Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

THE SILENT WOMAN by Edward Marston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1994

"Less would surely be more in this overstuffed outing, still fascinating but outclassed by the author's best. (Author tour)"
Lord Westfield's Men, an Elizabethan-era theater company, has had its share of troubles in The Nine Giants (1991) and other titles, but none more severe than it faces here. Read full book review >
THREATS AND MENACES by Alan Scholefield
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 16, 1994

"But Scholefield's salt-and-pepper detective pair continues to provide a solid alternative to Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe."
Over howls of protest that their Major Investigation Pool is being assigned to something so minor, Superintendent George Macrae and his partner, Leo Silver, are pressed into investigating a series of burglaries in London's posh Selbourne Place. Read full book review >

ACT OF GOD by Jeremiah Healy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1994

"None of it helps a story that starts with intriguing possibilities but disintegrates as it pursues its clumsy and unbelievable plot."
Healy is in less than top form here as John Cuddy, his wily, Boston-based PI (Foursome, 1993, etc.) takes on a two-pronged investigation for gentle, grief-stricken Pearl Rivkind and cold- fish pharmacist William Proft. Read full book review >
SHOEDOG by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 1994

"More fun than a Late Show marathon—starting with The Asphalt Jungle."
Constantine, a drifter who's been too many places to care about anything that won't fit into his backpack, hitches a ride into trouble when Polk, the old man who picks him up outside DC, stops off, and gets turned down, for the $20,000 in dirty money his Korean War buddy Grimes owes him. Read full book review >
THE KILLING OF MONDAY BROWN by Sandra West Prowell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 1994

Yellowstone County deputy Kyle Old Wolf's relatives descend on Billings, Mont., shamus Phoebe Siegel with the plea that she go to bat for Kyle's cousin Matthew, accused of killing suspect Crow antiquities trader Monday Brown. Read full book review >

THE CITY BELOW by James Carroll
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 1994

"The writing is dependable throughout (its strength being the dialogue), while the plotting offers spectacular twists, a breakneck pace, and a startling ending. (Author tour)"
It's business as usual in Carroll's (Mortal Friends, 1978, etc.) newest historical saga as intrigue, ordeals, and passion abound in a compelling story of two brothers who rise from the dirty streets of Charlestown to Boston's circles of power. Read full book review >
'K' IS FOR KILLER by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 1994

"Plotting here is animated, though not always cohesive or convincing, and Grafton's lively prose propels the reader through the murky patches in a flawed but mostly engrossing story."
Spunky, ever more introspective Santa Teresa, California, PI Kinsey Millhone ("A" Is for Alibi, 1982; etc.) has been hired to investigate the 10-month-old murder of Lorna Kepler, found two weeks after she died in her isolated cabin. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS POOL by George Owens
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 4, 1994

"First-novelist Owens's potentially intriguing idea—innocent man uncovers the secrets of a small town—gets bogged down in a slow and predictable plot with sketchy and stereotypical characters."
A high school music teacher is caught in a scandal during the last sultry days of summer in a small Delaware town. Read full book review >
THE BURGLAR WHO TRADED TED WILLIAMS by Lawrence Block
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 4, 1994

"Bernie, it's been too long."
In the ten years since recovering burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr's last venture into larceny (The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, not reviewed), his prolific creator has become famous mostly for his dark-hued Matthew Scudder stories. Read full book review >
CHARADE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

The queen of Texas melodrama takes metaphor perhaps a step too far as she pits her heart-transplant-patient heroine against a serial killer obsessed with stopping her new heart. Read full book review >
EXPOSED by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"A disappointing effort from a writer with an abundance of talent but, in this case, a lack of direction."
The author of a previous novel (How to Leave a Country, 1992) and several collections of ambiguous short stories creates a nightmarish chain of events with no resolution. Read full book review >
SPLIT SKIRT by Agnes Rossi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"She has all the gifts and now must seek an absolutely personal voice that stamps a page as her own."
Humane fiction by a writer whose compassion runs widely and absorbs the reader. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >