Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

THE WINTER WIDOW by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 13, 1992

"A writer to watch."
This year's winner of ``St. Read full book review >
MURDER'S LONG MEMORY by Roderic Jeffries
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 13, 1992

"Jeffries, ever a reliable source of affable entertainment, is in top form here."
Past and present meet with dire results on the island of Mallorca when English sculptor Steven Armitage tries to find out the truth about his father's death 50 years ago. Read full book review >

REVERSIBLE ERROR by Robert K. Tanenbaum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 10, 1992

Manhattan Assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his colorful crew (Immoral Certainty, 1990, etc.) return for their fourth 70's-set end run against Gotham's worst—this engrossing time out, against a serial rapist and a murderous conspiracy reaching far into the halls of power. Read full book review >
BURY HIM KINDLY by Pat Burden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 1992

"In this third outing, widower Bassett, always engaging, is a trifle constrained by all that listening he has to do; next time, more action, please."
Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Bassett (Wreath of Honesty, Screaming Bones) again chats up the neighbors, the shopkeepers, the regulars at the pub, the busybodies and the recluses as he tries to reason out why someone is trying to frame the antisocial Alice and her simpleton son Robby for the murder of social worker Philip Read—whose abandoned car was found in a lay- by near their property and whose body was tidily buried right on it. Read full book review >
COLD FEET by Kerry Tucker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 1992

"Despite a so-so mystery, Libby's even more appealing in her hometown than out in the sticks (Still Waters, 1991); Tucker's light touch with urban angst makes this a treat."
N.Y.C. photographer Libby Kincaid's good news—her on-again-off- again father Max has just won a million-dollar lottery—is overshadowed by her bad news—she's arrested for complicity in the snakebite murder of tap-dancing great Hank Monsell, supposedly killed by a legless accomplice of ill-tempered snake-keeper/tap-dancer Silver Gaines, whom Libby had spent the afternoon photographing. Read full book review >

SENECA FALLS INHERITANCE by Miriam Grace Monfredo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1992

"More romantic than rabid feminists might like, but a telling glimpse at Bloomers, childbirth, and abused wives of the mid-19th century."
Glynis Tryon, busily cataloguing the books that Friedrich Steicher bequeathed to the Seneca Falls library, politely refuses a stranger's request to handle the Steicher family Bible (included by mistake) and then directs the woman to the livery to hire a carriage; she's off to Waterloo in search of her mother's friend- -Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Read full book review >
A SEASON FOR MURDER by Ann Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 1992

"Add a plus for horse-lovers; for others, a slow-moving, only mildly interesting slog."
A second outing for British consular officer Meredith Mitchell (Say It With Poison) brings her back to England and a new post in London. Read full book review >
A VOW OF CHASTITY by Veronica Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 1992

"Endless replays of the convent's daily routines and the less- than-credible plot weaken a sporadically interesting story, which lacks the cohesion of the series debut, Vow of Silence."
A second story featuring impulsive, thirtysomething Sister Joan, a nun in the Order of the Daughters of Compassion, who lives in the Order's convent in the Cornwall countryside and teaches a small class of children from local farms and the nearby gypsy community, along with newcomer Samantha Olive, whose writer father has bought an old house in the area. Read full book review >
A BLOOD AFFAIR by Jan Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Decisions, decisions."
A high-concept first novel: unwitting Mafia bride falls in love with renegade priest who's working for the IRA. Read full book review >
A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"This series keeps getting stronger and stronger."
Another dark rhapsody on Burke's favorite themes—power and vengeance, organized crime, maverick Louisiana lawmen, and nightmares from Vietnam—all pulled together more tightly than ever by the Sonnier family, threatened by somebody (oilman brother Weldon's mob contacts? televangelist brother Lyle's stray sheep? sister Drew's old political enemies? brother-in-law Bobby Earl's followers in the Aryan Nation? hateful paterfamilias Verise, long presumed dead in a tanker explosion?) who first shoots out Weldon's window and then executes a cop in the family basement. Read full book review >
THE VANISHED CHILD by Sarah Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Smith (the computer-readable King of Space, plus academic nonfiction) paints a canvas reminiscent of Robert Goddard's well- upholstered period thrillers, though more tonily inconclusive at every stage."
Twenty years after someone killed William Knight and kidnapped William's eight-year-old grandson Richard, Baron Alexander von Reisden reluctantly agrees to impersonate Richard in order to solve the mystery of what happened back in 1887. Read full book review >
BOILED IN CONCRETE by Jesse Sublett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Martin, however, is an appealing, offbeat hero."
Blues bass-player Martin Fender (Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby), while waiting for a gig to pan out in L.A., agrees to Cyclone Davis's midnight recording session of a song that he claims will prove that Richard James, the legend, didn't die in that plane crash back in the `70's. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >