Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

DEAD ON YOUR FEET by Grant Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Much here for gay balletomanes, but others may have less interest in Stan's romantic soul-searching, his bumbling detective work, and his clientele back at Snips."
A third appearance for Boston hairdresser/amateur sleuth Stan Kraychik (Love You to Death, 1992, etc.), who's all a-dither at committing to a relationship with Nureyev-like choreographer Rafik Panossian, now working on a new ballet for controversial director Max Harkey. Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by Walter Satterthwait
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Interesting people, humdrum detection—nothing to raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels."
Thirteen people attended the meeting of New Age healers at which reputed Satanist Quentin Bouvier was killed—hanged from the rafters- -after outbidding dealer Leonard Quarry for astrologer Eliza Remington's antique Tarot card. Read full book review >

KICKBACK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Minor appearances by Deadbeat regulars Bill, Kate's computer-whiz partner, and rock-critic lover Richard."
Earnest, honest, likable contractor Ted Barlow is about to go bust; the bank is cutting off his credit, thanks to the high rate of defaults on mortgages taken out to purchase one of his conservatories (a sunroom attached to the back of a standing house). Read full book review >
MURDER...NOW AND THEN by Jill McGown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"A mostly intriguing tale for the patient reader."
Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd (The Other Woman, p. 23, etc.) is present when the town's biggest factory—owned by gossipy widow Zelda Driver—is taken over with glitzy ceremony by power-hungry new owner Victor Holyoak. Read full book review >
FILE UNDER: DECEASED by Sarah Lacey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"A few too many felonies and lowlife suspects, maybe, but Leah is a winner—a likable new female sleuth with the smartest mouth on her since Archie Goodwin."
Yorkshire tax inspector Leah Hunter's got an attitude, and no wonder. Read full book review >

DEMONS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Okay, but not gripping."
Nameless gets involved in a case that recalls his Shackles (1988) demons when he agrees to track down Kay Runyan's husband, architect Victor, who's become obsessed with world-class enchantress Nedra Merchant. Read full book review >
MURDER CONFOUNDED by Roderic Jeffries
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Not on the level of Jeffries's best, but Alvarez retains his gentle charm (fans might wish the author would give him a life), and his latest outing provides an affable diversion."
Sixteenth in this easy-to-take series featuring Majorcan Police Inspector Enrique Alvarez (Murder's Long Memory, etc.) and his long-running battles with food, drink, and Superior Chief Salas. Read full book review >
NUN PLUSSED by Monica Quill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"One of the better efforts in this series from Quill (aka Ralph McInerny): cluttered and uncompelling but comfortable diversion."
Seventysomething historian Sister Mary Teresa Dempsey, head of Chicago's three-person remnant of the Holy Order of Martha and Mary, is as sharp as ever here (Sister Hood, etc.) and still capable of being upset by the waywardness of former students. Read full book review >
MAESTRO by John E. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

Peerless conductor Louis Passau, accused on the eve of his 90th birthday of having been a Nazi spy, is to be debriefed by a covey of British and American agents—until two breathless attempts on his life leave him in the maverick hands of Big Herbie Kruger (the paperback The Quiet Dogs, etc.), pulled out from retirement to serve as his father confessor. Read full book review >
CONSIDER THE CROWS by Charlene Weir
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Overall: fairly standard stuff."
Former San Francisco cop Susan Wren, now a widow and the police chief in tiny, insular Hampstead, Kansas, discovers that Lynnelle—the poor waif found dead in the woods—thought local college math professor Carena Egersund was the birth-mother who relinquished her years before. Read full book review >
THE MASK OF ZEUS by Desmond Cory
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Lady Macdougal'') lies an originality that goes deeper than the surface details of this elegantly loopy tale."
Offbeat isn't the word for this new adventure of Cardiff math professor John Dobie (The Catalyst, 1991), exiled to Cyprus to take the place of his former student Derya TÅner. Read full book review >
CRACKING OPEN A COFFIN by Gwendoline Butler
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"A bit flawed by its unusually choppy narrative style and by a too heavy concentration on Coffin's psyche—but, still, solid work in one of the genre's most interesting series."
Crises—personal and professional—beset Chief Commander John Coffin of the Second City of London police (Coffin on Murder Street, etc.) as he grapples with the disappearance of local University students Amy Dean and Martin Blackhall, son of University Rector Sir Thomas Blackhall. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >