Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

CASSANDRA IN RED by Michael Collins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 1992

"Violent, profane, and mostly dull."
Collins's one-armed, ruminative p.i. Read full book review >
MURDER MACHREE by Eleanor Boylan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 23, 1992

"Very slight but, like its predecessors, rendered with much charm and lively interaction between the generations."
While vacationing on Cape Cod with her married children, their families, and her dearest friend Sadd, widow Clara Gamadge (Murder Observed, Working Murder) is alarmed by the sudden reappearance of Armand Evers, a chum she hasn't seen in 40 years, and nonplussed by his tale of a possible murder—his own!—and his insistence that she investigate whether his sister Rachel is, in fact, really his sister. Read full book review >

THE TRAIL TO BUDDHA'S MIRROR by Don Winslow
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 1992

"Despite Neal's inveterate habit of wising off in his mind's mouth, this is a sturdy two evenings' worth of entertainment."
Neal Carey, the Smollett-loving specialist in finding people who don't want to be found (A Cool Breeze on the Underground, 1990), is hustled off to San Francisco to drag AWOL pesticide expert Robert Pendleton away from china doll Li Lan and back to paternal corporation AgriTech. Read full book review >
SEEING THE ELEPHANT by Les Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 1992

"A semi-hardboiled trip down memory lane, then, guided by a capable old pro."
L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon (Snake Oil, etc.) flies to Chicago, his hometown, to attend the funeral of Gavin Cassidy, a cop who moonlighted as an actor and was Saxon's mentor at the North State Street Theatre Guild. Read full book review >
PAINTED LADIES by James Neal Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1992

"If that's your pleasure, you've hit pay dirt with this one."
Somebody—evidently a poised businesswoman named Bobbie—is killing and body-painting present and former employees of Panache, a high-end call-girl network owned by Martha Bellamy, another poised businesswoman with great lingerie. Read full book review >

MURDER UPTOWN by Donna Hill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"There's rough justice in the academic murders: better perish than publish such charmless stuff."
Actually murder midtown, since Fuller College seems a dead ringer for Hunter, home to children's author Hill, who wields the conventions of the academic whodunit—who killed sarcastic, philandering Paul Baskin (Sociology) and stuffed his body into the cafeteria trash?— with a torpid hand. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF LOVE by Bartholomew Gill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"In all: a somewhat sad, cynical look at contemporary Irish politics."
A letdown after Gill's superb The Death of a Joyce Scholar (1989) but, even so, a bruising evaluation of Irish politics, marital disharmonies/ambiguities, and of first-time fatherhood for the over-50 crowd. Read full book review >
KAT'S CRADLE by Karen Kijewski
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

The third Kat Colorado novel (Katwalk, Katapult), a contrived affair, replete with Meaningful Chapter Headings, that concerns weepy Paige (formerly Pearl) Morrell, who hires the sardonically edgy Kat to find her unknown mom—her granny, who has just died, brought Paige up and said nary a word. Read full book review >
CITY OF GOD by Michael Jahn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

"John's."
A madman calling himself Marcus (St. Read full book review >
LULLABY TOWN by Robert Crais
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 1992

Lullaby Town is Chelam, Connecticut, where L.A. shamus Elvis Cole (The Monkey's Raincoat, 1987—not reviewed) goes in search of Karen Shipley, divorced ten years earlier by boyish filmmaker Peter Alan Nelsen, who's since developed deep pockets (courtesy of a string of action hits beginning with Chainsaw) and a conscience of sorts. Read full book review >
CASTING FOR MURDER by Mikel Dunham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 13, 1992

"Curiously little artfulness here, although Venice manages to strut its stuff nicely midst these cardboard tourist interlopers."
Soho gallery owner Rhea Buerklin (Stilled Life, 1988) zips over to Venice, at the invitation of self-made tycoon Verle Rivers, to discuss the disposition of his murdered son's art. Read full book review >
THE FAMOUS D.A.R. MURDER MYSTERY by Graham Landrum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 12, 1992

"Readers of this divertingly different first-class murder mystery will be too."
A delightful first novel relating the experiences of some members of the Old Orchard Fort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Borderville, Virginia, in solving the murder of Luis Garcia, a world-renowned harpist from California. 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 >