Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

DECEPTION by Eleanor Cooney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 1993

"In concept, balance, and wit: a simply splendid entertainment."
From the authors of The Court of the Lion (1989): another wittily plotted and peopled, richly entertaining scan of base acts in high places in ancient China, this set during the seventh- century ascendancy and blistering reign of the Empress Wu. Read full book review >
JORDON'S SHOWDOWN by Frank C. Strunk
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 1993

"Not much mystery here—even if you don't figure out who hired Moody, you won't really care—or much period (1934) detail: an earnest, uninspired work."
When John L. Lewis and the United Mine Workers come to Stanton County, Kentucky, to make their pitch for unionizing, former county deputy Berkley Jordon—who lost his bid to become sheriff in Jordon's Wager (1991)—refuses coal-mining magnate H.R. Buxton's attempt to hire him to prevent an outbreak of violence. Read full book review >

OVER THE EDGE by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 1993

"Disappointing."
A third outing for mystery writer Melissa Craig (Finishing Touch; A Little Gentle Sleuthing) finds her accompanying her Cotswolds artist neighbor Iris to France, where Iris will teach a two-week course at Philippe Bonard's spanking-new language and culture center, while Melissa researches Camisard history for her new thriller. Read full book review >
SHADOWS IN THEIR BLOOD by Marian Babson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1993

"Babson at her silliest: only for the most forbearing of fans."
Fading movie stars Trixie Dolan and Evangeline Sinclair (Encore Murder, 1990, etc.) are at work in a Dracula movie being made by hard-driving, erratic hack director Job Farrady, in a bat- infested old hotel in the resort town of Whitby—freezing cold and isolated in mid-January. Read full book review >
BAGELS FOR TEA by Serita Stevens
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1993

"Second in a series that began with Red Sea, Dead Sea (not reviewed)."
Fanny Zindel, a 65-year-old widow with a punchy backhand and a Mossad-agent boyfriend, while in York, England, to attend a memorial service for Jews massacred there way back in 1190, confronts murder at her granddaughter Susan's posh but impoverished boarding-school: Susan's nemesis, the sexually precocious and drug- slurping Mary Louise, becomes the victim of what appears to be a ritual Jewish slaughter. Read full book review >

A SAFE PLACE TO DIE by Janice Law
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 17, 1993

"Anna herself provides the only substance here—but it's not enough to carry the blurry, disjointed plot or its burden of off-the-wall characters."
Washington-based p.i. Read full book review >
THE SHARK-INFESTED CUSTARD by Charles Willeford
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1993

"Even more disjointed, then, than Sideswipe (1987)—but Willeford fans looking for a collection of great scenes and sentences rather than a tightly wound story will find this posthumous treat irresistible."
Another trip to the Willeford vaults has unearthed this mid- 1970's romp on the wild side with four Miami bachelors—whose episodic plans for routine fun keep turning into deadpan felonies, inadvertent or otherwise. Read full book review >
HARD LOOK by Robert J. Randisi
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1993

A search for the missing wife of yuppie hood Jerry Meyer, whom the client has glimpsed from behind on a body-building postcard he bought in Tampa, takes p.i. Read full book review >
DREAMSICLE by W.L. Ripley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1993

"Fighting the good fight has seldom been so much atavistic fun."
Here's one for the boys who love to kick butt. Read full book review >
KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by Graham Watkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 14, 1993

"Worth a try, though it might be wise to call it quits after the hot chili peppers."
Sadomasochistic shivers about an incarnate Aztec goddess and the spell she casts over six North Carolina yuppies. Read full book review >
LAST MAN OUT by Donald Honig
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 11, 1993

"40's), plus a sharp look at vintage club-and-sybarite scene."
It's 1946 and sportswriter Joe Tinker (The Plot to Kill Jackie Robinson, 1992) is looking froward to spring training and the appearance of Brooklyn Dodger phenom Harvey Tippen when—just before the camp opens—Harvey becomes suspect #1 in the death of post-deb and full-time party girl Gloria Manley, who was maliciously stringing the young rube along—and was last seen humiliating him at a nightclub. Read full book review >
SORROWHEART by M.K. Lorens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1993

"As relentlessly literate as its models in Dorothy Sayers; as interminable as a faculty meeting on a spring afternoon."
Another academic mystery for old Winston Marlowe Sherman, a.k.a. mystery writer Henrietta Slocum (Dreamland, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >