Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

MARTIANS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Even if the Maggody formula—a murder plot and principals from outside, uninterrupted comic relief from regulars too lovable in their cunning stupidity to be suspects—isn't as fresh as it once was, this installment is certified merriment. (Author tour)"
Hess, whose recent chronicles of Maggody (O Little Town of Maggody, 1993, etc.), Ark., have tended to import visitors who made the zany locals act even zanier, strikes a rich lode of lunacy when a mysterious limo marks the advent of a series of UFO sightings and an otherworldly pattern of circles pressed into the cornfield of moonshiner Raz Buchanon, of one the seedier branches of Maggody's First Family. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

Six clean-cut criminal adventures for Alvirah Meehan, the $40- million-lottery-winning cleaning lady from Weep No More, My Lady, and her husband, Willy, who no longer sends bills for his plumbing jobs. Read full book review >

DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN by Janet Dawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Dawson blends these familiar ingredients with a chef's Çlan."
There goes Jeri Howard's vacation in Monterey, Calif. Read full book review >
AUNT DIMITY AND THE DUKE by Nancy Atherton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Even the crooks are nice."
The most unusual continuing character in contemporary mystery fiction—the late Dimity Westwood, universal aunt and presiding spirit of British home and garden (Aunt Dimity's Death, 1992)—is at it again. Read full book review >
APPOINTED TO DIE by Kate Charles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"About what you'd expect if Trollope decided that what the Barsetshire novels needed to juice them up was a tincture of illicit (albeit well-bred) passion and homicide."
The news that faithful old Canon Arthur Brydges-ffrench, the stuck-in-the-mud subdeacon of Malbury Cathedral, has been passed over for the deanship in favor of pushy, politically connected Londoner Stuart Latimer sets two novels—well, one and a half—in motion. Read full book review >

MURDER ON HIGH by Stefanie Matteson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Charlotte, in her hardcover debut, is a competent enough detective—though this desultory adventure won't make you wonder why Hepburn didn't make whodunits."
Quite a surprise for 70ish actress Charlotte Graham as she waits between roles in Bridge Harbor, Maine: The Iris Richards who fell during an ascent of Maine's highest peak was (1) Charlotte's longtime screenwriter Iris O'Connor, and (2) shot with a crossbow. Read full book review >
ONE DEAD TORY by Stephen Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Cook's nice line in sordid borough politics, though, lifts this entry above Dead Fit (1993), Best's sticky, forgettable debut."
Why would bullying Conservative leader John Bullock miss a lunch meeting of the Beechley borough council? Read full book review >
FATLANDS by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"If you can sit down to your bacon and eggs the morning after this one, you are incorrigible."
If you knew when you agreed to take an outrageous sum for serving as 14-year-old Mattie Shepherd's chaperon for a day of birthday shopping in London that her absent father was the target of an intensive campaign of threatening letters, what precautions would you take? Read full book review >
FALSE CONCEPTION by Stephen Greenleaf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Greenleaf (Southern Cross, 1993, etc.) takes his time setting the hook, getting you to care about Greta and the dislikable Colberts, and it pays off in a dazzling series of revelations and a final surprise that packs a wallop Ross Macdonald would have been proud of."
At first the job seems offbeat but routine: to check out the bona fides of a surrogate mother for dry-goods heir Stuart Colbert and his wife, Millicent, without letting her know who the clients will be. Read full book review >
BAD APPLE by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"You'll never find a better argument for spending the holiday at home."
The day before Thanksgiving things always go a little haywire. Read full book review >
VIGIL FOR A STRANGER by Kitty Burns Florey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Florey (Duet, 1987, etc.) infuses her typically irresistible characters with a depth and darkness that give her newest work a coherent vision and lasting effect."
A chilling, eloquent novel that draws you in with mystery and holds you there with love, obsession, failure, insanity, and an enchanting hybrid of past and present. Read full book review >
A TANGLED WEB by Judith Michael
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

The husband-and-wife team that has produced several plump romances (Pot of Gold, 1993, etc.) builds on the best-selling Deceptions (1982), which unfolded the plight of twin sisters identical in degrees of talent, comfortable surrounds, and general gorgeousness. 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 >