Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

BLOODEAGLE by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 1994

"A mix of the exotic and the plebeian, clumsy at times but engrossing most of the way."
Arnold Landon, the author's quiet medievalist-sleuth (A Secret Dying, etc.), plays a modest role here, leaving the spotlight to Durham's Detective Chief Inspector Culpeper, his aide Inspector Farnsby, and the bizarre murder they're trying to solve. Read full book review >
MIAMI, IT'S MURDER by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

Not just murder, but rape, too, as Cuban-American Miami Daily News staffer Britt Montero (Nobody Lives Forever, 1990; Contents Under Pressure, 1992), on the trail of the Downtown Rapist who's attacked half a dozen women in public restrooms, provokes him into sending her illiterate threatening letters and a cow's severed tongue (a Santer°a curse, according to her Aunt Odalys) before her inevitable trip to the ladies' room. Read full book review >

PRIZZI'S MONEY by Richard Condon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1994

"A tangled web!"
Condon in top form with his fourth all-Prizzi novel. Read full book review >
KINDNESS CAN KILL by Janie Bolitho
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"British writer Bolitho's generous way with clues—plus her low- key, dispassionate view of her hotblooded characters—makes this a promising debut in the manner of Peter Robinson's ice-cold studies of passion."
Everyone loved the late Julia Henderson, and that's what makes everyone's wives in Rickenham Green such good suspects. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Margaret Yorke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Repetitive at times and a bit too leisurely in pace, but filled with quiet menace and sharply observed characters: one of veteran Yorke's better efforts."
The author adds domestic abuse to her chronicles of British middle-class society (A Small Deceit, etc.) as she contemplates Hermione Brown, a chronically frightened mouse married to Walter—a pompous, penny-pinching monster ruined by his own brutal childhood. Read full book review >

HARDSCAPE by Justin Scott
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Veteran suspenser Scott (The Nine Dragons, 1991, etc.) may have struck gold with this new series."
Scott's new hero, small-town Connecticut realtor Ben Abbott, is one romantic guy. Read full book review >
BIG TOWN by Doug J. Swanson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Meanwhile, Elmore Leonard fans can rejoice in a newly minted storyteller whose moves are so sure that each new double-cross brings a smile of pure joy—about the only pure emotion in this spirited debut."
An ebullient noir comedy about the mad scramble for escalating shares of a Dallas motivational speaker's off-the-books cash. Read full book review >
FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >
SOLO HAND by Bill Moody
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"This first novel peoples its savory music-industry background with such forgettable characters that it actually gets less interesting as it goes along."
A week before The Soul of Country, King of Soul Lonnie Cole's duet album with Mr. Country and Western Charlie Crisp, is scheduled to sweep the American Music Awards, Lonnie gets a photo in the mail—a shot of him in bed with Crisp (passed out drunk after a party, though that's not how it looks)—together with a note naming former jazz pianist Evan Horne as the bagman for a joint $1 million blackmail demand. Read full book review >
FALLEN INTO THE PIT by Ellis Peters
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Others may find it a bit of a slog."
In postwar England, the village of Comerford—home to Police Sergeant George Felse—has its share of returned heros: Quiet teacher Chad Wedeerburn; decorated paratrooper Jim Tigg, now sheepherding on Chris Collins's farm; and Charles Blunden, who fought his way across Italy, now back to his father Selwyn's substantial land holdings. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE PLACE OF ANUBIS by Lynda S. Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"First of a promised, and promising, series."
A Tutankhamen-era mystery loosely inspired by Agatha Christie's Death Comes as the End (now, incredibly, celebrating its 50th birthday) starts with the discovery of an extra body in the embalming shelter. Read full book review >
DEATH TO GO by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Sedate, intricate, and satisfyingly textured, though the last plot twist is one too many."
His violinist-lover Joanna keeps pressing Shepherd's Bush Inspector Bill Slider (Death Watch, 1993, etc.) to leave his wife for her, but something keeps turning up. 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 >