Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

THE BULRUSH MURDERS by Rebecca Rothenberg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A judicious balance of science and emotion, then, and a better-than-average debut."
A well-thought-out, nicely written first mystery featuring microbiologist Claire Sharples, a former MIT researcher now trying to acclimate to a southern California agricultural field station, the local peach farmers, and Citrus Grove expert Sam Cooper, a quiet nerd who, somehow, unnerves her. Read full book review >
VENDETTA by Michael Dibdin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 10, 1991

"But the interspersing of the killer's thoughts is far too corny a ploy for a writer of Dibdin's skill."
Aurelio Zen, the Italian Maigret, now working out of Rome's criminal investigation division, is assigned the Villa Burolo massacre—in which every member of the wealthy Burolo's house party died, with the scene captured on videotape (as were most of the activities at the villa)! Read full book review >

THE JANUARY CORPSE by Neil Albert
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A disappointing debut."
Disbarred attorney-turned-Pennsylvania p.i. Read full book review >
ISLAND GIRL by Carole Berry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Offbeat motivation, exotic ambiance, and some quirky characters: a pleasant diversion."
Another amiable adventure for Bonnie Indermill—temporary worker, permanent busybody (Good Night, Sweet Prince, etc.)—this time subbing for a vacationing friend at the Flamingo Cove Hotel in the Bahamas, as director of aerobics and other group activities. Read full book review >
THE MASKED MAN by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Like Tey's The Daughter of Time, this may become a history-class staple."
Popular historian Doherty adds another inveterate rogue to his roster—English forger Ralph Croft, who scampers across the Channel and soon finds himself incarcerated in the Bastille, where his release is contingent upon his working with the Regent's men, archivist Maurepas and Captain D'Estivet, to discover the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. Read full book review >

GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE by Janet LaPierre
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A jumble of plotlines, characters, and corpses dilutes the thrust of a moderately engrossing puzzle—one much enhanced by its strong evocation of a special place."
The author's locale remains the town of Port Silva in northern California (The Cruel Mother, 1990, etc.), with the focus this time on Charlotte Birdsong, piano teacher, first-class cook, and single mother of 13-year-old Petey. Read full book review >
MAIL-ORDER MURDER by Leslie Meier
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A cute venue but a flat delivery."
A first mystery whose main charm lies in the yuppie accouterments (plaid wool neckties, earthenware jam pots, etc.) that are offered through the Country Cousins Christmas catalogue. Read full book review >
THE MERCY KILLER by Hugh Fleetwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Despicable Tom, though, may linger in your memory like a bad restaurant meal."
Euthanasia-minded terminal cancer patient meets disturbed young man who just might oblige—even if the patient changes his mind about getting killed—in this overdrawn page-turner from the prolific Fleetwood (The Past, 1987; Paradise, 1986; etc.). Read full book review >
MAKE NO BONES by Aaron Elkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Fans may be just a tad disappointed—for others, an unrewarding slog."
Oregon's anthropologist-sleuth Gideon Oliver (A Glancing Light, p. 566, etc.) and his park-ranger wife Julie are attending a conference of anthropologists at Whitebark Lodge, where ten years before Professor Albert Evan Jasper, undisputed top dog in the field, died in a fiery bus crash, at the end of another conference and amid rather mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >
LOVE NOR MONEY by Linda Grant
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A two-part case for personality-pale San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >
THE MELTING CLOCK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Above average for this uneven series (Poor Butterfly, 1970, etc.), though not in the same league as Kaminsky's stories about Inspector Rostnikov."
Hollywood-40's p.i. Read full book review >
THE VIOLATORS by Gunnard Landers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Recommended audience: ecologists looking to get outraged all over again."
Fish and Wildlife undercover agent Reed Erickson (The Deer Killers, 1990) is off to Yellowstone to nab whoever's been killing eagles and selling headdresses made from their plumage to wealthy collectors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >