Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 11/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

>THE STARGAZEY Martha Grimes This 15th entry in the popular Richard Jury mystery series finds the moody Scotland Yard detective solving a murder he fears he could have prevented. (Holt, $25)

THE COLLECTOR OF HEARTS Joyce Carol Oates The prize-winning novelist gives a new jolt to fans of her 1994 collection Haunted with an encore of 26 delightfully macabre short stories. (Dutton, $24.95)

GOD OF THE RODEO Daniel Bergner

In this journalist's affecting account of a rodeo at Lousiana's Angola prison, inmates learn to ride the bucking bronco—and, in the process, lasso hope. (Crown, $24)

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