Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 953)

THE CURSE OF THE COCKERS by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The plot lines are cluttered, and there's the usual ration of dog lore, but the cozy setting and the likeable Cunninghams make Hammond's latest an easygoing, mildly engaging read."
Hardly a dull moment at Three Oaks Kennels (scene of Doghouse, 1992, etc.), the Scottish dog breeding/training farm owned and run by ex-army captain John Cunningham, his wife, Beth, and their older friends Isobel and Henry Fitts, with an assist from the aptly named young Daffy. Read full book review >
DEATH TAKES A HAND by Susan Moody
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers may reasonably expect better things to come in this new series by a talented, well-known English writer."
Cassie Swan, divorced and formerly a biology teacher, has in six years built a new career as a bridge instructor. Read full book review >

A VINTAGE YEAR FOR DYING by Frank Orenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The plot rambles, but the small-town characters and atmosphere are engaging, as are Morrison and Lorimer in this cozy, untaxing entertainment."
In the Hudson Valley town of Appleboro, retired cop Hugh Morrison and his widowed neighbor Harriet Lorimer continue their informal investigative partnership (A Killing in Real Estate, 1989). Read full book review >
SPLIT-LEVELS by Thomas Rayfiel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"All that's missing is David Lynch and John Hawkes sharing a soda at the malt shop."
Recalled to his suburban hometown long years after moving to the city, Allen Stanley has neither time nor inclination to mourn the father who slit his wrists in the bathtub. Read full book review >
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Expert lesser work from Robinson (Past Reason Hated, 1993, etc.): an unsurprising but thoroughly accomplished British procedural that puts its lowlife denizens through their paces with all the withering mastery of a lion tamer."
There's precious little time for Yorkshire Inspector Alan Banks's worries about his distant wife or teenage daughter; he's hot on the trail of the couple, plausibly masquerading as social workers, who took 7-year-old Gemma Scupham away from her slatternly mother. Read full book review >

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE by Michelle Spring
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The prevailing mode is British—deft, unblinking, understated—but never too intoxicated with its own literacy."
END GAME by Dev Stryker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"The pseudonymous Stryker (Deathright, 1993) turns in another fast-paced, empty-headed performance, with a battle of wits more reminiscent of a demolition derby than a chess match."
The first victim of New York's Monogram Murderer is a homeless man plucked from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and dumped on the Upper East Side with the letter P carved on his forehead. Read full book review >
METHODS OF EXECUTION by Fredrick D. Huebner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The final revelation, though, may be one surprise too many."
His former lover Elizabeth Kleinfeldt drags self-exiled Seattle lawyer Matthew Riordan (Picture Postcard, 1990) back into the ring to investigate the slim chance that her client, death-row inmate Robert Polhaus, isn't really the Motel Room Killer who strangled three hookers four years before. Read full book review >
CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >
STALKING HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Here's hoping he gives Coley another mount soon."
The doyen of American jockeys, following in Dick Francis's hoofprints for perhaps the first time ever, turns to fiction with this thriller about—what else?—a retired jockey's adventures in the post-riding world. Read full book review >
DEAD CENTER by Ruby Horansky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Welcome to the pros, Nikki."
The Brooklyn shooting of Manhattan city council member Dean Zaporelli sends NYPD Detective Nikki Trakos on an investigation of the past in her first case since Dead Ahead (1990). ``Go down to the Lantern Light Theater,'' reads a note. ``Find out who Tony Zim was.'' Nikki discovers that Zaporelli's missing son, Matt, was connected with the deaths years earlier of a young Lantern Light hanger-on named Lisa Hirsch (overdose) and a man named Bernard Chase, who, it turns out, was shot with the same gun that later killed Zaporelli. Read full book review >
THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Despite too much girl chatter (clothes, hair, etc.), labored plotting, and some dangling loose ends, there's compensation in the nicely done Southern, small-town ambience, the torrid affair sensitively handled, and the breezy, unpretentious style."
Aurora Teagarden (Roe for short), petite heroine of this amiable series (A Secret Rage, etc.) set in Atlanta exurb Lawrenceton, has left her library job after inheriting a house and other assets from her childless older friend, Jane Engle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >