood shamus Toby Peters (The Devil Met a Lady, 1994, etc.) shortly after getting sucked into still another case that is, as usual, anything but. Read full book review >
ANY GIVEN MOMENT by Laura Van Wormer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A novel about warm agents who care and their loyal, altruistic authors: Shelve this as science fiction."
There's buoyant fun in Van Wormer's (Benedict Canyon, 1992, etc.) shrewd look at the publishing industry in which—after much splashing around—the little fish manages to swallow the big fish. 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 >