Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1992

"Mostly a series of interviews with the suspects, but sensitive, in-your-face Younger makes each one into a stylish riff, and the Alaska background is refreshingly tangy."
Alaska is the star of this fresh debut mystery (the first in a series), though poetic, alcoholic, lovelorn, nondriving (he depends on taxis, hitchhiking, and obliging friends) Cecil Younger plays a strong supporting role. Read full book review >
CORPORATE BODIES by Simon Brett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

"A mystery almost worthy of Brett's light, clever dialogue makes this Charles's best showing in years."
Fans of actor-detective Charles Paris will find him in top form in this outing, though he doesn't distinguish himself in either role. Read full book review >

BODY OF TRUTH by David Lindsey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

"A tad slow in patches, but beautifully written and echoing with deep moral resonance: Graham Greene would be proud."
It's back to homicide-cop Stuart Haydon for Lindsey, who, last time out, dropped his usual Houston-based hero (In the Lake of the Moon, 1988, etc.) for a policewoman on a spellbinding serial-killer case (Mercy, 1990). Read full book review >
THE SEEDS OF MURDER by Michael Underwood
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

"Definitely lesser Underwood."
A somewhat bland new challenge for London lawyer Rosa Epton (A Dangerous Business, etc.). Read full book review >
BLOOD RELATIVE by Michael Allegretto
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1992

This time out, Denver p.i. Read full book review >

WOMEN OF MYSTERY by Cynthia Manson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Mostly one more attempt to cash in on the burgeoning women-in- mystery market and, considering the names involved, a surprisingly amateurish compilation."
Fifteen stories reprinted from either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, each written by a woman and featuring a woman heroine, who, all too frequently, is either rescued by a man—Patricia McGeer's kidnapping in Israel; Elizabeth A. Dalton's wife-beating husband; Dorothy Salisbury Davis's date from hell; Anne Perry's disruptive, 1894-set house- party—or perkily demanding to be taken as seriously as a man— Janet Stockey's good-cop/bad-cop scenario; B.K. Stevens's novice p.i. Read full book review >
PAST THE BLEACHERS by Christopher A. Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Still, a good get-out-your-handkerchief read for ball fans."
From the author of Hangman (1991) and A Killing in the Real World (1988), a tug-at-the-heartstrings baseball novel— authentically moving in places but, finally, too programmatically sentimental. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CORNER by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1992

"Neither as colorful nor as vigorous as the earlier volumes- -but, still, a pleasing if rather rambling mystery-thriller boasting a likable lead, nice baseball metaphors, and a boldly chilling portrait of Coleman A. Young as a devil incarnate."
A paroled felon takes a walk on the wild side of the law in this relatively slight yet satisfying conclusion to Estleman's Detroit crime trilogy (Whiskey River, Motor City). Read full book review >
ALL THE DEAD HEROES by Stephen F. Wilcox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1992

"Smooth and readable, with a bittersweet approach to heroes and national pastimes."
To coincide with Frank Wooley's induction into the baseball Hall of Fame, freelance writer T.S.W. Sheridan (The St. Read full book review >
A VERY VENETIAN MURDER by Haughton Murphy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1992

"Lackluster as mystery, but spiffy as a Venice-on-a-zillion- dollars-a-day guide."
Retired attorney Reuben Frost (Murder Saves Face, etc.) joins wife Cynthia for their twentysomething stay at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice. Read full book review >
TIGHT LINES by William G. Tapply
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1992

"The usual Tapply strengths: a deceptively tranquil style, heavy doses of the Brady charm, and just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages until the revelation you've feared all along."
The elegiac tone that Tapply's affected for Brady Coyne's last few outings (Client Privilege, etc.) is perfectly suited to this autumnal tale of elderly, blue-blooded Susan Ames's attempt to find her daughter Mary Ellen so that they can make peace before Susan dies. Read full book review >
FAME'S PERIL by Martha Smilgis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 1992

"Doni's progress is certainly overshadowed but still involving."
A noisy, gut-punching first novel by a magazine journalist (Time, Sports Illustrated, People) who's covered enough of the celebrity scene to background this kidnapping-suspense tale with plenty of star-parading grounds and hilarious in-chat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >