Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1592)

RUNNING MATES by John Feinstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

Strangely plotted but captivating political thriller—the first in a series—by the best-selling nonfiction author of A Season on the Brink (1987), A Season Inside (1988), etc. Feinstein, a reporter for The Washington Post, spent two years covering the State House scene in Annapolis, and his love for that town comes through strongly here. Read full book review >
WYCLIFFE AND THE DEAD FLAUTIST by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Contrived motivation, unconvincing relationships, slow-motion pace, and a Wycliffe detached and sluggish add up to tepid stuff- -well below the Burley norm (Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue, etc., etc.)."
Chief Superintendent Wycliffe at his most introspective as he confronts the murder, ineptly disguised as suicide, of Tony Miller, estate foreman of the Duloe estate, spread along the Fal river in Wycliffe's peaceful Cornish turf. Read full book review >

DARK CHANT IN A CRIMSON KEY by George C. Chesbro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Strictly for tough guys—with bimbo brains."
Typical Mongo macho melodrama (torture by strategically applied feather/psychotropic drugs/martial arts mayhem): here, the celebrated dwarf detective is sent to Geneva by Emmet P. Neuberger to oversee Interpol and local agencies as they seek out ace con- man/criminal Chant Sinclair, who's pilfered ten million dollars from Neuberger's Cornucopia Foundation. Read full book review >
CADAVER by Mary Kittredge
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Overloaded with plot contrivances but gripping—and the best yet of this series."
Wealthy, attractive nurse Edwina Crusoe (Rigor Mortis, 1991, etc.), newly married to detective Martin McIntyre of New Haven's Homicide division, is now a p.i. specializing in medical cases. Read full book review >
A WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on—but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while."
Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. Read full book review >

SKIN DEEP IS FATAL by Michael Cormany
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Meanwhile, pet bunny Bugs is on hand again, but wisely sleeps through most of Kruger's sentimental mumblings."
In an alcohol/drug rehab clinic with his punk girlfriend Heather (Polaroid Man, 1991), Chicago p.i. Read full book review >
THE JEWEL THAT WAS OURS by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Less impressive than the eight previous Morse stories, and far less adroit than Dexter's handling of The Wench is Dead."
For Dexter, a decidedly conventional outing, this one involving an American tour group and their Oxford guides and Inspector Morse's investigation into who among them pilfered the Wolvercote Jewel, a Saxon buckle that Mrs. Laura Stratton was planning on presenting to the Ashmolean Museum. Read full book review >
CRIME WAVES I by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Low-key and diverting, though lacking a standout."
Retiring after a 25-year stewardship as editor of the annual Crime Writers Association anthology, Herbert Harris is replaced, this year, by critic/mystery writer Keating, who includes three original stories (Catherine Aird's slight car-mishap; Mike Ripley's droll plot against Shakespeare; and Michael A. Lewin's hilarious spin on Dan Quayle as an accidental detective), six EQMM reprints (his own paean to ``The Speckled Band''; David Williams's clever customs comeuppance; Robert Barnard's truly malicious tale of seasonal giving; Julian Symons's elegantly written suburban nightmare; Reginald Hill's melodramatic horror story; and Susan Moody's twist on the writer's experience with crime), plus eight stories unfamiliar to American readers from such as Antonia Fraser (Jemima Shore in jeopardy), Michael Gilbert (a keen look at business improprieties), Liza Cody (hooliganism at a theme park), and Simon Brett (a long, drawn-out bit of fatherly advice). Read full book review >
THE RESURRECTION MAN by Charlotte MacLeod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Strictly for faithful fans."
This tenth outing for investigators (specializing in art and antiques) Max and Sarah Bittersohn (The Silver Ghost, 1988, etc.) finds them spending a summer in Sarah's Beacon Hill house in Boston and deeply involved in the murder of Sarah's aged old friend George Protheroe, found stabbed to death in the overstuffed mansion he shared with unflappable wife Anora. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Compelling, in the manner of a folk tale, despite the rather limp prose."
Here, McCrumb turns serious as she explores death from many angles: the matter-of-factness of a backwoodswoman with the gift of Sight; the get-even attitude of two old friends, one dying from the willful contamination of the Little Dover River by the Titan Paper Company; the emotional trauma paralyzing a brother and sister (who were subjects of physical abuse and witnesses to a family bloodbath and suicide); and the despair of a three-year-old who loses his mother, and of a pregnant woman who loses her unborn child. Read full book review >
BELGRAVE SQUARE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Fans will love it, but even they might appreciate a little less padding."
Another of the author's leisurely evocations of Victorian London (Highgate Rise, 1991) by way of Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, whose latest case is the murder of moneylender-blackmailer William Weems. Read full book review >
THE WILD BOAR by Felix Mettler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Not a mystery, or even a very good inverted detective story, but a parable, and a fine one, about the remarkable difficulty of leave-taking."
The ghost of DÅrrenmatt's The Judge and His Hangman hovers over this sweet, sad tale of murder and mortality at St. 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 >