Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1590)

THREAT CASE by J.C. Pollock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1991

"Meanwhile, there are some amusing vice-presidential jokes."
A Special Forces veteran leads the search for his archenemy to stop him before he assassinates the Presidentin the latest exercise in military and police gadgetry and techniques from Pollock (Crossfire, Centrifuge, Mission M.I.A.). Read full book review >
BLOOD OF OUR FATHERS by Sonny Girard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1991

"Strong storytelling that lacks the originality of The Godfather but has many writerly touches and a wonderful bloom of authenticity."
Entertaining Mafia reprise, written by the pseudonymous Girard while serving a seven-year prison sentence for racketeering. Read full book review >

THE QUEEN AGAINST KARL MULLEN by Michael Gilbert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 1991

From versatile veteran Gilbert: a moderately involving mixture of legal tactics, media maneuvers, and ambiguous politics—with all inklings of murder-mystery saved up until the last hundred pages. Read full book review >
VORTEX by Larry Bond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 1991

"The political doings that set the war machinery running are rather broad-brush and suffer in comparison to the well-done battle scenes but, still, it's likely to sell oodles."
Red Phoenix author Bond, who also collaborated with Tom Clancy on Red Storm Rising, takes his formidable war-game skills to South Africa, where he pits fascist Boers against Cuban communists. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF THE DANES by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Others may find the going a bit weighty."
It's the summer of 1144, and Brother Cadfael, herbalist-sleuth of Shrewsbury's Benedictine Abbey, has joined wise young Brother Mark on a diplomatic mission to newly installed Bishop Gilbert of St. Read full book review >

ST. JOHN AND THE SEVEN VEILS by William Babula
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"John's smirky narration and lame running gags about his pursuit (including a tennis duel) of the luscious Mickey."
This third outing for San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >
WREATH OF HONESTY by Pat Burden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

Engaging second outing for retired Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Bassett (Screaming Bones, 1990), now mulling over a gently arranged corpse in Crum Cottage—and, while he's at it, absolving a gypsy duo of stealing a sack of porcelains and figuring out the year-and-a-half-ago disappearance of a judge. Read full book review >
LIFE GOES SLEEPING by Reed Farrell Coleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"It all ends with a real surprise."
Coleman's somewhat awkward, frequently overwritten first mystery has a hero whose appeal almost overcomes its highly improbable plot. Read full book review >
POLAROID MAN by Michael Cormany
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"Though Kruger has sort of cleaned up his act—he no longer tries to get his pet bunny, Bugs, stoned—he's still too manufactured a hero to elicit much sympathy: one part cute pet to two parts glib wisecracks to three-fifths a bottle of scotch."
Chicago pill-popping p.i. Read full book review >
HARD TACK by Barbara D’Amato
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"Silly motive and straining to be a clever locked-room murder, but Cat is amusingly self-deprecating company."
Journalist Catherine ``Cat'' Marsala (Hardball, 1990), who never learned to swim, is assigned a piece on the weekend sailing guests aboard the Easy Girl, a millionaire's luxury yacht. Read full book review >
A GLANCING LIGHT by Aaron Elkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"Elkins at his best."
Another adventure for curator Chris Norgren, specialist in Renaissance and Baroque at the Seattle Arts Museum (Deceptive Clarity, 1987). Read full book review >
THE SPANISH MAZE GAME by Noah Webster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"Well-done local color and Gaunt's cleverly executed last- minute escape from the bad guys are high points in a competent but uncompelling story."
Resourceful Jonathan Gaunt, auditor-legman for the Scottish Remembrancer's Office, a sort of adjunct to the Treasury (A Legacy from Tenerife, etc.), goes to Bavaria to inform engineer Florian Beck that he's heir to a fair-sized fortune. 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 >