Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

THE WOLF PATH by Judith Van Gieson
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The author's best to date."
Albuquerque lawyer Neil Hamel (The Other Side of Death, 1991, etc.) usually finds herself embroiled in environmental issues that erupt into murder. Read full book review >
KILLING COUSINS by Alanna Knight
Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"Fans of the romance genre will love it."
Edinburgh's Detective Inspector Jeremy Faro, hero of this Victorian-era series (Deadly Beloved, 1990, etc.), is visiting the island in the Orkneys where he grew up and where his mother is temporary housekeeper at Belfray Castle. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"No one will be disappointed."
Excellent sheaf of sf reprints (plus three originals) all turning on crime and detection in the future, a truly intriguing premise. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

"Her further work is anticipated with pleasure and interest."
A debut novel set in a Church of England diocese centered on Medewich Cathedral and its adjacent living-and-working quarters for bishop, deacon, archdeacon, and their functionaries. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

"Literate and informative, as always with this series, but too disjointed and discursive to rank with the author's best (Deathwatch, etc.)."
Another chapter in the Victorian Age adventure of no-nonsense Sergeant Bragg and his aristocratic partner Constable Morton, as the two maneuver the hazards of London's police bureaucracy while trying to solve the stabbing murder of industrialist Andrew Livesey. Read full book review >

THE HOUR OF THE KNIFE by Sharon Zukowski
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

"Irritating sibling squabbles, comic-book villains, and ineffective attempts at hard-boiled dialogue: clichÇ-riddled debut."
Manhattan p.i. Read full book review >
BLOOD KIN by Roy Hart
Released: Jan. 23, 1992

"A fine variety of believable characters adds solid underpinning to a steadily intriguing example of the English village procedural."
A crisply developed story that has quietly competent Inspector Roper (Robber Blind, etc.) called in to investigate the disappearance of legendary one-time movie star Rita Cavallo—who's now married to TV actor George Sheridan but has a past laden with several husbands and an infant son, all of whom met premature deaths. Read full book review >
BODY COUNT by E. Howard Hunt
Released: Jan. 23, 1992

"Lots of steaks and wine."
A sharpshooting Washington p.r. man does a little moonlighting as an assassin. Read full book review >
USER DEADLY by Denise Danks
Released: Jan. 22, 1992

"A strong, appealing introduction to the unsentimental Georgina."
Londoner Georgina Powers, a reporter for Technology Week, is horrified to hear of her cousin Julian's death—caused, it seems by a bit of autoerotica he couldn't escape when he forgot to place his handcuff keys nearby. Read full book review >
THE BLACK ECHO by Michael Connelly
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Still, Connelly knows his turf and perhaps he'll map it more freshly next time out."
Big, brooding debut police thriller by Los Angeles Times crime-reporter Connelly, whose labyrinthine tale of a cop tracking vicious bank-robbers sparks and smolders but never quite catches fire. Read full book review >
CAUGHT LOOKING by Randy Russell
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Russell (Blind Spot, Hard Wire) is better than ever, and a writer to watch."
Alton Benjamin ``Rooster'' Franklin, Russell's sardonic answer to Westlake's Dortmunder, now heads for Kansas City with his visiting teenager, the ``rad'' Avery, in tow to discover who boosted the car of his girlfriend Carolyn's brother-in-law, virtually blind-as-a-bat ``high-heat'' pitcher Rowdy Monroe, whose glove was in the trunk. Read full book review >
A WISP OF SMOKE by Roy Lewis
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"In this latest appearance from Landon, his reluctant attraction to Jane Wilson—plus the absence of the author's frequent concentration on medieval architecture—lends a lighter, livelier air to a steadily diverting story."
The murder of author/ex-Army officer Ken Andrews seems far removed from shy, middle-aged bachelor Arnold Landon (The Devil is Dead, 1990, etc.), a planning officer in Durham, until he's asked by publisher Peter Aspen to finish the book on Rosicrucians that Andrews was writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >