Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

CRACK DOWN by Val McDermid
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Kate's detection is more dogged than inspired, but the northern England working-class background is chillingly plausible, and Kate's wry humor as welcome as ever."
The first indication Birmingham PI Kate Brannigan gets that things have gone wrong with her rock-journalist boyfriend, Richard Barclay—who's been posing as her husband in order to expose a scheme to defraud automakers' loan companies of short-term interest—is a call she receives from his solicitor in the dead of night. Read full book review >
AH, TREACHERY! by Ross Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But all the characters project such a deliciously matter-of-fact sense of knowing exactly what they're talking about, from campaign finance reform to assassination techniques, that just meeting, listening to, and watching them in action will leave you dizzy with pleasure."
The title, a sly translation of Beethoven's aria, perfectly captures the disapproving, exhilarated tone of this effervescent concoction. Read full book review >

IRISH GOLD by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The would-be lovers may be less cloying back in Chicago, where Greeley (Sacraments of Love, 1993, etc.) promises to send them for a new series. (Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection)"
Back in the Old Country to find out why his late grandparents left after the Troubles, insisting they could never return, Dermot Michael Coyne, retired from the Chicago commodities trading floor on a bit of Irish luck, runs headlong into fetching student Nuala Anne McGrail, reason enough to remain on the island forever. Read full book review >
A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A lively debut about residents of the Boston metropolitan area who don't summer in Hyannisport."
Patrick Kenzie is a Dorchester, Mass., boy born and bred. Read full book review >
WORLD OF HURT by Richard Rosen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Familiar traumas, every one, but Rosen's intensity—especially when Harvey begins to notice how completely he's stepped into the despicable victim's shoes—makes them bleed afresh."
It's a long way from Cambridge, where retired baseball player Harvey Blissberg (Saturday Night Dead, 1988, etc.) hangs his hat, to suburban Chicago, where his brother Norm's basketball buddy has been killed. Read full book review >

THE SINNERS' LEAGUE by L.L. Enger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"A testosterone cocktail in which the supporting actresses get victimized and idealized and wring their hands while right-minded Mike Hammers of the Great Lakes mete out the roughest justice imaginable."
Retired from baseball to live the simple life in upstate Minnesota with his journalist bride Carol Long, Gun Pedersen (debuting in hardcover following four paperback mysteries) returns a phone call from his screenwriter friend/not-quite-lover Diane Apple and lets loose a Pandora's box of demons. Read full book review >
DOING WRONG by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Please To Vote for Communist Party (Marxist'')—and Inspector Ghote's ineffable charm. (Author tour)"
Inspector Ganesh Ghote has barely had time to clear off his desk since Cheating Death (p. 888) when he's called out on the strangling of Mrs. Shoba Popatkar, late Minister of Railways and sempiternal do-gooder. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE HER, NOW YOU DON'T by William Murray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Ross Perot with the presence of John Wayne makes an amusingly scary conceit for a political thriller, but Murray (We're Off to See the Killer, 1993, etc.) never allows the thriller to take wings because he's left his heart in Del Mar; only the racing background blooms with his customary alchemy."
Horseplaying magician Shifty Lou Anderson, whose eye for horseflesh is a lot sharper than his instinct for women, is involved with a suitably unsuitable new lady: Megan Starbuck, a PR consultant for Wayne Copeland, a movie star with big political plans that are being financed by a right-wing fund-raising octopus called America One. Read full book review >
RAW DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Since Deal continues to do nothing heroic (that's his shtick), this thriller remains inert, giving far too much away from the beginning and keeping only the most inconsequential secrets for last. ($45,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
After a standout appearance in Done Deal (1993), it's back to the grind for mayhem-prone Florida builder John Deal in this deeply ordinary Carl Hiaasen knockoff. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Ed McBain
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 25, 1994

"It's a rare pleasure seeing such an old pro still taking the kind of chances that would sink a writer with less nerve."
After Matthew Hope (Mary, Mary, 1993, etc.) is critically shot in the opening sentences, his extended Florida family—his PI Warren Chambers, Chambers's own op Toots Kiley, and Calusa police detective Morris Bloom—retrace his steps for the last few days before the shooting looking for clues, and find that Hope's last client had been George Steadman, eager to acquire a 30-acre parcel to use as winter quarters for his circus. Read full book review >
CHINA TRADE by S.J. Rozan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"But Rozan's fast-moving first novel presents her Asian-American cast and their world with a delicacy that goes far beyond local color."
New York private eye Lydia Chin gets no respect. Read full book review >
IN THE DEAD OF WINTER by Abbey Penn Baker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Recommended for readers who aren't sick of the centenary glut of Holmes pastiches, and even for those who are."
New Sherlockiana from an unexpected source: Faye Martin Tullis, the teaching assistant and amanuensis of Dr. Myrl Adler Norton, daughter of Godfrey Norton and Irene Adler, the woman in Holmes's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >