Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"This series keeps getting stronger and stronger."
Another dark rhapsody on Burke's favorite themes—power and vengeance, organized crime, maverick Louisiana lawmen, and nightmares from Vietnam—all pulled together more tightly than ever by the Sonnier family, threatened by somebody (oilman brother Weldon's mob contacts? televangelist brother Lyle's stray sheep? sister Drew's old political enemies? brother-in-law Bobby Earl's followers in the Aryan Nation? hateful paterfamilias Verise, long presumed dead in a tanker explosion?) who first shoots out Weldon's window and then executes a cop in the family basement. Read full book review >
THE VANISHED CHILD by Sarah Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Smith (the computer-readable King of Space, plus academic nonfiction) paints a canvas reminiscent of Robert Goddard's well- upholstered period thrillers, though more tonily inconclusive at every stage."
Twenty years after someone killed William Knight and kidnapped William's eight-year-old grandson Richard, Baron Alexander von Reisden reluctantly agrees to impersonate Richard in order to solve the mystery of what happened back in 1887. Read full book review >

BOILED IN CONCRETE by Jesse Sublett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Martin, however, is an appealing, offbeat hero."
Blues bass-player Martin Fender (Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby), while waiting for a gig to pan out in L.A., agrees to Cyclone Davis's midnight recording session of a song that he claims will prove that Richard James, the legend, didn't die in that plane crash back in the `70's. Read full book review >
VENUS IN COPPER by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

Beatings by the Emperor Vespasian's flunkies; imprisoning on sundry trumped-up charges; surviving the collapse of his new building; tangling with killers, swindlers, and landlords; crossing swords and hearts with Helena Justina, the senator's daughter—in other words, business as usual for Marcus Didius Falco (Silver Pigs, Shadows in Bronze), sometime informer for the emperor, who's hired by the relatives of freedman/real-estate mogul Hortensius Novus to dig up enough dirt to discredit his oft-widowed fiancÇe, Severina Zotica, before she can marry and bury him. Read full book review >
RUNNING MATES by John Feinstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

Strangely plotted but captivating political thriller—the first in a series—by the best-selling nonfiction author of A Season on the Brink (1987), A Season Inside (1988), etc. Feinstein, a reporter for The Washington Post, spent two years covering the State House scene in Annapolis, and his love for that town comes through strongly here. Read full book review >

WYCLIFFE AND THE DEAD FLAUTIST by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Contrived motivation, unconvincing relationships, slow-motion pace, and a Wycliffe detached and sluggish add up to tepid stuff- -well below the Burley norm (Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue, etc., etc.)."
Chief Superintendent Wycliffe at his most introspective as he confronts the murder, ineptly disguised as suicide, of Tony Miller, estate foreman of the Duloe estate, spread along the Fal river in Wycliffe's peaceful Cornish turf. Read full book review >
DARK CHANT IN A CRIMSON KEY by George C. Chesbro
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Strictly for tough guys—with bimbo brains."
Typical Mongo macho melodrama (torture by strategically applied feather/psychotropic drugs/martial arts mayhem): here, the celebrated dwarf detective is sent to Geneva by Emmet P. Neuberger to oversee Interpol and local agencies as they seek out ace con- man/criminal Chant Sinclair, who's pilfered ten million dollars from Neuberger's Cornucopia Foundation. Read full book review >
CADAVER by Mary Kittredge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Overloaded with plot contrivances but gripping—and the best yet of this series."
Wealthy, attractive nurse Edwina Crusoe (Rigor Mortis, 1991, etc.), newly married to detective Martin McIntyre of New Haven's Homicide division, is now a p.i. specializing in medical cases. Read full book review >
A WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on—but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while."
Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. Read full book review >
SKIN DEEP IS FATAL by Michael Cormany
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Meanwhile, pet bunny Bugs is on hand again, but wisely sleeps through most of Kruger's sentimental mumblings."
In an alcohol/drug rehab clinic with his punk girlfriend Heather (Polaroid Man, 1991), Chicago p.i. Read full book review >
THE JEWEL THAT WAS OURS by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Less impressive than the eight previous Morse stories, and far less adroit than Dexter's handling of The Wench is Dead."
For Dexter, a decidedly conventional outing, this one involving an American tour group and their Oxford guides and Inspector Morse's investigation into who among them pilfered the Wolvercote Jewel, a Saxon buckle that Mrs. Laura Stratton was planning on presenting to the Ashmolean Museum. Read full book review >
CRIME WAVES I by H.R.F. Keating
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1992

"Low-key and diverting, though lacking a standout."
Retiring after a 25-year stewardship as editor of the annual Crime Writers Association anthology, Herbert Harris is replaced, this year, by critic/mystery writer Keating, who includes three original stories (Catherine Aird's slight car-mishap; Mike Ripley's droll plot against Shakespeare; and Michael A. Lewin's hilarious spin on Dan Quayle as an accidental detective), six EQMM reprints (his own paean to ``The Speckled Band''; David Williams's clever customs comeuppance; Robert Barnard's truly malicious tale of seasonal giving; Julian Symons's elegantly written suburban nightmare; Reginald Hill's melodramatic horror story; and Susan Moody's twist on the writer's experience with crime), plus eight stories unfamiliar to American readers from such as Antonia Fraser (Jemima Shore in jeopardy), Michael Gilbert (a keen look at business improprieties), Liza Cody (hooliganism at a theme park), and Simon Brett (a long, drawn-out bit of fatherly advice). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >