Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1591)

BURY HIM KINDLY by Pat Burden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1992

"In this third outing, widower Bassett, always engaging, is a trifle constrained by all that listening he has to do; next time, more action, please."
Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Bassett (Wreath of Honesty, Screaming Bones) again chats up the neighbors, the shopkeepers, the regulars at the pub, the busybodies and the recluses as he tries to reason out why someone is trying to frame the antisocial Alice and her simpleton son Robby for the murder of social worker Philip Read—whose abandoned car was found in a lay- by near their property and whose body was tidily buried right on it. Read full book review >
COLD FEET by Kerry Tucker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1992

"Despite a so-so mystery, Libby's even more appealing in her hometown than out in the sticks (Still Waters, 1991); Tucker's light touch with urban angst makes this a treat."
N.Y.C. photographer Libby Kincaid's good news—her on-again-off- again father Max has just won a million-dollar lottery—is overshadowed by her bad news—she's arrested for complicity in the snakebite murder of tap-dancing great Hank Monsell, supposedly killed by a legless accomplice of ill-tempered snake-keeper/tap-dancer Silver Gaines, whom Libby had spent the afternoon photographing. Read full book review >

SENECA FALLS INHERITANCE by Miriam Grace Monfredo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1992

"More romantic than rabid feminists might like, but a telling glimpse at Bloomers, childbirth, and abused wives of the mid-19th century."
Glynis Tryon, busily cataloguing the books that Friedrich Steicher bequeathed to the Seneca Falls library, politely refuses a stranger's request to handle the Steicher family Bible (included by mistake) and then directs the woman to the livery to hire a carriage; she's off to Waterloo in search of her mother's friend- -Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Read full book review >
A SEASON FOR MURDER by Ann Granger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 1992

"Add a plus for horse-lovers; for others, a slow-moving, only mildly interesting slog."
A second outing for British consular officer Meredith Mitchell (Say It With Poison) brings her back to England and a new post in London. Read full book review >
A VOW OF CHASTITY by Veronica Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 1992

"Endless replays of the convent's daily routines and the less- than-credible plot weaken a sporadically interesting story, which lacks the cohesion of the series debut, Vow of Silence."
A second story featuring impulsive, thirtysomething Sister Joan, a nun in the Order of the Daughters of Compassion, who lives in the Order's convent in the Cornwall countryside and teaches a small class of children from local farms and the nearby gypsy community, along with newcomer Samantha Olive, whose writer father has bought an old house in the area. Read full book review >

MAMA'S BOY by Charles King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1992

"Marred by too much coincidence, but vigorous characters, intricate plotting, and keen suspense make King's debut a standout nonetheless."
Another serial-killer strikes—but with a most satisfying spin: The villain in former adman King's sharp and clever first novel is a James Bond gone bad. Read full book review >
POMONA QUEEN by Kem Nunn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 1992

"Much of the suspense ebbs away (despite a plot twist involving the killer's identity) as Nunn sifts through the layers of Dean's karma, and as Pomona's past rolls in like fog; still, Nunn remains an exciting writer, working close to the edge."
A vacuum-cleaner salesman becomes entangled in a homicidal biker's quest to avenge his brother's murder: Nunn's death-haunted third novel (after Tapping the Source, 1984; Unassigned Territory, 1987) is as much about southern California's spacious past as its druggy, tacky present. Read full book review >
A BLOOD AFFAIR by Jan Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Decisions, decisions."
A high-concept first novel: unwitting Mafia bride falls in love with renegade priest who's working for the IRA. Read full book review >
A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"This series keeps getting stronger and stronger."
Another dark rhapsody on Burke's favorite themes—power and vengeance, organized crime, maverick Louisiana lawmen, and nightmares from Vietnam—all pulled together more tightly than ever by the Sonnier family, threatened by somebody (oilman brother Weldon's mob contacts? televangelist brother Lyle's stray sheep? sister Drew's old political enemies? brother-in-law Bobby Earl's followers in the Aryan Nation? hateful paterfamilias Verise, long presumed dead in a tanker explosion?) who first shoots out Weldon's window and then executes a cop in the family basement. Read full book review >
THE VANISHED CHILD by Sarah Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Smith (the computer-readable King of Space, plus academic nonfiction) paints a canvas reminiscent of Robert Goddard's well- upholstered period thrillers, though more tonily inconclusive at every stage."
Twenty years after someone killed William Knight and kidnapped William's eight-year-old grandson Richard, Baron Alexander von Reisden reluctantly agrees to impersonate Richard in order to solve the mystery of what happened back in 1887. Read full book review >
BOILED IN CONCRETE by Jesse Sublett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Martin, however, is an appealing, offbeat hero."
Blues bass-player Martin Fender (Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby), while waiting for a gig to pan out in L.A., agrees to Cyclone Davis's midnight recording session of a song that he claims will prove that Richard James, the legend, didn't die in that plane crash back in the `70's. Read full book review >
VENUS IN COPPER by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

Beatings by the Emperor Vespasian's flunkies; imprisoning on sundry trumped-up charges; surviving the collapse of his new building; tangling with killers, swindlers, and landlords; crossing swords and hearts with Helena Justina, the senator's daughter—in other words, business as usual for Marcus Didius Falco (Silver Pigs, Shadows in Bronze), sometime informer for the emperor, who's hired by the relatives of freedman/real-estate mogul Hortensius Novus to dig up enough dirt to discredit his oft-widowed fiancÇe, Severina Zotica, before she can marry and bury him. 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 >