Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1588)

FINISHING TOUCH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Charmless, with gooey romantic twinges and predictable swipes at greeting-card artist-students, faculty wives, and the like."
Melissa Craig, the most successful crime writer since Agatha Christie (A Little Gentle Sleuthing, 1991), is now offering a course at the Mid-Cotswold College of Arts and Technology, where the usual faculty types abound: the stodgy dean; the Lothario lecturer; the soul-tormented tutor; and the gorgeous, sexy faculty secretary—here, Angelica, who's promoted (just like that) to replacement art teacher. Read full book review >
DEATH AS A CAREER MOVE by Bruce Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"But: the wily though often flummoxed Chico is still an engaging antihero."
Now employed as a security consultant at the Majestic Pictures studio, p.i. Read full book review >

A HOPELESS CASE by K.K. Beck
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Manages to stay just this side of silliness and be mildly entertaining in the process."
Here, the author moves away from her frequent 20's milieu (Peril Under the Palms, etc.) and into the life of one Jane da Silva, expatriate widow of a racing-car driver, brought back from Europe to her Seattle hometown by a legacy from her uncle Harold. Read full book review >
PLAY DEAD by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Dickinson's touch is so masterly here that he makes other fine domestic mysteries seem quite amateurish."
Fifty-ish Poppy Trasker, unhappily divorced and marking time by minding her grandson Toby for her politically-minded daughter-in-law Janet, is asked to identify a dead man found in Toby's play center. Read full book review >
RISING DOG by Vince Kohler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"And the mystery's not bad either."
The maniacally inventive Kohler (Rainy North Woods, 1989) now confronts Port Jerome, Oregon, tabloid newspaperman Eldon Larkin with a resurrected dog—a dog that, while cavorting for the camera at the local landfill, finds a mummified foot to chomp on. Read full book review >

ZOMBIES OF THE GENE POOL by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Still: an engaging read."
Here, the frisky McCrumb (If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O, The Windsor Knot—both 1990), with deadpan humor and bull's-eye accuracy, skewers the science fiction genre, its eccentric authors, and outlandish fans and their nitpicking fanzines. Read full book review >
BACKHAND by Liza Cody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 1992

"An expansive set of intriguing characters and some sharp dialogue help—but can't save—a story out of focus."
Another rambling adventure for London's p.i. Read full book review >
BLOOD RED, SNOW WHITE by Diane Henry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 1992

"A feverish fantasia on themes from tormented-attorney fiction and newspaper stories on drugs and financial malfeasance."
A husband-and-wife pair's first novel in which up-and-coming, moderately honest Manhattan lawyer Alec Anton interrupts his defense of two clients—caught with their hands in the till—to search reluctantly for an alluring neighbor's drug-involved son. Read full book review >
BLACK MARKET by Robert Tine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Tightknit all the way, with strong characterizations, terrific dialogue, and a grand sense of street-life in a starving Rome."
The best novel so far from Tine (Midnight City, 1986, etc.): a richly colored suspenser about an all-black US Army unit in Rome in 1944, just after the Nazis have left. Read full book review >
CRITICAL CARE by Richard Dooling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 1992

"A powerhouse for those strong enough in spirit and constitution to read it."
Sardonic, often harrowing look at the American way of life- support by a writer so thoroughly in control it's hard to believe this is a first novel. Read full book review >
FIXIN' TO DIE by Jerry Oster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Jenny Swale is only the first), lots of good dirty fun for all."
Inoffensive convict Elvis Polk's shooting of NYPD officer Jenny Swale in the opening paragraph here (her partner Luther Todd has to wait until the next page) sets off a dizzying plot whose leading question is: Where did handcuffed Elvis get his gun if not via a police plant in Jenny's car? Read full book review >
NEW CRIMES 3 by Maxim--Ed. Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Jakubowski seems to specialize in stories nobody else wants- -publishers or readers."
Bookstore owner Jakubowski serves up 18 never-published-before stories, two long-buried turns from John D. MacDonald and Robert B. Parker, and a piece of Holmesian puffery from John Dickson Carr. 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 >