Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

CACTUS BLOOD by Lucha Corpi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A well-nigh impenetrable mystery full of stilted dialogue, murky scene-setting, wild poetry, and furious evocations of the 1973 grape boycott and 1989 Oakland earthquake."
Twenty years ago, Carlota Navarro—escaping from the doctor who'd smuggled her into the US, used her as a cook-housekeeper, and raped her—ran through a field newly fertilized with parathion, or devil's blood. Read full book review >
WITH MALLETS AFORETHOUGHT by Brian Johnston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Typically bland Hudson Valley fare, illustrated with eight line drawings of architectural details (a newel post, a fireplace, etc.), which, come to think of it, may be the real high point."
Here's a familiar story: Wealthy patriarch plans heroic folly—this time, a reconstructed 1870s village in Longmeadow, N.Y.—whereupon key family member, vociferously opposed, enlists aid from reasonable outsider in talking the old man out of it. Read full book review >

IRISH CHAIN by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"You got a problem with that?"
Bad news for the Senior (Citizens') Read full book review >
YOUR NAME HERE:_________ by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few well-crafted and moving moments, then, but ultimately tedious and grating."
From the author of Exposed (1994), etc.: another tense, slightly out-of-focus personal drama, but this one runs on too long, its effect dissipated by its own relentless intensity. Read full book review >
THE LAST HOUSEWIFE by Jon Katz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Katz may never get the hang of plotting a whodunit, but the readers whose buttons he's so alarmingly skilled in pushing will hardly notice, much less care. (Author tour)"
The shooting of middle-school principal Nancy Rainier-Gault brings Kit Deleeuw, the Suburban Detective (Family Stalker, 1994, etc.), out for another walk on the wild side of his New Jersey town—this time in defense of police suspect Shelly Bloomfield. Read full book review >

FARE PLAY by Barbara Paul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

Only three weeks after making Lieutenant in Midtown South, short-staffed Marian Larch catches a case of her own: the shooting of retired toy-maker Oliver Knowles on a bus full of New York witnesses who didn't see a thing, even though one of them, Zoe Esterhaus, had been paid to follow him. Read full book review >
THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

Inimitably cantankerous Chief Inspector Morse—in his 11th stint—takes over a case that seems utterly straightforward (though it baffled the colleague he relieved): the murder of a retired Oxford historian who found out too much about the drug- related suicide of one of his neighbors in Wolsey College. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE FILES OF FREMONT JONES by Dianne Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A fine, buoyant literary style falls victim to overkill plotting—and to a spirited, likable heroine unaccountably deficient in common sense."
Author of several novels under other names, Day here introduces Fremont (nÇe Caroline) Jones, the strong-willed daughter of a proper Bostonian widower, the Hon. Read full book review >
MURDER LIVE AT FIVE by David Debin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Doesn't the guy realize that in writing this book he's sleeping with the enemy."
Up Yours reporter Albie Marx, the hippie who never grew up (Nice Guys Finish Dead, 1992; The Big O, 1994), is just chasing a story about Beverly Hills guru Ozzie Baba (``It's Not My Job To Make You Happy'') at a wedding the guru's presiding over—the nuptials of game-show king Bert Holman and his dewy bride Sheila Petersen—when two rapid developments send his day down the tubes. Read full book review >
THE NEON SMILE by Dick Lochte
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Serve with an Alka-Seltzer chaser."
Exploitation TV has finally caught up with Tyrone Pano—the ``Panther Man'' of New Orleans civil rights who, 30 years ago, killed himself after being jailed for shooting Lillian Davis, his follower in the League for Black Advancement. Read full book review >
BINO'S BLUES by A.W. Gray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"A fast-paced, fragrant, nothing-personal exposÇ that'll leave you wondering which is the lower form of life: those nasty feds or the mean-eyed morons employed to enforce the laws of the great state of Texas."
We interrupt this Dallas police corruption trial—in which Rusty Benson's client, Capt. Read full book review >
MURDER AT EBBETS FIELD by Troy Soos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Well-judged period background (including a winsome role for Casey Stengel) enlivens a solid mystery."
A second outing for Mickey Rawlings, the 1914 New York Giants' second-string second baseman (Murder at Fenway Park, 1994, not reviewed)—who's drafted into appearing in movie star Florence Hampton's latest film, only to discover her body washed up at Coney Island the morning after a heartfelt party. 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 >