Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 948)

SELENA by Gordon Randolph Willey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1993

"A fine debut—all unhurried, forthright, companionable, and buttoned down."
By the time retired archeologist and longtime Bostonian 72- year-old Colin Edwards concludes a visit to his native St. Read full book review >
MISSING JOSEPH by Elizabeth George
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1993

"Still, fewer than usual over-the-top descriptive passages are a welcome relief."
What price motherhood? Read full book review >

CLIFF HANGER by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 11, 1993

"Craig's writing improves the farther off-island he ventures, but no matter how lyrical his descriptions of the Rockies and how self-deprecatingly manly his hero, it still can't offset a thin plot—and far too many fish recipes."
When ex-Boston cop and current Martha's Vineyard fisherman Jeff ``J.W.'' Jackson (The Double-Minded Men, etc.) beats up Lloyd Cramer after Lloyd beat up his girlfriend Geraldine, everyone, including J.W., thinks it's Lloyd who makes three attempts on his life—until J.W. realizes someone is mistaking him for Weststock College professor John Skye and wants him dead for allegedly leading on and then abandoning student Bernie Orwell, causing her to commit suicide. Read full book review >
LIAR'S POKER by Frank McConnell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 11, 1993

"Time for Harry to clean up his act."
A barely coherent new case for Chicago's warmhearted, foulmouthed p.i. Read full book review >
COTSWOLD MOLES by Michael Spicer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 11, 1993

"Uncompelling stuff."
Lady Jane Hildreth—beautiful, blond, rich, and for ten years a British secret agent (The Cotswold Mistress, etc.) is directed by her boss (known to her only as ``Chief'') to investigate the deaths of elderly reclusive widow Veronica Langhorn, owner of Studwell Manor, and her butler-caretaker Jack Swinton. Mrs. Langhorn's husband had founded a huge petrochemical company in Australia, and it soon becomes clear to Jane that her Chief has personal connections to Australia and to the Langhorn family. Read full book review >

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL by Patricia D. Cornwell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1993

"Cornwell's accustomed forensic flair, plus the bonus of an unusually baffling and intricate plot, make this her best book yet— and a new high point in her meteoric rise. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August)"
On the eve of longtime Death Row inmate Ronnie Joe Waddell's execution, Virginia chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta (All That Remains, Body of Evidence, etc.) gets a call about the kidnap-murder of young Eddie Heath—a homicide that has uncanny similarities to Waddell's handiwork. Read full book review >
IRREPARABLE HARM by Lee Gruenfeld
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1993

"Overslung and overwrought—with laughably crude sex, a mystery without a clue, and very little suspense."
Psychiatrist Brixton Ferrin attacks his patient Pamela Jacoby's crippling anxiety about men by fixing her up with Mackenzie Graham, another psychiatric patient with a complementary neurosis—he feels unbearable guilt after he was unwittingly conned into killing a man- -only to find the morning after an abortive date sends Pamela into a psychotic episode that Mac has been savagely murdered during the night. Read full book review >
WASTED YEARS by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1993

"Harvey is truly master of the police procedural for the 90's."
It's 1992, and the scruffy Midlands city where Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick (Off Minor, etc.) lives and works is plagued by a series of well-planned robberies. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FOR SOME by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 1993

"Fluent and accomplished, but altogether more routine than Death Qualified (1991), veteran fantasist Wilhelm's truly unusual last excursion into detection."
The morning after Judge Sarah Drexler arrives at her elderly father's place in East Shasta, Oregon, the old man, a water gardener, is pulled out of one of his own fountains; and a week later, news comes that a Fran Donatio, a private detective he'd hired, was killed on the road back home. Read full book review >
GRAVESTONE by P.M. Carlson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"Sharply drawn characters, from the rich folk to the good ol' boys to Marty's daughter Chrissie, and strong plotting make for fine reading—and a welcome first in a series."
From old-hand Carlson (Bad Blood, 1991, etc.), a new heroine to root for, Martine ``Marty'' Hopkins—a 29-year-old southern Indiana deputy sheriff who's not at all happy to be shunted off two Klan killings (a black school custodian, and a white Jewish musician married to a black woman) to deal with brain-tumor-addled Judge Denton's hallucination that someone is out to kill him. Read full book review >
SNAPSHOT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"Another bull's-eye for Barnes."
A new, multilayered case for Boston-based p.i. Read full book review >
THE RAP FACTOR by Delacorta
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"The reining in of Delacorta's usual mad fantasy to accommodate a detective plot is a compromise that will please nobody—neither fans of detection nor Delacorta's."
The latest pop valentine from fantasist Delacorta (Alba, 1989, etc.) takes peerless ``cultural megamix'' Zulu, a p.i. with high-level police connections, from Miami's Fruit Market, home to peerless whore Mona, to voodoo haven Jamaica in a high-speed amble to discover why somebody killed Mona's sister, rap star Princess Bashma, and stole the master tapes of her new album Pure Steel—en route to killing her producer's secretary, Kate Henning, without leaving a mark on either victim. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >