Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

MURDER AMONG NEIGHBORS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A West Coast Compromising Positions, with omelettes, Chardonnay, and mild innuendo substituting for detection, and nary a mean bone in its well-preserved body."
When quintessential California socialite Pepper Livingston takes time off from her breakneck schedule (Sunshine House, the Save Our Hills Coalition, etc.) to get strangled, the news causes scarcely a ripple among her neighbors in trendy Walnut Hills. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CHARMING MAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"It just shows how much even the laziest man will exert himself to keep from getting married and promoted."
Or is he really dead? Read full book review >

STAND-IN FOR MURDER by Lynn Bradley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 30, 1994

"After a promising opening, first-novelist Bradley settles down to a retro canter through familiar climes before finally rewarding her hero's limited detective skills by delivering him to the love of a good woman."
Houston insurance-fraud investigator Cole January rolls out of bed one morning and steps on the dead body of a comely young woman new to his acquaintance. Read full book review >
BORN BAD by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Still, what can you do with a thick pile of short stories that even the author claims aren't writerly?"
Two short plays and 42 stories from Vachss, who's known for his eight novels (see below) featuring PIs who hunt down child abusers and sex offenders. Read full book review >
DOWN IN THE ZERO by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Burke's return is welcome—his superstud act may be extreme here, but he's one of the most fascinating male characters in crime fiction; and as usual, Vachss controls his narrative, cut up into bullet-sized chapters, with admirable precision."
After an absence in Vachss's last novel Shella (1993), Burke—the PI hero of all the others—returns for this, Vachss's eighth. Read full book review >

A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by James E. Martin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 24, 1994

"Maybe he ought to stick to one-acts."
Breezy Cleveland PI Gil Disbro's latest client, frail old Judge Lowell Amerine, has a truly unusual problem. Read full book review >
A LOVE TO DIE FOR by Christine T. Jorgensen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"Jorgensen endows her heroine with a combination of savvy and foolishness that makes her just right for this promising debut."
From time to time Jane Smith has had funny visions, but that's not why she's chucked her job as an accountant and persuaded the editor of the Denver Daily Orion (a weekly) to take her on as ``stars and garters'' columnist Stella the Stargazer. Read full book review >
THE RED SCREAM by Mary Willis Walker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 21, 1994

"Welcome to the big time, Mary Willis Walker (Zero at the Bone, 1991)."
Now that homicidal drifter Louie Bronk's about to be executed for a murder he committed 11 years ago, Texas reporter Molly Cates, whose one claim to fame is her book on Louie, prepares her last article on the case. Read full book review >
A ROYAL MURDER by Elliott Roosevelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"Fact and historical fiction blur in what is, absent Roosevelt's clear fixation on his mother, just a routine mystery."
Roosevelt (Murder in the East Room, 1993, etc.) again presses his mother into service as an amateur crime buster in yet another of his posthumously published mysteries. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE POTTED GARDENER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"A mildly cozy but totally forgettable excursion—strictly for forgiving fans."
Beaton, author of the Hamish MacBeth stories, offers another anemic adventure for second-string sleuth Agatha Raisin. Read full book review >
CUTTER by Laura Crum
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 18, 1994

"Despite this first novel's appealingly offbeat cowhorse background, you won't hold your breath for the sequel."
Seven sick horses aren't the only trouble veterinarian Gail McCarthy, of the Santa Cruz Equine Practice, finds at Ken Resavich's Indian Gulch Ranch. Read full book review >
MALLORY'S ORACLE by Carol O’Connell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"A publishers' feeding frenzy netted O'Connell $800,000 for this book and the sequel—which means, fortunately, that it won't be long before we hear from Mallory again. (First printing of 50,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
This is a break-the-mold detective story, an incredible debut for O'Connell and a blessing to female detective fans everywhere. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >