Search Results: "Alexander O. Smith"


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A MIDSUMMER'S EQUATION by Keigo Higashino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Less playful and more labored than its predecessors but just as ingenious in working one twist after another in a case that seems absolutely twist-proof."
The third case for Tokyo homicide detective Shunpei Kusanagi and professor Manabu Yukawa, who teaches physics at Imperial University, takes them far away from Tokyo—and far back from the present day as well. Read full book review >

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SALVATION OF A SAINT by Keigo Higashino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A retro puzzler that recalls Anthony Berkeley's classic The Poisoned Chocolates Case in its structure: a hyperextended short story whose complications keep unfolding and proliferating till it's grown to novel length."
A Tokyo CEO's determination to run his marriage as a business is ended by a dose of arsenous acid. Read full book review >

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THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X by Keigo Higashino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This character-driven mystery by the prolific Higashino (Malice, 2009, etc.), one of only a few translated into English, has much to recommend it, including a droll Columbo-like sleuth and a great surprise ending."
A veteran police detective matches wits with a brilliant rookie criminal. Read full book review >

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MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chronology; glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. YA+)"
A handsome, large-sized volume, attractively illustrated with photos, Wright's own drawings, and decorative designs based on his works, but one whose audience is a bit problematic. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1991

"A secondary purchase for children's use; a treasure trove for all those who value folk literature presented with respect and scrupulous care. (Folklore. 12+)"
One of two collections initiating the ``International Folk Tale'' series. Read full book review >

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WHAT W.H. AUDEN CAN DO FOR YOU by Alexander McCall Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A lovely yet overstretched article or essay topic; there's earnest enthusiasm aplenty but not enough else to support a full book."
A beloved author waxes poetic on an unlikely muse: the poet W.H. Auden. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >

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THE MIRACLE AT SPEEDY MOTORS by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2008

"If there are fewer funny moments than in Mma Ramotswe's previous cases (Good Husband of Zebra Drive, 2007, etc.), there's a deepening gravity and sweetness you won't find anywhere else in the genre."
Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's foremost detective, witnesses a miracle, though not the one she was hoping for. Read full book review >

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THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF SCONES by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

Life goes on, and on in this fifth helping of luminously understated adventures for the denizens of 44 Scotland Street and environs. Read full book review >

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THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"The woolliest of Isabel's eight adventures (The Charming Quirks of Others, 2010, etc.) at times seems little more than a catalogue of its heroine's always principled errors and misjudgments. But it shows again, and handsomely, the most lovable feature of Edinburgh: 'Everything is…connected somehow.'"
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases often register low on the crime meter, but this one—the search for a new acquaintance's father—is 100 percent felony-free. Read full book review >

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THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series (The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, 2012, etc.), but it's no more than you'd expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom."
Two and a half new cases for Precious Ramotswe, who presides over the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"McCall Smith knows how to concoct delightful fictions, but this one is undercooked."
McCall Smith (Chance Developments, 2016, etc.) adds to the overworked subgenre of Tuscan travel romance with this pallid story about a Scottish cookery writer recovering from his broken heart in Italy. Read full book review >