Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

KID'S STUFF by Susan B. Kelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A deceptively quiet setup, a stunning climax, and an all-too- plausible harvest of ashes in Kelly's strongest novel yet."
Hopbridge Chief Inspector Nick Trevellyan's first solo outing- -his live-in sometime detective partner Alison Hope (Hope Will Answer, 1993, etc.) hovers on the fringe—is a dark departure from the badinage of his earlier ventures. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE CLIFF WALK by Mary Kruger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A sequel promises to follow the debutante detective and her bridegroom to New York."
Three maids have already been killed on Newport, R.I.'s picturesque Cliff Walk during the summer of 1895 when Rosalind Sinclair's body is found in the same spot. Read full book review >

A CARDINAL OFFENSE by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

McInerny, who's alternated lately between dark-hued character studies (Mom and Dead, 1993, etc.) and his Father Roger Dowling mysteries, tries his hand at a combination plate in this generously fashioned, punishingly paced look at the epidemic of annulled marriages in the US Church. Read full book review >
VIAL MURDERS by Marsha Landreth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Here it's hard to tell who's more diabolical, the killers or the feds."
Smallpox has been extinct—the only species ever deliberately exterminated by humankind—since 1977. Read full book review >
WHEN OLD MEN DIE by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Shambling and shapeless, with lots of shooting in darkened rooms in lieu of the kind of suspense that might be sparked by your wanting to know what happened to people you care about."
Galveston, Tex., shamus Truman Smith, the slowest-moving of Crider's three series detectives (Gator Kill, 1992, etc.), reluctantly agrees to search for Outside Harry Mercer, a destitute homeless man who turns out to be the most popular fellow on the island. Read full book review >

WRITERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE by Barbara Burnett Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"America's most effective diet plan''), there's not enough going on here to keep you awake unless you're as much like Jolie as her first-novelist creator seems to be."
Aspiring mystery writer Jolie Wyatt has finally hit it big with an unpublished manuscript—but only because somebody has used her murder method (a pin tipped with nicotine, a weapon even more deadly than an unfiltered cigarette) to dispatch Judge Volney Osler, the patron saint of Purple Sage, Tex. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS BOW MURDER by Brian Battison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"The only problem: What room does his ending leave for the sequel Jim Ashworth deserves?"
Stella Carway's dying words to whoever killed her (``I thought you loved me'') are no help in narrowing down the suspects, since, before she was stunned, strangled, and arranged in her flat with the ends of the murder weapon tied in a neat bow around her neck, Stella seems to have been on intimate terms with half the district, from suave Conservative councillor John Faulkner to car repairman Rodney Watson, her bit of rough, and gardener Rory James, the nearest available male. Read full book review >
A LONG WALK UP THE WATER SLIDE by Don Winslow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"It's great to see Neal taking a break from his M.A. thesis on that stinker Smollett without getting all hung up for a change."
A change of pace for Neal Carey, who's been petulantly hunting down people for the Friends of the Family (Way Down on the High Lonely, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
BLUE PEARL by T.J. MacGregor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"James more than holding her own against the smooth tough guys who took out her husband."
If only Palm Beach PI Mike McCleary had told his wife and partner, Quin St. Read full book review >
MURDER AT MONTICELLO by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

Old sins indeed—a murdered corpse is discovered buried beneath the slave quarters on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's storied home. Read full book review >
WIDOWMAKER by William Appel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Computer-plotted pulp, except that the computer isn't one of the ones that wins chess games, but one of the ones that gets you out of the shower to ask if you'd like to change your long-distance service."
How's this for a story idea? Read full book review >
THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Wendi Lee
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Maybe Angie, who's quick with her hands whether or not there's a gun in them, is just flexing her muscles for the main event."
Fresh out of the Marines, with the paint on her Boston office scarcely dry, PI Angela Matelli is lucky enough to hit pay dirt for her very first client, retired cop Tom Grady, when she finds that Brian Scanlon, the man Tom's daughter Sheilah has moved in with, has exactly the kind of unsavory connections Tom feared. 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 >