Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

SOLVED by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Ho-hum, overall, and not as interesting as the true-crime antecedents."
Sixteen short stories—some puckish, several conspiracy- oriented, and all never-published-before (for good reason)—that rework and supposedly ``solve'' various real-life notable mysteries. Read full book review >
I'M GETTING KILLED RIGHT HERE by William Murray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"But for Runyonesque dialogue, picaresque racetrack vignettes, and great verve, Murray gallops in a winner."
The further adventures of magician/horseplayer Shifty Anderson, who, in order to afford the upkeep on the filly Mad Margaret (left to him in The Hard Knocker's Luck, 1985), becomes horseflesh partners with rich, cruel, and possessive builder Michael Cameron and his heart-stoppingly beautiful wife Linda. Read full book review >

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by Sarah Shankman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Rambunctious, overstuffed, and undisciplined, but fun all the way."
Star reporter Samantha Adams's new assignment for the Atlanta Constitution is the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Read full book review >
STEEL GUITAR by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Another of Barnes's superb mixes of warmth, enthusiasm, clever plotting, vivid characters, and overall brio."
GREEN WITH ENVY by Jerry Kennealy
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fine entry in this modest, underrated series."
Despite a hilarious interlude in which he struggles to outdrink a villainous, self-contained secretary, this is an unusually sober case for San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >

THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts."
Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH RAPUNZEL by B.M. Gill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Above-average fare- -but only middling Gill."
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Maybridge (Death Drop, etc.) is shocked by the car-accident deaths of forensic pathologist Professor Peter Bradshaw and his wife Lisa. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS STALKINGS by Charlotte MacLeod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"For last-minute shoppers only."
Continuing in the tradition of her 1989 collection, Mistletoe Mysteries, MacLeod and 12 others offer 13 Christmas-themed stories of, mostly, the ``Bah, humbug!'' variety. Read full book review >
DOOMED TO DIE by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A quietly absorbing addition to a reliable series."
Another of Simpson's leisurely, well-crafted police procedurals featuring Inspector Luke Thanet and sidekick Mike Lineham, who are faced here with the murder of gifted artist Perdita Master, found dead on the kitchen floor of Vanessa Broxton's house, a plastic bag over her head. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by L.R. Wright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Although some characters tend to dim when the troublemaker flicks on, still this is an involving psycho-study of exotic varieties of human nastiness with a lively mystery attached."
Wright's police detective Karl Alberg solves another murder in the British Columbian village of Sechelt. Read full book review >
MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE RESTS HIS CASE by Michael Bond
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Some laughs at the expense of series writers (the gourmet detective, the classical-music sleuth, etc.), some tasty food selections, but, overall, very thin."
A return for the bumbling, inept Monsieur Pamplemousse, restaurant reviewer for Le Guide, who this time out must solve the poisoning death of an American mystery writer, one of the six attendees at a gala Vichy dinner re-creating an elaborate Alexandre Dumas menu. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Largely mediocre fare—with a few exceptions."
Fifteen original stories by (mostly) lesser talents, the exceptions being Edie Ramer, who weighs in with an amusing ghost tale (``The Seventh Dimension''), in which two long-dead wisps unfurl their ectoplasm and go after a current murderer; New York architect S. J. Rozan, who sets feisty p.i. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >