Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

MURDER BY OWL LIGHT by Corinne Holt Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"A downer."
Another charmless story set in the California retirement complex of Camden-sur-Mer, where massive Caledonia Wingate and her tiny friend Angela Benbow fancy themselves as sleuthing aides to the police (The J. Alfred Prufrock Murders, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
SILVER SPIRE by Robert Goldsborough
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Otherwise: a very poor plot indeed- -not much happens, what does is clichÇd."
Goldsborough's sixth Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin caper (Fade to Black, 1990, etc.) begins with Lloyd Morgan, senior financial functionary at Staten Island's Tabernacle of Silver Spire, consulting the duo about ominous, anonymous letters that have been sent to charismatic televangelist Barnabas Bay. Read full book review >

BIRTH MARKS by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"Thoughtful, tough-minded Hannah compares herself to every detective under the sun but P. D. James's Cordelia Gray, whose fans should welcome her with open arms."
When sometime private eye Hannah Wolfe is hired to track down Carolyn Hamilton, a missing ballet dancer, it doesn't take her long to find discrepancies between Carolyn's innocuous postcards to her guardian and her disappearance from London months ago. Read full book review >
NO MARDI GRAS FOR THE DEAD by D.J. Donaldson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"Amiable, lightweight medical thriller, but the series would be much improved if it retired Broussard and developed Kit more."
The third outing (Cajun Nights; Blood on the Bayou) for New Orleans suicide investigator Kit Franklyn, whose dog disinters a jawbone in her soon-to-be rose garden—a jawbone that her mentor Andy Broussard, Chief Medical Examiner, explains belongs to a woman dead at least ten years. Read full book review >
THE SNAKE, THE CROCODILE AND THE DOG by Elizabeth Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Dare one hope for less self-indulgence and a stricter discipline in number eight?"
Victorian age archaeologists Amelia Peabody and autocratic husband Emerson Radcliffe are on yet another dig in Egypt, this time without formidable teenaged son Ramses, left hack in England along with Nefret, the young girl brought out of the desert in secret circumstances during the last expedition (The Last Camel Died at Noon). Read full book review >

RIPLEY UNDER WATER by Patricia Highsmith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"It's been 12 long years since The Boy Who Followed Ripley: welcome back, Tom."
Tom Ripley, the charming, resourceful swindler/killer who's survived four earlier tales of skullduggery, provides just the antidote for the recent glum misogyny of seminal psychological- suspenser Highsmith's recent work. Read full book review >
DEATH PENALTY by William J. Coughlin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"It's a pleasure watching the well-oiled machinery—politics, threats, and shameless legal maneuvering—that eventually brings Charley to a perfect three-point landing."
Recovering alcoholic Charley Sloan (Shadow of a Doubt, 1991, etc.), lowest rung of the Detroit bar, juggles three juicy cases as he struggles to keep from falling off the wagon. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LAW by Michael Nava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"But his characters remain exemplary—from the sensitive, heroic Henry to his AIDS-infected former companion, Josh, to the new man in his life, Lonnie."
When State Senator Gus Pe§a, supposedly turning over a new leaf after a month drying out at clinic, is gunned down as he's leaving a restaurant, it appears that Michael Ruiz, a teenage addict who confessed to his therapist at the same clinic that he wanted to murder Pe§a, put action to his words. Read full book review >
PURSUED BY SHADOWS by Medora Sale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Well written, spottily absorbing, but too contrived and unconvincing to match the author's previous outings."
Murky financial deals and a killing in London provide a dramatic start to a new puzzle for Toronto's Homicide Inspector John Sanders and unofficial aide-photographer girlfriend Harriet Jeffries (Murder in a Good Cause, etc.). Read full book review >
A THOUSAND BRIDGES by Michael McKinney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A save-the-world first novel reminiscent of Bulldog Drummond and the Saint at their penny-dreadfullest."
The day after Candace Furay's abortion—she was raped by Florida gubernatorial hopeful Bob Birk, who insisted on the abortion—she sees her three best friends gunned down by members of a secret private army. Read full book review >
THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >
PROBABLE CAUSE by Grif Stockley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Gideon's homespun warmth and wry charm are the real stars of this understated courtroom drama."
Former Arkansas Public Defender Gideon Page (Expert Testimony, 1991), fired from his new firm, lucks into a high-profile case: defending black psychologist Andrew Chapman on a charge of manslaughter after Chapman tries aversive shock-therapy—without following institutional procedures, and with a cattle prod—on self- abusive teenager Pam Le Master, who shook off her orderly, Leon Robinson, and grabbed the inadequately insulated prod, killing herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >