Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

ISLAND GIRL by Carole Berry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Offbeat motivation, exotic ambiance, and some quirky characters: a pleasant diversion."
Another amiable adventure for Bonnie Indermill—temporary worker, permanent busybody (Good Night, Sweet Prince, etc.)—this time subbing for a vacationing friend at the Flamingo Cove Hotel in the Bahamas, as director of aerobics and other group activities. Read full book review >
THE MASKED MAN by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Like Tey's The Daughter of Time, this may become a history-class staple."
Popular historian Doherty adds another inveterate rogue to his roster—English forger Ralph Croft, who scampers across the Channel and soon finds himself incarcerated in the Bastille, where his release is contingent upon his working with the Regent's men, archivist Maurepas and Captain D'Estivet, to discover the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. Read full book review >

GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE by Janet LaPierre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A jumble of plotlines, characters, and corpses dilutes the thrust of a moderately engrossing puzzle—one much enhanced by its strong evocation of a special place."
The author's locale remains the town of Port Silva in northern California (The Cruel Mother, 1990, etc.), with the focus this time on Charlotte Birdsong, piano teacher, first-class cook, and single mother of 13-year-old Petey. Read full book review >
MAIL-ORDER MURDER by Leslie Meier
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A cute venue but a flat delivery."
A first mystery whose main charm lies in the yuppie accouterments (plaid wool neckties, earthenware jam pots, etc.) that are offered through the Country Cousins Christmas catalogue. Read full book review >
THE MERCY KILLER by Hugh Fleetwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Despicable Tom, though, may linger in your memory like a bad restaurant meal."
Euthanasia-minded terminal cancer patient meets disturbed young man who just might oblige—even if the patient changes his mind about getting killed—in this overdrawn page-turner from the prolific Fleetwood (The Past, 1987; Paradise, 1986; etc.). Read full book review >

MAKE NO BONES by Aaron Elkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Fans may be just a tad disappointed—for others, an unrewarding slog."
Oregon's anthropologist-sleuth Gideon Oliver (A Glancing Light, p. 566, etc.) and his park-ranger wife Julie are attending a conference of anthropologists at Whitebark Lodge, where ten years before Professor Albert Evan Jasper, undisputed top dog in the field, died in a fiery bus crash, at the end of another conference and amid rather mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >
LOVE NOR MONEY by Linda Grant
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A two-part case for personality-pale San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >
THE MELTING CLOCK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Above average for this uneven series (Poor Butterfly, 1970, etc.), though not in the same league as Kaminsky's stories about Inspector Rostnikov."
Hollywood-40's p.i. Read full book review >
THE VIOLATORS by Gunnard Landers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Recommended audience: ecologists looking to get outraged all over again."
Fish and Wildlife undercover agent Reed Erickson (The Deer Killers, 1990) is off to Yellowstone to nab whoever's been killing eagles and selling headdresses made from their plumage to wealthy collectors. Read full book review >
NEON DANCERS by Matt Taylor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Overly busy but mostly engaging—and much enhanced by its likable journalist-sleuth."
Palmer Kingston—ace reporter for the Tribune in the small city of Marlinsport, Florida (Neon Flamingo)—now lives in a Spanish mansion he shares with girl reporter A.C. Egan of the rival Times, and collections of neon signs and vintage cars. Read full book review >
O'FEAR by Peter Corris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 26, 1991

"So-so, with odd quirks of syntax and less rush-of-adrenalin heroics than in recent Aussie imports, such as those from Charles West."
The American debut of a long-running series (a dozen titles) starring Aussie p.i. Read full book review >
SET-UP by Maxine O’Callaghan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Two-dimensional characters, plus predictable plotting, don't help much either."
Orange County investigator Delilah West (Hit and Run, 1989) returns, better fed, better bedded, but duller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >