Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 931)

VINTAGE POLO by Jerry Kennealy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Kennealy's developed a quiet mastery of every aspect of the private- eye novel except the mystery."
Wheelchair-bound Sonoma vintner Angelo Baroni, Sr., doesn't take it lightly when somebody salts a vat of his prize chardonnay and takes a shot at his son Angelo, Jr.: he hires Nick Polo (Special Delivery, 1992, etc.) to investigate—and just in time, too, since a few hours later an explosion rocks his new sparkling-wine plant. Read full book review >
MURDER AMONG US by Ann Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"143, etc.)."
The citizens of Inspector Alan Markby's bailiwick—Bamford, in the Cotswolds—have mixed feelings about the opening of historic, totally refurbished Springwood Hall as an upscale country hotel, owned by Swiss ex-hockey star Eric Schuhmacher. Read full book review >

HOPE WILL ANSWER by Susan B. Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 1993

"Not much spark here: Nick and Alison are nice enough, if a tad dull—but as before, their ever-so-civilized conversation and mundane insights make for only mildly diverting fare."
Newly elevated to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector, Hopbridge CID, Nick Trevellyan (Time of Hope, etc.) must now find the village rapist who targets youngsters the age of Girl Guides, and he must do so with an ambitious new partner, Sheila Walpoke, while his usual sergeant is in hospital and his lady-love, computer-whiz Alison Hope, is off in London trying to find the hacker who's menacing her pal Philip's computer firm. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN by Joe Gores
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Together with Gores's sublimely comic, and utterly different, 32 Cadillacs (1992): a towering pair of back-to-back home runs."
Eddie Dain's career as a lighthearted player of games from chess to computer research and private investigations ends the night two goons—hired by somebody unhappy about the way Dain's been sniffing around a conveniently accidental death—kill his wife and child and leave him for dead. Read full book review >
THE SNARES OF DEATH by Kate Charles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Wildly improbable character motivation, but vintage village mystery buffs will adore the prissy parish spinsters, the long- suffering vicar's wife and the fortuitously dropped bits of gossip that fuel the sluggish plot."
For two-thirds of the book, obnoxious Evangelical minister Bob Dexter antagonizes his wife, daughter, new parishioners, animal- rights activists, and millionaire Noah Gates of the Gates of Heaven Printing Company, and then, finally, someone picks up part of an altar rail and dispatches him. Read full book review >

HEAD LOCK by Jerome Doolittle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Expect a rebuttal from Dan Quayle."
At the rate he's going, Tom Bethany, Boston's foremost Spenser imitator, will soon be out of the mystery business altogether. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON'S KNEE by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Mayor, who could probably write dandy investigative nonfiction, needs to tighten up his storylines before this otherwise estimable series sinks into mediocrity."
When Vermont recluse Abraham Fuller dies, the autopsy reveals he was killed by an aneurysm—caused by a bullet shot at him about 20 years before. Read full book review >
CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SNAKE EATER by William G. Tapply
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"As you'd expect, the answers aren't quite as good as the questions, but this entry relies less on atmosphere and more on mystery than any of Brady's outings in years."
A rare criminal client for Boston probate attorney Brady Coyne (Tight Lines, 1992, etc.)—Daniel McCloud, arrested for growing 70 pounds of cannabis that he insists he's using to alleviate the effects of Agent Orange—leads to one of Brady's strangest cases when the marijuana charges are abruptly dropped and a manuscript that Brady's agreed to send to New York literary agent Al Coleman turns out to be fatal to both Daniel and Coleman. Read full book review >
LITERARY MURDER by Batya Gur
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"But the characters' finely detailed moral intrigues pay off in the end."
An oppressive spring khamsin hangs over Jerusalem as Inspector Michael Ohayon (The Saturday Morning Murder, 1991) searches patiently for the link between the bludgeoning murder of Hebrew Language poet- superstar Shaul Tirosh and the scuba-diving ``accident'' of his protÇgÇ Iddo Dudai hours away in Eilat. Read full book review >
DIRE HAPPENINGS AT SCRATCH ANKLE by Celestine Sibley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Motivation and culprit are briskly disposed of in the last pages of this Nancy Drew meets Sheena, Jungle Queen episode— frisky, amiable, and weightless."
Another chapter in the adventurous life of young widow Kate Mulcay, reporter-sleuth for an Atlanta newspaper (Straight as an Arrow, etc.). Read full book review >
NO LAUGHING MATTER by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"The author is coasting in this one—its piddling contrivances, dull characters, and somnolent pace will win no new fans for the usually reliable Inspector, who, it is to be hoped, will be back on track for number 13."
Sturrenden's Inspector Luke Thanet's 12th case (Wake the Dead, etc.) has him investigating the death of vineyard owner Zak Randish, found in his office amid a welter of blood and broken glass. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >