Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

SISTER HOOD by Monica Quill
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Sporadically interesting and better than most in this series The Veil of Ignorance, etc.)."
Formidable Sister ``Emtee'' Dempsey heads the tiny remnant of the Order of Martha and Mary in Chicago, where an ambitious prosecutor is attempting to prove that deceased powerful, shady entrepreneur Iggy Moran had killed his young mistress Marilyn Derecho. Read full book review >
AND DID MURDER HIM by Peter Turnbull
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Sturdy fare for procedural fans."
Another of the author's workmanlike procedurals dealing mostly with Glasgow's grungy underclass of petty thieves and drug addicts. Read full book review >

SHADOW OF A DOUBT by William J. Coughlin
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"Charley stays on the wagon, all right, but the clichÇs flow like bonded bourbon toward a conclusion that even your grandmother could see coming a million miles off."
A big, foursquare courtroom novel that poses the timeless riddle: Can recovering alcoholic lawyer Charley Sloan get his old lover Robin Harwell's beautiful, affectless stepdaughter Angel acquitted of killing her rich father before he gets disbarred because of demon rum or the judge's animus? Read full book review >
TOPLESS by D. Keith Mano
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"Stylish first bow of the defrocked priest hero."
Lively debut of a mystery series by the author of Take Five (1982), etc. Once known for his off-putting and dense verbal energy, Mano has slimmed down to a racing-car sentence that still packs high- powered inventiveness. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 1991

"The perfect bookstore browse, though most readers will have had their fill before reaching the register."
Wolf's sequel to Who Censured Roger Rabbit?, the basis for the wildly successful film, presents private eye Eddie Valiant with some conflicting jobs: Roger Rabbit wants him to find out whether Clark Gable's beaten him out for the lead in Gone With the Wind—as well as out of wife Jessica's affections; David Selznick wants him to investigate the theft of a mysterious box from his office (the suspects are the three actors auditioning for Rhett Butler: Gable, Baby Herman, and Roger); Gable wants Eddie to find out who's been planting tabloid stories that say he's gay; and the murder of shadowy toon Kirk Enigman with Eddie's own gun sparks a search for the secret formula for Toon Tonic, which turns people into animated Toons (and vice versa). Read full book review >

MOSAIC by Susan Moody
Released: Aug. 5, 1991

"Perhaps seasoned puzzle-mystery lovers will be amused; everyone else will throw up their hands and cry I give long before the other shoe drops."
Moody, a British mystery writer known for her paperback Penny Wanawake series, makes an inter-genre excursion in a novel that begins as a garden-variety intrigue and then unfolds into a puzzler of the most Byzantine sort. Read full book review >
THE SONG DOG by James McClure
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"And the rich, oppressive South African atmosphere is as memorably tangy as ever."
What to do with South African detective Tromp Kramer and his Bantu sidekick Mickey Zondi (The Steam Pig, The Artful Egg, etc.) now that apartheid's stranglehold is loosening? Read full book review >
CATS PAW, INC. by L.L. Thrasher
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Still, diverting and capable of stretching to a series."
The latest entry in the Brown Bag Mystery series features first-time author Thrasher's smooth p.i. caper, which ranges from one end of Oregon to the other. Read full book review >
POINT OF IMPACT by Jack Curtis
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Kind of a sophisticated cops-and-robbers variant of the spaghetti western: tough yet sentimental, unwieldy yet grand, suspenseful yet utterly predictable as its textured yet super-macho hero and villains vector toward their inexorable fates."
Big and brawny British police procedural—London cop vs. serial killer and cohorts—by the talented author of Glory and Crow's Parliament. Read full book review >
A DEDICATED MAN by Peter Robinson
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A tidy, articulate, well-observed sample of the current retro- Thirties British school—there's even a superfluous map of Swainsdale- -that carries you along on a rising tide of suppressed passion to the uninspired denouement."
Who killed workaholic industrial archeologist/local historian Harry Steadman of Swainsdale and carted his body off to be buried near a crumbling wall? Read full book review >
MAMISTA by Len Deighton
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The spirits of Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad hover over this stately, outstanding mix of tragedy and black farce that builds slowly—but inexorably—to its piercing conclusion."
Deighton's longest, most complex and passionate novel in years: an epic tale, set in a South American jungle, of good men and women crushed beneath the heel of Realpolitik. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The reader may doubt the ability of Proctor and other characters to recall in detail 30-year-old conversations and events, but Proctor's story is quietly engrossing all the way to its jolting conclusion."
Ever-versatile Barnard (A City of Strangers, etc.) gives us a low-keyed story told by wryly self-deprecating widower and ex- cabinet minister Peter Proctor, now retired and writing memoirs that even he finds boring—until his memory of Timothy Wycliffe is revived. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >