Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

DRESSED FOR DEATH by Donna Leon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"One of the most appealing of recent detectives, Brunetti stars in a case that brings out his canniness and his compassion—and shows his creator spreading her wings more powerfully than ever."
You're dressed for death when you're wearing a red dress, red pumps, and red lingerie—especially if you're Leonardo Mascari, director of the Venice branch of the Bank of Verona, fatally beaten in the Venetian suburb of Mestre. Read full book review >
COVER STORY by Robert Cullen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"A smashing mix of suspense, sex, humor, danger, and cynicism."
While covering the stalled Arab-Israeli peace talks in Moscow, an American reporter learns that the Syrians are trying to recruit nuclear scientists from a tottering post-Soviet Russia. Read full book review >

BLACK BETTY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"This latest installment, teeming with violence, bitterness, and compassion, is Mosley's finest work yet."
It's 1961, and Easy Rawlins has lost most of what he had five years ago in White Butterfly (1992). Read full book review >
FLESH AND BLOOD by James Neal Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 30, 1994

"EWSLUGPS: They're all guilty."
The death of Sen. Read full book review >
WHITE HARVEST by Louis Charbonneau
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 27, 1994

"A thoughtless retelling of stale material."
Charbonneau (Stalk, 1992) shows little imagination in this by- the-numbers thriller. Read full book review >

LATE OF THIS PARISH by Marjorie Eccles
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 27, 1994

"Soothingly familiar fare, with a particularly sharp evocation of the hothouse atmosphere of Castle Wyvering's clerics and pedagogues compensating for Mayo's virtual invisibility this time out."
A month after a bomb at the Fricker Institute narrowly misses killing its director, Dr. Denzil Thorne, Rev. Read full book review >
DARK WING by Richard Herman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 26, 1994

"The characters are adroitly assembled as they fight in cities throughout southern China on land and in the air, creating such an engrossing tale of war that one is eager to read about the fate of the next generation of Pontowskis."
The saga of the Pontowski clan from Firebreak (1991) and Call to Duty (1993) continues as Matt Pontowski becomes a player in a potential military conflict looming in the Far East. Read full book review >
LOCKOUT by Lillian O'Donnell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"There are other, more satisfying endings as well in this mostly engrossing, no-frills procedural from a dependable veteran. (Mystery Guild main selection)"
Lieutenant Norah Mulcahaney of New York's Fourth Homicide Division (Pushover, 1992, etc.) is trying to cope with a clutch of spiky problems. Read full book review >
CORRUPTION by Andrew Klavan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"A suspenseful, gritty look at what crawls under the apparently innocent surface of a small American town."
The primal passions erupting in a small New York town depicted here by two-time Edgar winner Klavan (Animal Hour, 1993) gather with the force of a brush fire sweeping through dry grass. Read full book review >
ANGEL OF MERCY by Andrew Neiderman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"No-fun police procedures, flat characters, and complete lack of suspense make this story of murder among the senior set second- rate beach reading at best."
In his artless 24th novel, Neiderman shows a better grasp of thriller mechanics but less originality than he did in The Solomon Organization (1993). Read full book review >
NIGHT PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"Strong on atmosphere and suspense, with a vivid cast of major and minor characters, this is a potent and compelling addition to the series."
Sandford's sixth entry in his bestselling series (Winter Prey, 1993, etc.) is another fast-paced and convincing thriller starring detective Lucas Davenport. Read full book review >
WALKING SHADOW by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

"Now, that's class."
An irresistible new crime novel that will captivate both longtime and soon-to-be-devoted Spenser lovers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >