Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

END GAME by Dev Stryker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"The pseudonymous Stryker (Deathright, 1993) turns in another fast-paced, empty-headed performance, with a battle of wits more reminiscent of a demolition derby than a chess match."
The first victim of New York's Monogram Murderer is a homeless man plucked from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and dumped on the Upper East Side with the letter P carved on his forehead. Read full book review >
METHODS OF EXECUTION by Fredrick D. Huebner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"The final revelation, though, may be one surprise too many."
His former lover Elizabeth Kleinfeldt drags self-exiled Seattle lawyer Matthew Riordan (Picture Postcard, 1990) back into the ring to investigate the slim chance that her client, death-row inmate Robert Polhaus, isn't really the Motel Room Killer who strangled three hookers four years before. Read full book review >

CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >
STALKING HORSE by Bill Shoemaker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Here's hoping he gives Coley another mount soon."
The doyen of American jockeys, following in Dick Francis's hoofprints for perhaps the first time ever, turns to fiction with this thriller about—what else?—a retired jockey's adventures in the post-riding world. Read full book review >
DEAD CENTER by Ruby Horansky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Welcome to the pros, Nikki."
The Brooklyn shooting of Manhattan city council member Dean Zaporelli sends NYPD Detective Nikki Trakos on an investigation of the past in her first case since Dead Ahead (1990). ``Go down to the Lantern Light Theater,'' reads a note. ``Find out who Tony Zim was.'' Nikki discovers that Zaporelli's missing son, Matt, was connected with the deaths years earlier of a young Lantern Light hanger-on named Lisa Hirsch (overdose) and a man named Bernard Chase, who, it turns out, was shot with the same gun that later killed Zaporelli. Read full book review >

THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE by Charlaine Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1994

"Despite too much girl chatter (clothes, hair, etc.), labored plotting, and some dangling loose ends, there's compensation in the nicely done Southern, small-town ambience, the torrid affair sensitively handled, and the breezy, unpretentious style."
Aurora Teagarden (Roe for short), petite heroine of this amiable series (A Secret Rage, etc.) set in Atlanta exurb Lawrenceton, has left her library job after inheriting a house and other assets from her childless older friend, Jane Engle. Read full book review >
NO BOTTOM by James D. Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 1994

"Brawny riverboat intrigue, first of a series partnering the salt- and-pepper duo of Williamson and Baldridge."
The loss of the Mary Justice, the fourth Mississippi River steamboat to sink during the 1872 season, alarms both Luke Williamson, Yankee captain of Mary Justice's sister packet Paragon and partner to Mary Justice's dead captain, and his insurance agents, who promptly dispatch wounded Confederate veteran Masey Baldridge to investigate. Read full book review >
A SUPERIOR DEATH by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 23, 1994

"A crackling good mystery, fleshed out by a detective and a supporting cast far more human than they need to be."
Texas park ranger Anna Pigeon (Track of the Cat, 1993) proves she's much more than a regional specialist when she's reassigned to the frigid North Shore of Lake Superior and hears two divers' tales of finding six bodies in the Kamloops, a sunken 1927 wreck where there are supposed to be only five. Read full book review >
RED SLAYER by Paul Harding
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 23, 1994

"Run-of-the-mill doings in fancy disguise."
Second in a series set in 14th-century London (after The Nightingale Gallery, 1992) featuring John Cranston, the city's loud-mouthed, wine-swilling, softhearted Lord Coroner, and his clever aide Friar Athelstan, of down-at-heel St. Read full book review >
TIGERS BURNING by Crabbe Evers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 1994

"How long will it take Evers to get around to the Marlins?"
Whoever wants to rescue the Detroit Tigers from ancient Tiger Stadium—owner Little Joe Yeager, maybe, or his blowhard VP Sport McAllister—won't stop at arson and murder, as the baesball commissioner's investigator Duffy House (Fear in Fenway, 1993) realizes after Kit Gleason, impassioned head of Save Our Stadium, is burned to death in a stadium fire that's way beyond suspicious. Read full book review >
BLEAK SPRING by Jon Cleary
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 1994

"A steadily absorbing plot with some untraditional facets, a clutch of well-drawn characters and a detective who continues to be warm, intelligent, and unsmug make Bleak Spring one of Cleary's best."
Veteran author Cleary's Australian Inspector Scobie Malone of Sydney's police force (Dark Summer, etc.) is grappling with the murder of small-time lawyer Will Rockne, shot in his car in the parking lot of a local beach club, his wife, Olive, only yards away. Read full book review >
THE WANDERING SOUL MURDERS by Gail Bowen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 1994

"With her rare talent for plumbing emotional pain, Bowen makes you feel the shock of murder and other horrors as acutely as she does her most reasonable fears about her children's lovers."
Once again, Bowen's Canadian earth mother/university teacher Joanne Kilbourn has to wrestle with the everyday hurt of family love: her daughter Mieka is planning a wedding to the daughter of the politically conservative Harris family; her son Peter's unsuitable girlfriend Christy Sinclair has just popped up again; and Joanne has adopted Sally Love's young daughter Taylor (Love and Murder, 1993). 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 >