Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

LEAP OF FAITH by Sharon Zukowski
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"But Zukowski (Dancing in the Dark, 1992, etc.) is too busy showing that Blaine can both take it and dish it out to bother pulling the thousand dire threads of this fantastical tale together."
``I've never had a client who was a month away from being born,'' says Blaine Stewart after the death of her original client- -widowed acquaintance Judith Marsden, whose in-vitro egg is currently growing inside surrogate mother Hannah Wyrick, who has taken off for parts unknown—leaves her working for the unborn heir to the Marsden millions. Read full book review >
HANGMAN'S ROOT by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"Who knows what's next? (Author tour)"
It looks like a duel to the death between cat-rescuing fanatic Dottie Riddle and her Central Texas State College colleague Miles Harwick, whose latest grant finances the wholesale slaughter of guinea pigs who've endured a long ``weightless'' suspension. Read full book review >

NO WITNESSES by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"Guaranteed to keep you reading till dawn—longer, if you wait for your fingers to unclench. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Pearson's latest expert take on the Black Sunday formula pits his veteran team, Seattle Sgt. Read full book review >
THE INDICTMENT by Barry Reed
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 5, 1994

"Although the IRA apparatus is unconvincing and the ending drags, eavesdropping on these legal eagles trying to one-up each other to death is still sinfully entertaining."
Reed (The Choice, 1991, etc.) varies the David-and-Goliath scenario that's worked so well in his previous legal thrillers by making David just a little more powerful and setting him an even tougher goal. Read full book review >
SHE WALKS THESE HILLS by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 4, 1994

"By turns funny, probing, elegiac, and as wise about history as McCrumb has ever been: another stellar performance from one of the best. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
The latest in McCrumb's Ballad series (The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, 1992, etc.) takes off from the legendary tale of Katie Wyler. Read full book review >

COLD HEARTS AND GENTLE PEOPLE by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"The result is a story that crackles with authentic small-town tension."
Newspaper editor Garth Ryland, unofficial special deputy of Oakalla, Wis. Read full book review >
MISS SEETON RULES by Hamilton Crane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Grave, charming, and foolish—the sort of case that suits Miss Seeton down to the ground."
Away with the petty intrigues of the Kentish village of Plummergen and its equally petty rivalry with neighboring Murreystone. Read full book review >
FLYCATCHER by Elleston Trevor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A bad day's work from the usually reliable Trevor (The Sister, 1993, etc.): This overheated, undernourished rip-off makes its middlebrow models, Rebecca and Eyes of Laura Mars, look like Dostoyevsky."
A scream from Central Park wakes self-possessed boutique owner Tasha Fontaine in the middle of the night, but it's a scream nobody else hears, even though Detective Bernie Behrens, rushing to the scene, finds painter Christine Wittendorf dead, the latest victim of a sex murderer the police call Jack the Knife. Read full book review >
NEVERMORE by William Hjortsberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Practice does not always make perfect. (First printing of 75,000; $65,000 ad/promo)"
A carefully researched thriller that provides many fascinating details about celebrities of the Jazz Age but fails miserably and completely to provide any suspense. Read full book review >
THE BODY FARM by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But beneath the welter of quarrels and coincidences is as insidious a study of evil as Cornwell has turned in. (Literary Guild main selection)"
Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta (Cruel and Unusual, 1993, etc.) has given up smoking and strayed far enough from her high-pressure office to act as a consulting profiler for the FBI, but her nerves are just as frayed at Quantico, especially since her rebellious niece Lucy is a computer-whiz trainee for the Engineering Research Facility down the hall. Read full book review >
THE SINS OF THE WOLF by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Crimean War veteran nurse Hester Latterly thinks she's taking a routine job escorting ailing Edinburgh publishing matriarch Mary Farraline to London to visit her youngest daughter. Read full book review >
ONLY YOU by Cynthia Victor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The Platters did it better. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A lackluster modern love story by the author of Relative Sins (1992). ``Oh, God, it's you,'' moans badly wounded Detective Lieutenant Carlin Squire as she looks up, half-conscious, from the operating table at Mercy Hospital to see trauma surgeon Ben Dameroff. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >