Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Caroline Graham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"What more could you want?"
The monthly meeting of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle would have been fondly remembered by all six amateur scribes in attendance if the host, retired civil servant Gerald Hadleigh, hadn't been so terrified of visiting novelist Max Jennings that he begged Rex St. Read full book review >
MOVIE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a bonus, you'll learn a lot about filmmaking, including why to run the other way if you think it's going to happen to you and your screenplay."
When independent producer/director Sidney Garfellow buys his screenplay Trial by Fire, PI Stanley Hastings (Blackmail, 1994, etc.) thinks he's finally hit the big time. Read full book review >

RESCUE by Jeremiah Healy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"You may abhor the bad guys, but you just want to pinch the avenger."
The day after John Francis Cuddy stops to help a birthmarked kid named Eddie Haldon and his uneasy companion, Melinda, change a flat tire en route from New Hampshire to Boston, a floater off South Boston shows every sign of being Melinda, with no sign of Eddie at all. Read full book review >
TROUBLE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HAPPEN by Toni L.P. Kelner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kelner's first novel ladles on the down-home charm to cover up gaps in the guileless mystery—whose major value is that it stanches, albeit too briefly, the flow of tedious jollity between Laura and her Shakespearean swain."
Returned to Byerly, N.C., for her aunt Ruby Lee Burnette's fifth wedding—to Roger Bailey (of that well-known singing group Roger's Ramblers), who was also Ruby Lee's third husband— computer programmer Laura Fleming is surrounded by a shoal of eccentric aunts and cousins, including a set of triplets all chasing the same unsuitable man. Read full book review >
BURN by John Lutz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Lesser work from Lutz: professionally tense but overdrawn, with Carver putting in so much conscientious time following everybody, including his client, that you'd almost rather see the poor guy drawing unemployment until his next book."
Freelance writer Marla Cloy insists that Florida developer Joel Brant is harassing her, following her around, threatening her life, and thumbing his nose at the police. Read full book review >

THE KNOTTED STRINGS by Jake Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Only the ending—revealing a murderer who manages to be at once obvious and obscure—is a letdown."
When Hollywood director Andrew Pindaric's movie about the 1680 Pueblo rebellion is disrupted by the deaths of two governors, the murder of the celluloid governor—leading man Gregorio Velasquez, who plays the Spanish colonial ruler against whom the Pueblos revolted—raises hackles and fears around the shoot. Read full book review >
PARROT BLUES by Judith Van Gieson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Maybe Terrance had his priorities right after all."
Albuquerque corporate raider Terrance Lewellen has good reason to be upset: A kidnapper has grabbed not only his soon-to- be-ex-wife, Deborah Dumaine, who researches parrots at UNM, but also Perigee, one of his prize indigo macaws, whose bereft mate, Colloquy, is a lot more upset than Terrance. Read full book review >
ALMOST THE TRUTH by Margaret Yorke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Time, as Yorke might sniff, will tell."
9296582.795 Yorke, Margaret ALMOST THE TRUTH A routine burglary turns to rape, and then something even uglier, when Hannah Jarvis, who can't forgive her father, Derek, for counseling submission instead of fighting to save her, withdraws from him and men and the world. Read full book review >
TRAITORS GATE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"All the period touches, enlightened 20th-century sentiments, and show-stopping tableaux Perry's fans have come to expect, though the plotting is plodding, the Inner Circle unconvincing, and Pitt more dogged than inspired. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A monstrous conspiracy among Queen Victoria's best and brightest is betraying secrets of Britain's African policy to rival German diplomats—and killing anyone who opposes them. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE MANGROVE by Maryse Conde
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Accomplished but insubstantial: Like Francis himself, the novel briefly alights and is soon gone."
A drifting, evocative story about a mystery man who brings unsettling change to a village in Guadeloupe. Read full book review >
MR. X by Nick Gaitano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"As in Jake's debut, brooding Windy City background fights a losing battle against a larger-than-life, larger-than-other-books psycho."
Now that his mentor, Tony Tuilio, is dead, rookie Chicago homicide detective Jake Phillips (Special Victims, 1994) has latched onto an equally obsessive new hero, Sgt. Read full book review >
AMERICAN TABLOID by James Ellroy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Ellroy reins in the more flagrant stylistic excesses of his L.A. Quartet (White Jazz, 1992, etc.), but indulges every overripe subplot you can imagine, in this lurid, volcanic historical epic."
It's the Kennedys versus Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and J. Edgar Hoover in this blistering, sprawling slice of Americana from the comic-book Dos Passos of our time. 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 >