Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

SLEEPWALKING by Julie Myerson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"Patchy, but more successful than most takes on dysfunctional family life (and afterlife). (Author tour)"
In this British debut, a convincing character has an unconvincing affair. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 1995

"Braun's childlike characters take these activities and themselves almost as seriously as they take their cats. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selections)"
Floyd Trevelyan, president of the Lumbertown Credit Union, is gone, and so are his secretary Nella Hooper and millions of Moose County dollars. Read full book review >

ORIGINAL SIN by P.D. James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"One of James's most successful meldings of the old-fashioned whodunit onto the novel of character—a Middlemarch of the classic detective story."
The directors of London's venerable Peverell Press think that the suicide of senior editor Sonia Clements in the archive room of the firm's palatial offices in Innocent House is the last and most shocking episode in a series of disruptions to their business: some lost illustrations, a manuscript maliciously altered in proof, an unsigned note to one of the current authors pointing out that two other Peverell authors have recently died. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CANCELLED HIMSELF by David Handler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 1995

"Even so, Handler's easy mastery of sitcom cant and sitcom madness will keep you reading long after you've given up on the conscientious, forgettable plot."
TV comic Lyle Hudnut is in such deep doo-doo—he's been caught in a Vice sweep of a New York adult cinema—that he needs the best ghostwriter on earth to write his comeback autobiography. Read full book review >
MISSING by Jonathan Valin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"An unforgettable gallery of human monsters with human faces, presented by the legitimate heir to Ross Macdonald."
Mason Greenleaf, Cindy Dorn's bisexual lover, isn't just missing; within a week of taking the assignment to look for him, Harry Stoner finds that he's dead, an apparent pills-and-booze suicide after a tense confrontation with two unidentified strangers in a local gay bar. Read full book review >

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Together with Hard Currency (see above), this tale provides dramatic evidence of Kaminsky's versatility—and a bright spot in the spottiest of his three detective series."
``I like my jobs straight and simple,'' laments Hollywood shamus Toby Peters (The Devil Met a Lady, 1994, etc.) shortly after getting sucked into still another case that is, as usual, anything but. Read full book review >
ANY GIVEN MOMENT by Laura Van Wormer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A novel about warm agents who care and their loyal, altruistic authors: Shelve this as science fiction."
There's buoyant fun in Van Wormer's (Benedict Canyon, 1992, etc.) shrewd look at the publishing industry in which—after much splashing around—the little fish manages to swallow the big fish. Read full book review >
HARD CURRENCY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though the two stories of Rostnikov abroad and his deputies back home never do come together, either one would be worth a book of its own in this richly rewarding series."
With the collapse of the evil Soviet empire, where can an ethical Russian cop like Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov (Death of a Russian Priest, 1992, etc.) find moral tussles within the system? Read full book review >
THE GANJA COAST by Paul Mann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Cleverly plotted—the drug scam at the heart of the mystery is both ingenious and chilling—and as overripe as its setting and genre demand."
More Indian intrigue—drugs, politics, and an illicit land grab—for Bombay lawyer George Sansi (Season of the Monsoon, 1993). Read full book review >
DEKOK AND THE BROTHERS OF THE EASY DEATH by
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

An apparent husband-and-wife suicide—they are fished out of an Amsterdam canal with their fingers tightly linked—marks the beginning of another strange case for Inspector DeKok (Murder in Amsterdam, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Less besotted than Susan Conant's show-dog tales, though the target audience is still clearly dogs and their favorite people."
Seven poodles were in attendance when Melanie Travis's Uncle Max died in his kennel. Read full book review >
CRANKS AND SHADOWS by K.C. Constantine
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"No mystery, but a memorable curtain call for its lovable hero: Balzic's Last Bow, spun out of a seamless skein of irresistible conversations."
Time was when series detectives just faded away, usually because their creators had died. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >