Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

FAMILY STALKER by Jon Katz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 1994

"Especially recommended for anybody considering moving out of the city."
A bizarre case for mall detective Kit Deleeuw (Death by Station Wagon, 1993): his client, lawyer Marianne Dow, is convinced that Andrea Lucca, her friend from Buns of Steel, is determined to break up her family—not simply because she has designs on Marianne's Wall Street husband Gil, but because she likes breaking up families. Read full book review >
THE BOLD THING by Mark Daniel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 2, 1994

"Daniel's skill here in playing off multiple levels of corruption and compromise allows him to kick over the Dick Francis traces that hobbled his The Devil to Pay (1993): a superior horseracing suspenser."
A jockey-trainer with a checkered past returns home to Ireland and the farm that was once his family's—only to enter a world more compromised and compromising than he is. Read full book review >

TIPPY-TOE MURDER by Leslie Meier
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"An easygoing style, a few chuckles, but too heavy on cozy details, too lightweight in plotting and detection."
A second visit to Maine's Tinker's Cove and homemaker-sleuth Lucy Stone (Mail Order Murder, 1991), pregnant again (her fourth) and at the center of village activities. Read full book review >
THE DEADLY CANYON by Jake Page
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"Just enough mystery to give the engaging cast something to do while they're waiting for the final holocaust."
Blind Santa Fe sculptor Mo Bowdre has been commissioned to design a monumental sculpture for the Desert Research Center in the Peloncillo Mountains—but he hasn't; he's really been drafted, after his success in recovering The Stolen Gods (1993), to help FBI agent Larry Collins round up a ring of pre-Columbian antiquities smugglers. Read full book review >
ALL SHALL BE WELL by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"In fact, the ending may be too unexpected for Crombie's quietly probing manner; it's the firm portraits of even minor characters that make this linger in the memory."
When Margaret Bellamy tells Superintendent Duncan Kincaid that she'd agreed to help Kincaid's downstairs neighbor Jasmine Dent end her cancer-stricken life but then couldn't go through with it, Kincaid wonders if somebody else assisted Jasmine's suicide—or gave her a lethal dose of morphine for less helpful reasons altogether. Read full book review >

SWEET DREAMS, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"Now there's a gruesome scenario."
A second high-profile case for Las Piernas reporter Irene Kelly (Goodnight, Irene, 1993) begins when Jacob Henderson, a teenager whose father is running for D.A., asks her to pre-empt the story that Henderson's opponent, Monty Montgomery, will be spreading about Jacob's membership in a witches' coven. Read full book review >
LIEBERMAN'S DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"A standout performance in a fine series."
Abe Lieberman's sorriest day begins a few minutes after midnight, when the veteran cop's nephew David is shot dead, and David's pregnant wife Carol wounded, by a pair of clueless muggers. Read full book review >
MURDER WEARS A COWL by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"An epilogue, though, holds out the hope that Ranulf, unusually subdued here, may be ready to strike out on his own."
This sixth adventure for 14th-century clerk Hugh Corbett (The Prince of Darkness, 1993, etc.) is one of his liveliest, whether because Edward I has just knighted him—as an inducement to travel to London for his latest investigation—or because of the nature of the mystery itself: who's been slitting the throats of over a dozen upscale courtesans? Read full book review >
BLACKMAIL by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"Every page quivers with comic frustration, and the result is an absolute joy."
It's a mystery how Stanley Hastings gets the chance to chase those ambulances: he's constantly spending his time talking himself out of murder raps. Read full book review >
THE HYDE PARK HEADSMAN by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"The same mixture as before—but more, much more of it."
Victorian London is being plagued by a series of axe murders, and it's the job of newly promoted Thomas Pitt, now Police Superintendent, to find the killer. Read full book review >
GUN, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC by Jonathan Lethem
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"Tell him next time he wants to talk to me, don't send a marsupial'') comically focuses a nightmare hash of yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
Conrad Metcalf is a p.i. Read full book review >
MURDER AND A MUSE by Gillian B. Farrell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"An edgy, sometimes funny take on movie-making that's skewered by Annie's boring self-analysis, a mishmash plot, and a tone that's relentlessly now."
Annie McGrogan, divorced aspiring actress and part-time sleuth (Alibi for an Actress, 1992), seems to be on the verge of a career break when she lands a part in a movie directed by handsome, talented Alan DeLucca. 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 >