Mystery & Crime Book Reviews (page 955)

HALO PARADE by Bill James
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"A dark, dour study of good men with sour edges."
The third cynical police procedural featuring Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur (Lolita Man, p. 507) finds him disconsolate: his mistress, the widow of a fellow officer, has recently married another cop; and Ray Street, the young lad whom Colin sent undercover to infiltrate druglord ``You-know-who'' and his gang, is now also snorting up and recklessly endangering himself. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Overall, though, the plot is less interesting than the people who frequent it."
Oakalla, Wisconsin, newspaper editor Garth Ryland (One Man's Poison, etc.), who lobbied against the election of the new sheriff, Whitey Huffer, is now at odds with him over the accidental death— or murder?—of deaf trashman Amel Pilkin, who seemed awfully excited about some good news just before he died. Read full book review >

QUARRY by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Add to this the unappealing wedding-mania that partner Eberhardt is experiencing and the outcome is bathos—plus reader annoyance."
When Grady Haas, depressed and uncommunicative, moves back in with her dad, he asks Nameless to find out what's wrong. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE NIGHTS by Joseph Wambaugh
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Wambaugh cannot write a total wipeout but this is not among his strongest or more durable works."
Wambaugh (The Golden Orange, 1990, etc.) returns to a familiar venue: glittering Palm Springs, its cops, and nearby desert canyons. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO MOVED A MOUNTAIN by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"A shade cuter than most Braun outings, with a very incidental murder, but devoted fans will lap it up anyway."
Newsman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sidekicks, Koko and Yum Yum, now find themselves summering on the top of Big Potatoe Mountain in the ramshackle digs of the late J.J. Hawkinfield, while Qwill mulls over life now that he's officially the beneficiary of the Klingenschoen fortune. Read full book review >

PUSHOVER by Lillian O'Donnell
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"A solid procedural with plenty of action, a deglamorized New York backdrop, and a no-nonsense heroine."
A couple of major cases face NYPD's Lieutenant Norah Mulcahaney (A Private Crime, etc.) in this outing. Read full book review >
SONS OF THE MORNING by DeWitt S. Copp
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

"Amusing characters, hair-raising situations, and loads of period charm more than atone for plot coincidences and a faintly disappointing denouement."
The last notations of an explorer who vanished in darkest Canada pass from hand to hand, traveling from Quebec to Nazi Germany to the postwar US, making mischief wherever they go—in a WW II thriller by the author of A Matter Of Concealment (1989). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A WARRIOR QUEEN by S.T. Haymon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

"A dazzling performance."
Another gem in the author's series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Ben Jurnet (A Very Particular Murder, 1989, etc.) of the Angleby CID. Read full book review >
HOT by John Lutz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 3, 1992

"Lutz, the current president of the Mystery Writers of America, represents state-of-the-art private-eye writing: lean, mean, and eminently readable."
Here, game-legged Floridian p.i. Read full book review >
THE MISSING SIXTH by Mark  Graham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Maybe a little too helter-skelter in its closing sections- -Graham (The Harbinger, 1988) has the extraordinary idea that Jerusalem's Western Wall would be an easy place to smuggle a bomb- -but richly, compulsively readable until its last surprising twist."
The theft of five paintings from the house of a South African collector is the catalyst for a complex plot of murder, forgery, and political intrigue. Read full book review >
POISON FLOWERS by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For like-minded readers."
Colorless, efficient civil servant Willow King, who moonlights as sybaritic romance-novelist Cressida Woodruffe (A Common Death, 1990), takes a fancy to solving a series of murders described to her by inamorata Inspector Tom Worth: poisonings by different vegetable toxins of four victims—a Fulham architect and his girlfriend; a schoolmistress retired to Newcastle; and an actress in Islington—who seem to have nothing in common. Read full book review >
MIAMI by Pat Booth
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Ka-ching-g-g-g."
Bicoastal (Malibu, Palm Beach, etc.) steam and megabuck specialist Booth returns to Florida to dish up the modeling business and flack for the city of bright T-shirts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >