Mystery Thriller Book Reviews (page 1606)

DANGEROUS WATERS by Bill Eidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"The ensuing climax features too much explanatory talk, but Riley's final act is as clever and stunningly violent as most of the rest of this slick, fast-paced, cinematic tale."
Tough and twisty crime melodrama in which a man avenges his wife's murder—and in which Eidson proves he's a craftier writer than his crudely psychosexual first novel (The Little Brother, 1990) let on. Read full book review >
BEST NEW HORROR 2 by Stephen Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Not quite as wide-ranging as the first volume (with the incomparably fierce Joe R. Lansdale notably missing, for example)- -but, still, a must for any serious horror collection."
First-rate and generous second entry (Best New Horror, 1990) in what is now clearly the finest horror annual available, distinguished by the editors' literate tastes and vast knowledge of the field. Read full book review >

I'M GETTING KILLED RIGHT HERE by William Murray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"But for Runyonesque dialogue, picaresque racetrack vignettes, and great verve, Murray gallops in a winner."
The further adventures of magician/horseplayer Shifty Anderson, who, in order to afford the upkeep on the filly Mad Margaret (left to him in The Hard Knocker's Luck, 1985), becomes horseflesh partners with rich, cruel, and possessive builder Michael Cameron and his heart-stoppingly beautiful wife Linda. Read full book review >
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by Sarah Shankman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Rambunctious, overstuffed, and undisciplined, but fun all the way."
Star reporter Samantha Adams's new assignment for the Atlanta Constitution is the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Read full book review >
STEEL GUITAR by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Another of Barnes's superb mixes of warmth, enthusiasm, clever plotting, vivid characters, and overall brio."

GREEN WITH ENVY by Jerry Kennealy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fine entry in this modest, underrated series."
Despite a hilarious interlude in which he struggles to outdrink a villainous, self-contained secretary, this is an unusually sober case for San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >
THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts."
Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH RAPUNZEL by B.M. Gill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Above-average fare- -but only middling Gill."
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Maybridge (Death Drop, etc.) is shocked by the car-accident deaths of forensic pathologist Professor Peter Bradshaw and his wife Lisa. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS STALKINGS by Charlotte MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"For last-minute shoppers only."
Continuing in the tradition of her 1989 collection, Mistletoe Mysteries, MacLeod and 12 others offer 13 Christmas-themed stories of, mostly, the ``Bah, humbug!'' variety. Read full book review >
DOOMED TO DIE by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A quietly absorbing addition to a reliable series."
Another of Simpson's leisurely, well-crafted police procedurals featuring Inspector Luke Thanet and sidekick Mike Lineham, who are faced here with the murder of gifted artist Perdita Master, found dead on the kitchen floor of Vanessa Broxton's house, a plastic bag over her head. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by L.R. Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Although some characters tend to dim when the troublemaker flicks on, still this is an involving psycho-study of exotic varieties of human nastiness with a lively mystery attached."
Wright's police detective Karl Alberg solves another murder in the British Columbian village of Sechelt. Read full book review >
MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE RESTS HIS CASE by Michael Bond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Some laughs at the expense of series writers (the gourmet detective, the classical-music sleuth, etc.), some tasty food selections, but, overall, very thin."
A return for the bumbling, inept Monsieur Pamplemousse, restaurant reviewer for Le Guide, who this time out must solve the poisoning death of an American mystery writer, one of the six attendees at a gala Vichy dinner re-creating an elaborate Alexandre Dumas menu. 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 >