Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

BOMBER'S LAW by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"The author's ability to tease an entire plot out of a series of delaying tactics—and to provide a satisfying ending for what seemed at first like an entire meal of gooey desserts—is nothing short of amazing."
Higgins's matchless ear for dialogue often overshadows the way his art relies on digressive anecdotes for its garrulous music and its flavorsome sense of reality. Read full book review >
THIN ICE by Meg O'Brien
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"But die-hard Mary Higgins Clarkites looking for a fix will find family secrets, sister love, earnest lectures about mythology, and an innocent heroine who grows a tough skin—all with a PG rating."
Several days after her biologist sister Mary Clare, who worked at Sacred Heart Hospital and lived at Sacre Coeur convent, is fished out of the Potomac River, Nicole Ryan finds that somebody (allegedly her late sister) has switched Mary's plane reservations to a Pasadena convention to Nikki's name. Read full book review >

MURDER MAKES A PILGRIMAGE by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"A mostly dull, overextended trip."
Elderly Sister Mary Helen of San Francisco's Mount St. Read full book review >
WIRELESS by Jack O'Connell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"O'Connell should apply for his own ZIP Code."
Lieutenant Lenore Thomas (Box Nine, 1991) has left Quinsigamond, Massachusetts, for greener pastures, but the town's crime-infested Canal Zone, home of Bangkok Park, is as busy as ever: here, rival gangs have to fight for attention with a ragtag crew of anarchist ``jammers'' intent on knocking out radio stations and broadcasting their own militantly countercultural programming. Read full book review >
DESPERATE REMEDY by Mary Kittredge
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A plot heavy with medical mumbo-jumbo and riddled with contrivance does little for Edwina's fifth outing (Walking Dead Man, etc.), but our heroine retains a sturdy charm, and fans will doubtless be looking forward to the happy event in chapter six."
New Haven's nurse-sleuth-heiress Edwina Crusoe, now expecting a baby with ex-cop husband Martin McIntyre, finds herself reluctantly embroiled in events at her old workplace—Chelsea Memorial Hospital. Read full book review >

UNDERDOG by Michael Z. Lewin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

Finally, a more marginal hero than Lewin's small-beer shamus Albert Samson: Jan Moro (nÇ Clarence Starch, Jr.), a self-described small businessman who lives on the Indianapolis streets. Read full book review >
DEATH OF THE OFFICE WITCH by Marlys Millhiser
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Puzzle addicts should leave this one alone."
Literary agent Charlie Greene (Murder at Moot Point) arrives at her Beverly Hills office just in time to find receptionist Gloria Tuschman missing and to hear her disembodied voice whispering, ``Charlie, I'm in the trash can. Read full book review >
WRITE ME A LETTER by David M. Pierce
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Not as amusing or original as Angels, and the relentlessly peppy tone and wisecracks will lose readers fast."
Determinedly offbeat second hardcover adventure (Angels in Heaven, 1992) for geekishly tall San Fernanado Valley p.i. Read full book review >
FIND HER A GRAVE by Collin Wilcox
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Flawed but clever."
Capo Carlo Venezzio dies of a heart attack while in prison, but not before he's ordered right-hand man Tony Bacardo to see that a million dollars' worth of diamonds has been salted away for his illegitimate daughter, Louise, and her daughter, Angela. Read full book review >
QUAKER WITNESS by Irene Allen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Apart from an irrelevant but sharply observed subplot in which Elizabeth tries to deal with a newly released rapist she's taken in: as self-assured and ingenuous as Nancy Drew, and about as mystifying."
No need for Harvard grad student Janet Stevens to press her sexual harassment complaint against her advisor, eminent paleontologist Prof. Read full book review >
HE WAS HER MAN by Sarah Shankman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A high, wide, and handsome romp—occasionally tinged by melancholy—through a regional subculture brought to vivid life by an author who dares more and gets better with each outing."
Harry Zach, ex-reporter Samantha Adams's boyfriend (The King is Dead, etc.), has done her wrong, so Sam drives from Atlanta to Hot Springs, Arkansas, hoping to soothe her broken heart in the company of old pal Kitty Lee, at a prenuptial party given by mutual friend Jinx Watson. Read full book review >
COLUMBO: THE GRASSY KNOLL by William Harrington
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Who wants to read with the TV blasting in your ear?"
A print debut for Colombo, the perpetually rumpled TV detective, who, here, catches a clutch of murderers and clears up the mysteries of John Kennedy's assassination. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >