Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

JAZZ FUNERAL by Julie Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1993

"A deftly plotted tale, marred only by its offhand, too quick resolution."
Five books into her New Orleans series featuring female homicide cop Skip Langdon (The Axeman's Jazz, 1991, etc.), Smith narrowly misses the bull's-eye with this tale of southern kinships gone awry. Read full book review >
THE SHAMAN'S KNIFE by Scott Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Margaret Johanson and her daughter Maisie, who threw a football player out a window—that made Young's debut so memorable."
Inuit Mountie Matteesie Kitologitak (Murder in a Cold Climate, 1989) takes a personal interest in the killing of Dennis Raakwap and his grandmother—because the killers, running out of the murder scene, ran into Matteesie's 90-year-old mother, critically injuring her too. Read full book review >

MURDER IN THE NAPA VALLEY by David Osborn
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1993

"Amateurish writing, a dull heroine, and a slap-dash rendering of winemaking—all make for a less-than-memorable third outing for Osborn's fiftysomething sleuth."
Freelance journalist Margaret Barlow (Murder on the Chesapeake, etc.), in California for a hot-air ballooning vacation, agrees to write a magazine piece on a Napa Valley winery—and is soon ensconced in L'Abbaye Ste. Read full book review >
UPLAND OUTLAWS by Dave Duncan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1993

"A mediocre continuation, free of major flaws but oxidized and discouragingly slapdash."
Second installment (after the admirable The Cutting Edge) of Duncan's projected four-book fantasy. Read full book review >
SOMEONE IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF AMERICA by Nan Lyons
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 30, 1993

"Bring mints."
SoufflÇ sequel to Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe (1976)—just as brainlessly brilliant, sustained, and instantly dated in its trendiness as the Lyonses' somewhat better last outing, The President is Coming to Lunch (1988). Read full book review >

BISHOP'S REVENGE by William Love
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 1993

"Not up to The Fundamentals of Murder or (especially) Bloody Ten."
Bishop Francis X. Regan and legman Davey Goldman go to bat for Eddie Goode, the man who brought them together eight years back by shooting Regan and consigning him to a wheelchair. Read full book review >
DARK SUMMER by Jon Cleary
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 24, 1993

"Still, there's much to admire here, including two demanding father-son relationship and the tough-minded Scobie."
Who injected low-level informer Scungy Grime with a curare derivative and then tossed him in Inspector Scobie Malone's backyard pool? Read full book review >
NIGHT CHILD by Alan Scholefield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1993

When photojournalist Duncan Wylie thinks he spots a young ape roaming London's Hampstead Heath, he tracks it to a nearby mansion- -deserted except for two dead bodies on the floor, later identified as concert-pianist Madame Eva Raymonde and her unmarried daughter, Hilda. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT INTO THE CLOSET by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 1993

"It's the cats, of course, who help Qwilleran solve his long- distance mystery—in a disheveled, determinedly folksy story sure to be enjoyed by the author's devoted following."
Another of the author's rambling tales starring Koko and Yum- Yum. Read full book review >
ANSWER CAME THERE NONE by E.X. Ferrars
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Bloodless stuff, strictly for Ferrars's devoted following (Danger from the Dead, etc.)."
Newly divorced journalist Sara Marriot has come from London to the town of Edgewater, taking on the job of ghostwriting the memoirs of gentle, elderly General Schofield. Read full book review >
COLD IN THE EARTH by Ann Granger
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Above-average procedural in the classic British mode."
Another chapter in the lives of Chief Inspector Alan Markby, of Bamford in the Cotswolds, and Meredith Mitchell, who's employed by the Consular Service and presently harnessed to a dull job in the London office. Read full book review >
FINAL APPOINTMENT by Roy Hart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 20, 1993

"Well-knit plotting and lots of colorful minor characters temper the slow pace and frequent dull spots: a solid but stolid village procedural."
Dorset's Inspector Douglas Roper (Blood Kin, 1992, etc.) and George Maklins, his trusty sergeant, have a knobby problem to solve: Who set the trap, on a quiet country road, that decapitated Gerry Pope—an ex-cop and now private investigator whose singularly nasty, well-hidden scam while still on the force provides an ever- widening roster of suspects. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >