Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

IN THE DEAD OF WINTER by Abbey Penn Baker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Recommended for readers who aren't sick of the centenary glut of Holmes pastiches, and even for those who are."
New Sherlockiana from an unexpected source: Faye Martin Tullis, the teaching assistant and amanuensis of Dr. Myrl Adler Norton, daughter of Godfrey Norton and Irene Adler, the woman in Holmes's life. Read full book review >
MASK FOR A DIVA by Grant Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"The operatic setting, with its hilariously precise caste system of attitudes toward homosexuality, is as ripe for Michaels (Dead on Your Feet, 1993, etc.) as it was for the Marx Brothers— and the finale even squeezes a little of them in, too."
Little does Stan Kraychik—``master hairdresser, poetic wigmaker, irksome homosexual''—know when he arrives in the Boston suburb of Abigail-by-the-Sea that Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, the inaugural production of the new Sidney Blaustein Center for the Performing Arts, is about to be upstaged by offstage intrigue, back-stabbing, and murder: The set designer, the newest object of insatiable stage director Sir Jonathan Byers's lust, is brained by a computer-driven scrim. Read full book review >

A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Unfortunately, the autumnal acceptance of mortality Scudder's been moving toward in his recent outings (The Devil Knows You're Dead, 1993, etc.) works against both mystery and suspense this time, though Scudder's many fans won't want to miss his ritual Nunc Dimittis."
Take a group of 31 men in their 20s. Read full book review >
THE BODY IN THE BASEMENT by Katherine Hall Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

A nasty surprise awaits Faith Fairchild's old friend Pix Miller when she goes to check on the construction of Faith's new summer house on Maine's Sanpere Island: There's a body carefully wrapped in a quilt hidden in the basement. Read full book review >
THE SCOLD'S BRIDLE by Minette Walters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

"Those with a taste for the deceptively civilized British whodunit will find Walters the most exciting discovery in years. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Dr. Sarah Blakeney, the physician who's attended caustic Mathilda Gillespie for the past year, is shaken when her patient is found dead in her bathtub, doped with liquor and barbiturates, wrists slit, and an elaborate cast-iron gag, the scold's bridle, carefully arrayed with flowers and clasped over her face. Read full book review >

FROBISHER'S SAVAGE by Leonard Tourney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Joan does far better, but the story's premise is better suited to a pro forma parable of political correctness (which Tourney supplies) than a mystery."
INTO THE FIRE by David Wiltse
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"But Wiltse's Grand Guignol, however strained and shameless, still delivers the goods in this creepy funhouse tour."
Serial-killer specialist John Becker is on indefinite medical leave from the FBI, but he still gets some strange items in the mail, like the series of coded messages from Alabama's Springville Prison written by somebody who says he knows who killed the two girls found five years ago in a West Virginia coal mine. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF DEATH by Mark Richard Zubro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Long before the ending, you'll have stopped caring which of the interchangeable villains actually pulled which trigger."
Returning from a fund-raiser already spoiled by a spat they've been having over their new guest Glen Proctor, high-priced baseball pitcher Scott Carpenter, Glen's old teammate, and his schoolteacher lover, Tom Mason, find that although matters are about to get much worse, they don't have to go on squabbling about Glen. Read full book review >
BLOOD SYMPATHY by Reginald Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"1026, etc.), but in a vein of unadulterated downscale farce, with the most enterprising new hero since Super Marlo Brothers."
Veteran Hill's spanking new (though already shop-soiled) hero, balding black PI Joe Sixsmith, has a meddlesome aunt; an imperious (and kidnap-prone) cat; a neighborhood (Luton, Bedfordshire) full of layabouts, petty crooks, and vigilantes; and the wildest client list this side of Jupiter. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES 1994 by Edward D. Hoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1994

"A tough year for the genre—if it weren't for the bumper crop of talent represented here."
The latest edition of this venerable annual seems short (only 12 stories) but isn't. Read full book review >
MURDER HAS NO CALORIES by Corinne Holt Sawyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1994

"As in Murder by Owl Light (1992) and its brethren, suspicious behavior substitutes for mystery, and matey, good-natured bonhomie for wit."
No calories, maybe, but an awful lot of fat, as little old lady Angela Benbow and her friend, big old lady Caledonia Wingate, find out when they go undercover as a favor to Angela's friend Dorothy McGraw, whose Time-Out Inn is doomed to extinction if somebody doesn't clear up the mystery of who boiled Dorothy's assistant Jenny Adler in a hot tub. Read full book review >
THE LADY CHAPEL by Candace Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1994

"Robb puts the history back into the historical mystery."
Commanded to investigate the murder of mercer's guildsman Will Crounce by his patron John Thoresby, the Machiavellian Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of the realm, Owen Archer (Apothecary Rose, 1993) finds intrigue high and low. 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 >