Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

MURDER IN THE EAST ROOM by Elliott Roosevelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"Easy to take and steadily entertaining."
Yet another of the late author's posthumous novels, this one set in 1940 toward the end of FDR's second term, with France about to fall to Hitler's armies and isolationist forces in the US opposing every move to help Britain. Read full book review >
WAY DOWN ON THE HIGH LONELY by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"1102 ), but Neal's latest adventure is full of entertaining derring-do."
Looks like Neal Carey, the peripatetic agent of that free- lance justice troop Friends of the Family, will never get back to New York to write his dissertation on Tobias Smollett. Read full book review >

O LITTLE TOWN OF MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"A fast, funny, amiably sardonic look at the forces behind the myths of stardom—and a marvelous treat for Maggody fans (Maggody in Manhattan, etc.)."
The zany citizens of Maggody, Arkansas, now in the grip of a recession, meet the mostly messed-up performers and handlers of the C&W music world when small-time record company executives Pierce and Ripley Keswick decide to polish the tarnished image of their hard-drinking mega-star Matt Montana. Read full book review >
GUILTY CONSCIENCE by Michael Underwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"Disappointing stuff from a writer who's often more than just barely readable."
London lawyer Rosa Epton (The Seeds of Murder, etc.) is visited one day by Evelyn Henshaw—wealthy, overdressed, and claiming to be in danger from second husband Ralph, who, according to her, had disposed of his first wife, Jean. Read full book review >
ALL SOULS by John Brady
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"If you can bear the emotional upheaval of the dark Irish soul put under this strong a microscope: a knockout."
Painful glimpses of past tragedies emerge when Dublin's Inspector Minogue (Kaddish in Dublin, etc.) returns to County Clare on holiday and is sandbagged into investigating the murder of Jane Clark, a crime from a dozen years back that led to the incarceration of Jamesy Burke. Read full book review >

WYCLIFFE AND THE LAST RITES by W.J. Burley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Rather slow-paced, talky, but nicely atmospheric police procedural."
The Cornish riverside village of Moresk is home to some quietly skewed characters, among them twin sisters Kathy and Jessica Dobell—Kathy is married to prosperous contractor Abe Geach; Jessica is running the worn-out farm left by their parents and eking out her bare living with cleaning chores at the town church. Read full book review >
DANGER IN D.C. by Martin H. Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Caution: ingesting too many at a sitting could cause hairballs."
You either like cat mysteries or you don't, and this tepid collection of 20 all-new stories won't change your mind either way. Read full book review >
A CLINIC FOR MURDER by Marsha Landreth
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"But Landreth's talent ensures that she'll be back with a stronger vehicle."
Minutes after Dr. Doyle Smith collapses at a San Diego medical examiners' conference, muttering, ``Murder...letter in safe...authorities...'' into Dr. Samantha Turner's ear, Sam's in his hotel room looking for that letter. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE by Kevin Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"More readers will be put off, though, by the mean-spirited sallies among Sam, Stick, and his ever-so idiosyncratic chums."
Wheelchair-bound paraplegic Stick Foster, an Orlando, Florida, reporter, attends a fancy shindig at the law firm his wife Sam (another ``para'') works for when the senior partner drops dead. Read full book review >
BOMBER'S LAW by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"The author's ability to tease an entire plot out of a series of delaying tactics—and to provide a satisfying ending for what seemed at first like an entire meal of gooey desserts—is nothing short of amazing."
Higgins's matchless ear for dialogue often overshadows the way his art relies on digressive anecdotes for its garrulous music and its flavorsome sense of reality. Read full book review >
THIN ICE by Meg O'Brien
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"But die-hard Mary Higgins Clarkites looking for a fix will find family secrets, sister love, earnest lectures about mythology, and an innocent heroine who grows a tough skin—all with a PG rating."
Several days after her biologist sister Mary Clare, who worked at Sacred Heart Hospital and lived at Sacre Coeur convent, is fished out of the Potomac River, Nicole Ryan finds that somebody (allegedly her late sister) has switched Mary's plane reservations to a Pasadena convention to Nikki's name. Read full book review >
MURDER MAKES A PILGRIMAGE by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"A mostly dull, overextended trip."
Elderly Sister Mary Helen of San Francisco's Mount St. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >