Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

RED SLAYER by Paul Harding
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 23, 1994

"Run-of-the-mill doings in fancy disguise."
Second in a series set in 14th-century London (after The Nightingale Gallery, 1992) featuring John Cranston, the city's loud-mouthed, wine-swilling, softhearted Lord Coroner, and his clever aide Friar Athelstan, of down-at-heel St. Read full book review >
TIGERS BURNING by Crabbe Evers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 1994

"How long will it take Evers to get around to the Marlins?"
Whoever wants to rescue the Detroit Tigers from ancient Tiger Stadium—owner Little Joe Yeager, maybe, or his blowhard VP Sport McAllister—won't stop at arson and murder, as the baesball commissioner's investigator Duffy House (Fear in Fenway, 1993) realizes after Kit Gleason, impassioned head of Save Our Stadium, is burned to death in a stadium fire that's way beyond suspicious. Read full book review >

BLEAK SPRING by Jon Cleary
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 1994

"A steadily absorbing plot with some untraditional facets, a clutch of well-drawn characters and a detective who continues to be warm, intelligent, and unsmug make Bleak Spring one of Cleary's best."
Veteran author Cleary's Australian Inspector Scobie Malone of Sydney's police force (Dark Summer, etc.) is grappling with the murder of small-time lawyer Will Rockne, shot in his car in the parking lot of a local beach club, his wife, Olive, only yards away. Read full book review >
THE WANDERING SOUL MURDERS by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1994

"With her rare talent for plumbing emotional pain, Bowen makes you feel the shock of murder and other horrors as acutely as she does her most reasonable fears about her children's lovers."
Once again, Bowen's Canadian earth mother/university teacher Joanne Kilbourn has to wrestle with the everyday hurt of family love: her daughter Mieka is planning a wedding to the daughter of the politically conservative Harris family; her son Peter's unsuitable girlfriend Christy Sinclair has just popped up again; and Joanne has adopted Sally Love's young daughter Taylor (Love and Murder, 1993). Read full book review >
THE BESSIE BLUE KILLER by Richard A. Lupoff
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1994

"There's no poison in you,'' Marvia tells Lindsey, and she's right: the gentle, reluctant detective suffuses this entertaining nostalgia binge with tenderness."
In his hardcover debut, International Surety claims agent Hobart Lindsey, sent to ride herd on an umbrella policy for the filming of Bessie Blue, a film about black airmen in WW II, finds the production halted by producer Ina Chandler and technical advisor Lawton Crump's discovery of dead janitor Leroy McKinney. Read full book review >

THE DAY THAT DUSTY DIED by Lee Martin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1994

"Heartfelt and compelling at times, but small comfort for the reader seeking escape from the world's woes."
Police Detective Deb Ralston, of Fort Worth, Texas, is again faced with myriad personal and professional problems (Hacker, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BRIDLED GROOM by J.S. Borthwick
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 1994

"No joy, except for dedicated horse-lovers."
Nice but nosy English teacher Sarah Deane (Dude on Arrival, etc.), newly married to Dr. Alex McKenzie, is embroiled in the problems of her neighbors in Union, Maine. Read full book review >
CORRUPTLY PROCURED by Michael Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 1994

"It's enough to boggle your mind, though fortunately not Michaelson's."
Retired State Department insider Richard Michaelson (Washington Deceased, Faithfully Executed), dusting himself off after a bombing at the Library of Congress leaves him scarred and a priceless Gutenberg Bible missing, wonders what Kulturkampf, the terrorists-of-the-month claiming responsibility for the bombing, have to do with the law firm of Stevenson, Hughes & Cross, where he's been offered a factitious job leaking State info just before senior partner Aaron Palmer gets killed. Read full book review >
HOW TO MURDER YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW by Dorothy Cannell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 1994

"Amiable, sometimes funny, sometimes tedious nonsense."
Another jumpy chapter in the life of Ellie Haskell (Femmes Fatal, etc.)—now thin, married to restaurateur Ben, mother of twins, and mistress of Merlin's Court in Chitterdon Fells. Read full book review >
BURNING MARCH by Neil Albert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 1994

"Routine work for Dave, smartly told, with Philadelphia locations as memorable as the characters aren't."
Disbarred Philadelphia lawyer-turned-p.i. Read full book review >
FAMILY STALKER by Jon Katz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 1994

"Especially recommended for anybody considering moving out of the city."
A bizarre case for mall detective Kit Deleeuw (Death by Station Wagon, 1993): his client, lawyer Marianne Dow, is convinced that Andrea Lucca, her friend from Buns of Steel, is determined to break up her family—not simply because she has designs on Marianne's Wall Street husband Gil, but because she likes breaking up families. Read full book review >
THE BOLD THING by Mark Daniel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 2, 1994

"Daniel's skill here in playing off multiple levels of corruption and compromise allows him to kick over the Dick Francis traces that hobbled his The Devil to Pay (1993): a superior horseracing suspenser."
A jockey-trainer with a checkered past returns home to Ireland and the farm that was once his family's—only to enter a world more compromised and compromising than he is. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >