Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 945)

FLETCH REFLECTED by Gregory Mcdonald
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"And the younger Fletch is the dumbest audience-broadening stunt since Paul Drake Jr."
A week after getting his legendary rogue journalist father I.M. Fletcher to help complete and file his exposÇ of the white-supremacist Tribe (Son of Fletch, 1993), Jack Fletcher Faoni is already infiltrating another shuttered little society. Read full book review >
BLIND JUSTICE by Bruce Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The final paragraph promises a sequel, perhaps a series."
Sir John Fielding, co-founder with his late half-brother Henry (author of Tom Jones) of the Bow Street Runners, has been dead for 200 years, but he's just now getting his first starring role in a detective story. Read full book review >

CHARISMA by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Donovan and Graham aren't any more interesting than in their debut (A Bleeding of Innocents, 1993), but they make interesting things happen throughout this tangy, gritty tale, whose most banal supporting character can flare into unexpected life in a single impassioned moment."
Famous Welsh revivalist Michael Davey brings his wheelchair and carnival tent to Castlemere just in time for a pair of throat- slittings—of a teenaged streetwalker and an even younger girl riding her pony in Belvedere Park at daybreak. Read full book review >
DEATH BY ELECTION by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Though she never decides whether Laura is a detective or a spin doctor, Hall (The Poison Pool, 1993) produces a satisfyingly ugly study of English local politics."
The death of the long-ailing Member for Bradfield launches sociologist Richard Thurston, his heir-apparent, into the political limelight. Read full book review >
BLANCHE AMONG THE TALENTED TENTH by Barbara Neely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Even so, tracking down the victims of Faith's treachery makes for a pretty limp mystery that, as in Blanche's debut, takes a back seat to an acerbic portrait of class infighting at its most corrosive."
Segregation is alive and well at Maine's exclusive Amber Cove seaside resort. Read full book review >

DAUGHTER OF THE STARS by Phyllis A. Whitney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Veterans of the Whitney method might guess."
A not surprisingly neat recovery from the over-dense Star Flight (1993), by the empress of old-time cliff-edged suspense. Read full book review >
THE GREEN MOSAIC by Stephen F. Wilcox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

Always on the alert for material, true-crime writer T.S.W. Sheridan (All the Dead Heroes, 1992, etc.) goes into overdrive when he hears two Adirondack sages talking about the smoke coming from Glenny Oldham's cabin. Read full book review >
ARMADILLOS AND OLD LACE by Kinky Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Kinky's naughty charm is as potent as ever, but the uninitiated may find the lightweight mystery swamped, like a Thanksgiving dinner, by too much homecoming, too much childhood nostalgia, and too many fatty trimmings. (Author tour)"
Texas Jewboy Kinky Friedman (Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola, 1993) gets back to his non-Hebraic roots when he leaves Manhattan for a summer taking care of laundry and security at his father's kids' camp outside San Antonio. Read full book review >
DEATH IN ROME by Wolfgang Koeppen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 13, 1994

"Desolate, cold, cryptic."
This Mann-esque German import, previously unpublished in English, takes readers on a lonely midnight walk without a map through crumbling foreign alleyways. Read full book review >
JUSTICE DENIED by Robert K. Tanenbaum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"A middling effort."
Although this sixth entry by Tanenbaum (Material Witness, 1993, etc.) featuring New York DA, Homicide Bureau chief, Butch Karp and his wife and co-worker, Marlene Ciampi, could have used some editing, it works as a routine legal thriller with unusually fleshed-out characters. Read full book review >
BANJO BOY by Vince Kohler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"But it's the zillion zany grace notes that make this story, in the words of Eldon's professional mantra, such good copy."
A dead giant pimp in lederhosen—who lived in a gingerbread house, played the banjo, and collected X-rated fake Hummel figurines—starts Oregon reporter Eldon Larkin's latest case off with a bang (so big a bang that he test-drives the junker he's looking at, a 1958 Isetta, off the used-car lot to check out the murder scene and ends up having to buy the sucker). Read full book review >
NORTH OF MONTANA by April Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Transcends all conventions. (First printing of 125,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Smith comes out swinging and never lets up in her knockout debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >