Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

GHOSTLAND by Jean Hager
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 1992

"Hager's most engrossing effort to date."
Oklahoma's Mitch Bushyhead, chief of police in Buckskin (Night Walker, etc.), is determined to find the killer of little Tamarah Birch, a third-grader at the area's tribal boarding school, whose body was found—strangled but not molested—in woods edging the school grounds. Read full book review >
JUST CAUSE by John Katzenbach
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"So grossly overextended that you'll see every twist coming pages away—but Katzenbach does keep the suspense mounting from the gloomy opening to the cartoonish denouement."
A seen-it-all Miami crime reporter, Matthew Cowart, reopens the case of an inmate waiting on backwoods Florida's death row to be executed for the sex murder of young Joanie Shriver and succeeds in overturning his conviction—only to have his own worst nightmares come true. Read full book review >

GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Suspense rarely flags through the slightly excessive length here—densely textured, adroitly plotted, and one of the author's best."
The further perils of V.I. Warshawski, Chicago's lawyer-p.i. Read full book review >
BREACH OF IMMUNITY by Molly Hite
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Downbeat, with a pronounced feminist sensibility from the author of Class Porn (1987)."
A transvestite rapist of both male and female gays is on the loose, and the one thing all his victims have in common is a subscription to a gay newspaper. Read full book review >
BLANCHE ON THE LAM by Barbara Neely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1992

"Primarily for southern gothic aficionados."
Blanche, a street-smart black domestic on the run from the sheriff for passing a bad check (again), winds up cooking and caring for edgy Miz Grace, her husband Everett, her wealthy, reclusive Aunt Emmeline, and her somewhat retarded Cousin Mumsfield at their summer home in Hokeysville, North Carolina—in a quirky mystery debut that pits Blanche against a Faulknerian cast of oddballs who may be trying to kill each other off to claim a southern fortune. Read full book review >

WRITER IN RESIDENCE by Herbert Burkholz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"It's likely, though, that readers of this first volume will want to read the next."
First novel in what the author intends to be a trilogy focusing in an inventive, obsessive way on an American writer who lives for decades on the Spanish island of Ibiza and then returns to the US. Read full book review >
AND JUSTICE FOR ONE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Reminiscent of the best early Lawrence Sanders."
A very tough private policeman goes to war with the criminals who run Manhattan's illegal after-hours bars—in an exceptionally violent but exceptionally good first thriller. Read full book review >
COMPELLING EVIDENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Martini is no Scott Turow—his characters are thinner, his prose flabbier—but his legal intrigue will probably keep you up just as late. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for Spring)"
A year after he's fired from the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos by Ben Potter, who's found out he's having an affair with Ben's wife Talia, corporate-turned-criminal lawyer Paul Madriani is asked to join Talia's defense—on a charge of murdering Ben on the eve of his nomination to the Supreme Court. Read full book review >
INCIDENT AT POTTER'S BRIDGE by Joseph Monninger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still, the don't-look- behind-you plot is the genuine article—as is the unsparingly graphic detail."
Versatile Monninger (Second Season, The Viper Tree, etc.) tries his hand at a serial killer loose on a college campus—with grisly, effective results. Read full book review >
COMPANY MAN by Brent Wade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Few surprises here, but first-novelist Wade tells necessary truths sometimes eloquently, always clearly."
What timing for Wade's debut novel: a successful (and Republican) black man—accused of sexual harassment—recovers in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE RABBI RESIGNED by Harry Kemelman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The murder mystery is less interesting, presumably by design, than the question of what's next in store for the rabbi."
After nine previous novels, it's no wonder Rabbi David Small has had it with the fractious congregation at Barnard's Crossing, Massachusetts, and is looking for another line of work. Read full book review >
WHISPER DEATH by John Lawrence Reynolds
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The plot takes too long to unwind, the characters are cookie- cutter clichÇ, and Canadian award-winner Reynolds (The Man Who Murdered God, And Leave Her Lay Dying) disappoints."
Joe McGuire returns to the Boston PD from a leave of absence, is matched up as partner with his ex-lover's new boyfriend, and is sent off to Palm Springs to escort a murderer home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >