Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1601)

THE CIRCLE OF MYNNIA by L.L. Blackmur
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Blackmur's wicked sense of humor, droll way with a conversational skewer, and blithe disregard of every accepted mystery convention should delight clichÇ-weary readers and win new fans."
A charming concoction in which the sensible Joan Cook, after a boating mishap on Martha's Vineyard, falls for wealthy playboy Philip Dumas and moves to Paris with him, where they share digs with his dad, Chick, a gone-to-seed archaeologist; Chick's much younger wife, Charlotte; Philip's acerbic sister, Hayden; and world-class mooch Walter Hudson. Read full book review >
DEADSTICK by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

A sure-handed debut introduces failed seminarian/current law- firm researcher Owen Keane, a questing young man often at emotional/philosophical odds with his attorney boss Harry, a college chum, and with his quasi-girlfriend Marilyn, a relentlessly pragmatic librarian. Read full book review >

CHASING AWAY THE DEVIL by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Solid and satisfying."
Recently divorced, tough-tender Milt Kovack, Deputy Sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma (Other People's Houses, etc.), has proposed marriage to feisty waitress Glenda Sue and been rejected. Read full book review >
EVIDENCE OF BLOOD by Thomas H. Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"One of the better Cooks to date."
Lush-languaged Cook (Sacrificial Ground, Blood Innocents), in a pared-down mode. Read full book review >
MORTAL REMAINS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Some sly, funny barbs at Hollywood pretensions enliven the familiar foibles of Maggody's goofy citizens—and provide another cheerful chapter in this lighthearted series."
Fans of the Hess stories set in Maggody, Arkansas (Strangled Prose, etc.), will readily conjure up the potential for havoc when a sleazy Hollywood crew arrives to film Wild Cherry Wine, another of their not-so-soft-porn productions. Read full book review >

MIRACLE CURE by Harlan Coben
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Lurid, formula medical thriller—enhanced by celebrity look-alikes, rich and famous scenery, and shadowy sex."
Manhattan AIDS researchers hold off announcing the discovery of a cure for the disease until they find who is murdering their prize patients—in a medical thriller by the author of Play Dead (1990). Dr. Bruce Grey, who is supposed to be on vacation from his AIDS research clinic, slips back into New York in disguise and checks into a hotel, where he is promptly tortured and pitched from a window. Read full book review >
PARAMOUR by Gerald Petievich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Already sold to Hollywood for a Ridley Scott film, which is about right."
Petievich, once the inventive schemer of To Live and Die in L. A., seems to have settled into a groove of actioners with Earth Angels (1989)—and now, this kinetic, overtired saga of a Secret Service bodyguard who gets involved with the President's mistress. Read full book review >
SHADE THOSE LAURELS by Cyril Connolly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A delightful conceit."
An elegant, hyperliterary thriller by the late English critic and novelist. Read full book review >
RIVER OF DARKNESS by James Grady
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A brooding, ambitious, and rather long wrap-up of everything awful in the American spy business."
The secret war in Laos, the Kurds, the cold war, the drug war, Watergate, and Iran-contra are among the submerged stumps and sand bars here through which paddle sundry good and evil employees of the American intelligence industry. Read full book review >
NO FORWARDING ADDRESS by Elisabeth Bowers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Best for the exquisitely delineated scenes between Meg and her college-age son, in the throes of his first love affair, and her career-minded daughter, a new convert to feminism."
When Vicky Fischer hires Vancouver p.i. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM GRACE by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Full of incredible coincidences and too cute by half—but Hoagy's laid-back humor is easy to take, and the convoluted mystery will keep you guessing midway through the finale."
Edgar-winning Handler's hardcover debut—another headliner in Doubleday's new Perfect Crime series—takes his ghostwriter-sleuth Stewart Hoag to Staunton, Virginia, to work on the sequel to beloved historical blockbuster Oh, Shenandoah, at the request of the family of author Alma Glaze, killed 50 years ago in a car accident. Read full book review >
HARLOT'S GHOST by Norman Mailer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

The Big One, volume one (yes, 1,408 pages!) of Mailer's long-promised masterpiece, in which he does for the CIA what Melville did for mammals and God, and what Thomas Mann did for the metaphysics of tuberculosis. 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 >