Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

AGATHA RAISIN AND THE POTTED GARDENER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"A mildly cozy but totally forgettable excursion—strictly for forgiving fans."
Beaton, author of the Hamish MacBeth stories, offers another anemic adventure for second-string sleuth Agatha Raisin. Read full book review >
CUTTER by Laura Crum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 1994

"Despite this first novel's appealingly offbeat cowhorse background, you won't hold your breath for the sequel."
Seven sick horses aren't the only trouble veterinarian Gail McCarthy, of the Santa Cruz Equine Practice, finds at Ken Resavich's Indian Gulch Ranch. Read full book review >

MALLORY'S ORACLE by Carol O’Connell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"A publishers' feeding frenzy netted O'Connell $800,000 for this book and the sequel—which means, fortunately, that it won't be long before we hear from Mallory again. (First printing of 50,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
This is a break-the-mold detective story, an incredible debut for O'Connell and a blessing to female detective fans everywhere. Read full book review >
UNTIL DEATH by Polly Whitney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 16, 1994

"Martin's stalwart, Michael Bowen."
Minutes before the scheduled 6:00 a.m. broadcast of Morning Watch, anchor Concepci¢n Candela, is found dead on the set—and whodunit is the least of the mysteries for Morning Watch director Abby Abagnarro and his ex-wife Mary (``Ike'') Read full book review >
THE BETTE DAVIS MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The plot wears as thin as the silver-screen gimmick in this by-the-numbers mystery, deliberately reminiscent of a Christie novel."
Still another movie star of Hollywood's Golden Age turns sleuth in the hands of Baxt (The Marlene Dietrich Murder Case, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

FILE UNDER: MISSING by Sarah Lacey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Lacey still has trouble putting together a coherent plot; but scene by scene, wisecrack by wisecrack, Hunter is a terrifically entertaining guide through this walk on the seamy side."
Warning to Yorkshire malefactors: Leah Hunter fights back! Read full book review >
A VOW OF PENANCE by Veronica Black
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"The identity of the murderer may be no surprise to seasoned mystery hands, but this popular series offers peaceful convent decorum, with a giddy streak of gore and a likeable sleuth."
The latest sleuthing adventures of bouncy young Sister Joan, a nun in a Cornwall convent. Read full book review >
SCANDAL IN FAIR HAVEN by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"On the evidence here, Fair Haven must be the busiest, nastiest little hamlet in the galaxy."
Just because Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (Dead Man's Island, 1993) has retired from reporting the news doesn't mean she's retired from asking nosy questions; and when Craig Matthews stumbles into the Tennessee vacation cottage she was to share with his stricken aunt gasping that he didn't kill his socialite wife, Patty Kay, she swiftly assumes the role of his aunt and takes up his cause. Read full book review >
COLD LIGHT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 1994

"A suspenseful, unfailingly engrossing procedural enhanced by its clipped, faintly sardonic style—the best yet in Harvey's unbroken string of winners. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
Sixth in the author's superb series of police procedurals featuring complex Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and his colleagues in a Northern English city (Off-Minor, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
FIRST OFFENSE by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"Skip the book and wait to rent the movie on a very slow weekend. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
A bestselling track record and some hot sex scenarios can't mask the fact that Rosenberg's latest legal-action thriller is a clunker. Read full book review >
DIXIE CITY JAM by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 4, 1994

A Nazi U-boat sunk 50 years ago off the Louisiana coast is the catalyst for New Iberia (La.) sheriff's deputy Dave Robicheaux's latest descent into the depths of human nature. Read full book review >
GOING NOWHERE FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Geez Looweez. (Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
This farcical change of pace from Haywood's Aaron Gunner series (You Can Die Trying, 1993) introduces the Loudermilk family: Big Joe, a retired police officer; his wife, Dottie (who establishes their uniquely affectionate domestic ambience early on when she sighs, ``I could almost feel his loving hands closing around my throat''); and their (ugh) children, whom they sell their house and buy an Airstream trailer to get away from—only to find, while they're admiring the Grand Canyon, their sour-smelling son Bad Dog in residence, together with a corpse on their toilet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >