Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

HOMEMADE SIN by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Despite some uncomfortably lighthearted interludes with the House Mouse staff, Callahan shows a much stronger range and presence in this unmystifying mystery."
Her cousin Patti McNair's killing seems to shock Callahan Garrity, the PI who doubles as head of the cleaning service House Mouse, out of the saccharine coyness of her debut (Every Crooked Nanny, 1992); even the county homicide cop who's helping out tells her, ``You're a hardheaded bitch, Garrity.'' Well, she needs to be, because the cops are treating Patti's death as a routine drive-by shooting; they don't care that she was killed in a part of Atlanta she never drove to, or that her nine-year-old son, Dylan, who was in the car with her, would be a promising witness if only they could get past his hysteria and his long-standing speech impairment. Read full book review >
CLAW by Ken Eulo
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Despite inconsistencies and an inconclusive climax, this humane thriller is both touching and exciting, thanks to snappy dialogue and heart-stopping action."
This tale of a tiger on the loose takes a slash at modern society's coldness toward the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

SHEAR by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Flawed but provocative work from an always interesting writer."
More sunlit suspense with a difference from the British author of Juggling the Stars (1993). Read full book review >
MORTAL GRACE by Edward Stewart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Same thrills, different book. (Literary Guild and Mystery Guild selections)"
Stewart (Deadly Rich, 1991, etc.) and his ace homicide detective Vincent Cardozo are at it again—tracking and thwarting another Manhattan serial killer through the gripping and blood- spattered pages of this tidy thriller. Read full book review >
NECESSARY EVIL by David A. Van Meter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Former TV producer Van Meter presents a compelling portrait of young Billy and the forces that shape him, but the adult Billy is less convincing and less interesting."
A boy is driven over the edge after witnessing the murder of his grandfather in this psychological thriller by the author of Body of Evidence (not reviewed). Read full book review >

INTENT TO HARM by Stan Washburn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"A good start with a credible, likeable hero."
First novelist Washburn envisions a kinder, gentler cop in Toby Parkman, a college-educated, liberal, and witty detective for the '90s, here pitted against a rapist. Read full book review >
THE DAVIS CUP CONSPIRACY by Jack M. Bickham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"But if you want the big story—whether Brad's boys pull off that qualifying match- -you'll just have to read the book."
What looks like a routine Davis Cup qualifying match in Caracas, Venezuela, turns into a routine political thriller when rebels stage a long-planned revolt to assassinate the president and, if necessary, disrupt the match. Read full book review >
BEAT UP A COOKIE by Denise Dietz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Better luck next time."
The second Ellie Bernstein mystery is just as heavy-handed and empty of witty repartee as the first (Throw Darts at a Cheesecake, 1992), and it's saddled with an even more pedestrian plot. Read full book review >
FINAL EDIT by Robert A. Carter
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Fortunately, though, Nick's more florid snobberies have been seriously pruned; he's considerably easier to take here than in his debut, Casual Slaughters (1992)."
Publisher Nicholas Barlow's dead star editor, Parker Foxcroft (``the man bore the names of two private schools''), was so well- hated that anyone might have killed him. Read full book review >
...A DANGEROUS THING by Bill Crider
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Crider has some witty, well-aimed barbs for the pompous edicts of the politically correct, which help alleviate the torpor of this good-natured but uncompelling story."
Small, conservative Hartley Gorman College in Pecan City, Tex., has a new, staunchly feminist dean—Dr. Gwendolyn Partridge. Read full book review >
YOU WHO KNOW by Nicolas Freeling
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"Fascinating as it is to watch Freeling, the master of the continental roman policier, work out individual psychologies (as in Flanders Sky, 1992) in terms of national types, the mystery this time is a little too rickety for the portentous weight it's asked to bear."
Still becalmed among the Brussels brass, veteran French cop Henri Castang is asked to make discreet inquiries into the death of his friend Eamonn Hickey, another functionary. Read full book review >
PRESUMED DEAD by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1994

"A mixture of a police story, a horror tale, and a romance that only occasionally falls short of its own ambitions. (Author tour)"
A macabre thriller about the underbelly of 1997 Chicago that plays with readers' notions of identity and social respectability. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >