Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT by James Bradberry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1994

"Sometimes plodding and mechanical, but usually well-written and thoughtfully plotted—with a pleasingly surprising ending."
A satisfying although somewhat formulaic whodunit from first- time novelist and architect Bradberry. Read full book review >
LADYBUG, LADYBUG by Susanna Hofmann McShea
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1994

"But the tender, searing dialogue between these two unlikely leads opens up scars and vistas that are well worth the price of admission."
The Hometown Heroes of Raven's Wing, Conn.—wealthy old Mildred Bennett, her doctor lover Trevor Bradford, retired police chief Forrest Haggarty, and nutty nurse-turned-housekeeper Irene Purdy (The Pumpkin-Shell Wife, 1992, etc.)—find themselves upstate in aptly named Coldwater after their neighbor Louise Cannivan receives a phone call telling her that her son Kevin's erotic asphyxia was really murder. Read full book review >

DIE DREAMING by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 19, 1994

"As usual, Owen's original voice and his intriguing take on detective work—the sleuth as clown as spiritual therapist—make his latest appearance memorably offbeat and well worth seeking out."
When he puckishly takes out an ad for his nonexistent detective agency (``unanswerable questions discreetly answered'') in the 10th anniversary yearbook for Our Lady of Sorrows High School, Owen Keane is called on his bluff in record time. Read full book review >
SARATOGA BACKTALK by Stephen Dobyns
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 18, 1994

"Just wait till you see him get rid of his biker tenants or head off an unwanted visit from his granddaughter."
Saratoga Springs PI Charlie Bradshaw's shifty-eyed sidekick, Victor Plotz, upstages him as both narrator and sleuth in this adventure, and oh, what a difference. Read full book review >
CONFESSION by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1994

"Shocking revelations abound as the old case is reshaped, a new killing must be solved, and Jenny and Geof's union is tested to the max in a freshly plotted, psychologically intriguing story."
Pickard (The 27-Ingredient Chile Con Carne Murders, 1993, etc.) goes to the small city of Port Frederick, Mass., where police lieutenant Geoffery Bushfield and his wife, Jenny Cain, are visited by David Mayer, the volatile teenage son of Ron Mayer and Judy Baker, who accuses Geof of being his biological father. Read full book review >

A COMEDY OF MURDERS by George Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1994

"Herman successfully sets the historical stage, but the mystery sadly is drowned in the details."
Herman (Carnival of Saints, 1994) returns to Renaissance Italy for a bout with murder and mystery in the court of Il Moro, Duke of Milan. Read full book review >
A LEGACY OF VENGEANCE by John Armistead
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1994

"Despite some effectively intense extended-family Mississippi atmosphere, the individual characters are colorless, and complications arrive far too late to breathe life into this earnest debut."
``Who would want to kill old Klansmen?'' wonders Sheriff Grover Bramlett, of Chakchiuma County, after somebody has shotgunned three locals—a preacher/house painter, a womanizing lawyer, and an inoffensive mechanic—and, just for variety, killed a fourth, an insurance salesman who had begged for police protection, with an automatic. Read full book review >
PLAYING FOR THE ASHES by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1994

"Rambling and effusively wordy, Playing For the Ashes holds the reader in thrall to the end — a tribute to George's literary skills and storytelling magic."
Another psychologically fraught case for Scotland Yard's upper-class Inspector Thomas Lynley and his rough-hewn Sergeant Barbara Havers (Missing Joseph, 1993, etc.) as they grapple with the death, by fire in a cottage in Kent, of cricket star Ken Fleming. Read full book review >
DEAD END GAME by Christopher Newman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 13, 1994

"At first the novel makes too many concessions to out-of- towners (opening chapters read as if written for Martians), but Newman eventually settles into a high-pitched groove: fast and strictly hardball."
The seventh volume in Newman's Precinct series is his first in hardcover, and he's earned it. Read full book review >
FIRM AMBITIONS by Michael A. Kahn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 1994

"Her latest case—starting with sex, drugs, and gambling, and then getting really dirty—is a beaut. (Author tour)"
In what she vows will be her last divorce case, feisty St. Read full book review >
UNDUE INFLUENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 6, 1994

"The resulting thrust-and-parry assures virtually nonstop courtroom pyrotechnics— even the most innocuous testimony turns into a ballet of blindsiding and body blows—and leaves plenty of room for a dazzling climax. (Literary Guild main selection; authour tour)"
California attorney Paul Madriani is back. Read full book review >
SHORT CUT TO SANTA FE by Medora Sale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 1994

"Suspense, romance, and compelling characters carry a chilling, charming, and very well-written tale of adventure."
According to plan, photographer Harriet Jeffries meets her lover, Toronto's police inspector John Sanders (Murder in Focus, 1989, etc.), at Santa Fe's tiny airport for the start of a vacation together. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >