Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

SUSPICION OF GUILT by Barbara Parker
Released: March 13, 1995

A high-stakes civil suit over the legitimacy of wealthy Palm Beach, Fla., widow Althea Tillett's will goes ballistic with the news that Althea's fall down her stairs was no accident. Read full book review >
THE STANDOFF by Chuck Hogan
Released: March 10, 1995

"Tense, frightening, and all too believable, a certified page- turner. (Film rights to New Line Cinema; Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection)"
The nine-day siege of a white supremacist's fortress cabin in the Montana mountains is the focus of this absolutely smashing debut thriller. Read full book review >

DECEPTIONS by Michael Weaver
Released: March 9, 1995

"If you can't find something to savor in this one, better forget how to read."
From Weaver (Impulse, 1993), an extraordinarily complicated and largely successful thriller so laceratingly tough that the ink it's printed with might as well be distilled testosterone. Read full book review >
MY GUN HAS BULLETS by Lee Goldberg
Released: March 8, 1995

Rewarded with his own television cop show for ``forgetting'' that Esther Radcliffe—beloved, hateful star of TV's popular Miss Agatha series—is the woman who shot him when he pulled her over for speeding to a Neiman-Marcus sale, toothless former Sgt. Read full book review >
McNALLY'S TRIAL by Lawrence Sanders
Released: March 8, 1995

"Chocolate-covered helium — another circus of airheads."
Why have the receipts of Whitcomb's Funeral Homes gone through the roof, even though deaths in Palm Beach have followed a flat curve? Read full book review >

BAD MANNERS by Marne Davis Kellogg
Released: March 3, 1995

"No suspense, no tension, but lots of fun."
``I wondered how long it would be before Walter Butterfield got his,'' debuting heroine Lilly Bennett muses about the venal, lecherous neighboring rancher and chairman of the Butterfield Foundation on the night of his 75th birthday party. Read full book review >
DOUBLE JEOPARDY by William Bernhardt
Released: March 1, 1995

"Bernhardt (Perfect Justice, 1994, etc.) serves up a fine farrago of nonstop, nonsensical action evidently intended for audiences who think lawyers don't get enough exercise and fresh air. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
A rookie Dallas attorney who's a whiz in the courtroom has to take his show on the road when his lowlife client busts out of jail and implicates him in a three-ring circus of mob violence. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Caroline Graham
Released: March 1, 1995

"What more could you want?"
The monthly meeting of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle would have been fondly remembered by all six amateur scribes in attendance if the host, retired civil servant Gerald Hadleigh, hadn't been so terrified of visiting novelist Max Jennings that he begged Rex St. Read full book review >
MOVIE by Parnell Hall
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a bonus, you'll learn a lot about filmmaking, including why to run the other way if you think it's going to happen to you and your screenplay."
When independent producer/director Sidney Garfellow buys his screenplay Trial by Fire, PI Stanley Hastings (Blackmail, 1994, etc.) thinks he's finally hit the big time. Read full book review >
RESCUE by Jeremiah Healy
Released: March 1, 1995

"You may abhor the bad guys, but you just want to pinch the avenger."
The day after John Francis Cuddy stops to help a birthmarked kid named Eddie Haldon and his uneasy companion, Melinda, change a flat tire en route from New Hampshire to Boston, a floater off South Boston shows every sign of being Melinda, with no sign of Eddie at all. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kelner's first novel ladles on the down-home charm to cover up gaps in the guileless mystery—whose major value is that it stanches, albeit too briefly, the flow of tedious jollity between Laura and her Shakespearean swain."
Returned to Byerly, N.C., for her aunt Ruby Lee Burnette's fifth wedding—to Roger Bailey (of that well-known singing group Roger's Ramblers), who was also Ruby Lee's third husband— computer programmer Laura Fleming is surrounded by a shoal of eccentric aunts and cousins, including a set of triplets all chasing the same unsuitable man. Read full book review >
BURN by John Lutz
Released: March 1, 1995

"Lesser work from Lutz: professionally tense but overdrawn, with Carver putting in so much conscientious time following everybody, including his client, that you'd almost rather see the poor guy drawing unemployment until his next book."
Freelance writer Marla Cloy insists that Florida developer Joel Brant is harassing her, following her around, threatening her life, and thumbing his nose at the police. 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 >