Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

MURDER UPTOWN by Donna Hill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"There's rough justice in the academic murders: better perish than publish such charmless stuff."
Actually murder midtown, since Fuller College seems a dead ringer for Hunter, home to children's author Hill, who wields the conventions of the academic whodunit—who killed sarcastic, philandering Paul Baskin (Sociology) and stuffed his body into the cafeteria trash?— with a torpid hand. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF LOVE by Bartholomew Gill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"In all: a somewhat sad, cynical look at contemporary Irish politics."
A letdown after Gill's superb The Death of a Joyce Scholar (1989) but, even so, a bruising evaluation of Irish politics, marital disharmonies/ambiguities, and of first-time fatherhood for the over-50 crowd. Read full book review >

KAT'S CRADLE by Karen Kijewski
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

The third Kat Colorado novel (Katwalk, Katapult), a contrived affair, replete with Meaningful Chapter Headings, that concerns weepy Paige (formerly Pearl) Morrell, who hires the sardonically edgy Kat to find her unknown mom—her granny, who has just died, brought Paige up and said nary a word. Read full book review >
CITY OF GOD by Michael Jahn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"John's."
A madman calling himself Marcus (St. Read full book review >
LULLABY TOWN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987—not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish filmmaker Peter Alan Nelsen, who's since developed deep pockets (courtesy of a string of action hits beginning with Chainsaw) and a conscience of sorts. Read full book review >

CASTING FOR MURDER by Mikel Dunham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 13, 1992

"Curiously little artfulness here, although Venice manages to strut its stuff nicely midst these cardboard tourist interlopers."
Soho gallery owner Rhea Buerklin (Stilled Life, 1988) zips over to Venice, at the invitation of self-made tycoon Verle Rivers, to discuss the disposition of his murdered son's art. Read full book review >
THE FAMOUS D.A.R. MURDER MYSTERY by Graham Landrum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 12, 1992

"Readers of this divertingly different first-class murder mystery will be too."
A delightful first novel relating the experiences of some members of the Old Orchard Fort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Borderville, Virginia, in solving the murder of Luis Garcia, a world-renowned harpist from California. Read full book review >
DEAD TIME by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 1992

"Far-fetched and sluggish."
An improbably peopled first novel in which the Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, detective team of Marti MacAlister (black/widowed, with two kids/intuitive) and her male partner, Vik Jessenovik (white/gruff/factual), try to solve the murder of an often hospitalized (schizophrenia) young woman, Dorsey, at the Cramer Hotel, a flophouse for social misfits. Read full book review >
RISING SUN by Michael Crichton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 1992

"Brilliantly calculated Japan-bashing that's bound, for better or for worse, to attract controversy and a huge readership."
The Yellow Menace returns in Crichton's shocking, didactic, enormously clever new mystery-thriller—only now he wears a three-piece suit and aims to dominate America through force of finance, not arms. Read full book review >
DEATH BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 9, 1992

"Whimsy-laden, mildly entertaining, mediocre Hess."
Echoes of Arsenic and Old Lace flutter through this chronicle of the eccentric Malloys of Louisiana. Read full book review >
ISVIK by Hammond Innes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 1992

"The mystery is clever, too, though off- putting."
The grand master of the deep-water thriller (Medusa, 1988, etc.) sails to coldest Chile, Tierra del Fuego, and antarctic points beyond to pick at the old sores and hidden horrors of Argentina's shameful politics. Read full book review >
DEEP SLEEP by Frances Fyfield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 1992

"Bailey relationship, at least for now."
Fyfield (A Question of Guilt, 1989; Shadows on the Mirror; as Frances Hegarty, The Playroom—both 1991) is slowly building a loyal readership—mainly of fans of Ruth Rendell's procedurals— and, here, again presents Crown Prosecutor Helen West and Detective Inspector Geoffrey Bailey with a case that impinges on both of their territories: Helen's gut feeling tells her that pharmacist Pip Carlton's wife did not just peacefully die in her sleep; Geoff's fellow officer, the violent-when-drunk Duncan, is the estranged husband of Pip's assistant, Kimberly—who, unbeknownst to her, is the center of Pip's crazed sexual fantasies. 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 >