Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"All Burke has done is take one of the hoariest clichÇs in the business—the letter-writing serial killer—and make it as fresh and chilling as a winter sunrise."
Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p. 19, etc.), whom he calls Cassandra, obliquely prophesying a series of murders—and then making good on every prophecy. Read full book review >
JUMP by Mike Lupica
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

New York's most controversial tabloid sports reporter fouls out in a lazy whodunit. Read full book review >

FIRE HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Shoemaker's still tossing off plot twists like thrown horseshoes when the printers take the type away on the last page."
Just follow my girlfriend and find out what she's up to, Johnny Rousseau tells his partner, ex-jockey Coley Killebrew (Stalking Horse, 1994); and in no time at all, Coley's up to his neck in murder, fraud, and (of course) horseflesh. Read full book review >
TANGLED ROOTS by Taffy Cannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"High-concept background, low-concept plot—tangled roots indeed—but still an advance on Nan's cutesy debut in A Pocketful of Karma (1993)."
No joy for California State Bar investigator Nan Robinson. Read full book review >
JAPANESE GAME by Richard Hoyt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Deliriously xenophobic, irresistibly enjoyable."
Still smarting over the kid-glove coddling the Japanese got in Rising Sun? Read full book review >

BLACK TIDE by Brendan Dubois
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Somebody should tell the guy to lighten up- -after all, he's starring in one of the most sharply plotted mysteries of the season."
Scanning his patch of the New Hampshire shoreline a few days after the Petro Star runs aground and disgorges its refined cargo on the beach, Lewis Cole, the Pentagon bureaucrat who's been pensioned off to Shoreline magazine to keep him quiet about what happened to the rest of his agency, finds a new pollutant: the headless, handless body of a diver. Read full book review >
FULL BLOWN RAGE by Ken Gross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Not as densely imagined as Jack and Bonnie's adventures, but professionally textured and propulsive, with a particularly attractive heroine."
Gross takes time out from his series about ex-cop Jack Mann and weather forecaster Bonnie Hudson (A High Pressure System, 1994, etc.) to introduce a new heroine: Lt. Read full book review >
MURDER IN A HOT FLASH by Marlys Millhiser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Charlie's best outing yet."
A peremptory summons from her mother, Edwina, brings Los Angeles literary agent Charlie Greene (Death of the Office Witch, 1993, etc.) high-tailing it out to the Utah desert even before Edwina's arrested for murder. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE DIET by Daniel Pinkwater
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"What's left is some triple-distilled whimsy that Kurt Vonnegut or Douglas Adams might have produced if their characters had all been as wide as they were tall."
NPR humorist and children's author Pinkwater (Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights, 1991, etc.) wrestles with the burning question even the Contract with America wouldn't touch: Is there weight loss after death? Read full book review >
THE TREE PEOPLE by Naomi Miller Stokes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Rangy and even majestic, though it's hard to take it quite as seriously as the principals do."
On the Olympic Peninsula's Salish reservation, the disinterring of an evil shaman, whose soul has been immured in a giant cedar for 500 years, unleashes a torrent of deviltry among 20th-century loggers. Read full book review >
MRS. POLLIFAX PURSUED by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Certainly a varied enough buffet, even if some of the offerings are past their prime."
On the run from a mysterious van mislabeled "Chigi Scap Metal" that's been following her ever since she ran into her old friend Sammy — Sammat Yusufu, legitimate heir to the troubled Ubangiban throne — in New Haven, sketch artist Kadi Hopkirk shakes her pursuers long enough to hide out in a handy storage closet. Read full book review >
THE JULIUS HOUSE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Hands down Roe's most bizarre adventure to date."
Georgia peach Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is set to marry Martin Bartell, the modern Gothic lover/stranger who swept her off her feet in Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (p. 176). 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 >