Books by Gillian Roberts

Gillian Roberts is the author of the Anthony-award winning Amanda Pepper mystery series that features a Philadelphia high school English teacher and her significant (but undernamed) other (and now fiancé), C. K. Mackenzie. Gillian's also written two book


ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"A not-so-hot Pepper: Roberts closes the books on a sturdy, occasionally first-rate series with a by-the-numbers effort that shows only fitful flashes of her wit."
The long-running Amanda Pepper series (Till the End of Tom, 2004, etc.) winds up with something between a bang and a whimper. Read full book review >
TILL THE END OF TOM by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 2004

"A stumble for this usually lively series: slow pace, thin plot, bland Amanda."
Bumpety-bump-bump down the staircase he goes, leaving Philadelphia's favorite teacher/snoop (Claire and Present Danger, 2003, etc.) with another fine mess. Read full book review >
CLAIRE AND PRESENT DANGER by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"More substance to the mystery, more crackle to the dialogue: a notch up for the series."
After a two-book sabbatical devoted to launching her fledgling Howe-August series, an obviously revitalized Roberts returns with a brisker, brighter 10th Amanda Pepper (Helen Hath No Fury, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Roberts, author of the feather-light Amanda Pepper series, is on to something more substantial with Howe and August."
It isn't that Emma Howe truly regrets her decision to add Billie August to the staff of Howe Investigations (Time and Trouble, 1998); it's just that every now and then Billie makes her nervous. Read full book review >
HELEN HATH NO FURY by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2000

"Some funny lines, even some wise ones, but the pace is slow and the territory overfamiliar."
Even though Edna Pontellier is fictitious—the embattled heroine of Kate Chopin's The Awakening—it's clear Helen Coulter takes her self-drowning personally. Read full book review >
WHERE'S THE HARM? by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Just a bit tarter than Pepper."
A dozen stories (1989—99) that show a slightly darker tinge than Roberts's novels (The Bluest Blood, 1998, etc.) about Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper (Roberts obligingly includes two Pepper stories, one of them a short-short whose heroine is technically anonymous, for purposes of comparison). Read full book review >
TIME AND TROUBLE by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"The Howe-August series could be one to watch."
Glance at Emma Howe, and what you see is a no-nonsense 50-year-old built to mow down walls. Read full book review >
THE BLUEST BLOOD by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's a strong heart that, together with Roberts's unusually firm mystery-mongering and pointed use of clues, makes Amanda's eighth case (The Mummers' Curse, 1996, etc.) her finest hour yet."
If Neddy and Tea Roederer lived in Boston, they wouldn't have to speak to anyone but the Cabots and the Lowells. Read full book review >
THE MUMMERS' CURSE by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The suspects in Jimmy Pat's murder, well-drawn though they are, straggle as aimlessly as well-liquored Mummers on the way back to South Philly. (Author tour)"
The arctic cold isn't the only threat to the storied Mummers who parade through Philadelphia on New Year's Day; produce driver James Patricciano collapses inside his feathered costume, two bullets in his chest, as his Fancy Club marches down Broad Street. Read full book review >
IN THE DEAD OF SUMMER by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Go back a grade, though, if you don't identify the rotten apple long before she does."
Ah, summer term at Philly Prep. Read full book review >
HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"As usual, Roberts's sprightly heroine is much more engaging than the story she has to tell. (Literary Guild/Mystery Book Club selections)"
Not only is Philly Prep teacher Amanda Pepper able to launch her vacation with a free junket to Atlantic City, ``America's Number One Vacation Destination,'' but she and her photographer friend Sasha Berg, in town for a shoot, get a breathtaking upgrade at their casino hotel. Read full book review >
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE... by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Blithe but bloated, and only sporadically engrossing."
Philadelphia's high-school teacher/sometime sleuth Amanda Pepper (I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia, etc.) dutifully escorts her mother Bea to a 50th birthday-party bash—an event paid for by playwright-TV producer Lyle Zacharias, who wants all the important influences in his life at this party he's hosting at a small hotel. Read full book review >
I'D RATHER BE IN PHILADELPHIA by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Overall, then: a lighthearted but sometimes heavy- footed entertainment."
A third adventure for warmhearted Philadelphia high-school teacher Amanda Pepper (Caught Dead in Philadelphia, Philly Stakes) starts innocently when Amanda—rummaging through used books brought to school for a charity sale—finds one with margin notes that seem to be a cry for help from a battered wife. Read full book review >