Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

MIND PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1995

"Nonstop action, an offbeat milieu (the wide, weird world of computer gamesters), and a host of three-dimensional characters — all make for one of the best Preys yet."
Sandford's talent for conveying the quotidian horrors, tedium, and heavy-handed humor of urban police procedure is as sure as ever in streetwise hero Lucas Davenport's seventh outing (Night Prey, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THIN AIR by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1995

"Brother, can this guy talk."
Spenser's 22nd adventure pits him against the kidnapper of a bride who has as much to hide as the deranged romantic who's kidnapped her. Read full book review >

CHILL OF SUMMER by Carol Brennan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1995

"A surprisingly successful attempt to mingle updated Shakespearean comedy with murder most foul."
Actress Emily Silver's summer at her late grandmother's place in Dutchess County starts with a bang when, during a power outage, she discovers a dead body in the basement freezer. Read full book review >
BORN GUILTY by Reginald Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1995

"Trust down-at-heels Joe to provide value for the money."
Three cases for raffish Luton p.i. Read full book review >
LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1995

"About what you'd expect when Clark neglects her tried-and- true damsel-in-distress formula for a whodunit: an amateurish plot studded with toothlessly menacing villains, told in prose as telegraphic and arrhythmic as a plot summary. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Following the publication of her best book (Remember Me) and her worst (The Lottery Winner, both 1994), Clark returns to the middle range—maybe a little south of the middle—in this tale of a ten-year-old murder revisited. Read full book review >

ELUSIVE QUARRY by B. Comfort
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1995

"The second hardcover adventure for a geriatric Nancy Drew whose cases bustle with harmless energy."
Two rivals have been dueling over flinty Hilary Oat's Vermont mountain tract and his neighbor Sophie Beaumont's affections. Read full book review >
MONKEY WRENCH by Liza Cody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1995

"As for Eva, though, may she live a hundred years—which still probably wouldn't bring her a story as prodigious as she is."
When her streetwalker sister Dawn is beaten to death in a London alley, Crystal naturally goes to her sometime companion Eva Wylie (Bucket Nut, 1993) for help—and takes half a dozen of Dawn's mates with her. Read full book review >
THE ODD JOB by Charlotte MacLeod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 1995

"This one's strictly for the author's enthusiastic she-can-do- no-wrong devotees."
An over-the-top adventure for Boston's Sarah (nÇe Kelling) Bittersohn. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE CRAZIES by Jamie Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 1995

"Harrison's debut will have you checking the schedule for the next train back to Blue Deer. (Author tour)"
``Blue Deer had always boasted a high rate of insanity,'' reflects archeologist-turned-sheriff Jules Clement, and it's no idle boast. Read full book review >
LOCAL RULES by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"The result is professionally engrossing, but well below the level of the author's more thrilling legal thrillers."
Pulled over for speeding on the fringes of tiny Green Hills, Texas, former San Antonio prosecutor Jordan Marshall is pressed into service entering what he's assured will be a pro forma plea for Wayne Orkney, an apathetic teen who savagely beat his best friend, Kevin Wainwright, in front of half the town. Read full book review >
STEROID BLUES by Richard La Plante
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Sick, raunchy, and educational. (Author tour)"
Teaming for a third time the troubled duo of Philadelphia police detective Bill Fogarty and pathologist/karate master Josef Tanaka (Leopard, 1994; Mantis, 1993), La Plante (the nonfiction Hog Fever, p. 201) adds bodybuilding, sadomasochism, and gender pharmacology to the long parade of grotesques that typify his often derivative but rarely boring thrillers. Read full book review >
A WILD JUSTICE by Craig Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"This Yankee should have stayed home—if not out of the novel altogether."
Thriller veteran Thomas (Playing with Cobras, 1993, etc.) returns, this time with a Gorky Park wannabe that forgot a basic tenet of the genre: provide numerous twists and turns, yes, but keep it relatively simple. 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 >