Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

SHAKESPEARE'S CHRISTMAS by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"Only Lily herself, in full attack mode, carries the day."
But it's neither Shakespeare nor Christmas, actually, since Lily Bard, the most formidable cleaning woman in Shakespeare, Ark., leaves her adopted hometown in the opening chapter to return to her family's queasy bosom in Bartley for her sister Varena's wedding, a Christmas Eve affair that's bound to upstage the usual round of holiday festivities. Read full book review >
INCENDIARY DESIGNS by Michael Allen Dymmoch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"Lightning flashes of insight and compassion dot what's otherwise the most conventional of Dymmoch's three mysteries so far (The Death of Blue Mountain Cat, 1996, etc.)."
As the O.J. Simpson case smolders half a continent away, Chicago Detective John Thinnes battles an equally sizzling case: a seemingly endless series of suspicious fires. Read full book review >

HOT TICKET by Janice Weber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 5, 1998

"Tediously rococo plotting blunts the sly, overheated comedy of scheming dragon-ladies with great facelifts, and spineless mama's boys who don't know Brahms from Berlioz."
Concert violinist Weber's sexy, silly fifth novel (Devil's Food, 1995, etc.) continues the adventures of concert violinist/secret agent Leslie Frost, now investigating the steamy affairs of a lecherous US President to discover who killed a fellow spy. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Reads like a dream."
This time out, Patterson (Jack and Jill, 1996, etc.) summons some brio and does a magic hat trick with the million-dollar—promo thriller genre. Read full book review >
MOSAIC by Gayle Lynds
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"Overwrought, churlish melodrama, laden with gratuitous religious symbolism."
Schmaltzy potboiler, as grievously flawed as Lynds's first (Masquerade, 1996). Read full book review >

THE WOODY by Peter Lefcourt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"Campy, name-dropping, warts-and-gall send-up of Capitol Hill, with enough insider sleaze to make us wonder how Lefcourt did his research, and with whom."
Picaresque political farce from screenwriter Lefcourt (Abbreviating Ernie, 1997, etc.), featuring a crusty, thoroughly incompetent but roguishly charming antihero, Vermont Senator Woodrow Wilson (—Woody—) Read full book review >
DEADLY EXPOSURE by Leonard Goldberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"A salty vichyssoise of zingy technobabble and tiresome plotting that, thankfully, refuses to take itself too seriously."
A lethal microbe, a brutal murderer, and a sentient iceberg menace cooly competent forensic pathologist Joanna Blalock, back for a fourth outing(Deadly Harvest, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Name-brand Suspense Lite that imperils the heroine without disturbing the gentle reader."
No wonder this suspenser carries a recommendation from Mary Higgins Clark. Read full book review >
RED, WHITE AND BLUE by Susan Isaacs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Both on the large scale and the small, an absorbing chronicle of the American character. (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
With keen humor and fine characterizations, the bestselling Isaacs's (Lily White, 1996, etc.) multigenerational saga explores the nature of American identity. Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Jolly Christmas fiction for the whole family."
Midnight?—it's the Black Void—though Christmas is notorious for family rages. Read full book review >
THE WIDOW KILLER by Pavel Kohout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A superb reimagining of modern history, skillfully transmuted into absorbing fiction."
A powerful sense of the ambiguities of political and moral allegiance distinguishes this fascinating melodrama, translated into English for the first time, by the celebrated Czech playwright and novelist (I Am Snowing, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BIG LAW by Chuck Logan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"And what he serves up here is a satisfying throwback to the kind of suspense novel where complex people matter more than high-tech machines."
A crackerjack thriller and a second appearance for Phil Broker (The Price of Blood, 1997), tough ex-cop, hard-bitten Vietnam vet, and serious daddy. 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 >