Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

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 >
CRIMES OF THE HEART by Carolyn Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A bargain in paperback — and just the thing to have handy while you're cooling your heels waiting for your valentine."
There are mystery anthologies for scary Halloween, and who knows how many for cheery Christmas, so why not Valentine's Day as well? Read full book review >

THE JUROR by George Dawes Green
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 27, 1995

"Don't expect more than an updated damsel-in-distress thriller- -and maybe the birth of a new jury-tampering genre—and you won't be disappointed. (First printing of 200,000; film rights to Columbia Pictures; Literary Guild main selection)"
After a New York single mother declines to bail out of the jury for an accused mob killer, her son's life is threatened if she doesn't vote for acquittal. Read full book review >
DEAD LAGOON by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

Aurelio Zen is back in his hometown of Venice, ostensibly seconded there to investigate crazy old Contessa Ada Zulian's insistent accusations that her palazzo is haunted. Read full book review >
SLASHBACK by Paul Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"No trace of the wacky promise of Jake's earliest adventures, but if a dose of generic Travis McGee is what you crave, this'll do the job. (Author tour)"
Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter has settled into an unaccustomed groove, defending the likes of synthetic-estrogen manufacturers in liability suits, but excitement is just around the corner. Read full book review >
PRANCING TIGER by Philip Singerman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"But hamstrung by Singerman's inability to knit his many—and sometimes excellent—elements into a solid story, readers may be nearly as confused as Roland."
This occasionally well-crafted thriller shows its claws but is ultimately rendered toothless by hokey characters and disjointed plotlines. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH GOING HOME by Camilla T. Crespi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"In this case the monumental treatment is premature."
The trouble with going home is that murder is the least of your problems. Read full book review >
FALCONER'S CRUSADE by Ian Morson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 1995

"Conscientiously shadowy—the Dark Ages at their darkest— with a whirlwind climax: a between-courses palate-cleanser for Ellis Peters fans."
The year 1264 marks a turbulent period for England, with Simon de Montfort challenging the sovereignty of King Henry III, the Crown at the point of expelling all Jews from England, and Roger Bacon's scientific experimentalism contending against faith and superstition. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S HEAVEN by Thomas Adcock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1995

"Though Hock spends too long wandering among the fleshpots, you feel his triumph coursing through your own veins when he not only solves the case (unexpectedly logical and elegant work here) but survives."
Back from battling his ancestral ghosts in Ireland (Drown All the Dogs, 1994), Neil Hockaday, NYPD, is married to his longtime lover, advertising exec Ruby Flagg, or as married as an Irish gypsy ceremony can make them. 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 >