Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1589)

THE MISSING SIXTH by Mark  Graham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Maybe a little too helter-skelter in its closing sections- -Graham (The Harbinger, 1988) has the extraordinary idea that Jerusalem's Western Wall would be an easy place to smuggle a bomb- -but richly, compulsively readable until its last surprising twist."
The theft of five paintings from the house of a South African collector is the catalyst for a complex plot of murder, forgery, and political intrigue. Read full book review >
POISON FLOWERS by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For like-minded readers."
Colorless, efficient civil servant Willow King, who moonlights as sybaritic romance-novelist Cressida Woodruffe (A Common Death, 1990), takes a fancy to solving a series of murders described to her by inamorata Inspector Tom Worth: poisonings by different vegetable toxins of four victims—a Fulham architect and his girlfriend; a schoolmistress retired to Newcastle; and an actress in Islington—who seem to have nothing in common. Read full book review >

MIAMI by Pat Booth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Ka-ching-g-g-g."
Bicoastal (Malibu, Palm Beach, etc.) steam and megabuck specialist Booth returns to Florida to dish up the modeling business and flack for the city of bright T-shirts. Read full book review >
UNHOLY GROUND by John Brady
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Brady is a master of the telling detail, and within the framework of the political novel, has created memorable characters, most especially the estimable Minogue."
Dublin's answer to Maigret, Sergeant Matt Minogue (introduced in the provocative A Stone of the Heart, 1988), in trying to sort out the murder by strangling of a rambling tippler, 73-year-old Englishman Arthur Combs, finds himself in the middle of a WW II spy cover-up involving MI6. Read full book review >
BOX NINE by Jack O'Connell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Strong stuff, all right: O'Connell gets so deep inside his small- town cast that it's a relief to turn the last page."
The winner of Mysterious Press's first ``Mysterious Discovery'' contest introduces Lt. Read full book review >

THE LYNCHING by Bennie Lee Sinclair
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"An accomplished debut."
Justyn Jones, an aide to Governor Marston of South Carolina, and Thomas Levity, a handsome black teacher from California, are seatmates on a plane to the town of Green Hills, where Justyn lives with realtor husband Frank. Read full book review >
SHADOW QUEEN by Tony Gibbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Very charming, very witty, totally absurd, and thoroughly beguiling."
Sailing specialist Gibbs (Dead Run, 1988; Running Fix, 1990) goes on shore leave to spin a wildly romantic yarn about a Princess Diana look-alike called upon to protect the rightful Queen of Scots from the perils of present-day New York. Read full book review >
THE GREEN PROGRESSION by Jr. Modesitt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The truly ingenious plot and the clever effort to put bureaucratic Washington under harsh light are largely undone by a Consumer Reports writing style."
Consultants to a Washington law firm take on the Soviets who plan to sap America's military strength through the encouragement of excessive environmentalism—a first collaboration from Modesitt (The Magic of Recluce, p. 510) and newcomer Levinson, an environmental consultant. Read full book review >
DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >
SHEEP, GOATS AND SOAP by John Malcolm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing—especially after the author's polished last outing (The Wrong Impression, 1990)."
Eighth in the series featuring art-expert/sleuth Tim Simpson, one of a three-man team that invests in art for White's Bank of London. Read full book review >
TO DIE FOR by Joyce Maynard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A more penetrating writer could have a field day analyzing recent popular fiction's disavowal of the tawdry culture that continues to grip it as tightly as Suzanne holds Jimmy."
Perky, aspiring newscaster Suzanne Maretto persuades her teenaged lover and his buddy to kill her straight-arrow husband; just deserts follow for all. Read full book review >
BIRDSONG ASCENDING by Sam Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"More, please."
Harrison combines the violence and craziness of the southern gothic with the gentler spirit of magic realism in a second novel (following Walls of Blue Coquina, 1990) that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't but is never, ever dull. 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 >