Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1606)

TOURIST SEASON by Carl Hiaasen
Released: March 24, 1986

"But if you like your gallows laughs with gall, this could be for you."
Satiric mystery adventure about a crazed Miami reporter and an eruption of bloodlust meant to drive off the tourists and developers. Read full book review >
BLOOD TEST by Jonathan Kellerman
Released: March 1, 1986

"A twisted, contrived, and turgid story with red herrings the size of small whales, and a stumbling, murky finale."
A disappointing second outing for California child-psychologist Alex Delaware (When The Bough Breaks, 1985); this time he tracks down a little boy desperately in need of cancer treatment. Read full book review >

HIGH JINX by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: March 1, 1986

"Nonetheless: reasonably lively, relatively literate spy-diversion—especially in contrast to the lumbering idiocies of Robert Ludlum (below)."
Thus far, the adventures of CIA-agent Blackford Oakes have followed him chronologically through the Fifties and early Sixties: from Saving the Queen to See You Later Alligator, from the Space Race to the Berlin Wall to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 1986

"Some of King's smoothest writing and slickest effects, with the usual supercosmic horror scaled down to reasonably familiar villainy—though the sales, one assumes, will be supercosmic."
Featuring 21 charming illustrations by David Palladini, this is an adventure fantasy for young adults—or very old prepubescents—and among King's most accomplished works (though readers who groan at King's unremitting vulgarity in his adult novels will again have a few quarrels to pick). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 1985

"And if none of these puzzles offers the most dazzling Christie short-story craft or the most memorable Marple portraiture, all of them feature solid plotting, crisp narration, and regular dollops of English-village charm (starkly shaded by Miss M.'s no-nonsense view of human nature)."
Don't look for any unfamiliar gems or juicy rediscoveries in this gathering of 20 stories featuring Christie's #2 star, Miss Marple of St. Read full book review >

THE DEER LEAP by Martha Grimes
Released: Nov. 6, 1985

"Solid work from one of the best in the genre."
Seventh of the stories involving Superintendent Richard Jury, his fine-tuned perceptions ever more sensitive, his sometime aide, ex-aristocrat Melrose Plant, and his cold-plagued Sergeant Wiggins (Jerusalem Inn, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1985

"King has published duller books (The Dead Zone, Night Shift) than the late Bachman—but King at his best (Salem's Lot, and in a yeasty recent script he wrote for TV) shines far brighter than Bachman."
Despite a Halloween pub date, these four reprints are not King as a horror novelist. Read full book review >
CITY OF GLASS by Paul Auster
Released: Oct. 14, 1985

"Rather heady stuff for mystery fans, but a delight for students of experimental fiction."
In this fast-paced thriller, poet and essayist Auster transforms a conventional detective story into a post-modern theoretical diversion, without sacrificing intrigue or readability. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1985

"Altogether, this is a book which is strong as a diagnostic study of political motivation—and stronger still as an uncannily authentic character-study."
In her first signed novel since the mythical Canopus in Argos series, Lessing returns to reality—and to her considerable gifts for social observation and vivid characterization. Read full book review >
SKELETON CREW by Stephen King
Released: June 21, 1985

"So, bizarre little spellbinders, but more pulpy and concocted than truly driven in their bizarreness."
Twenty-some items, mostly collected from magazines, by America's most prolific living horror-master, including a doggerel called "Paranoid: A Chant" that sounds like an amazingly accurate parody of Absolutely Bob Dylan. Read full book review >
A CATSKILL EAGLE by Robert B. Parker
Released: June 14, 1985

"Implausible plotting, incessant wisecracks, some lively action that's more A-Team than Hammett: smug thug Spenser's personal 'code of honor' has never seemed to pompous and specious."
Like Dick Francis and others, Parker is receiving major media attention while producing his weakest work: there hasn't been a completely satisfying Spenser outing, in fact, since Promised Land. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 1985

"Donald E. Westlake fans, perhaps, than for Follett's usual readership."
Early Follett, originally published (UK only) under a pseudonym in 1977: an unlikely but agreeably busy and lighthearted crime-caper—with overlapping art-world plots involving a treasure-hunt, a heist, and a forgery seam. 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 >