Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

THE SMALL BANG by Jack Fenno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"In sum: sporadically intriguing, highly civilized, yet ultimately rather boring—no matter who wrote it."
Fenno is the pseudonym ``for a long-established literary figure''—and the publisher is trying hard to generate excitement and suspense about who the author really is (to be revealed with hoopla in September). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"It all adds up to Rostnikov's best outing since A Cold Red Sunrise (1988)."
Kaminsky moves closer to becoming the Ed McBain of Mother Russia with this tale of two felonies, as Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov—in his seventh outing (Rostnikov's Vacation, 1991, etc.)—investigates the murder of elderly, politically outspoken Father Vasili Merhum in the village of Arkush, while his deputy Sasha Tkach—newly and uncomfortably partnered with Elena Timofeyeva—competes with a stone killer to comb the hot-spots of Moscow searching for Amira Durahaman, daughter of the Syrian oil minister. Read full book review >

DEADLY ERRAND by Christine Green
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Despite its limp-along narrative and a clutch of downbeat characters (who take the edge off Kate's cheerfully amateurish efforts), there's talent here that may be better honed in future outings."
First-novelist Green introduces 30-ish nurse Kate Kinsella, whose ambition is to be a detective specializing in medical- background cases. Read full book review >
SORROW TO THE GRAVE by Dell Shannon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 23, 1992

"Downbeat, rambling and repetitive, this recently discovered story will evoke only lukewarm echoes of the late author's crisp Luis Mendoza police procedurals."
Compassionate young Brenda Sheldon's neighbor is newly widowed, childless Mabel Foster, in her 80s but doing okay until well-meaning efforts bring practical nurse Josephine Slaney to live with her. Read full book review >
CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND RESURRECTION by Michael Collins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 21, 1992

"A mixed bag in which, truly, less is more."
In ``Resurrection,'' the novella centerpiece of this Dan Fortune collection (The Irishman's Horse, 1991, etc.), the one- armed p.i. is trying to find journalist George Rogers, reported killed in Africa. Read full book review >

THE DALLAS DECEPTION by Richard Abshire
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1992

"Abshire ought to stick to."
THE ICE-HOUSE by Minette Walters
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1992

"Unholy passions seethe inches beneath a proper surface: a brutal, literate debut—especially welcome to fans of Ruth Rendell.(I)"
Ten years ago, Phoebe Maybury's hateful husband David disappeared from Streech Grange after his wife caught him in bed with their traumatized daughter Jane. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF THE ACTION by Stephen Solomita
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 17, 1992

"Series fans already will know that Moodrow wins this battle, but Solomita's energetic evocation of the bad old days of New York's finest will keep them nailed to the page right up to the foregone conclusion."
Intense police melodrama, circa 1957, as Solomita takes his hulking cop-hero Stanley Moodrow (Bad to the Bone, 1991, etc.) back to his early, troubled days on the job. Read full book review >
POINT DECEPTION by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1992

"As in McKernan's Osprey Reef, the dialogue is nice, and the deb sendup hilarious."
When a mangled, bikini-clad torso gets entangled in an Antilla fishing net, and a US senator sorrowfully claims it as his daughter, spoiled post-deb Angelica Wattles, island pilot (with a CIA/FBI/DEA hush-hush past) Alex Sanders suggests to him that it just might be someone else's child. Read full book review >
KINGPINS by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"An average collection at best, no better or worse than a regular issue of either magazine."
Seventeen stories from the pages of Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock magazines, none of them particularly memorable and most not especially relevant to the collection's purported theme— showing the inner workings of organized crime. Read full book review >
FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 15, 1992

"Havers outings."
The fifth outing for Scotland Yard's Inspector Lynley (rich, sleek aristocrat) and Sergeant Havers (rough-edged, bitter plain-Jane)—this time called up to Cambridge to investigate the brutal murder of a sexy, unstable, deaf student. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DEEP WATER by Paul Kemprecos
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 1992

"The relaxed, low-key narration is its best asset, making for an easy read."
Amiable if overlong hardcover introduction to Aristotle ``Soc'' Socarides, a Cape Cod fisherman/sleuth of Greek heritage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >