Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

THE TIES THAT BIND by Warren Adler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 24, 1994

"Fiona's recent adventures."
Who would've thought that Sgt. Read full book review >
EPILOGUE FOR MURDER by Larry Shriner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 23, 1994

"A noteworthy debut."
First-time mystery writer Shriner creates a college professor turned private detective, Bennett Cole, who after nearly a decade of sleuthing around Atlanta has never investigated a murder. Read full book review >

LOVE BYTES by Sally Chapman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 20, 1994

"A neat windup and Chapman's breezy style lend some help, but this one's strictly for the computer-competent."
Second of the author's stories about 30ish computer whiz Julie Blake (Raw Data, 1991) who has now left her top job at ICI in California's Silicon Valley to form, with lover Vic Paoli, an agency to investigate computer fraud. Read full book review >
THE SIDEWALK HILTON by Bruce Cook
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 1994

LA detective Chico Cervantes's fourth case seems to have been written by two ill-matched collaborators. Read full book review >
DEATH UNDERFOOT by Dennis Casley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1994

"Though sometimes jumbled, a richly engrossing first novel and an un-touristy expedition into East Africa."
Hawk's Nest, a game-viewing lodge outside Nairobi, is where seductive Diana Farwell is killed—toppled from a platform into a rampaging elephant herd. Read full book review >

SOMETHING TO KILL FOR by Susan Holtzer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 17, 1994

"Ingratiating fare from a welcome newcomer, winner of the 1993 Best First Malice Domestic Novel Contest."
Making the weekend garage-sale circuit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her friend, small-time collectibles dealer Joyce McCarthy, Anneke Haagen—owner of a thriving computer service—finds Joanna Westlake, bludgeoned and near death, whose last words are ``the Jap.'' Joyce's antiques co-op has a Japanese member, and the group fears the police will scapegoat Ellen Nakamura for the killing. Read full book review >
BAD CHEMISTRY by Nora Kelly
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 17, 1994

Back in Cambridge visiting her lover, Inspector Edward Gisborne, Vancouver history professor Gillian Adams tussles with a double murder. Read full book review >
TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SILENT WOMAN by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1994

"Less would surely be more in this overstuffed outing, still fascinating but outclassed by the author's best. (Author tour)"
Lord Westfield's Men, an Elizabethan-era theater company, has had its share of troubles in The Nine Giants (1991) and other titles, but none more severe than it faces here. Read full book review >
THREATS AND MENACES by Alan Scholefield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1994

"But Scholefield's salt-and-pepper detective pair continues to provide a solid alternative to Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe."
Over howls of protest that their Major Investigation Pool is being assigned to something so minor, Superintendent George Macrae and his partner, Leo Silver, are pressed into investigating a series of burglaries in London's posh Selbourne Place. Read full book review >
ACT OF GOD by Jeremiah Healy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1994

"None of it helps a story that starts with intriguing possibilities but disintegrates as it pursues its clumsy and unbelievable plot."
Healy is in less than top form here as John Cuddy, his wily, Boston-based PI (Foursome, 1993, etc.) takes on a two-pronged investigation for gentle, grief-stricken Pearl Rivkind and cold- fish pharmacist William Proft. Read full book review >
SHOEDOG by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1994

"More fun than a Late Show marathon—starting with The Asphalt Jungle."
Constantine, a drifter who's been too many places to care about anything that won't fit into his backpack, hitches a ride into trouble when Polk, the old man who picks him up outside DC, stops off, and gets turned down, for the $20,000 in dirty money his Korean War buddy Grimes owes him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >