Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1589)

MOONRAKER by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1955

"For those who liked Casino Royale and Live and Let Live, this is again a violent and virulent type of espionage entertainment."
Another ugly assignment for secret agent James Bond begins with the bridge game in which he is asked to take Hugo Drax, multi-millionaire, national hero, and cheat- Drax whose new rocket, the Moonraker, is to be Britain's assurance against an atomic threat. Read full book review >
LIVE AND LET DIE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 1955

"Bloodshot."
James Bond, on a trail of revenge from the Casino Royale, is sent to New York to get a line on Mr. Big, a Negro criminal and Soviet agent who is disbursing coins from the pirate Morgan's treasure. Read full book review >

THE BLACK MOUNTAIN by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1954

"Surprise, surprise!"
The big news about Mr. Stout's big boy, Nero Wolfe, is that he not only gets out of the house to the morgue (for his first visit) but travels to Montenegro and that isn't all — he even plays hide and seek with villainous characters in the mountains! Read full book review >
THREE MEN OUT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1954

"A comfortable patterning but persuasive."
Another packaged threesome — Invitation To Murder: The Zero Clue: This Won't Kill You — brings that rude rotundity, Nero Wolfe, and his capable legman, Archie Goodwin, into cases which involve the murders of three men. Read full book review >
CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 23, 1954

"Very dressy stuff this, but if your tastes are extravagant faites vos jeur and anything will play."
An expensive game of counterespionage is played out in a French gambling casino when Bond, a Secret Service man, is assigned to defeat Le Chiffre Communist agent at the tables. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN SPIDERS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 1953

"Calculating."
That open (but often shut) private eye, Nero Wolfe ignores police assumptions when he links three unrelated deaths and, with his meager force against N.Y.'s finest, ties in extortion with the murders. Read full book review >
TRIPLE JEOPARDY by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 1952

"The ponderous pundit pulling no punches exercises the brain blithely."
Another trio of Nero Wolfe's intra-mural exploits prove his ability to assume on evidence given. Read full book review >
MURDER BY THE BOOK by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1951

"Sitzlust with a sizzle."
A full-length Nero Wolfe takes "Fatty" through the book publishing business, a legal firm's professional and personnel problems, and Archie's Way with the Dames. Read full book review >
CURTAINS FOR THREE by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1951

"Wolfe's fight against police stupidity and his insistence on his terms or none, make this sharp and capable test and proof reading."
The capsule three-some treatment for Nero Wolfe's didactic bloodhounding, this concentrates on female lead-ins to murder. Read full book review >
IN THE BEST FAMILIES by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 29, 1950

"Archie as a private detective, on his own, Wolfe in disguise — this is no disappointment."
Quite a few surprises here for Nero Wolfe's followers, for they will find not only that Nero gives up in his battle against Mr. Zeck, but that he vanishes, even from Archie, moves his orchids and puts his house on the market; All because a Mrs. Rackham asks the mastermind to find out where her husband's money is coming from and the omniscient Zeck warns him off the case; Nero Wolfe finds a slim chance — and licks Zeck to the death. Read full book review >
THE SECOND CONFESSION by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 1949

"As before — showmanship and saleability."
The ponderous pundit and pluperfectly plump prima donna of crime detection at it again. Read full book review >
THREE DOORS TO DEATH by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1949

"The bright-eyed brigand as before."
The West 35th Street wonderman up and at three long shorts. 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 >