Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1591)

SWEET HEART by Peter James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 18, 1991

"The formula is wearing a bit thin."
A fitfully chilling variation on James's old-fashioned damsel- in-demonic-distress theme (Dreamer, 1990; Possession, 1988) finds Charley Witney and her lawyer-husband moving into a country house- -which turns out to be haunted by a most malevolent ghost. Read full book review >
HARD NEWS by Jeffery Wilds Deaver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 1991

"Peerless entertainment for those who like 'em gaudy, manic, and totally awesome."
Rolling-stone punk naif Rune (veteran of two paperback mysteries) embarks on a crusade to free Randy Boggs, who's done three years in Attica for killing Lance Hopper, head of the news network for whose Manhattan affiliate she's been grinding a camcorder. Read full book review >

THE BODY IN THE BOUILLON by Katherine Hall Page
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 1991

"Still, those in search of mild-mannered amateur-sleuthing might appreciate the nosy Faith (and enjoy her catering touches, too)."
Here, spunky New England minister's wife Faith Fairchild (The Body in the Kelp, The Body in the Belfry)—while volunteering at a posh retirement facility under the aegis of venerable Dr. Roland Hubbard—barely has time to introduce herself before an old-timer falls face down into a cup of soup that she brings him. Read full book review >
PRIDE'S HARVEST by Jon Cleary
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"The puzzle the two finally solve is muddled and undermotivated; Cleary's narrative style is overembroidered with philosophical asides, but, still, this is worth reading for its cleareyed picture of the life and people in an isolated Outback town."
Detective Inspector Scobie Malone and sidekick Sergeant Russ Clements have been sent from their Sydney headquarters (Murder Song, etc.) to the Australian Outback to help solve the murder of Ken Sagawa, manager of South Cloud, a Japanese-owned cotton factory in the town of Collamundra. Read full book review >
THE BULRUSH MURDERS by Rebecca Rothenberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A judicious balance of science and emotion, then, and a better-than-average debut."
A well-thought-out, nicely written first mystery featuring microbiologist Claire Sharples, a former MIT researcher now trying to acclimate to a southern California agricultural field station, the local peach farmers, and Citrus Grove expert Sam Cooper, a quiet nerd who, somehow, unnerves her. Read full book review >

GRIMSCRIBE by Thomas Ligotti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Thirteen tales out of a maggoty delirium."
High-style horror stories in a classic literary mode, in expressiveness not far from the American masters, Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. Read full book review >
VENDETTA by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 1991

"But the interspersing of the killer's thoughts is far too corny a ploy for a writer of Dibdin's skill."
Aurelio Zen, the Italian Maigret, now working out of Rome's criminal investigation division, is assigned the Villa Burolo massacre—in which every member of the wealthy Burolo's house party died, with the scene captured on videotape (as were most of the activities at the villa)! Read full book review >
THE JANUARY CORPSE by Neil Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A disappointing debut."
Disbarred attorney-turned-Pennsylvania p.i. Read full book review >
ISLAND GIRL by Carole Berry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Offbeat motivation, exotic ambiance, and some quirky characters: a pleasant diversion."
Another amiable adventure for Bonnie Indermill—temporary worker, permanent busybody (Good Night, Sweet Prince, etc.)—this time subbing for a vacationing friend at the Flamingo Cove Hotel in the Bahamas, as director of aerobics and other group activities. Read full book review >
THE MASKED MAN by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Like Tey's The Daughter of Time, this may become a history-class staple."
Popular historian Doherty adds another inveterate rogue to his roster—English forger Ralph Croft, who scampers across the Channel and soon finds himself incarcerated in the Bastille, where his release is contingent upon his working with the Regent's men, archivist Maurepas and Captain D'Estivet, to discover the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE by Janet LaPierre
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A jumble of plotlines, characters, and corpses dilutes the thrust of a moderately engrossing puzzle—one much enhanced by its strong evocation of a special place."
The author's locale remains the town of Port Silva in northern California (The Cruel Mother, 1990, etc.), with the focus this time on Charlotte Birdsong, piano teacher, first-class cook, and single mother of 13-year-old Petey. Read full book review >
MAIL-ORDER MURDER by Leslie Meier
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A cute venue but a flat delivery."
A first mystery whose main charm lies in the yuppie accouterments (plaid wool neckties, earthenware jam pots, etc.) that are offered through the Country Cousins Christmas catalogue. 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 >