Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

DYING FOR CHOCOLATE by Diane Mott Davidson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 14, 1992

"Son Arch, however, rings true and likable."
Aspen caterer Goldy Bear (Catering to Nobody) is horrified when her new beau, psychologist Philip Miller, suddenly begins driving erratically, crashes, and dies, while she, right behind in her own car, is helpless. Read full book review >
FALSE PROFITS by David Everson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"Lumpen prose but an interesting premise—Lincoln's culpability—and although the Church of the Latter-day Saints has been rendered better (the Moroni Traveller series), this is a step up from Everson's last outing."
Bobby Miles, low-tech Springfield, Illinois, p.i. Read full book review >

CAUGHT IN THE SHADOWS by C.A. Haddad
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"It's a shame she doesn't seem due for an encore."
Computer sleuth Becky Belski, of the Chicago consulting/snooping firm Resources, is called in to dish the dirt on Daryl and Lionel Aberdeen, a pair of socialites whose marriage went sour when (or even before) Daryl shot Lionel. Read full book review >
WAGES OF SIN by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Safe sex for senior citizens."
Father Greeley (The Cardinal Virtues, 1990, etc., etc.) returns with a new cast of randy, middle-aged Chicagoans who, between attending mass and making well-adjusted love, must clear up a multiple murder that happened decades ago. Read full book review >
WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT? by Jimmy Buffett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 10, 1992

"The uninitiated may be baffled; his fans will be enchanted."
The relaxed and reigning king of beach music, who most recently told Tales From Margaritaville (1989), tries his hand at a relaxed and rambling novel. Read full book review >

THE DOUBLE-MINDED MEN by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 10, 1992

"Some droll humor, though, for Vineyard fans."
The third outing (A Beautiful Place to Die, The Woman Who Walked into the Sea) for Martha's Vineyard fisherman Jeff ``J.W.'' Jackson, a former Boston cop now busy full-time proposing to pretty nurse Zee Madieras and wolfing down homemade bluefish pÉte. Read full book review >
EAGLES DIE TOO by Meg O'Brien
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 1992

"An appealing, self-deprecating heroine, upscale mobsters, and adventurous mom, plus saucy writing, add to the fun here—and are almost enough to make you forget that the plot doesn't make much sense."
The fourth (and first hardcover) outing, primarily MacGuffin- hunting, for Rochester, New York, investigative reporter Jessica ``Jesse'' James finds her doubting everyone around her— particularly Mafioso lover Marcus, who may be reconciling with his wife; but also her new love interest, handsome pilot Mac Devlin, who gets into violent shoving matches with a man he claims not to know; and her mom's new husband, Charlie, who's spent the last 20 years covering his tracks—but why? Read full book review >
RUM PUNCH by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Like the title says, it's a heady brew."
Leonard's 30th novel—a thicket of sting and countersting—finds him in fine fettle, his piquant characters aging along with him but losing none of their edge as they look for that one big score before death shuts them down. Read full book review >
ALL THAT REMAINS by Patricia D. Cornwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Thanks to Cornwell's forensic expertise, her corpses continue to speak more eloquently than many crime writers' living characters."
Fresh from her triumphs in Postmortem (1990) and Body of Evidence (1991), Richmond chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta tries for the hat trick against a killer who attacks couples in cars—five couples so far, including Fred Cheney and Deborah Harvey, daughter of national drug-czar Pat Harvey. Read full book review >
TIME LAPSE by Janice Law
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Heavy going."
Energetic Washington-based p.i. Read full book review >
ANGELS IN HEAVEN by David M. Pierce
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Wispy plotting, but the offbeat humor, nutty characters, and (mostly haplesnEWSLUGsPSV. Daniel may find you hunting up the trio of previous Vic paperbacks."
An amusing hardcover introduction to six-foot-seven San Fernando Valley p.i. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SAVOLTA CASE by Eduardo Mendoza
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Nemesio Cabra Gomez wasn't stupid and knew that if those above could get their hands on those below by means of the police, those below could also use the same means, ever though it would take more effort and lot of tact''), and the ever more inventive forms its theme, dishonesty, takes."
Spanish novelist Mendoza (The City of Marvels, 1988) concocts an involved mystery set in pre-WW I Barcelona: anarchism, arms deals, sexual politics, and cynical manipulations of power. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >