Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

TAKEN BY A STRANGER by Lin Summerfield
Released: Feb. 17, 1995

"But then Nicky's Lolita-esque banality is precisely what gives this dysfunctional romance its creepy, off- kilter power."
Haunted by Francie, the adored older stepsister he once watched his father beat to death, Darren Gillespie has lived in fear of the young girls who attract him. Read full book review >
AN EASY DAY FOR A LADY by Gillian Linscott
Released: Feb. 16, 1995

"Cutting herself off from the historical intrigues that have been her specialty, Linscott proves that she can spin an old- fashioned puzzle with the best of the class of 1910."
In 1910, frustrated suffragette Nell Bray (Stage Fright, 1993, etc.) takes a break from fighting for the English woman's vote—almost from history itself—by traveling to Chamonix in the hope of climbing Mont Blanc, only to end up working as translator for a British family for whom the mountain offers no escape from their problems. Read full book review >

THE KILLING FLOOR by Peter Turnbull
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Rock-solid procedural work by all hands, enlivened by Turnbull's usual trenchant snapshots of every hand but the corpse's."
A motorist's accident uncovers a corpse in the shrubbery outside an unoccupied house in suburban Glasgow—a corpse without head or hands, dead at least six months. Read full book review >
NIGHT SINS by Tami Hoag
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Sliding unashamedly from police procedural to purple prose, Hoag savvily steeps her novel in the conventions of steamy romance, where the color of the police chief's 'whiskey' eyes are as important as the clues."
In Hoag's swell, sexy thriller (after Lucky's Lady, 1992), an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, and two emotionally battered cops find love. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE GOD'S GATE by Lynda S. Robinson
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 >
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 >
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 >