Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

MEAN HIGH TIDE by James W. Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 1994

"Merry, brawny, and rambunctious: guaranteed to please fans of John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, and anybody in between."
Hall's latest blast of Florida heat resurrects stylish dropout Dick Thorn (Tropical Freeze, 1989), hell-bent on avenging the suspicious diving-accident death of his ladylove Darcy Richards, who'd been asking one question too many about red tilapia. Read full book review >
PERFECTLY PURE AND GOOD by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 1994

"Porphyria's Lover'' never ignite this doomy tale."
Fyfield continues her assault on the English Gothic (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.; see also Half Light, as Frances Hegarty, 1993) in this tale of Sarah Fortune, unassuming solicitor dispatched to the Norfolk village of Merton on Sea to help the fractious Pardoes divide the spoils of Henry Pardoe's estate. Read full book review >

WASTELAND by Peter McCabe
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 1994

"Too many twists saved for the last fifty pages, maybe, but McCabe (City of Lies, 1993, etc.) juggles the clichÇs of the genre with a dexterity that'll have you gasping with excitement and grudging admiration."
One ill-fated evening Will Dunbar, lobbyist and bagman for L.A. developer John Clem, punches Sam Gilmore, site manager for Clem's new Pike Mountain trash-disposal project, after catching Sam sharing a private moment with Caroline Dunbar; the next evening, accepting Gilmore's invitation to talk things over at his house, Will stumbles over his body. Read full book review >
PECKOVER JOINS THE CHOIR by Michael Kenyon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 2, 1994

"Grave matters like theft, homicide, sabotage, and germ warfare are no match for Peckover's indomitable levity."
The two newest members of the Sealeigh Choral Society—Chief Inspector Henry Peckover (fresh from his last undercover assignment in 1993's Kill the Butler!) and his sidekick Constable Jason Twitty- -clamber aboard, without benefit of auditions, just in time for a concert tour of Ghent, Gap, Bra, and Andorra—where they expect a continuation of the rash of thefts of religious artifacts (so far, a madonna, a chalice, and a bit from a crown of thorns) from sites the choir has been visiting. Read full book review >
MISS SEETON UNDERCOVER by Hamilton Crane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"A deep-dyed village idyll with a tiny, tiny mystery and a characteristic Rube Goldberg climax. (Mystery Guild selection)"
This hardover resurrection for Miss Emily Seeton, the retired art teacher whose sketches have made her an unofficial Scotland Yard consultant—but who's been confined to paperback since her creator Heron Carvic's death some ten years ago—finds her knee-deep in village intrigue. Read full book review >

SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Charlotte MacLeod
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Her legion of fans will love it."
Botanist-sleuth Peter Shandy (An Owl Too Many, etc.) is staying at Bright's Inn, a landmark in the Maine coastal village of Pickwance, while he visits the famed lupines of elderly retired teacher Frances Rondel. Read full book review >
THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Unremarkable as a genre thriller, then, but highly satisfactory as fictionalized social history. (Film rights to Paramount; Literary Guild Alternate Selection)"
Novelist/historian Carr (The Devil's Soldier, 1991, etc.) combines his two preferred modes with a meaty, if overslung, serial- killer quest set in 1896 New York. Read full book review >
HEADHUNTER by Timothy Findley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"You'll finish this recklessly overscaled novel, if you finish at all, with a profound sense of relief."
Joseph Conrad's Kurtz as a nightmare headshrinker? Read full book review >
BITTER HERBS by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"A substandard mystery mars Willow's least overbearing appearance to date."
Trouble ahead for civil servant Willow King (Bloody Roses, etc.): though she's loosened up enough to acknowledge that she's secretly been writing romance novels as Cressida Woodruffe, her proposal for a new Woodruffe is coolly received at Weston and Brown, and her lover, Chief Inspector Tom Worth, has cooled considerably too. Read full book review >
THE REDBIRD'S CRY by Jean Hager
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Heavily padded with inane chatter, balky romances, and snippets of Indian folklore, this is far from Hager's best, and no match for her Chief Bushyhead adventures (Ghostland, 1991, etc.)."
Molly Bearpaw, sole investigator for Oklahoma's Native American Advocacy League, once again tackles a case of murder in this slow-moving follow-up to Ravenmocker (1992). Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE COCKERS by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The plot lines are cluttered, and there's the usual ration of dog lore, but the cozy setting and the likeable Cunninghams make Hammond's latest an easygoing, mildly engaging read."
Hardly a dull moment at Three Oaks Kennels (scene of Doghouse, 1992, etc.), the Scottish dog breeding/training farm owned and run by ex-army captain John Cunningham, his wife, Beth, and their older friends Isobel and Henry Fitts, with an assist from the aptly named young Daffy. Read full book review >
DEATH TAKES A HAND by Susan Moody
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers may reasonably expect better things to come in this new series by a talented, well-known English writer."
Cassie Swan, divorced and formerly a biology teacher, has in six years built a new career as a bridge instructor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >