Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

LYING IN WAIT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Brrr."
A particularly gruesome homicide—a fishing-boat captain killed and set afire aboard his boat after each of his fingers and toes has been removed—is only the beginning of the nasty developments in this latest outing for J.P. Beaumont of Seattle Homicide (Failure to Appear, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE 13TH JUROR by John T. Lescroart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

Appearing as defense counsel for Jennifer Witt in the sentencing phase of her trial for killing her husband and son, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy finds himself inching slowly, slowly from the back bench into the hot seat. Read full book review >

DESPERATE MEASURES by David Morrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

"Fairly gripping in portions, but this has all been done better before. (Author tour)"
The prolific Morrell (Assumed Identity, 1993, etc.) produces another high-speed but hollow thriller. Read full book review >
A COFFIN FOR CHARLEY by Gwendoline Butler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 1994

"By turns haunting, baffling, and breathlessly abrupt, another satisfyingly rich entry in this offbeat, underrated series."
Danger takes a thousand shapes for women in Butler's mythical Second City of London. Read full book review >
MURDER MOST FOWL by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 1994

Another lazy canter around the track with Blacklin County (Tex.) Read full book review >

THE MAXWELL STREET BLUES by Michael Raleigh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"When you stand back from the story, all you see is a decent man banging his head repeatedly against a stone wall until it finally cracks."
It's been years since anybody's seen Samuel Burwell around Chicago's scruffy West Side; but some anonymous client of well- tailored black lawyer David Hill thinks the old street vendor is back on his old turf again, and Hill hires PI Paul Whelan (The Body in Belmont Harbor, 1993, etc.) to find him. Read full book review >
BURIED IN QUILTS by Sara Hoskinson Frommer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"And such indiscriminate traffic in felonies only reminds you that too many quilters spoil the cloth."
No sooner has old Edna Ellett, of Oliver, Ind., died of the flu than her relatives gather to squabble over her estate, from the big- ticket items like the house she shared with cousin Kitty Graf to the quilt she left unfinished. Read full book review >
FLETCH REFLECTED by Gregory Mcdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"And the younger Fletch is the dumbest audience-broadening stunt since Paul Drake Jr."
A week after getting his legendary rogue journalist father I.M. Fletcher to help complete and file his exposÇ of the white-supremacist Tribe (Son of Fletch, 1993), Jack Fletcher Faoni is already infiltrating another shuttered little society. Read full book review >
BLIND JUSTICE by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The final paragraph promises a sequel, perhaps a series."
Sir John Fielding, co-founder with his late half-brother Henry (author of Tom Jones) of the Bow Street Runners, has been dead for 200 years, but he's just now getting his first starring role in a detective story. Read full book review >
CHARISMA by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Donovan and Graham aren't any more interesting than in their debut (A Bleeding of Innocents, 1993), but they make interesting things happen throughout this tangy, gritty tale, whose most banal supporting character can flare into unexpected life in a single impassioned moment."
Famous Welsh revivalist Michael Davey brings his wheelchair and carnival tent to Castlemere just in time for a pair of throat- slittings—of a teenaged streetwalker and an even younger girl riding her pony in Belvedere Park at daybreak. Read full book review >
DEATH BY ELECTION by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Though she never decides whether Laura is a detective or a spin doctor, Hall (The Poison Pool, 1993) produces a satisfyingly ugly study of English local politics."
The death of the long-ailing Member for Bradfield launches sociologist Richard Thurston, his heir-apparent, into the political limelight. Read full book review >
BLANCHE AMONG THE TALENTED TENTH by Barbara Neely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Even so, tracking down the victims of Faith's treachery makes for a pretty limp mystery that, as in Blanche's debut, takes a back seat to an acerbic portrait of class infighting at its most corrosive."
Segregation is alive and well at Maine's exclusive Amber Cove seaside resort. 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 >