Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1601)

SLEEP OF THE INNOCENT by Medora Sale
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"A bit heavy on the romance, a bit weak on the scam behind it all, but moderately absorbing fare most of the way."
Third in a series of sturdy police procedurals set in Toronto (Murder in a Good Cause, etc.), this one finding unassuming, quirky millionaire cop Rob Lucas totally involved with music student Annie Hunter, witness to the murder of entrepreneur Carl Neilson, a thoroughly nasty type shot to death by an equally nasty duo. Read full book review >
WALLFLOWER by William Bayer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"So: by turns enthralling and just plain silly—a spirited but strained miscalculation by an author who more often than not has been right on the mark."
Always an inventive suspense-writer, Bayer outwits himself here with a fractured, Rube Goldberg-like thriller that pits the cop-hero of his first big seller (Switch, 1984) against an unlikely serial killer. Read full book review >

PRIVILEGED INFORMATION by Stephen White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"White's professional expertise shows—but as a storyteller, he's done in by pompous narration, snail pacing, and much predictable plotting."
A psychologist suspects a patient of murder but can't speak out because of therapy's seal of silence...That's the nut that White, himself a psychologist, gnaws to a pulp in his slow and somber first novel. Read full book review >
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A PATSY by Stan Cutler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

The very day over-the-hill Hollywood p.i. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, IRENE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Arch and self-infatuated, but charming (as Nell might say) withal."
More adventures for Sherlock Holmes's nemesis Irene Norton, nÇe Adler: reported dead in the European press, she's living in Paris when a sailor is dragged from the Seine with an ornate S tattooed on his chest—the mate not only to a similar O-shaped tattoo Irene found on a man Bram Stoker pulled from the Thames seven years earlier, but to a third tattoo, an E, engraved on the breast of Louise Montpensier, an heiress Irene discovers in a hotel particulier shortly before she disappears from Paris. Read full book review >

MORE DEATHS THAN ONE by Marjorie Eccles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"So-so, but with ample cozy attributes—thanks mostly to that English village setting."
Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo's fourth case (Requiem for a Dove, 1990, etc.) opens with a corpse in a Porsche whose face has been obliterated by a shotgun blast. Read full book review >
HONEST MONEY by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"Not as good as a new Perry Mason, but the next best thing."
The latest trip to the Gardner vaults—dead for 20 years, the man is more prolific than most living authors—discloses half a dozen long stories from Black Mask (1932-33) about Ken Corning, a crusading defense attorney determined to take on the political bosses in York City, who seem to have a finger in every felony. Read full book review >
MUMBO JUMBO by Kathryn Lasky Knight
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Amusing stuff that wears thin very quickly with its predictable targets—licentious swamis, the pay-and-pray converts, etc.—and Calista and Charley, previously notable for their intelligence and exuberance, are awfully subdued here, though Charley still charms."
When children's book illustrator Calista Jacobs (Trace Elements, Mortal Words) joins brilliant archaeologist/lover Archie and her teen-aged son Charley at a Red Forks, Arizona, dig, the two are grumpy: a bunch of New Agers have bought up vast acreage, dubbed it ``Rancho Radiance,'' and now refuse to let them ``disturb'' the spirits of the ancients with research trenches. Read full book review >
THE LOVE THAT KILLS by Ronald Levitsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Don't miss this one."
A first novel that soberly, without fanfare or gimmickry, tells the story of Edison Basehart, the militant white supremacist arrested for killing Vietnamese immigrant Hguyen Thi Nhi, in quiet Musket Shoals, Virginia; Jimmy Wilkes, the young prosecutor assigned by his aging patron Edgar Simpson to get a fast conviction; and Nate Rosen, the attorney from the Committee for the Defense of the Constitution who's been sent to assist in the defense of the virulently anti- Semitic Basehart. Read full book review >
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MURDER by William F. Love
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Brighter and tighter than the pair's debut last year in The Chartreuse Clue: this welcome series could take off if only Dave, who's by no means a dope, could get over his implausible ignorance about the Church."
When born-again Okie Jerry Fanning, just arrived in the Big Apple to claim it for Jesus, gets jailed for the stranglings of three prostitutes and an ambitious model-exec, Nero Wolfeish Bishop Francis X. Regan and his legman Dave Goldman go to work to get him off. Read full book review >
SINGAPORE TRANSFER by Wayne Warga
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"Lightweight stuff, but without the light touch of two previous Dean adventures, Hardcover and Fatal Impressions."
A loony, far-fetched caper in which journalist/consultant Jeffrey Dean is approached by an emissary of Singapore's prime minister, who'd like him to ghost the PM's book on economics. Read full book review >
THE TWENTY ACRE PLOT by Stephen F. Wilcox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"A complicated ending assigns murder in one direction, the coverup in another, for a tough, funny, original approach to the hard-boiled genre, and more proof that second-novelist Wilcox (The Dry White Tear) is a comer."
Another entrant in the son-of-Raymond-Chandler sweepstakes as Wilcox—who can write a wonderfully crusty, wry turn-of-phrase- -introduces upstate New Yorker Elias Hackshaw, who, with his sister and brother-in-law, produces the weekly Triton Advertiser, including his muckraking opinion column. 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 >