Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1590)

SILENT PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 30, 1992

"And recycled villain Bekker is no Hannibal Lecter."
Sandford's sixth thriller—including two under his real name of John Camp—since July 1989. Read full book review >
CASSANDRA IN RED by Michael Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 1992

"Violent, profane, and mostly dull."
Collins's one-armed, ruminative p.i. Read full book review >

MURDER MACHREE by Eleanor Boylan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 23, 1992

"Very slight but, like its predecessors, rendered with much charm and lively interaction between the generations."
While vacationing on Cape Cod with her married children, their families, and her dearest friend Sadd, widow Clara Gamadge (Murder Observed, Working Murder) is alarmed by the sudden reappearance of Armand Evers, a chum she hasn't seen in 40 years, and nonplussed by his tale of a possible murder—his own!—and his insistence that she investigate whether his sister Rachel is, in fact, really his sister. Read full book review >
THE TRAIL TO BUDDHA'S MIRROR by Don Winslow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1992

"Despite Neal's inveterate habit of wising off in his mind's mouth, this is a sturdy two evenings' worth of entertainment."
Neal Carey, the Smollett-loving specialist in finding people who don't want to be found (A Cool Breeze on the Underground, 1990), is hustled off to San Francisco to drag AWOL pesticide expert Robert Pendleton away from china doll Li Lan and back to paternal corporation AgriTech. Read full book review >
SEEING THE ELEPHANT by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1992

"A semi-hardboiled trip down memory lane, then, guided by a capable old pro."
L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon (Snake Oil, etc.) flies to Chicago, his hometown, to attend the funeral of Gavin Cassidy, a cop who moonlighted as an actor and was Saxon's mentor at the North State Street Theatre Guild. Read full book review >

PAINTED LADIES by James Neal Harvey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1992

"If that's your pleasure, you've hit pay dirt with this one."
Somebody—evidently a poised businesswoman named Bobbie—is killing and body-painting present and former employees of Panache, a high-end call-girl network owned by Martha Bellamy, another poised businesswoman with great lingerie. Read full book review >
MURDER UPTOWN by Donna Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1992

"There's rough justice in the academic murders: better perish than publish such charmless stuff."
Actually murder midtown, since Fuller College seems a dead ringer for Hunter, home to children's author Hill, who wields the conventions of the academic whodunit—who killed sarcastic, philandering Paul Baskin (Sociology) and stuffed his body into the cafeteria trash?— with a torpid hand. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF LOVE by Bartholomew Gill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1992

"In all: a somewhat sad, cynical look at contemporary Irish politics."
A letdown after Gill's superb The Death of a Joyce Scholar (1989) but, even so, a bruising evaluation of Irish politics, marital disharmonies/ambiguities, and of first-time fatherhood for the over-50 crowd. Read full book review >
KAT'S CRADLE by Karen Kijewski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1992

The third Kat Colorado novel (Katwalk, Katapult), a contrived affair, replete with Meaningful Chapter Headings, that concerns weepy Paige (formerly Pearl) Morrell, who hires the sardonically edgy Kat to find her unknown mom—her granny, who has just died, brought Paige up and said nary a word. Read full book review >
CITY OF GOD by Michael Jahn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1992

"John's."
A madman calling himself Marcus (St. Read full book review >
LULLABY TOWN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 1992

Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987—not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish filmmaker Peter Alan Nelsen, who's since developed deep pockets (courtesy of a string of action hits beginning with Chainsaw) and a conscience of sorts. Read full book review >
CASTING FOR MURDER by Mikel Dunham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 1992

"Curiously little artfulness here, although Venice manages to strut its stuff nicely midst these cardboard tourist interlopers."
Soho gallery owner Rhea Buerklin (Stilled Life, 1988) zips over to Venice, at the invitation of self-made tycoon Verle Rivers, to discuss the disposition of his murdered son's art. 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 >