Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

SOMEONE IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF AMERICA by Nan Lyons
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 1993

"Bring mints."
SoufflÇ sequel to Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe (1976)—just as brainlessly brilliant, sustained, and instantly dated in its trendiness as the Lyonses' somewhat better last outing, The President is Coming to Lunch (1988). Read full book review >
BISHOP'S REVENGE by William Love
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 1993

"Not up to The Fundamentals of Murder or (especially) Bloody Ten."
Bishop Francis X. Regan and legman Davey Goldman go to bat for Eddie Goode, the man who brought them together eight years back by shooting Regan and consigning him to a wheelchair. Read full book review >

DARK SUMMER by Jon Cleary
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 24, 1993

"Still, there's much to admire here, including two demanding father-son relationship and the tough-minded Scobie."
Who injected low-level informer Scungy Grime with a curare derivative and then tossed him in Inspector Scobie Malone's backyard pool? Read full book review >
NIGHT CHILD by Alan Scholefield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1993

When photojournalist Duncan Wylie thinks he spots a young ape roaming London's Hampstead Heath, he tracks it to a nearby mansion- -deserted except for two dead bodies on the floor, later identified as concert-pianist Madame Eva Raymonde and her unmarried daughter, Hilda. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT INTO THE CLOSET by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 1993

"It's the cats, of course, who help Qwilleran solve his long- distance mystery—in a disheveled, determinedly folksy story sure to be enjoyed by the author's devoted following."
Another of the author's rambling tales starring Koko and Yum- Yum. Read full book review >

ANSWER CAME THERE NONE by E.X. Ferrars
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Bloodless stuff, strictly for Ferrars's devoted following (Danger from the Dead, etc.)."
Newly divorced journalist Sara Marriot has come from London to the town of Edgewater, taking on the job of ghostwriting the memoirs of gentle, elderly General Schofield. Read full book review >
COLD IN THE EARTH by Ann Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Above-average procedural in the classic British mode."
Another chapter in the lives of Chief Inspector Alan Markby, of Bamford in the Cotswolds, and Meredith Mitchell, who's employed by the Consular Service and presently harnessed to a dull job in the London office. Read full book review >
FINAL APPOINTMENT by Roy Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Well-knit plotting and lots of colorful minor characters temper the slow pace and frequent dull spots: a solid but stolid village procedural."
Dorset's Inspector Douglas Roper (Blood Kin, 1992, etc.) and George Maklins, his trusty sergeant, have a knobby problem to solve: Who set the trap, on a quiet country road, that decapitated Gerry Pope—an ex-cop and now private investigator whose singularly nasty, well-hidden scam while still on the force provides an ever- widening roster of suspects. Read full book review >
BLOOD MUSIC by Jessie Prichard Hunter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 1993

"Even so, there's much to admire here among the tormented figures of innocents forced to confront their most dreaded fears about their intimates and themselves."
A Hoboken housewife slowly comes to realize that her husband is the serial killer who's terrorized lower Manhattan and New Jersey. Read full book review >
DATE WITH A PLUMMETING PUBLISHER by Toni Brill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 1993

"Midge's frenetic crusade, though, makes no more sense than the plotting or subplotting of this chaotic story—which eventually renders charmless even its initially engaging heroine."
A second appearance for Brooklyn's Midge Cohen (Date with a Dead Doctor, 1991)—a 30-ish, divorced, struggling children's-book author, who's fluent in Russian and whose matchmaking mother Pearl is a dental receptionist. Read full book review >
FEAR IN FENWAY by Crabbe Evers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 1993

"For fans, then, there's plenty of baseball trivia."
When two former Red Sox players—partners in a bid to wrest ownership of the team from the rich widow Dougherty—are both murdered at Fenway Park during an Old-Timer's Day reunion, retired sportswriter Duffy House and his hubba-hubba niece Petey are asked to investigate. Read full book review >
DEAD FIT by Stephen Cook
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 16, 1993

"Good lowlife dialogue—though otherwise utterly inert."
Police officer Judy Best's weekend begins when she has to fight off lecherous acquaintance Duncan Stock after a party he's given—and ends when she hears that his crushed body has been discovered at the health club they share. 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 >