Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

THE BETTE DAVIS MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The plot wears as thin as the silver-screen gimmick in this by-the-numbers mystery, deliberately reminiscent of a Christie novel."
Still another movie star of Hollywood's Golden Age turns sleuth in the hands of Baxt (The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FILE UNDER: MISSING by Sarah Lacey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Lacey still has trouble putting together a coherent plot; but scene by scene, wisecrack by wisecrack, Hunter is a terrifically entertaining guide through this walk on the seamy side."
Warning to Yorkshire malefactors: Leah Hunter fights back! Read full book review >

A VOW OF PENANCE by Veronica Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The identity of the murderer may be no surprise to seasoned mystery hands, but this popular series offers peaceful convent decorum, with a giddy streak of gore and a likeable sleuth."
The latest sleuthing adventures of bouncy young Sister Joan, a nun in a Cornwall convent. Read full book review >
SCANDAL IN FAIR HAVEN by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"On the evidence here, Fair Haven must be the busiest, nastiest little hamlet in the galaxy."
Just because Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (Dead Man's Island, 1993) has retired from reporting the news doesn't mean she's retired from asking nosy questions; and when Craig Matthews stumbles into the Tennessee vacation cottage she was to share with his stricken aunt gasping that he didn't kill his socialite wife, Patty Kay, she swiftly assumes the role of his aunt and takes up his cause. Read full book review >
COLD LIGHT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 1994

"A suspenseful, unfailingly engrossing procedural enhanced by its clipped, faintly sardonic style—the best yet in Harvey's unbroken string of winners. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Sixth in the author's superb series of police procedurals featuring complex Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and his colleagues in a Northern English city (Off-Minor, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

FIRST OFFENSE by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"Skip the book and wait to rent the movie on a very slow weekend. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
A bestselling track record and some hot sex scenarios can't mask the fact that Rosenberg's latest legal-action thriller is a clunker. Read full book review >
DIXIE CITY JAM by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 1994

A Nazi U-boat sunk 50 years ago off the Louisiana coast is the catalyst for New Iberia (La.) sheriff's deputy Dave Robicheaux's latest descent into the depths of human nature. Read full book review >
GOING NOWHERE FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Geez Looweez. (Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
This farcical change of pace from Haywood's Aaron Gunner series (You Can Die Trying, 1993) introduces the Loudermilk family: Big Joe, a retired police officer; his wife, Dottie (who establishes their uniquely affectionate domestic ambience early on when she sighs, ``I could almost feel his loving hands closing around my throat''); and their (ugh) children, whom they sell their house and buy an Airstream trailer to get away from—only to find, while they're admiring the Grand Canyon, their sour-smelling son Bad Dog in residence, together with a corpse on their toilet. Read full book review >
WHITE EYE by Blanche d'Alpuget
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"With eye-opening events and a collision of people, d'Alpuget achieves a hortatory effect with the calm of ashes settling after a conflagration."
Laced with grue and a trace of black humor, the latest by Australian d'Alpuget (Winter in Jerusalem, 1986, etc.) is set in the Australian outback and rings with alarm bells about the plight of primates (human and otherwise) and creatures in general on our rapidly deteriorating planet. Read full book review >
BAD INTENT by Wendy Hornsby
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"With her pushy ways and foul mouth, MacGowen is a heroine for the '90s. (Author tour)"
High-voltage independent filmmaker Maggie MacGowen (Midnight Baby, 1993, etc.) has left her San Francisco home base and, along with teenaged daughter Casey, joined forces with her policeman lover, Mike Flint, in Los Angeles. Read full book review >
CHUTES AND ADDERS by Barbara Block
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A modern-day Eve, she can look a snake in its cold eye; it's the large spiders she can't stand."
ALL FALL DOWN by Lee Gruenfeld
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The result is a lumpy, lumbering union of John Waynes of both sexes."
A nifty couple of ideas for domestic-aviation extortion are buried deep under acres of sawdust in this swollen thriller from Gruenfeld (Irreparable Harm, 1993). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >