Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

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 >
THE YELLOW ROOM CONSPIRACY by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"East End criminals, racketeering landlords, a dead body, and cricket'' with echoes of The Good Soldier and Brideshead Revisited and end up with as delectable a ragout as ever you've tasted."
In tantalizingly alternating chapters, Jewish Etonian Paul Ackerley and Lady Lucy Seddon recall the tangled events that, back in 1956, led them and Lucy's sisters to murder and a media firestorm at the height of the Suez crisis. Read full book review >
DEAD SAND by Brendan Dubois
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"A sour but otherwise unremarkable debut."
Once, when Lewis Cole was a numbers-cruncher for the Department of Defense out on his annual field training stint in the Nevada desert, all his companions were killed—and so was he, almost—by a secret Defense project. Read full book review >
SPEAK DAGGERS TO HER by Rosemary Edghill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"A one-of-a-kind entry that could become, uh, a cult classic."
Quite a change of pace from Edghill's Regency romances (Two of a Kind, 1988, etc.): the murder of an aspiring witch. Read full book review >
DEAD MEN'S HEARTS by Aaron Elkins
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"A tedious, confusing puzzle takes second place to the author's wryly literate style, which captures the color, danger, and ancient glories of the Egyptian scene."
Elkins (Old Scores, 1993, etc.) sends Gideon Oliver— professor, anthropologist, and sleuth—to Egypt with wife Julie, where he will narrate a TV documentary for the Horizon Foundation about its work at Horizon House in Luxor and other sites in Egypt. 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 >